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The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by KingOvoramwen1(m): 5:01pm On Aug 21, 2017
A lot of you have been curious about the curse placed on the Uneme people be rest assured the curse has Long been Revoked by Oba Akenzua II . Here is a piece about what really went down in 1370 AD. Enjoy!!

Introduction / History

Bishop Itegboje (1984) wrote in his book "The History and tradition of the Uneme" that a curse was placed on the Uneme by His Imperial Highness Oba Egbeka of Benin during his reign (around 1370 AD). His Royal Highness Oba Egbeka got tired of constant war between the Uneme tribal houses and Benin Kingdom. The Bishop stated that the charm for placing the curse was prepared for His Royal Highness Oba Egbeka by His Royal Highness Oba Ogiebo of Igbo-Orumila now known as Ijebu-Ode. His Royal Highness Oba Egbeka used the charm to scatter the Uneme tribal houses and prevent them from further united action against him. The Oba's warriors chased the Uneme from one location to another in Edo area until His Royal Highness felt he had defeated them completely. This partly accounts for the dispersal of Uneme tribal houses in the northern part of Edo State and a small section of Awka in Anambra State. The five Uneme tribal houses make up ten towns and villages in Edo State. These are Uneme-Anegbette, Uneme-Nekhua, Uneme-Akiosu, Uneme-Ekpedo, Uneme-Erunun, Uneme-Akpama, Uneme-Udochi, Uneme-Uzanu, Uneme-Imiava, Uneme-Ayetoro

It is worthy of note that the Uneme are said to have descended from five sons in the marriage between Princess Inemi, the first daughter of His Royal Highness Oba Eweka I(who ruled Benin between AD 1200 to the middle of the 13th Century) and Ogunola, who was then the Ogieniromo of Benin. These five sons make up the five tribal houses in Uneme today. The twin brother of the first son is the father of the Uneme who settled in Awka. The relationship between His Royal Highness Oba Eweka I of Benin and the Ogieniromo was reputed to have been very cordial even before His Royal Highness gave the Ogieniromo his daughter in marriage.

Bishop Itegboje further narrates, "On the 10th of April, 1955, I led an ad hoc-committee of Uneme to the Oba of Benin, {HRH} Oba Akenzua II, and fortunately for our noble mission, the curse was revoked the same day, April 10th 1955, in my presence. Thus, the committee succeeded in shielding the Uneme populace against the {further} destructive effects of the curse. " His Royal Highness Oba Akenzua II ruled Benin between 1933 and 1978.

The above is not to undermine the reason for the concealed persecution and hatred of the Uneme by the descendants of tribes and clans who perceived them as a threat during the inter-tribal wars the 19th Century. This was when the Uneme were supposed to have made weapons of war for commerce and friendship. These events happened in the days of ignorance and any tribe who had a means of escaping attacks particularly by the Fulani used such means to advantage. The Uneme were no exception.
It should be noted too that the elders of Uneme who forbade their daughters to non-Uneme men had genuine reasons for doing so.

Bishop Itegboje throws more light on the issue, "Owing to their profession-Blacksmith, they (Uneme) were highly respected and regarded by their customers." While they (Uneme neighbors) waged war between themselves freely none of them dare wage war against Uneme. In fact, Uneme were always contacted for war weapons.

If a Uneme agrees to marry any of these peoples' daughters, she is always given out without dowry; because that will enable her family to enjoy the generosity of Uneme in offering them farming tools to farm. However, no non-Uneme dare go to any Uneme daughter for marriage. Uneme girls were very beautiful, but secluded for Uneme men alone.

It was this respect and lack of opportunity to war freely with Uneme or to marry their daughters at will that degenerated into great fear by these Uneme neighbors. They were so afraid of Uneme that it eventually turned into the younger generations saying: we forbid Uneme.

Also, during wars Uneme are always called upon to salvage any nation {tribe} that is ravaged with war. Uneme will go there, when called upon, and help the neighboring villages. But Uneme as at then had a law, that no Uneme fighter should make love with the woman they are aiding in war, in order to win the war. Hence such neighbors of Uneme always warn their ladies and women not to have affairs with Uneme so that Uneme shall win the war for them.

