Uneme Ekpedo is one of the six (6) (Akiosu, Akpama Aiyetoro, Ekpedo, Enekhua and Erhurun) Uneme communities that make up Ward 9 in Akoko Edo.

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Uneme Ekpedo is one of the six (6) (Akiosu, Akpama Aiyetoro, Ekpedo, Enekhua and Erhurun) Uneme communities that make up Ward 9 in Akoko Edo.

Interestingly, Ekpedo is the ward collations center of Ward 9.

Administratively, Ekpedo falls under Central Uneme Clan that comprises Akiosu, Ekpedo and Erhurun. Erhurun is the current occupant of the Clan Headship seat. For the records, the kingship in Central Uneme is rotational.

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Ekpedo has eight (8) Quarters/Streets ie, Uzochi, Imichiowa, Uzanu, Imiakhuhi, Imiava, Titilayo Olokoto and Idimogun.

Kindred-ship speaking, there are five (5) kindreds (Ruling Houses) in Ekpedo: Uzochi, Imichiowa, Uzanu, Imiakhuhi and Imiava. These five kindreds also serve as the Street/quarters.

However, the kingship is selected from these five (5) Kindreds. For instance, the present traditional ruler, HRH. Oba J.A Obabori (The Onose Of Ekpedo) is from Uzanu Ruling House.

It will marvel you to Know that His Royal Highness, Oba J.A. Obabori is one of the founding fathers of Uneme National Development Association (UNDA), an umbrella body that unites all descendants of Uneme home and abroad.

During the formation of UNDA, His Royal Highness brought into use human, finance and material resources to ensure that the body starts and stands on good note.

His efforts and that of other eminent sons and daughters made it possible for the first maiden congregation of Uneme in October 1992 during the launching of the body and its Scholarship Foundation held in National Theatre Lagos, Nigeria.

The Onose Of Ekpedo ascended the exalted throne as ‘The Onose of Ekpedo’ in 1995 and has since sustained Ekpedo Day Celebration.

Personally, I have an eloquent testimony of His Royal Highness’ hospitable nature.

In Uneme Heritage (Blacksmith), Uneme Ekpedo is one Uneme communities that still practice blacksmithing till today even in commercial volume.

Though many craftsmen are contemplating leaving the trade as most of them and the young ones have lost interest as the government and the well meaning Uneme descendants show no sign of support/encouragement/motivation even when blacksmith is Uneme Heritage.

Ekpedo, setting the pace…..

Courtesy:

The Explorer Magazine

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