Most Important Events In Ebiraland And The Years Of Occurrence.


1750: Ebira migrated to Ebira Opete (Ebiraland).

1881: The installation of Ohindase (Okomanyi Avogude), rain maker in Ebira Division.

1882: The first installation of Ozumi (peace maker) in Ebira Division.

1885: Anajinomoh – the arrival of the first white man in Ebira land.

1886: Arrival of Islam in Ebiraland.
1890: Ebira/Bassa-Nge war. (The Bassa were defeated.)

1902: Odimboro’s death was a play/tragedy for people were burnt to ashes during his burial.

1902-Death of Ohindasi Okomanyi Avogunde.

1903: Omadivi was appointed the first paramount ruler (or ‘Native Authority’) of Ebira by the colonial government at Okene-eba.

1904: Colonial conquest of Ebiraland (Major Marsh Expedition).

1908: Era of rapid spread of Islam (Ume Anebi).

1912: Terrible famine known as “Osinageri.”

1915: Arrival of Sheikh Yahaya Tajudeen in Ebiraland from Ilorin.

1916: The first appearance of bicycle in Ebira.

1917: The installation of Ibrahim Ichegudo as Atta of Ebira following the death of Omadivi that same year.

– Roman Catholic School was built in Okene.

1918: Time of Akuosu (epidemic). This was the time when the worldwide epidemic of influenza took a heavy toll. As a result of this epidemics many people died at such an abnormal rate that there was insufficient cloth to bury the corpses, mats had to be substituted.

– The first school in Ebira, St. Peter’s Primary School, was founded by the Church Missionary Society (CMS) at Ogori.

Two of the pioneer pupils in the school, Mr Jaiye or Jaiya, who later worked as a catechist, and Mr. Festus Alasoka who would later become the Ologori of Ogori.
* Christianity and western education arrived late in Ebira.

– The establishment of R.C.M. school in Okene at the site where Atta’s house stands today. Some of its pioneer pupils were Mr. J.M. Ojiah, who became a court judge; Alhaji A.R.G. Ozigis, who worked with the Native Authority Council; and Mr. Sule Onibo.

1919: “Onyayi” – small-pox struck Ebira.
– Mohammed Sani Omolori is born and would later become the Ohinoyi of Ebira. He was born during the funeral ceremony of Omonori or Omolori of Okaito, the district head of Okaito.

That was how Sani Omolori got his last name. Omonori is an Ebira corruption of the Yoruba name, Omolori, which means “child of good luck.”

– Death of Ohindase Arudi of Omoye clan.

1921: The first appearance of a three-wheel motor car on Ebira road.

1922: Construction of Okene-Lokoja road.

– Construction of the first zinc roofed house in Ebira.

– Time of “Ogunmare” – a time when many Ebira men were forced to Igala Division and Eastern Region to work on the construction of the railway line.

– Mr. T.A.Bugeru came to Ebira.

1923: Creation of Ebira Division in Kabba Province by Capt. Byng Hall.

-Ebira Native Authority Central School, known as “Makaranta,” was founded. It began in 1922 as a Quranic school before it became a full-fledged primary school the following year. It was founded by the N.A. Its pioneer pupils included Abdul Malik Atta, Abdul Rahaman Okene, Ali Arigi, a retired court judge, Salau Lawal, later to become the District Head of Okene, Habib Raji Abdallah, Ahmadu Rufai, Umaru Oricha, and Mallam Zakari.
1925: Obangede riot.

– the emigration/immigration of Okino’s family and some Agada clan members to Idori, some 15 miles from Okene in pursuit of their desire for self-administration.

– Sani Omolori began school (on May 25, 1925). He spent five years in Elementary Three because there was no where else to go then. There were not too many opportunities for higher education in the entire Northern region then.

1926: Lokoja came under Igbirra Native Authority administration.

– Iya Egbe, mother of Atta Ibrahim, dies.
– St. Andrew’s Anglican School, Okene, was established by Archdeacon L. A. Lennon, a Jamaican. It was first run as a religious class.

