[1]Auchi is a city in Edo State, Nigeria.[2]

Aerial view of Auchi Town overhead the Arafat Mosque
Aerial view of Auchi Town overhead the Arafat Mosque
Auchi is located in Nigeria
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 7°04′N 6°16′E / 7.067°N 6.267°E / 7.067; 6.267
StateEdo State
 • Total150,000
 2006 census
Auchi-Jattu Road
Auchi Polytechnic Main Entrance

Auchi, a part of Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, serves as the Local Government headquarters. Other towns in the Etsako West local government area include: Uzairue, South Ibie, Agbede and The Anwain Clan. During the British colonial rule, it was the headquarters of the Kukuruku Division, the administrative headquarters of five districts.[3] It is the home of Auchi Polytechnic.[4]

Former UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman and former Minister of information and culture Tony Momoh, Jeffrey Obomeghie, Nigerian-American executive and writer, were born in Auchi.[5]


The language spoken by the Auchi people is 'Yekhè' or Etsako amongst the Afenmai language. It is an Edoid language dialect or variant.[6]



There are varied historical accounts relating to the origins of the Auchi people. The most popular of these legends asserts that a mass migration from Udo in present-day Benin City led by a man called Uchi accompanied by his family and followers headed north and finally settled for the relative calm of the Guinea Savannah belt known today as Etsako[8] land. This migration is believed to have taken place in the mid-15th century, during the reign of Oba Ewuare of the Benin Kingdom.[citation needed] This period in the Benin empire was characterised by constant wars and incessant strife.[citation needed]


The River Orle
Central Mosque Auchi

Auchi town is divided into five grand quarters which could also be referred to as districts; these are in turn made up of 25 villages.

The five grand quarters are:

  • In recent times, 24 extra villages have been created


Auchi has been a major Islamic town. Irrespective of religion, the people live peacefully. The welcoming and hospitable nature of the Auchi people has to a very large extent contributed to the cultural and religious diversity of the town.[citation needed]


The population grew to 42,638 by 1952, including people from many Nigerian tribes.[9][citation needed]

As of 1995, its population was 140,612. As of 2005–2006, currently, the population is about 150,000 persons. Auchi has in recent years been amongst the fastest growing cities in Nigeria.[citation needed]

Culture and traditionsEdit

Auchi Kingdom is headed by a monarchy and the traditional ruler is referred to as the Otaru of Auchi. The 8th of January is designated as Auchi Day. This commemorative day was previously called Uchi Day.[10]

List of Otarus (traditional kings)Edit

The Otaru of Auchi accompanied by the Daudus (chiefs)
  • Alhaji Aliru H. Momoh (Ikelebe III) 10th Otaru of Auchi (1996 -)[11][12]
  • Alhaji Ahmed Guruza Momoh, the 9th Otaru of Auchi (1973 - 1996)[13]
  • Abubakar Keremi Momoh, The 8th Otaru of Auchi (1955 - 1970)[14]
  • King Momoh Jimah Momoh, the 7th Otaru of Auchi (1945 - 1955)[15]
  • King Momoh Idaeo, the 6th Otaru of Auchi (1919 - 1944)[16]
  • King Ikharo Ikelebe, the 5th Otaru of Auchi (1905 - 1919)[17][18]
  • Odifili, the 4th Otaru of Auchi (1905)[19]
  • Idaeo Ikelebe, the 3rd Otaru of Auchi (1884 - 1905)[20]
  • Imoudu Iburogamhe, the 2nd Otaru of Auchi (1872-1884)[citation needed]
  • Ikelebe the first, 1st Otaru of Auchi (1819 - 1861)[citation needed][21]

Institutions and infrastructureEdit

Auchi is home to:


Erosion Devastation in Auchi

Some parts of Auchi have been seriously devastated due to soil erosion. The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), assisted by the World Bank, are now tackling the menace and are making fast progress.[23]



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  3. ^ "My father had 48 wives and they always took an oath every six months – Tony Momoh". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  4. ^ webadmin1. "Home". Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
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  7. ^ "We have Jihad team that destroys idols in my kingdom –Otaru of Auchi". Punch Newspapers. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
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  12. ^ "I abandoned my gold mining business when I became king — Momoh". Punch Newspapers. 13 October 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  13. ^ Adeolu (20 March 2017). "MOMOH, (His Highness, Alhaji) Ahmad Guruza, Ikelebe II". Biographical Legacy and Research Foundation. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  14. ^ "114 years after, Ikharos seek court validation for rotation of Auchi stool". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 20 January 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  15. ^ "114 years after, Ikharos seek court validation for rotation of Auchi stool". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 20 January 2019. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  16. ^ "114 years after, Ikharos seek court validation for rotation of Auchi stool". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 20 January 2019. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  17. ^ "Nigerian Traditional States". www.worldstatesmen.org. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  18. ^ "Saliu Osifuemhe Ahmed – A Man Of Many Parts". ALEDEH. 15 June 2020. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
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  20. ^ "otaru". library.answerthepublic.net. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  21. ^ Okogba, Emmanuel (5 January 2021). "The relevance of January 14 in Oyo (3)". Vanguard News. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  22. ^ "Edo Fertilizer Blending Plant To Commence Operation June". Concise News. June 2017.
  23. ^ Olatunji,Iretomiwa (19 January 2016). "Resettlement action plan for Auchi erosion Gully site in Etsako West, Edo State". The World Bank.

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