The majority of Nigerians may not have actually found out about Urhobos and a few of those who might have heard anything about them don’t know much about them. I am an Urhobo and I desire others to see my people for exactly what they actually are..
The Urhobos are the majority ethnic group in Delta State with more than a million people. They inhabit Delta Central specifically but they are also present in a couple of numbers in Delta South.
The Urhobo individuals share a common origins with Edo individuals. It is even said that the Urhobos moved from Edo.
The Urhobo people are also similar to the Isoko people of Delta State. At a point in time, the white colonisers referred to both the Isoko and Urhobo individuals as the “Sobo” individuals. This was combated against by both people. As of now, the Isokos manage to comprehend Urhobo at the primary level and some Urhobos can comprehend the Isoko language..
The Urhobo nation is made up of lots of sub-cultural systems with apparent improvements. This is why many historians are quick to say that Urhobo is a cultural unit and not a geographical device. What binds all the different sub-cultural units together is the commonness of Urhobo cultural worldview and custom.
The Urhobo individuals are extremely egalitarian by nature and think in equality and flexibility. Urhobo conventional monarchy is normally headed by an Ovie(king) who oversees the affairs of his kingdom.
The Urhobo people are extremely demonstrative when they speak. This normally includes a remarkable touch to their discussions. This is one of the reasons why Urhobos master home entertainment. Especially when it involves comedy.
The first Urhobo man to go to a university is McNeil Gabriel Ejaife of Okpara. He graduated with a B.A. degree of Durham University in 1948. The first Urhobo Teacher is Frank Ukoli who was designated in 1973. Six Urhobo academics have actually been vice chancellors of Universities, specifically, Philip Kuale, Frank Ukoli, Andrew Onokerhoraye, Eric Arubayi, Andrew Evwaraye and Uvie Igun.
The Yorubas have Afenifere, the Hausas have Arewa while the Igbos of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. The Urhobos have UPU (Urhobo Development Union). This is the peak socio-political and cultural group coming from the Urhobos.
The Urhobo traditional meal is Oil soup, also known as Ohwo soup by Urhobos, and Starch, understood as Usi by the Urhobos. The second traditional dish is Ukhodo (Yam and Plantain Soup). The Urhobos also take Banga soup, Ogbono soup, Pepper soup, Egusi soup, etc, as specials..
The first Nigerian indigenous monotheistic faith originated from the Urhobo town known as Kokori. This was where Ubiesha Atakpo started the Igbe Religious Movement. This activity looks for to worship and glorify a single God (referred to as Oweya) through dancing and the intake of native chalk..
Urhoboland has a great supply of petroleum. This is one of the reasons it is a significant website for oil expedition. For example, the Erhioke oil wells of Kokori are believed to be among the shallowest oil wells worldwide..
The Urhobos are extremely informed and have the love for Western education. They are known to have among the greatest concentration of Professors, Physicians and Lawyers in the Niger-Delta area. Practically all the tertiary institutions in Delta State are located in Urhobo land. i.e., Delta State University, Abraka; Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun; Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Ugbomro; College of Physical and Health Education, Mosogar; College of Education, Ejeba; Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara; College of Health Innovation, Ufuoma, etc..
The Urhobo individuals preserve a closely-knit family device. Family ties are strong and are kept until death..
The Urhobos share Warri City together with the Itsekiris and Ijaws. The native Urhobos in Warri are known as Agbassa-Urhobo or Agbarha-Ame and Okere-Urhobo.
Numerous of Nigeria’s finest comedians such as I Go Dye, Gordons, Akpororo, Bovi, Alibaba, etc, are Urhobos. Urhobo artists consist of Kefee, Yung6ix, YungHanz, Erigga, Chris Okotie, Sammy Okposo. Richard Mofe Damijo, the commissioner of tourism in Delta State and star is half-Urhobo. The acclaimed and popular sprinter, True blessing Okagbare, is also of Urhobo origin. Some known Urhobo writers include: Professor J.P. Clark, Ben Okri, Professors Tanure Ojaide, Isidore Okpewho, and Hope Eghagha, and Ben Omonode. The foremost Urhobo nationalist is Mukoro Mowoe.