Through the influence of Atta, the school was recognised by the colonial government and grant- aided in 1928. Its first headmaster was Mr. (later Reverend) P.A. Obayan (father of Justice Obayan). Its foundation pupils included Peter Adeniyi Erin, Esther Adebusola Ogedengbe, and J.M Baiye.

1927: Okene Prison Yard built and opened.

– Osara bridge was constructed.

-Death of ‘Iya Egbe’ Ejinovo (Atta Ibrahim’s mother).

1929: Public news of Aladura. Many Ebira went to. the West to see an Aladura prophet.

“Akuvariva” or locust caused a terrible damage to food/cash crops and trees in Ebira.

1930: Second appearance of locust.

– Atta Ibrahim made the pilgrimage to Mecca.

1931: Prisoners killed by thunder at Okene prison.

1932: Second appearance of Oyibo Arimoh.

1933: Death of Ogbojo of Osisi village.

– Death of Umajene of Okene.

– Construction of Okene Middle School, new known as Abdul Aziz Atta Memorial College. Its first principal was Isa Koto.

1934: The construction of Ebira Native Authority Yard.

– Thunder struck the prison again.

– Completion of Okene water works.

1935: Death of Otaru – Atta Ibrahim’s father.

1936: Death of Okino Achegidi.

1937: Samari Irivogba died.

– Introduction of Okene Cemetary – “oganya.”

– Death of Anaza – the last man to be buried at home before the introduction of “oganya.”

– Completion of Okene reservoir(Okene water work).

1938: Death of Samari Omobo of Omoye Clan.

– Death of Olu of Ajaokuta, Usman Obosi.

– Oyibo Arimoh, Mr. K. Devon, who abolished excessive interest on refund of loan in Ebiraland Division.

– Conviction of Yakubu, ex-Wakili of Lokoja, for illegal shooting of an arrow.

1939: Abeni or Agbemi Ajokaiye was installed as Ohindase (rain maker).

– Death of late Abdul Malik’s grand mother.

– Stone fell on Anahi, a salt dealer, and was killed on the spot as people struggled for salt during a period of acute scarcity.

1940: Construction of a Police station in Okene.

1941: Construction of Oganya cemetary started.

1942: Construction of Okene Central Mosque.

– Death of Ozumi Agere of Okene.

– Death of Otu.

1945: Death of Ohindase of Okene.

– Construction of Osara-Eganyi road.

– Abdul Malik Ibrahim, Atta’s son, went on
pilgrimage to Mecca.

1947: Death of Onyayi Oweyi (Siyaka’s mother).

– Nnamidi Azikiwe visited Okene on the platform of N.C.N.C.

1948: Death of Ichimiri of Okene, the Custodian of Ogugureba, a singing masquerade which performed at night during the “Ekuechi” festival.

1949: Okene Post Office was built.

– Yusuf Utohu established a local weaving industry in Okene which would later revolutionize and popularize Ebira hand woven cloth known worldwide as Okene cloth.

1950: Atta Ibrahim killed an Elephant (hunters exhibition).

1951: Tax riot.

-Completion of Ebira Central Mosque Okene.

– Construction of Okene dispensary.

– Death of Alhaji Lawal, a confidant of Atta.

1952: Construction of G.T.T.C. Ukpogo, Okene. Its first principal was Mr. A.O Latunbosun.

– Fighting broke out between “Adokita” and “Soja” masquerades during Echeane festival. They were banned from participating in Echeane festivity for years as a result.

– George U. Ohikere and Abdul Malik Ibrahim were elected to the Northern House of Assembly.

– Abdul Malik Ibrahim appointed the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

1953: Completion of Okene Central Mosque.

– Igbirra Nagjve Authority had Alhaji Abdulrahim Yahaya Tajudeen an Ilorin indigene elected to the council. Placing Ebira nation as being among the first tribes to accommodate non-indigene in the Local Govt Council.

– Death of Mohammed Sani Omolori’s father.

– Dethronement of Atta Ibrahim of Ebira.
1954: Abdication of Atta Ibrahim.

– Construction of Okene Central Office.

– Installation of Ohinoyi of Ebira.

1956: Dr. Abdulmumin I.Atta joined the British Colonial Medical Service and was the second medical Doctor, after Dr. Dikko, in the Northern Nigeria.

