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History about Akoko-Edo

The Akoko-Edo was formally classified with those referred to as Ivbiesakon which came under the general terminology Kukuruku. The Akoko-Edo comprises the following
groups:

(a) Atte Group: – The group comprising the clan is Atte.

(b) Akoko-Edo Central Group: – This group forms a clan comprising following towns/villages: Aiyegunle, Igboola Sale, Igboola Oke, and Ogugun.

(c) Akoko-Edo East Group:- This group forms a clan made up of Somorika, Onumu, Ogbe, Anygaoza  and Eshawa.

(d) Akoko-Edo North Group: – The group forms a clan comprising Ibillo, Ekpesa, Ikiran-Ile, Ikiran-Oke, and Ekor.

(e) Akoko-Edo North-East Group: – The group is otherwise known as a clan comprises the following towns/villages: – Lampese, Imoga, Ekpe and Bekuma.

(f) Ikpesi/Egbigele Group: – The composition of the area as a clan is as follows: Ikpesi and Egbigele.

(g) Enwan Group: – The group forms a clan comprising Enwan Imiavane.

(h) Igarra— Akuku Group: -¨The group forms a clan comprising Igarra, Akuku and lgbikutu

(i) Imeri Group: – The group forming a clan is made up of Imeri.

(j) Kakumo-Anyanran Group: – The group forms a clan comprising Kakumo, Aiyekoba, and Anyanran.

(k) Okpe-Oloma Group: – The group is a clan comprising Okpe, Jaja and
Oloma.

(l) Okudoso Group: – The group forms a clan comprising Ojirami, Oke, Makeke, Dagbala and Oja Sale.

(m) Ososo Group: – Ososo forms a clan of its own.

(n) Uneme Central Group: – The group is a clan comprising Erhurun Uneme, Uneme Osu, and Ekpedo Imiara.

(o) Uneme North Group: – The group is a clan constituting Uneme-Nekhua and
Akparna.

The whole of Akoko-Edo is an agglomeration of people from Benin (in the South),
Idah (in the East), Igbirra (in the North) and Yoruba (in the West). It is said that the earliest settlers were the Benins who would have been there the same period the Etsako people moved from Benin during the reign of Oba Ozolua (1483-1504). Other migrating people, due to the fortunes of time, came into the area. Thus, the spill-over of the Ekiti people known as Ado-Ekiti who by the way, are Edo people, who had settled at Ekiti found their way back into this area from the West. As a matter of fact, Ado-Ekiti and the whole of Ondo State was a part of the old Benin Empire. It is little wonder that part of Akoko-Edo still forms a part of the Ekiti area of Ondo State today. Of the Igbirra and Idah from the North and East, the war which Oba Esigie fought in 1515-1516 with the Attah of Idah would have brought a lot of migration into the area. The Ososo people are believed to be the descendants of the Benin garrison which fought the Idah war. This fact accounts for their persistent rejection of Igalla as their place of origin. Later in the Current century, the general incursion of the Nupe into the area has in the main added more to mass movement of people into the area. Today, one can only say that the area is an admixture of ethnic groups from Benin, Igbirra and Idah who live together in scattered, heterogeneous towns and villages some of which really remain strangers to themselves. It is not uncommon for two adjourning villages to speak different languages and maintain two different cultures as far apart as Ibo from Yoruba and yet they manage to get on together, first, under the Benin Imperial powers and later, under the Colonial of British powers now inherited by the National Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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