Ebira Pre-destined Names
Category: Ebira History
There is an Ebira Proverb in Ebira Language that Says “Avọ Ẹri Esi’hu Ẹvancha Ni“, this simply means that giving thanks for yesterday’s favor, will open way for more favors in future, in the next paragraph i will tell you the simple meaning of this Ebira Idiom. So let’s break this Ebira Proverb Down.
Avọ Ẹri Esi’hu Ẹvancha NiEbira Proverb
|Ebira Language||English Language|
|Esi||What they use|
|Evancha||Plethoric (Too Much)|
In the olden days when drinking is part of our culture (Eche Omo and Eche Ayi), people often go back to where they got free drinks yesterday, to say thank you for the favor so that they can drink again and in excess – that is why they say Avo Eri Esi hu Evancha ni.
You see! Ebira People (Anebira) are very unique and Ohomorihi (God) has blessed the race with lots of attributes, on of the attributes appreciation for past favors or help received from others (Avọ Ẹri).
Are we still appreciative to others as Anebiras?
Genuine expressive appreciative gestures from you to other people times over, speak volume of the kind of person you are and whether it is worth it to help you or to help you again!
Another Ebira Saying:
Ozi-Oweyi Oku Avo Eri Ver’osa DoniWhen a child say thank you for past favor! he will surely get another . Ebiraland.com.
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The Two Major Ebiraland Local Government and Reasons behind their Names: Okene and Adavi
Okene and Adavi is a town in Kogi State, Nigeria. The predominant people are the Ebira of Central Nigeria, the local language of Ebira.
Okene is one of the most beautiful place in the whole of West Africa with the most beautiful palace known as Azad ‘s palace, it belongs to the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Dr. Ado Ibrahim.
Adavi is also a local government area in Kogi State, adjoining Edo state in the south and the state capital Lokoja in the van north Okene and Adavi are the most popular local government of the Ebira with lots of ancestral history guiding them.
The two local government area consists of lots of abara (Family units) and Iresu (Clan). Such as Ozi Udu, Ozi Ede, Ozi Ogu and lots more.
Reason Behind Okene’s Name in Ebiraland
Okene was formally known as Okokoro Une (Area of Antelope).
Okene was bushy but was an open grassland like the Savannah region. There was this animal which was predominant in the area called Une(Antelope). In Okene, unlike other parts of Ebiraland, Hunting was the main occupation because of the texture of the land and also the fact that Une was mostly found there. Due to this fact the people around who lives here decided to name it Okokoro Une (Area or home of Antelope) and the name continued to stay like that for a long time till the coming of the British.
The name Okokoro Une was difficult for the British to pronounce and the only pronunciation that could come up with was Okene, so after than the name was generally accepted because it was more easier to pronounce. Therefore the name Okene was delivered from Okokoro Une (home of Antelope).
The Reason Behind Adavi’s Name.
Adavi also was a busy area, It was a forest with lots of big trees with no footpath. A man was wandering about looking for fertile land and came across the present location of Adavi.
The land was good for farming, hunting and building of houses. The man then went back to his village (Okene.. near Ajaokuta), to report to the king about his findings and to Grant him immunity to go and start living their with his family to enable Ebiraland grow more territory, which was granted to him. The man then moved their with his family and little by little the place started developing.
The man was then made the chief of that Area and was popularly known as Adai Avi (Father of Leaves).
It was then suggested that the place should be name after the founding father but he refused and ask that instead it should be named after his popular name rather than his real name which was Adai Avi and that was how The place was named Adavi.
The two has played an important role in the history of Ebiraland.
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Reference: Oral History
If a strapped child fall from the mothers back!!! The child will have issues with opposite sex. And it’s a grave taboo in Ebiraland
Sexuality among Anebiras determines to a large extent the kind of roles that men or women play at home, social gatherings, choice of vocation until recently when barriers seem to be giving way to equality in every aspect of life.
I have read the account in the book written by Ustaz Yoonus Abdullah, the former grand khadi of Kogi State, titled “IMAMSHIP OF EBIRA CENTRAL MOSQUE, OKENE” In this book, so many beautiful pasts of Ebira Muslims were narrated.
Of relevance here is the imamaship tussle. The then Ohinoyi of Ebiraland had the power to appoint the Chief Imam without contention. Crisis started in 1956 when the Atta Ibrahim was deposed and Imam Tajudeen RA also passed away. Sheik Ahmad Rufai RA was then the Naibil Imam.