-Death of Mayaki, son of ex-Atta of Ebira.

– Construction of Idoji Central Mosque.

– Construction of Atami bridge.

– Collapse of Okunbanyi river.

– Construction of Islamic Primary School.
1956: Death of Sheikh Yahaya Tajudeen(17/51956), the first chief Imam of Ebiraland.

– Alhaji Abdulrahim Tajudeen chief Imam from 1956-1960.

1957: Official installation of Mohammed Sani Omolori as Ohinoyi of Ebira.

– Assisntic (??) influenza attack.

– Okene Town Road was tarred.

1958: Construction of Okene Hospital by the Government of Nigeria and the Catholic Mission.

– Dr. Abdulmumin I.Atta first Nigeria head of Hajj mission to Saudi Arabia.

1959: Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa visited Okene to present Mr. Joseph Ohiani as the NPC candidate to the Federal House of Representatives.

– Salihu O. Abdul won the Federal Election.

– Mohammed Kokori (M.K.) Abdul and AbdulRahaman Badamasuiy were imprisoned.

– Death of Mr. J. A. Odiyaya or Odaiai (ex-Maji), Local Government Treasurer of Ebira.

1960: Imam Musa Galadima Abdullah appointed as the Chief Imam of Ebiraland.

– Death of Ohindase Abeni or Agbemi, an
uncle of Sani Omolori.

– Fighting in Okene Central Mosque as a result of political disagreement.

– Nigerian independence.

– Abdul Salami Robin Yusuf was appointed to the Upper House as Senator.

-Introduction of Telephone in Ebiraland.

1962: Reverend Father (Dr.) Alexius Makozi and Joseph Ohieku were ordained as priests at Okene Catholic Church, becoming the first priests from the Northern Region to be raised to the Episcopal Dignity in the Catholic Church.

– Mohammed Kokori (M.K.) Abdul and M.I. Lawal Megida from Ihima were elected to the Northern House – the first time Ebira would be given two seats in the regional legislature?

– Death of Ozigizigi of Obehira.

– Death of Anakava, Ozigizigi’s successor.

1963:National Population Census (Ebiraland:325,273).

-Government took contorl of the General Hospital.

1965: Government took control of the With Works.

– Death of Mr. George Uru Ohikere.

– Sardauna of Sokoto, Ahmadu Bello, visited Okene.

– Death of Mallam Zakari, ex-chief warder of N.A. Prison, and death of Ahmadu Rufai’s wife.

1964: Death of Atta Ibrahim Onoruoyiza.

1965: Visit of Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, to Okene.

– Death of George Ohikere.

1966: Okene College of Commerce was founded by Mr. Joseph Ohiani.

– Death of Mr. G.A. Balogun, a famous should teacher at the Roman Catholic School.

– News of military coup.

– The collapse of Ohiana drift.

– Death of Yakubu, ex-Wakili of Lokoja and father of Abdul Rahaman Okene.

– Small-pox epidemic broke out.

1967: Civil war broke out in Nigeria, rebel Biafran soldiers bombed Okene, killing seven people.

– Creation of 12 states, Ebira now part of Kwara State.

– Appointment of Alhaji Abdulrahman Okene as the first Secretary to. Kwara State Government.

– The Anglican community established Iginla Anglican College (later re-named Lennon Memorial College).

1968: Death of Ologori of Ogori, Mr. G.B. Akerejola.

– Death of Abdul Aziz Atta’s mother.

1969: Introduction of Electricity to Ebiraland.

– Death of Abdul Malik Atta, former Nigeria’s Ambassador to France.

– Major-General Adeyinka Adebayo, Governor of Western Nigeria, visited Okene in a helicopter. It was the first time a helicopter would land in Ebira.

1970: Second collapse of Okuhobanyi (or Okuha Obanyi) river.

1971: Death of Aliyu Chata Enesi, the veteran tax collector and the oldest man in Agada clan.

– Death of Alhaji Sumaila of Obansa, a famous and reverred man of Agada clan.
– Ordination of Alexius Makozi as Bishop of the Lokoja Diocese.

