Obi Of Onitsha Talks About The History Of Onitsha People

source: bbc
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While being interviewed on BBC Igbo, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, "Agbogidi", took time to talk about the history Onitsha people and Onitsha its self. According to Agbogidi, Onitsha people are an Igbo clan who once resided in "Ado", present day Ile-Ife, but had dispute with the indigenous Yorubas. So the Onitsha people decided to leave and headed East though Idu(Edo) until they got to the banks of the River Niger, crossed the River and founded the city of Onitsha(Onitsha Mmili). The monarch also said that Onitsha is some times called "Onitsha Ado" to remind Onitsha people that they started their journey from Ado. He also said that during the journey from Ado to the East, some Onitsha people got tired from the journey settled along the way, thus founding, Ijebu-Igbo, Agbor as well as numerous Onitsha settlements. When asked how Onitsha people got to Ile-Ife in the first place, Igwe Achebe said that historians believe either of two things happend. 1. That Onitsha people once left the land of Eri(Igbo land) their progenitor and migrated to Ile-Ife, only to reverse migrate back East after falling out with Yorubas 2. That Igbos migrated though Egypt to present day Nigeria, stopped over at Ile-Ife then headed East eventually He also revealed that the first market in Ile-Ife was an Igbo market and that Ijebu-Igbo was founded by Igbos who could no longer continue to the East.

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