The Oworos of Kogi State – History of Oworo Land

The Oworos of Kogi State - History of Oworo Land

The Oworos of Kogi State – History of Oworo Land

Occupying North eastern Okunland in the former Kogi local government of Kogi state. The Oworos are bounded by other tribes such as the Ebira-Kotos, Nupe and some Hausas. There are 32 towns and villages in Oworo land, prominent among which are Agbaja, the traditional headquarters and Obajana the gateway to Oworoland and an industrial settlement where the industrial giant Dangote established the largest cement factory in Nigeria, The Oworos are the sixth group among the Okun people and are also of the Yoruba stock. Sources trace their origin to ile Ife and Oyo in the wave of migrations which characterised the 15th -17th century Yoruba history.

Igbo nla is another settlement with prominent importance where Christianity took its root among the Oworos. That was where the first primary school was established by the CMS in the 1920s. The CMS(Anglican) further built churches and primary schools.

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The Oworos of Kogi State History of Oworo Land Other key settlements are, Apata, Felele, Adogbe, Oyo, Osokosoko  Ogbongboro, Iwaa, Gbande, Akpomoba, Owara, Ohono, Oigahaki, Emu, Ayinoke, Kugboni, Kwara/oko, Okonoke, Okpabu, Omowa,Lolo,jamata, Ijiho and okpata.

COLONIAL ADMINISTRATION
In 1911 Oworo was like Kabba And Igbirras, a district in Kabba having Oworo, Kupa, Kalanla, and Egga as sub districts. The Olu of Agbaja was the district head of the Oworo. Oworo District left Kabba Division to join Kotonkarfi division in 1922 and returned to Kabba in 1934.

In 1936, chokochoko, Obajana, Akpata and Woha were transferred from Bunu district to Oworo district, this was followed in 1953 by the transfer of Oworo district into Kwara division now Lokoja Local Government of Kogi State.

Before the Colonial Administartion each Oworo settlement was independent of each other with no paramount chief. The Nupes and later the Colonial officers created the Olu of Oworo Chieftaincy title for administrative convenience after The Oworos of Kogi State History of Oworo Land

There are three main ruling houses in Oworoland, namely Abah, Ageto and Ajokpa with four king makers Maiyaki, Ndeji, Obadofin, and Eleso.
This was contained in the recommendations made to Kwara state government by the late Justice Ekundayo panel on Chieftaincy declaration Review and grading in 1978 based on their finding on Oworo tradition. That was when Olu of Oworo was graded to third class.

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