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Obio

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Obio is one of the seven groups of the ancient Ikwerre ethnic nationality. The Community constitute part of Obio/Akpo Local Government Area and entire Port Harcourt Local Government Area both in Rivers State of Nigeria.

Obio is bounded in the North by Akpor Community, in the West by Degema, to the East by Eleme, to the South by Okrika, bounded to the Northwest by Bori, to the South East by Ahoada and to the South West by Ikwerre Local Government Area. Principal towns and urban communities of Obio Community include- Borikiri, D-Line, Diobu, New GRA, Old GRA, Rebisi, Rumu-Odumaya, Rumuigbo etc.

This legend has never been proved with regards to how and when Obio came to live at the area. There is a speculation that Obio lived on the banks of the Waja River in the neighborhood of the Nwakpu shrine which served as the common deity of the clan. Some elders hold that Obio lived at the place the Ahia Makara is presently situated. It Was alleged that Obio was a hunter who wandered in those area for hunting business. He was married to a wife named Okutarangi and had two sons; Evo and Apara. Ancient narrative of the community holds that Evo was the first son of Obio and was a farmer while Apara, the second son was a hunter. The elders claim that as Evo was a tiller of ground, he remained at home while Apara moved from place to place in search of greener pastures. When their mother died, Evo being at home sent words to his brother to return home to make his contribution towards her burial. Apara did not return for his mother's burial, the whole burial activities were carried out by Evo who after decided to seize all the inheritance of the family leaving none for Apara. Some of the inheritance that Evo seized from Apara includes a number of slaves that their father bought for Apara. The slaves later left Evo and returned to Apara. The dispute arising from the management of their father's inheritance separated both brothers and created enmity among their descendants. When both brothers were separated, Evo settled at Woji while Apara settled at the area between Rumu-Ola and Rumu-Igbo where Rumu-Apara today have a meeting place. From these ancestors, their sons left to form families, extended families and compounds of Obio group. Despite their differences, they acknowledged a common ancestor. Before the advent of British rule in the area, there were continuous rivalry between Rumu-Evo and Rumu-Apara. The presence of the number of Aros in the Area is accounted to have risen from the dispute that ensued between both brotherly communities. For instance, it accounted that for sake of curtailing the rivalry, the Nye-Nwe Eli of Woji went to Arochukwu to invite Aros to come and help him settle the dispute with Rumu-Apara. Rumu-Apara followed suit, went to Arochukwu and asked the Aros to come and help him resolve the conflict with the Rumu-Evo. These actions brought about many Aros that settled in the community. Prior to the British rule, the Aros played a vital role in the existence of the people of Obio by helping to settle disputes as well as acquiring important positions in the administration of both brotherly clans.

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