Ebira people are an ethno-linguistic tribe in Nigeria which are predominant in Kogi State (the central part of Kogi State). Some Ebira People can also be found in Kwara State, Zamfara State (Ebira Toto) and Edo State (Ebira Etuno) etc. Their are two different Ebira People in Kogi State which are Ebira Koton and Ebira Tao. Okene is said t be the headquarters of the Ebira People.
What is the Origin of the Ebira?
The Children of Itaazi
- Adaviruku/Ohizi (Adavi),
- Ododo (Okehi), Obaji (Eyika),
- Uga (Okengwe) and
- Ochuga/Onotu (Ihima).
- Ohunene (Eganyi) the only daughter of Itaazi.
The various clans in Ebiraland are descendants of the children of Itaazi see examples below;
Ohizi, Itaazi Son
Ohizi Children and the clans they founded
- Upopo-uvete (Apasi),
- Idu (Aniku),
Another Ebira migrant group from Eganyi known as Ezi Onogu clan is also found in Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State
Ododo’s Children and the clans they founded in Okehi
- Okovi Oviri
- Obaji (Obaji founded Eika and he had ten children)
The Children of Obaji of Eika
- Ogu and
Uga of Okengwe had two sons whose children constitute the present Okovi and Agada group of clans. Due to a sizeable concentration of other Ebira clans in Okengwe district, they formed a socio-political coalition known as Ada-ehi.
The Children of Ochuga and the clans they founded in Ihima
- Ohongwa and
- Akuta (Akut a is clan that migrated from Okengwe)
Ohunene Itaazi’s Only Daughter
Itaazi’s only daughter is known as ohunene, she founded Eganyi, but not all the clans there are descended from her.
The Clans in Eganyi
- Anavapa and
- Aningere (Okengwe and Adavi districts)