People thought he should automatically become the chief Imam, But the political party that held reigns of power then (ITU) wouldn’t allow that for some reasons, The leadership of ITU then was dominated by Christians and they are not too concerned about what happened in the mosque, Sheik Ahmad Rufai RA was in NPC while Sheik Abdulraheem Tajudeen was in ITU, Sheik Abdulraheem is the son of sheik Yahaya Tajudeen, The ITU has the notion that since they wanted to crown the younger brother of Sheik Ahmad Rufai RA, Alhaji Sani Omolori as the next Ohinoyi of ebiraland, they wouldn’t afford to give two leadership positions to a single family. So sheik Ahmad Rufai RA was denied Imamship based on the above factors and not because he was a tijaniya leading scholar.
On the emergence of Imam Musa Galadima as the Imam, lmam Galadima was brought in to settle the dispute as a result of the imposition of Sheik Abdulraheem Tajudeen RA over Sheik Ahmad Rufai RA.
Both sheik Ahmad Rufai and sheik Abdulraheem Tajudeen suggested Alhaji Musa Galadima as an Imam and this was only ratified by asking him some basic Islamic questions, which he responded satisfactorily. He never contested with anyone, Imam Galadima was a student of sheikh Tajudeen RA.
Sheikh Ahmad Rufai RA, was asked to nominate the Naibil Imam, and he nominated sheikh Abdulrahman Naibi which he did till his death.
It was after the death of Sheik Abdulrahman Naibi that Sheik Salihu came to the scene as the Naibi to Imam Galadima.
What is more disturbing and disuniting is comments coming from some quota that Naibi has no basis in Islam when Allah himself addressed Sayyidina Abubakar RA as “thaniya ithnayni izhuma filgar” in verse 40 of suratul tauba. Meaning “he being the second of the two when they were both in the cave”. This was one of the bases why he was appointed as the leader of the Muslims after the death of the Prophet because he was second to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi Wa sallam.
First, it would be recalled that immediately after the death of the Holy Prophet, Sayyidina Abubakar RA was unanimously appointed as the leader of the Muslims in the absence of Sayyidina Ali RA, and when he returned, he gave his acceptance, The Prophet was reported to have said” I’m the city of knowledge and Ali is it’s gate”. The point here is that leadership has never been by inheritance as that was never the teaching of our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi Wa sallam.
If Were it by inheritance, the three companions that let the Muslim for over 17 years would have been allowed by the Muslims before the the coming of Ali RA who was the cousin of the Prophet and the gate to the Prophet’s city of knowledge. If Sheikh Salih Abere didn’t meet the requirements of being an Imam, will he had been allowed to deputize late Imam Galadima or even lead the congregation in prayer on his behalf in many cases as he had done abinitio?.
So why Now?
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w) said power should not be given to whoever is desperate of it.
Let there be peace in our land
Wallahul Musta’an your mind?
Taboos In Ebiraland – Before i start mentioning things Ebira Women are not allowed to do in Ebiraland (Culturally) i will like to give the definition of Culture before some people get it twisted.
So What is Culture?
According to the Oxford University Dictionary, Culture is the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.
Just the same way other tribes have their Cultures and traditions Ebira People are not left out, and in every Culture there must be do and don’t, as in set 9f rules they are all following.
In Ebiraland there are some certain things that the Culture frowned at, things women are restricted from doing…
List of Things Women Must Not Do in Ebiraland – Taboos In Ebiraland.
- Women are restricted from Seeing Masquerades (Eku) – There is an exception for Onokus.
- Pregnant women must not take money from their husband pocket – Its believed the child after birth must steal.
- Pregnant Woman must not have sex with another man – The man that sleeps with pregnant woman that is not his wife, will forever live in poverty.
- No woman must have sex during her menstrual period.
- Any female child that fell from her Mum back will encounter husband’s death 7 times before it stopped.
- No pregnant woman should walk during the mid day or midnight to avoid given birth to Enebe or Ozi Emasu. (Destined to die prematurely child)
We have lots of taboo women must not attempt but i will stop at this juncture.
Also Read: The Ebira Concept Of Ozi-Emasu And Enebe.
Who are Onokus in Ebiraland?
Onoku in Ebiraland is a topic for another day, but i will just scratch the surface for us to know something about it.
Onokus are special type of women in Ebiraland (Please don’t get me wrong all women are wonderful and unique in various ways) initiated in some sort of cult which gives them more hands and say in Ebira Traditions than ordinary women. Onokus are born with the gift, women that are not Onokus from birth can’t be initiated.
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