Okehi and Adavi The Story Behind Their Name in Ebiraland.

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.

Ebiraland History

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.

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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.

Please if you have any suggestions please drop it below, thanks.

Reference: Oral History

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The History of Imamship In Ebiraland (With Pictures).

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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.

Sheikh Ahmad Rufai
late Sheikh Ahmed Rufai

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.

Also Read: Biography of Imam Yahaya Tajudeen (The First Chief Imam In Ebiraland).

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?

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My Sweet/Bitter Experience at the Okene General Hospital.

Believe! I’m not a fan of hospitals reason been that I have a personal doctor that treats me once I am not feeling myself. But this time I was in a situation where I’ve got no choice but to take my brother to the Hospital for full treatment of Typhoid because Private Hospitals in my Area are destiny killers, they charge bills like they are treating a dead body. So follow me as I unveiled my experiences at the general hospital Okene, Kogi Central of Nigeria.

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General Hospital Okene Entrance.

My Sweet Experience at the Okene General Hospital – Binoosmart

They have Qualified Doctors.

Yes you heard it right in my experience with the doctors, all of them knew what they were doing and they know the right questions to ask and the right time to ask them. The doctor that admitted my brother at the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Ward specifically has the qualities I needed in doctors, he attended to us and never wasted time in helping us get everything needed and that is all about my sweet experience…

My Bitter Experiences at the General Hospital Okene

Scams Everywhere

So I was going to collect card as the first thing needed before you are attend to, so to get the card the staff gave me N 350 bill for the card and wrote N250 on the receipt, I questioned her about this but she picked offence and threatened to collect the card back and promised to denied my access to see the doctor. I thought about it and concluded that this is Nigeria where you don’t have customers is always right in Government and Public institutions, since my main goal is to get my brother treated I let it go, and gave up N 100 extra cost on the card bill.

Everyone Wants to Dodge Receipts.

When I was directed to buy all necessary items to get my brother admitted, I went to the pharmacy and I was given N 3,100 bill but the man wanted me to pay him directly without getting any receipt but I denied him that right, so he gave me a note to go pay at the revenue with N50 stamp duty I did so and I was given the receipt.
The second time I was directed to buy drugs from the pharmacy, I was given 4 drugs on the list to buy, they gave me 2 and told me to go outside to buy the remaining, Agreed, I asked them to give me receipt and boom the woman got provoked and started raining abusive words on me, she said I was proving to be wiser than everyone. They made me wait than usual, they were doing nothing but they told me to wait outside for them. Las Las they gave me a note to go pay at the revenue with lots of hissing.

Test Is More Expensive That Private Hospitals.

We directed by the doctor at the A&E ward to go for test at the lab, we got there we were given N 2,200 bill to get tested, this same test is N900 – N1000 in private Hospitals. I paid though, did I get the receipt for the test? Hell NO.

No Cleaners or Inadequate Cleaners (The Hospital is Short of Maintenance Staffs)

I spent 2 days and 2 nights at the A&E ward and I didn’t see any cleaner whatsoever, though I don’t know about other wards but at the A&E ward where my brother was? Was nothing to write home about, the only nurse there have to pick things up to throw in the trash.

The Ward Is A Mosquitoes Resident.

Hell Yeah! The Mosquitoes Reside here and they have to feed on the patients and the people guarding them. Well it’s their right since they were not kept out, so they need to be fed.

I currently have malaria at the cause of writing this article because of all the bites gotten from mosquitoes in two nights straight.

Conclusively: this article is not aimed at making anyone feel bad or to expose anyone but to make the general public be aware of what the General Hospital Okene is like I am a Humble Blogger and I love people but this topic I can’t just let it pass. Do you remember a song by Sunshine he said “When you receive Treatment for Malaria, you must get Additional three Additional Varieties of Fever back home”? It is all true.
I have so much experience but that will be for future articles. I will stop here for now…

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Cost of House Rents and Hotel Bookings in Ebiraland (Kogi State)

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Are you planning on relocating, going for vacation or going to Ebiraland for one thing or the other, and you are curious about how much it really cost to book Hotels and Guest Houses or to rent an apartment? Whatever the case is, in this post I will try to break everything down for you. This post will be in Local Government by local Government but Hotels and Guest houses will be in one category.

This post is targeted at corpers, students, Anebiras in diaspora and business men

Cost of Booking Hotels and Guest Houses in Ebiraland.

An average hotel in Okene or any part of Ebiraland costs from N 6,000 – N 30,000 per night depending on the location and how luxurious the hotel is.

Cost of House Rents in Ebiraland

Okene Local Government Area

Okene is a land full of Ghettos but some areas like GRA and Governors Street are different and the cost of rents in Okene goes does

  • A Room cost an Average of N 1,500 – N 2,000 per month (N 24,000 per year).
  • A Room Self Contain cost an average of N 50,000 – N 70,000 per year.
  • Flats start from average of N 80,000 – N 100,000 per year

Adavi Local Government Area

Adavi local government has fewer ghettos compare to Okene LGA but has some too but locations like Inoziomi Layout, Nagazi Uvete, Zariagi has well-furnished and good structures

  • A Room cost an Average of N 1,500 – N 2,000 per month (N 24,000 per year).
  • A Room Self Contain cost an average of N 45,000 – N 60,000 per year.
  • Flats start from average of N 70,000 – N 100,000 per year

Okehi Local Government Area

Okehi in the other hand has more Ghettos more than any of the fore mentioned LGAs but has areas with good structures too

  • A Room cost an Average of N 1,500 – N 2,000 per month (N 24,000 per year).
  • A Room Self Contain cost an average of N 30,000 – N 50,000 per year.
  • Flats start from average of N 50,000 – N 100,000 per year

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We can rent you apartments in Ebiraland and book Hotels in your name at a very affordable price. To contact us please use the below options.

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