HISTORY AND CULTURE OF IGBIDE PEOPLE, ISOKO-SOUTH, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, DELTA STATE, NIGERIA

HISTORY AND CULTURE OF IGBIDE PEOPLE, ISOKO-SOUTH, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, DELTA STATE, NIGERIA

 


Igbide is believed to be founded by a man name Eru in the 17th century. It is believed that Eru came from Oka and migrated from Igbidi from Imo State via the River Niger to settle first in the present site of Owodokpokpo; been afraid of Raiders and slave traders, he moved inland and came to the recently called Igbide. Before moving in, he built an elevated wood house in his new site before bringing in his family members. Whenever he was asked, where he was going, he always answers - he was going to “Uwoire” meaning the house of wood.  Igbide has always been known by this name” Iwire” with a modern touch.

From tradition, Eru was a lively person. While earning his living in these two places i.e Owodokpokpo and Iwire, there were some far neighboring communities like Erowa who once invited him for their festival which he attented and made himself known and many liked him and while he was leaving, many of them followed him and this is how he started gathering people outside his family. s

After the completion of the house Eru moved his family inland while still going to Owodokpokpo for farming and fishing since Owodokpokp was very close to the river now called Urie .

Eru had four sons, Ekpo, Okpohro and Ohreri who was said to be the last child of Eru. These represents the major quarters in Igbide except Ohreri who migrated elsewhere to settle outside Igbide.

Outside these major communities, there are other large communities like Owodokpokpo, Oteri, Egbo, Uhrovo and others on the other side of the river.

In Owodokpokpo where I actually came from, has about nine clans including Uhreki, Amadhe, Otuloho, Otai, Iloge, ete.  Owodokpokpo is even as large as Igbide itself.

Igbide is a land of peace and has neighboring towns; Olomoro to the North, Umen to the South, Enwhe to the East, Emede to the North-East and Uzere to the East. 

Igbide town is connect with a road from the divisional Headquarter – Oleh passing through Emede to Igbide and joined Enwhe on the West. Igbide occupy a very large expanse of land across the boundaries of these other towns.  A main road passes from Igbide to all quarters across the Igbide land.

Igbide has always maintained peace with neighboring towns in the long passed centuries but recently having land rifts among other towns of which a peace committee is on ground ensuring these matters are solved amicably.  Igbide had always been on the defense of her lands from her neighboring communities.   

Igbide as a whole is a Christian community, though it has originally, traditional worship. Today, Igbide is dominated by Christianity. There are still some of the annual traditional festivals like the fishing festival and the Abame (wrestling) festival which has became a ceremonial dance festival. Today, these are the major festivals in Igbede land. 

The Igbide people are simple and easy going in nature.  The marriage system is less expensive and easily carried out. Men and women are industrious in nature.  Farming, fishing, and trading are the major businesses in Igbide.  

In recent years, Igbide sons and daughters have raised radically into education, military, the police force, and polities. Today, many are in government houses serving the state and country.Igbide has produced a major general, inspectors of police and so on.

Igbide Kingdom is ruled by a king with other regional leaders, chairmen and other cabinet of chiefs.  These are in charge of the quarters and clans ensuring peace all through the land. 

Talking of Igbide’s contribution to the development of the country; apart from the human resources, Igbide has about nine oil wells from which crude oil are drilled daily to enrich Nigeria.  From Igbide, Palm oil, palm kernel , groundnut, cassava, yam, sweet potato, and some other crops are produced in Igbide and sold anywhere in the country. Women engaged in lucrative trading taking care of their homes.

On a matter of emphasis, Igbide people, anywhere they are found, they are peaceful and cooperating people. 

Moreover and needful to say, Igbide as a community hates violence but any people who believe in violence never go scot free. 



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