The History of Ugboshi-Ele & Ugboshi-Afe

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Last update June 25, 2020


According to archives records UGBOSHI-ELE and UGBOSHI-AFE were one village until 1900. Their people claimed to be descendants of emigrants from Aduge near Kabba and Uam Ife Origin, but who were more probably early emigrants from Benin. The original settlement of the Ugboshi-Afe was broken up by lbadan raiders and its people took refuge on the hill to the south of the present site of Ugboshi-Ele. They submitted to Nupes, accepted an "ajele - and paid tribute. About 1900 a dispute arose over succession to the headship of the village. The party returned to the old site (Ugboshi-Ele) and the other descended to the fort of the hills two separate villages formed.

After the withdrawal of the Royal Niger Company Charter they were divided. Ugboshi-Ele coming under Kabba and Ugboshi-Afe under Owo. They were reunited in 1914 under the District Officer, administered from Fugar but divided again in 1920. Ugboshi-Afe becomes part of the Okpe District under Olokpe and Ughoshi-Ele becoming part of Imeri District under Onimeri. Inspite of this administrative wandering the essential unity of the two villages had not been seriously impaired and people freely deny it and Osi (Aiyegunle) makes no claim, there is little doubt that the name Ugboshi- means the Osi bush and that the land really belongs to the Osi (Aiyegunle) people.


According to Archives record - The people of these village is divided into seven (7) administrative unit based on blood relationship which are named Obieiegba, Obielode, Oke. Onwasa Osoro. Obisho and Efe . Members of the last named are only found in Ugboshi-Afe section of a man who is related to Obielode only through his mother.

There are five age grades through which every man should pass remaining seven (7) years in each. There are called Imatuna, Ekua-ekugbe, Ekuaife, Esagbe and Ekualey anafe only leaving the last a man a becomes Ekuokala and entitled to carry a carved staff and wear the straw hat promotion from the first to the second and the third is obtained by performance of  traditional  ceremonies, but  subsequent promotion must be purchased also from the elders . The members of the three senior age grades use to form the village council, but the system is moribund
Owning to the refusal of the Christians to perform the ceremonies of initiation.

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