This 'desist from Uneme, to win war' ranged on to what was later changed to 'forbid as if war still lingers on.'

Bishop Itegboje was the Chief President of Uneme Descendants Union in 1955. He narrated in his book, 'The History and Tradition of the Uneme' that His Royal Highness Oba Akenzua II in revoking the curse on the Uneme on April 10th of that year said,

"'Oba never dies. It is the person who wears the crown that dies. Hence, whatever be the curse of my predecessors against Uneme, as an Oba on the same throne, I have the authority to revoke the curse.' His Royal Highness Oba Akenzua II then revoked the curse. He prayed that Uneme should regroup and unite together for peace and progress. "

Where Are they Located?
They are located in the northern part of Edo state. In Akoko-Edo local government area, the area is a basement terrain with lots of exposed granitic origin.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are homely, sociable and a good number of them are very well educated, they are fair in their dealing with people.

What Are Their Beliefs?
"Uneme" has an emblem of Uneme culture, it is called "Ogbamati," a symbol of prowess, brawl and brain, courage and fearlessness in doing what is right without fear or favor. Their courage and fearlessness in doing what is right account for their strong belief that, that nobody fashion evil against them and succeeds to this they have a saying in their language thus "ogbuneme iitoo".




https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15713/NI

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by KingOvoramwen1(m): 5:02pm On Aug 21, 2017
NOTE: THE AKOKO EDOS IN EDO

AND THE ONES YOU FIND IN YORUBALAND WHICH ARE ALSO EDIOD ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT TRIBES!!

Igbo orunmila was ruled by the Benins hence the title of the ruler Ogienerimo

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by aminu790(m): 5:04pm On Aug 21, 2017
What do you want me to say now?

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by KingOvoramwen1(m): 5:06pm On Aug 21, 2017
aminu790:
What do you want me to say now?


Dunno...... Maybe you should say nothing if your brain is currently Loading ......

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by thesicilian: 5:09pm On Aug 21, 2017
Nice one, Oba Ovonramwen N'Ogbaisi

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by KingOvoramwen1(m): 5:10pm On Aug 21, 2017
thesicilian:
Nice one, Oba Ovonramwen N'Ogbaisi

I Sight you Epa!!

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by abelprice(m): 5:26pm On Aug 21, 2017
Nice 1 epa.. this show how rich the people from Edo are and d quality of the oba.. undecided..

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by dominique(f): 5:38pm On Aug 21, 2017
How exactly were they cursed? Did it manifest in the people? Akoko Edo people complain of marginalization and under development, could that be the effect of the curse? Someone she'd more light pls

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by KingOvoramwen1(m): 5:42pm On Aug 21, 2017
dominique:
How exactly were they cursed? Did it manifest in the people? Akoko Edo people complain of marginalization and under development, could that be the effect of the curse? Someone she'd more light pls


As you already know by now, The curse has been removed decades ago.....

Underdevelopment is caused by Democracy

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by scholes0(m): 5:45pm On Aug 21, 2017
In the entire history of Ijebu Ode right from the time of Obanta who founded the town, up till now, there has never been any Oba (Awujale) who went by the name Ogiebo.
Besides, I doubt there was anytime in history Ijebu Ode was ever known as Igbo Orunmila.

Itegboje is probably referring to another town completely.

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by KingOvoramwen1(m): 5:47pm On Aug 21, 2017
scholes0:

Yes it is true. They are the most Marginalised section of Edo state, the Owans come a distant second. Both groups are supressed and starved of development.

They are seen as Yorubas in Edo state and to be honest a large portion of their ancestry is from Yorubaland. Hence, they are delibrately made to play second fiddle to the Etsakos (Auchi side) in Edo state.

The best option for them will be to agitate for their re-inclusion into the South West where they will be welcome with open arms, together with the rest of their Akoko brothers already there.
Imagine Akoko Edo are still managing one local government when their brothers in Ondo already have 4 whole local governments to themselves.


