Unyeada Kingdom

The Unyeada Kingdom, (Unyeada is literally interpreted) as "prowess of Eda", is an ancient Ijaw riverine settlement (Kingdom) located South of Ogoni tribe and to the West is Bonny Island and Ataba Town. Unyeada Kingdom is most populated segment of Obolo people and presently divided into two Administrative Districts (Unyeada Town and Isi-Okwan) in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.

History shown that Old Unyeada Kingdom was the most progressive and seat of power of Obolo (Andoni) nuclear settlements and recorded great dominance in Trans-Atlantic trade in Niger Delta. The ancestors of Unyeada are warriors and nomadic fishing marchants believed to have migrated from the Benin-ijo contraction as early as 12th century AD led by a great warrior Edabiri and his fellow warriors to become the earliest settlers in the Eastern Delta.

King Otuo Ogbolakon, a decedant of Edabiri Dynasty who later founded the present Unyeada became famous in the late 18th century for fighting against the colonial injustice and resource control which led to the economic war at Bonny. This was necessitated by the strategic location of Unyeada kingdom on the trade route linking the hinterland to the Bonny port. He establishes blockage on the trade route preventing Bonny marchants from accessing the hinterland oil markets.[1]

Both oral tradition and historical record pointed to the fact that Unyeada Kingdom played key role in the development of Eastern Delta even before the arrival of the colonial era.

The territory of Unyeada Kingdom originally stretches from Andoni Flat (Agba Ula) to Imo River (Okwan Ebbu) which now houses Opobo and Nkoro communities and other Obolo settlements. According to ancient folklore, Unyeada is fated as "Land of Protection", this is evident in the geographical location of Unyeada Kingdom which literally seated in defense of these communities who came to seek refuge in the kingdom.

The Kingdom was a center of attraction as King Otuo Ogbalakon became a monarch of the entire Obolo (Andoni), Okan-Obolo, ruling two hundred towns and villages in the early nineteenth century.[2]

King Otuo Ogbalakon died in 1849 and since then, his descendants as follows have ruled Unyeada Kingdom.

  • King Ogbilikana Eyewa Otuo II
  • King Otuile Otuo III
  • King Uko Otuo IV
  • King lkwuruyok Otuo V
  • King Ekon Otuo VI
  • King Gwenden Otuo VII

When Chief Gwenden Otuo VII won the battle to royalty against Chief Ibiambo, he was traditionally installed as Okan-Ama of Unyeada in 1929. King Gwenden Otuo VII died in 1942 and was succeeded by King Fredrick Otuo VIII who ruled until 1972 when he died.

On 23 April 1977, His Supreme Masjesty King (Dr.) Israel U. Otuo IX, JP. was installed as the Okan-Ama of Unyeada.[3]

List of towns, villages and fishing settlements in Unyeada KingdomEdit

The kingdom comprises many towns and villages on the upper Andoni River. Some of communities include Unyeada Town, Polokiri, Ama Ekpu, Mmunama, Galilee, Okama, Polokiri, Ama-Utono, Inyongnchicha, Ama-Omuso, Ofunkrika, Isiodum Town , Ama-njijor, Oru, Ajarikiri, Egbormung Town , Okukpo, Olukama, Ama-Ernest, Agbadam, Ama-Gabriel, Ogbodim, Otuokolokolo, Dema City , Otuafu, Otunria, Ogbonte, Ibotirem Town , Samanga Town, Ama-mbop, Ajakajak Town, Udungama, Okwan-york, Afaradigi, Ama Joshua, Isiobiama, Nkanlek and Agbakoroma. Their occupation is predominantly fishing.

Notable PeopleEdit

Dr. Silas Eneyo, Former Commissioner, Rivers State Ministry of Health, and Author of Andoni Monachy, an introduction to the History of Kingship Institution of Andoni People.

2. Allison Otana PhD., An astute Audiologist and International Inventor associated with Manchester University, United Kingdom.

3. Barr. Gomiluk Otokwala, Senior Counsel, International Monetary Fund. He was a student of Harvard University.

Unyeada Fishing FestivalEdit

Unyeada Fishing Festival is an annual fish festival celebrated by the Obolo people in Unyeada Town every 5 July.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Adadonye Fombo, Short Outline History of Bonny
  2. ^ Horace), Enemugwem, John H. (John (2006). Obolo and the peopling of the Niger Delta. Aboki Publishers. ISBN 978-978-8098-52-2. OCLC 319448006.
  3. ^ 99.1.com "Unyeada Divisional Council of Traditional Rulers Inaugurated". Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation. November 11, 2020. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  • [lawcarenigeria.com "Supreme Court of Nigeria"]. Nteogwuile V Otuo. June 29, 2001. (2001)LCN/2977(SC). Retrieved 17 November 2021. {{cite news}}: Check |url= value (help)
  • Silas, Eneyo (1991). The Andoni Monachy:An introduction to the history of kingship institution of the Andoni people. Rivers State, Nigeria: Riverside. pp. 20–95. ISBN 978-31226-0-6.