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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

OBA EWEKA THE FIRST



After Owodo; the last Ogiso under the (Ogiso periods) was banished for anarchy, Evaina a brave warrior was appointed as an administrator he ruled for 40 years and appointed his son Ogiamien as a successor unfortunately, the Edo people maintained that succession to the throne was always applicable to kings and not to commoners of Evian’s class. As a result a search party led by Oliha went to look for Ikaladerhan (son of the banished Ogiso Owodo) who was now taking refuse at Uhe (Ife). At Uhe, the search party met Ikaladerhan already enjoying the status of a king. However the Edo people were unable to persuade him to return home. But, Ikaladerhan now known as Ododuwa agreed to send his son (Oromiyan) if only the Benin could take care of him. Ododuwa gave the Edo people three years to nurse the common louse. On their success, the great Ododuwa was convinced that the people really would care for their king.
In about 1170AD Oromiyan arrived Benin with stiff opposition from Ogiamien who refused him entry into the City which was still under the firm grip of his administration. Oromiyan was therefore forced to settle at Usama which was an outskirt of the City State. There he remained under the political support of the elders {Edion} headed by Chief Oliha. Oromiyan had both language and cultural handicaps because of his Yoruba backgrounds. Although he had a Benin father (Ikaladerhan) yet he was really born and bred in yoruba land which was then the adopted kingdom, a refugee prince who had now found a new home at Ife. Unable to bear the animosity for very long, Oromiyan renounced his position and labeled Edo land [Benin kingdom] lle Ibinu meaning land of annoyance and vexation and declared that only a child of the soil educated in the culture and tradition of the land could rule the kingdom. On his way back home to Uhe {IIe Ife} he stopped briefly at Ego where he had a son with princess Erimwinde the daughter of the Enogie of Ego.
In his early years the boy couldn’t talk when his father (Oromiyan) who by now established the Alafin dynasty in Oyo heard of his son predicament, sent his son’s mother seven marbles. While playing this marbles with other children one of his throws hit the targetnand he screamed out in excitement Owomika (I have succeeded) which was Corrupted into Eweka.
For a period of over 30 years, the administration of Benin City was virtually in the hands of Ogiamien family until 1200 AD when the "Boy-King" Eweka I ascended the throne as a young king ruled the kingdom with the assistance of his maternal grandfather Ogiegor.
via:MGOfb

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