Must you yorubers cry over everything angry

It was even started in that Article the origin of the Uneme people ... They are Edo's who descended from Edo's!

Where did you see Yoruba origin there?? angry

They have no connection to yoruberr watsover

Damn you people really have Inferiority complex

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by scholes0(m): 5:57pm On Aug 21, 2017
Post about Interesting festivals joor.

Like the Orumaval of Bekuma and Lampese that is very similar to the Oro festival that Yorubas celebrate in neighboring communities


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ6pwl8o1ho

dominique:


My friend from Akoko complains that they're the least favoured in the state in terms of appointments and infrastructure.

Yes it is true. They are the most Marginalised section of Edo state, the Owans come a distant second. Both groups are supressed and starved of development.

They are seen as Yorubas in Edo state and to be honest a large portion of their ancestry is from Yorubaland. Hence, they are delibrately made to play second fiddle to the Etsakos (Auchi side) in Edo state.

The best option for them will be to agitate for their re-inclusion into the South West where they will be welcome with open arms, together with the rest of their Akoko brothers already there.
Imagine Akoko Edo are still managing one local government when their brothers in Ondo already have 4 whole local governments to themselves.

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by scholes0(m): 6:12pm On Aug 21, 2017
Uneme towns are still blacksmiths till today, although most of the younger ones have migrated to big cities and no longer engage.

For those who care to watch, here is a short documentary on Ekpedo, the chief Uneme town as narrated by Oba J.A Obabori.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNHSPPgguL4

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by dominique(f): 6:32pm On Aug 21, 2017
KingOvoramwen1:



As you already know by now, The curse has been removed decades ago.....

Underdevelopment is caused by Democracy

I read the article to see exactly what became of them after they were cursed and if there were any differences after the curse was revoked.

My friend from Akoko complains that they're the least favoured in the state in terms of appointments and infrastructure.

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by KingOvoramwen1(m): 6:37pm On Aug 21, 2017
dominique:


I read the article to see exactly what became of them after they were cursed and if there were any differences after the curse was revoked.

My friend from Akoko complains that they're the least favoured in the state in terms of appointments and infrastructure.

Its just politics
Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by softmind24: 8:09pm On Aug 21, 2017
cool
Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by rozayx5(m): 8:09pm On Aug 21, 2017
Benin the real owners of Eko



cool

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by babyfaceafrica: 8:10pm On Aug 21, 2017
Fake curse

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by itiswellandwell: 8:11pm On Aug 21, 2017
Hmmmmm. Cursed in this jet age.

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by Nobody: 8:11pm On Aug 21, 2017
Thank God the op bothered to enlighten us with this history.

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by martineverest(m): 8:12pm On Aug 21, 2017
God bless oga Ogidigan 11

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by ivolt: 8:12pm On Aug 21, 2017
grin grin grin

Whatever becomes too complex for a common man, he blames on "spirits".
There is no such thing as cursed or blessed people but there are people
who make effort to be successful and became successful and there are
those who don't, then we say life happened.

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by Pebcak: 8:12pm On Aug 21, 2017
Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by ALAYORMII: 8:12pm On Aug 21, 2017
Akika
Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by Franco93: 8:13pm On Aug 21, 2017
Please, this space is for sale. Nothing concern me here, i dont even know why i book space.

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by Jeezuzpick(m): 8:13pm On Aug 21, 2017
There are lots of people from there who are doing well.

Abeg,

NEEEEXT!
Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by winkmart: 8:13pm On Aug 21, 2017
Joke
Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by dipznano: 8:13pm On Aug 21, 2017
Brb
Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by ibroh22(m): 8:14pm On Aug 21, 2017
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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by Partnerbiz3: 8:14pm On Aug 21, 2017
Curse my foot
Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by kn23h(m): 8:15pm On Aug 21, 2017
Laughing at the Bini king.


Ooni wouldn't dare this ish. Our Yoruba Oba is more advanced than this

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Re: The Uneme People And The Curse Of Oba Egbeka Of Benin Empire by bedspread: 8:15pm On Aug 21, 2017
PANEL OF JUDGES, I DONT HAVE WAT TO SAY

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