– Death of Ohinoyi Sani Omolori’s mother.

1972: Death of Umaru Adabara of Agada clan.

– Death of Abdul Aziz Atta, former secretary to the federal government and head of service,in London.

– Death of Kekere Ozidogido, founder of the Ikede and Chekene music and the first Ebira singer to wax a record.

1974: Establishment of FATC (now. FCE, Okene.

1976: Creation of Okene and Okehi L.G.A’s from Ebira Division.

1979: Alhaji Adamu Atta elected first civilian Governor of Kwara State.

1980: Death of Isa Danga (Custodian of OKevere).

– Work started on Ajaokuta Iron and steel Industry.

1981:Alhaji Abdulrahman Okene appointed by President Shehu Shagari as Chairman of Census Board.

1982: Death of foremost nationalist Alhaji Raji Habib Abdallah.

1983: Alhaji Usman Abatemi became Deputy Governor of Kwara State.

1987: Death of Mr.J.A.G. Ohiani of Karaworo.

1989: Death of Mom oh Ajagu (Custodian of Achewuru Obanyi of Okene).

1990: Appointment of Alhaji Aliyu Atta as Inspector-General of Police.

1991: Death of Sheikh Ahmad Rufai (Shehu Idoji).

1991: Appointment of Lt General Salihu Ibrahim as Chief of Army Staff.

1991:Creation of Kogi State.

1991: Appointment of Ustaz Yoonus Abdallah as the first Grand Khadi of Kogi State.

1993:Alhaji Abdulrahman Okene appointed as Minister of Internal Affairs.

Colonel Muhammed Abdulsalam Onuka appointed as the Military Administrator of Edo State.

1995: Appointment of Judith Sefi Atta as the first minister of women affair and Social development.

1996: Death of His Royal Highness, Alhaji Sani Omolori, Ohinoyi of Ebira land (10/7/96.

1997: Appointment of His Royal Majesty, Dr. Ado Ibrahim as Ohinoyi of Ebira(2/6/97).

1998: Creation of Ogori-Magongo L.G.A.
– EBIRA-ENGLISH DICTIONARY Volume 1 (Ehahi Ebira ini oyivo) By Yusuf Ozi Usman.

1999: Death of Alhaji Abdulrahman Okene.

-Chief Patrick Adaba (mni) elected as Deputy Governor of Kogi State.

2000: Death of Alhaji Usman Abatemi, former Deputy Governor of Kwara state.
2003: Mr. Philip Omeiza Salawu elected Deputy Gov. of Kogi State.

2006: Death of Senator A.T. Ahmed, a frontline politician.

2006: Creation of Ohi Stool in the five Traditional Districts (Adavi, Eika, Okengwe, Ihima and Eganyi) of Ebiraland

2010: Appointment of Alhaji Mohammed Bello Adoke as Minister for Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation.

2010: Appointment of Mr Austin Oniwon as the Group Managing Director of NNPC.

2012: Death of Ustaz Yoonus Abdallah.
-Death of Chief Siyaka Okaraga Lawal, the Obobanyi of Ihima (reigned 1984-2012).

2014: Death of Alhaji Adamu Atta, the first Executive Governor of Kwara state.

2015: Death of Dr. Bello Asuku Ibrahim, the first Ohi of Adavi (14/10/2015).

-Fatima Bombom Sani broke existing record in Nigeria Law School by bagging Nine Separate Awards at the call to Bar of Nigeria Law School.

– Dr. Salamat Ahuoyiza Aliyu the first indigenous trained female neuro-surgeon in Nigeria and first female to be certified a neuro- surgeon in West African.

-Alhaji Yahaya Bello Adoza was elected as executive governor of kogi state. To break the jinx.

2016: Death of Dr.Abdulmumin I.Atta The first medical doctor from Ebira land and second to Dr.Barau Diko in the Northern Nigeria.

Former permanent secretary in the Northern Region’s Ministry of Health and first Nigeria delegate head mission to Saudi Arabia.

— with Prince Onyekehi , Babamba Facur , Hajji O Abdulaziz Ahmad and Saka Raji Audu.

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