Ughelli is a town in Delta State, Nigeria, and one of the 24 kingdoms that make up the Urhobo Nation. It also serves as the headquarters of Ughelli North local government area of Delta State.[1] The city is indigenous to the Urhobo ethnic nationals, but there is a mixture of several other tribes from the country & abroad. It is an industrial and agricultural spot of Delta State.

Ughelli Kingdom
Ughelli Kingdom is located in Nigeria
Ughelli Kingdom
Ughelli Kingdom
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 5°30′N 5°59′E / 5.500°N 5.983°E / 5.500; 5.983
StateDelta State
 • TypeMonarchy
 • OVIE (King)H.R.M Ajuwe, Oharisi III (JP)

Ughelli is in a central location in Delta State and a major town for the Urhobo Tribe, also one of the oldest kingdom in Delta State tracing back to the 14th and 15th century. The city of Ughelli is ruled by a hereditary ruler known as Ovie. The king, Oharisi III, lives in the Ovie Palace situated at Otovwodo-Ughelli.

History edit

Ughelli oral tradition has it that the great ancestor and founding father of Ughelli ("Ughene"), is the second son of Oghwoghwa (a Prince from Benin Kingdom). As history has it, Oghwoghwa in search of his own kingdom first settlement was at Tarakiri and later left for Oviri Ogor (current site of Ogor Techinal College). Ughene later left Oviri Ogor and founded Ovwodoawanre (Old Settlement), before the present settlement headquarters at Otovwodo (traditional headquarters).

Otovwodo,Ughelli Kingdom

Ughelli has several schools, a general hospital, and a local government secretariat. The city is a link between Delta North and Delta South. The city has crude oil and gas reserves hence the presence of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).

Ughelli town is the administrative headquarters of Ughelli North Local Government Area.[2]

Organization edit

Ughelli is organized as a local government area (LGA)[3] with a Chairman elected by the people and Councilors representing wards. It has various departments overseeing functions such as finance, health, education, agriculture, and works, headed by departmental heads. Traditional institutions, including traditional rulers and chiefs, also play a role in local governance. Committees may be formed to handle specific tasks. Ughelli's organization is governed by the Nigerian constitution and local government laws, following a multi-tiered system of government with federal, state, and local levels of administration.[4]

Location edit

Ughelli's latitude and longitude coordinates are: 5.500187, 5.993834.[5] It is a town in Southern Nigeria and the oldest kingdom of the 24 kingdoms of the Urhobo people.[citation needed]Ughelli is located in close proximity to the floodplains of the West Niger Delta river,[3] and is surrounded by neighbouring communities and villages. Among these are Agbara-Otor, Agbaro, Ufuoma, Otokutu, Ogor, each contributing to the town's rich cultural tapestry.[4]

List of rulers of Ughelli Kingdom edit

Ruler Start End
Ughene 1440 1460
Inere 1461 1524
Evweresoso 1525 1567
Agwaide 1568 1594
Arhavwode 1595 1647
Adague 1648 1706
Useh 1707 1757
Akporoba 1758 1806
Esejuvevwo 1807 1855
Oghoghovwe I 1856 1884
Idjesa 1885 1916
Oharisi I 1917 1943
Oharisi II 1944 1980
Oghoghovwe II 1981 1991
Oharisi III 1992 Present

Sports edit

Ughelli is gradually becoming a home of Sports after the foundation of Ughelli Rovers Football Club who compete in the Nigeria Nationwide League[6] the 3rd tier of Nigerian domestic football and play their home games at the Ughelli Township Stadium

Notable people edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Document" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Ughelli North Local Government Area". Retrieved 30 August 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Ughelli | Nigeria | Britannica". Retrieved 26 April 2023.
  4. ^ a b Rume, Allison (21 April 2023). "Discover Ughelli, Delta State". Lonely Africa. Retrieved 26 April 2023.
  5. ^ "Where is Ughelli, Nigeria on Map Lat Long Coordinates". Retrieved 30 May 2020.
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  7. ^ Clark, Colton (2 January 2021). "For Cougs, the secret's out". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Retrieved 9 February 2021.