The Ovie of Ogor Kingdom, HRM, Onajite Igere-Adjara 111, is dead.
By Jon Egie
Announcing the death, Saturday, Dec. 13, the Izomo of Ogor kindom, Prince Alex Ese Igere-Adjara, informed a gathering of chiefs and indigenes of Ogor kingdom that the Eagle was drown.
The Odjikpokpo (senior Onotu) of Ogor kingdom had made a public announcement summoning the indigenes of Ogor kingdom for a meeting with the monarch in the king’s inner chamber.
While the indigenes sat to wait for the arrival of the king for the meeting to commence, cries and wailings of women and children were heard from the sitting room of the monarch. The Izomo of Ogor kingdom, Prince Alex Adjara who was in attendance then went in to inquire what was happening and there he was told that the king just passed on.
He returned to the meeting and broke the sad news that the Eagle has just got drown in a lake.
The Otota (Spokesman) of the kingdom, Chief John Ashalokpe rose to express surprise at the sad news and immediately, the Otota (Spokesman) of the king, Chief Felix Odibo called for a period of mourning for the demised king.
Consequently, the President General of Ogor Development Union, Chief James Ogorapha declared a 7-day period of mourning for the late king during which, no work or social activity shall hold throughout the kingdom.
In observing the period of mourning, the most senior chief of the kingdom, Chief Williams Abohwo ordered that during the period, no indigene of Ogor kingdom should be involved in any form of violent exploitation and looting of property from members of the public. He warned that any indigene who contravenes the order shall be fined the sum of N50,000 and will be handed over to the Police for prosecution.
The mourning period took effect from Saturday, Dec. 13.
The late Ovie of Ogor, HRM, Onajite Igere-Adjara was born on Nov. 28, 1950. He attended the Roman Catholic Church Mission School, Otogor (1955-1960) where he got his First School Leaving Certificate. He also attended the Council Modern School, Ughelli (1961-19630 and was to later attend St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe (1965-1969).
The late Onajite Adjara had a Higher School Certificate Course, HSC, (1971-1972) and taught at St Theresa Grammar School, Ughelli and Ekakpamre Grammar School, Ekakpamre.
In 1973, he gained admission into the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, where he bagged a B.A. Hons in English (1977). He did his National Youth Service (NYSC) in Sokoto State (1977/78) and joined the Ibuno Construction Company Limited, Benin City as the Public Relation/Administration Manager (1978-1982).
He resigned from the company and travelled to Britain from where heentered into the business world. His businesses took him to the United States of America as well as to other European countries. He later established his private company, Adjara/Ekresa (A&E) Nig Ltd, which specialised in Food Marketing in Benin City.
As heir to the throne of Ogor kingdom, Onajite Adjara became the 13th king of Ogor when he was crowned as HRM, Onajite Igere-Adjara on May 9, 1987. He was the first university graduate to become a traditional ruler in the whole of Urhobo land.
Until his death, his reign witnessed tremendous development and peace throughout the Ogor kingdom and its environs.
AS the head of the Owhowha group of kingdoms namely: Ogor, Ughelli, Agbarha and Orogun kingdoms, the late Ovie of Ogor, HRM, Onajite Igere-Adjara was able to harness peaceful co-existence with his fellow brother kings in all their dominions all time.
He was a democrat and would be remembered by his popular saying that, “if you are in a leadership position you must allow the people to also rule you as you rule them”.
He was a recipient of many prestigious awards from different parts of Nigeria. He lived a humble life and was well loved by his subjects. He was the chairman of all Urhobo royal fathers’ council and no doubt, his death is not only a loss to the people of Ogor kingdom but he will be missed by the entire Urhobo nation.