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HISTORY AND THE ORIGIN OF EKENI IN SOUTHERN IJAW LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA (LGA) OF BAYELSA STATE OF NIGERIA

THE ORIGIN OF EKENI IN SOUTHERN IJAW LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA (L.G.A) OF BAYELSA STATE OF NIGERIA Ekeni in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State of Nigeria is situated in the south, south end of Bayelse State. Ekeni is in the Pennington River and the oldest town to settle there. Ekeni is situated in between the Atlantic ocean and the Pennington River. She originated from keh and derived the name from there; Ekeni migrated from keh in Rivers state of Nigeria in the 15th century due to a little misunderstanding within themselves. ke(keh) being the oldest town of kalabari kingdom (prof. E.J. Alagoa 1975) refused to agree with kalabari that she is a part of kalabari there is a creek in between opuangabeapu and kala-angabe apu all in ke. they lived together in peace until the 15th century when they had the misunderstanding due to the felling of a cotton tree.

there was a big cotton tree at the kala-anga beapu-ama in ke at the right hand side of the creek that divides them. ke people are proud people who always speak with pride. on one faithful day at a gathering they boasted and said as many as are why can’t we this big cotton tree and hold it upright from falling to the earth. they all agreed and fixed a date when to fell the big cotton tree. 1

only these people with chief Dagogo konibo left ke (keh) out others followed them to different places. Chief Dagogo Konibo left Oruokolo with his brothers and went to Koluama where he met with king kolu and asked for a land to settle in the 16th century which he became a guest to king kolu king kolu was the paramount traditional ruler then and the first to settle around traditional ruler then and the first to settle around the Middleton and Pennington Rivers to settle. Chief konibo called the place keni which means keh people. Chief konibo and his people left for the land shown him and settled there....
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