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(Last Update November 15, 2022)

Owhe Clan in Isoko North Local Government Area of the State is one of the nineteenth clans that make up Isoko Nation. It has four major towns, which are Otor-Owhe, Owhelogbo, Akiwhe and Otibio, including sixteen fast developing villages.The approximate date for the foundation of the clan is about 1615. The people of Owhe trace their history to Benin.

It should be noted that the history of Owhe is a history of migration.One of the tradition states that at about 15th century, there was an Oba Oveware the great who lost his two sons same day. He therefore promulgated a decree that prevented people from bearing children until he had got two other sons. Added to this were other laws which many people could not cope with. This eventually led to mass migration. It was at this time that Igide-Iyewo and his group left Benin and settled at Iyede.

After the death of Igide-Iyewo the mantle of leadership fell on Azagba. While at Iyede there was the need to have an Ovie (King). Two contestants made claims to the throne (Atua and Azagba) and they engaged in serious chieftaincy tussle that almost reached the point of no return. It was at this time that Emewha (Emevor) their half brother came to remedy the situation. He demanded for Benin sand as a criterion for the throne. Fortunately for Atua, the wife left Benin with a handful of sand in a snail shell. But unfortunately for Azagba, there was nothing to show. This automatically qualified Atua for the throne. Azagba who regarded the verdict as injustice decided to leave Iyede for Emede where he stayed for some time. While at Emede, he (Azagba) married a daughter of the area who later gave him three sons. (Ogbe, Ovo, and Uthatho) She was very powerful and influential and her name (Owhe) was given to the area instead of Azagba the husband who founded the area.

Another tradition by Professor Obaro Ikime in his book: ‘Isoko People- A Historical Survey’ maintains that Owhe was driven from Benin by an Oba who was jealous of Owhe’s wealth, Owhe and his group left the kingdom until they came to a place called Owhe-Otor (land of Owhe) near Iyede where they settled for a long time. During this period, they became very close to Iyede people and apparently used land in common. But the need for more farm land ultimately led the Owhe people to move out of Owhe-Otor to the site of the present day Uruovo (Otor-Owhe). Owhe clan is bounded in the north by Abbi, east by Ozoro, west by Emevor and south by Olomoro.

The location is within the rain forest belt. The total population of Owhe clan is highly populated and the occupation of Owhe people is majorly farming, fishing, and trading. Owhe people are noted also for the production of quality.Worthy sons and daughters who has also risen to great status in the society and are contributing their quota to the development of the clan, Isoko, Delta State and Nigeria at large.. Owhe clan is quite rich as far as festivals are concerned but one notable festival that the Owhe people celebrate is the Oyise-Owhe which has its background from a great belief
in reincarnation

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