HRM. Felix A. Mujakperuo (CFR),Orhue1,The Orodje of Okpe Kingdom.
Okpe kingdom is the largest of the twenty-four Urhobo Kingdoms which is situated at the heart of Delta State of Nigeria within latitude 6° and 5° North and longitude 5° 5 and 6° 2 East (Onigu Otite, 1973: 4). It occupies a large expanse of landmass about 500sq kilomitres of mainland, mangrove, swamp and rivers (Otite, 1982: 121). It is politically divided into Okpe and Sapele Local Government Areas of the state. Within the confines of this location, Okpẹ shares borders with Warri, Uvwie (Effurun), and Agbarho on the Southwest. On the Northeast axis, it has boundary with Mosogar, Jesse, and Agbon.Okpe kingdom has estimated population of over 240,000 as at 2006 National Population Census.Urhiapẹlẹ (Sapele) River , Ethiope River and the Warri River mark its boundaries somewhat.
Historically,Okpe Kingdom was founded by Prince Igboze,who was regarded as the founding father of the royal family of the Urhobo Okpe people. He was the son of an Oba (king) of Benin Empire. In the middle of the 17th century, he noticed the decline of the power of the Empire and, fearing for its future, determined to found his own kingdom. For this purpose he obtained his title of Ovie (king) from his second cousin, Oba Ahenzae of Benin, who was then on the throne (1640-1661). He left Benin Empire in the middle of the 17th century with his wives, family, and a number of followers (slaves) and set out southwards from Benin. He arrived at his new territory of Orere-Olomu. After a decade or so, when Igboze’s new kingdom was well established, he was later visited by an Ibo named Olomu. Olomu lived with Igboze for a long time and succeeded in winning the confidence of Igboze to such an extent that Igboze declared him his heir. Igboze, who had obtained the royal title of Ovie (king) to rule his new territory, was at the height of his power when he died. Upon Igboze’s death, Olomu took the title of Ovie.
This caused a rift, because Igboze’s son, Okpe, quarreled with Olomu about who should succeed as king (Bradbury, 1957, p. 131; Hubbard, 1948, pp. 237-8; Asagba, 2005, p. 7). Okpe and his followers later left the territory and settled in the Agbarho quarters of the Isoko Okpe. Okpe lived and died in Isoko Okpe. Before his death, Okpe had four sons: Orhue, Orhoro, Evwreke, and Esezi. The descendants of those four sons are the royal members of the Urhobo Kingdom of Okpe (Otite, 1973 and Asagba, 2005).
Okpe lies within the tropical rain forest area of the Niger-delta. The region experiences
high rainfall and high humidity most of the year. The climate is equatorial and
is marked by two distinct seasons. The Dry and Rainy seasons. The Dry season
lasts from about November to April and is significantly marked by the cool
“harmarttan” dusty haze from the north-east winds. The Rainy season spans May to October with a brief dry spell in August.
The primary occupations of the Okpe people includes commercial farming, fishing, hunting,
trading and gas explorations.
The language spoken by the people of Okpe is the Okpe language. English Language is also used especially “Pidgin
Although the predominant religion in Okpe is Christianity, many natives
still practice pagan worship. This is evident in the several ancestral shrines
that can still be seen in Okpe. A critical appraisal of the belief system of
the average Okpe indigene will reveal a combination of both Christian and pagan
The major festival of the people of Okpe is the Adane-Okpe festival which is sometimes referred to as Adane-Okpe Masquerade festival. Adane-Okpe festival is a socio-cultural festival celebrating the spiritual essence of the Okpe people in Nigeria. The high point of the
festival lies within the artistic display and dramatic performance of masquerades at the festival arena, revealing the revered aesthetic import of the Urhobo people. But beyond all this is the essence of the festival, which is
believed in the accumulation and renewal of spirituality, a socio-economic emancipation and the political unity of the people throughout the kingdom.
The major food eaten by the people Okpe Kingdom is garri, yam, akpu and starch. Cassava is the source of most of the foods consumed by Okpe people. The people of Okpe are known for banga soup with periwinkle (imekpe) starch (Uri) or eba, plantain/yam with pepper soup (Iriberari). Another
favourite is Owofugbo blended with periwinkle
The most popular dance of the people of Okpe is the Ikpeba dance in which how good a
dancer performs is measured by
the qualities that constitute ‘amerhen’
which include ‘erhumu’ (beauty),
‘ehoho’ (resemblance), odidi (numinuosity), ‘agbengben’ (aesthetics), and ‘emrerhon’ (attunement). How good a
dancer performs thus depends on the qualities of ‘amerhen’ he inculcates into his dance.
Okpe people forbid the marriage to a close relative or any form of incest and
The illustrious kingdom of Okpe as history recalls had four sons: Orhue, Orhoro, Evwreke and Esezi. These four Okpe ruling houses later decided to adopt a rotational system to produce a ruler for the kingdom. This has helped to stabilize peace and social equality in the kingdom till date.The first king produced by this system was H.R.M. Esezi I, Orodje of Okpe whose sovereignty was around the period of 1770-1779 and HRM. Felix A. Mujakperuo (CFR),Orhue1,The Orodje of Okpe Kingdom is the fourth and current king of Okpe. He is a worthy monarch that served his nation as a high-ranking major general in the Nigerian Army.
List of Communities and villages in Okpe Kingdom:
Amuokpokpo,Elume,Igbimidaka,Inabome,Ijakpa,Ogiedi,,Okuoke,Olan,Onoghro,Oyone,Abagbrassa-Ugolo,Adagbrasa,Adeavware,Adeje,Aghalokpe,Alelodje,Ajagolo,Ajaguoyibo,Ajatitor,Aragba,Arunuse,Agbaghe,Egbeghe,Egbega-Ovir,Egborode,Egbeleku,Ejemogha,Ekokor,Ekoko,Emadogue,Eroghor,Evwriyen,Gugudu,Ibelefia,Inabome,Iriama,Jeddo,Kpokpogri,London- Okobia,Mereje,Okuoke,Oviri-Okpe,Ughoton,Okuogholo,Orerekpe headquarters of Okpe Kingdom,Ogiribo,Obamediare,Odje-Okpe,Oha,Okobia,Okorche,Okozi,Okuovo,Oketemowo,Okwrejeba,Odjedi-Elume,Ohore,Ojukeoyibo,Okuotairer,Ovwori,Oketemowo,Okwrejeba,Okwrejeba,Okuabude,Okuafe,Okuagbadia,Okuajodo,Okuagbadia,Okuavwaren,Okuayitu,Okubaire,Okudiemo,Okudiete,Okue,Okuegban,Okuekpehre,Okuemoefe,Okuetolor,Okuetuvo(Okubarakpor),Okuevbiarha,Okuevue,Okufuoma,Okuighele,Okuighinoba,Okuirerch,Okuitobore,Okuloho,Okumutakperuo,Okuobonoe-Temro,Okwemowah,Opuraja,Osubi,Ugboren,Ughwaagha,Adaka,Adegbarassa,Agbeku,Ajajiewe, Amukpe,Ebada,Eko,Gana,Ogorode,Ogirisen,Oku,Okpobrise,Umudu,Wabome,Sapele e.t.c
NOTABLE PEOPLE FROM OKPE
Joseph Karakitie Azigbo
Sen. Eferakeya e.t.c
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