| The history of Enugu Ezike by Henry Odo Eya. Sept 1993Origin OF ENUGU EZIKE One school of thought, which I had always relied on as authentic history, is that ENUGU-EZIKE had her original descendants from Oba of Benin. The man who had been known as the great grand fathers of ENUGU-EZIKE has the name – “ENUGWU-EZIKE OBA ATTA IGARA BI IGBO N’IME”. It is said that the Oba from the West (Benin) migrated to Onisha through Asaba, through the stream via Aguleri to Ebenebe, then came and settled at Enugu Ukwu all in Anambra State. Enugu Ukwu has since been known to be the original home of Ezike Oba- up till now; there is OKPUNO ZIKE in Enugwu Ukwu. In 1935, some nine old men from ENUGU-EZIKE here went to testify in a court of law at Awka in a land dispute between Enugwu Ukwu and Enugwu Agidi in Awka zone. After settling there hunting and farming according to the legend, he moved through the Anambra Rivers to Igabada and then to Idah both now in Kogi State. He lived in Idah for sometime, moving with the season in this hunting expedition, until at a time, Ezike Oba shot a huge elephant and followed the track of the wounded animal to Odoru and Agbokete in Idah zone. This pursuit continued through Ibagwa Ani – Ekoyi groove up to Ugwu Eka (Hill) at Amube where the animal fell dead. He finally settled at Amube Hill, and married a woman called Ukoji from Ekoyi in Iheaka. This act of settling down on a hilltop from where he could easily spot a game, earned him the nick-name “ELUGWU” meaning “HILL-TOP”. All these put together ELUGWU EZIKE OBA. He later established settlement on a strip of land between Amube and Ekoyi. This strip of settlements, hunting have clear association with history. Origins of almost all towns and villages cannot do without hunting, migration and settlement. The early man as a wanderer and hunter. The Bushmen of South Africa etc. ENUGU-EZIKE has certain things in common with Benin, Igala, Idoma, (Kogi state) and Enugwu-Ukwu (Anambra State). This...
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