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, such as the Igbos, Edos and others. 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; 5.983Coordinates: 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 traditional ruler which is known as Ovie, and is passed from father to son. The current king is His Royal Majesty, Oharisi III who lives in the Ovie Palace situated at Otovwodo-Ughelli.


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]


Ughelli's latitude and longitude coordinates are: 5.500187, 5.993834.[3] It is a city in southern Nigeria and the oldest kingdom of the 24 kingdoms of the Urhobo people[citation needed]

List of rulers of Ughelli KingdomEdit

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

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "Document" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Ughelli North Local Government Area". Retrieved 30 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Where is Ughelli, Nigeria on Map Lat Long Coordinates". Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  4. ^ Clark, Colton (2 January 2021). "For Cougs, the secret's out". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Retrieved 9 February 2021.