Urhobonation : Information and Stats
Region: West Africa
Area: Western Niger Delta
Area: 5000 Square Kilometers
Climate: Humid subequatorial
Natural Vegetation: Rain and swamp forest. A significant percentage of which has been destroyed by pollution and other petroleum related activities.
Natural Resources: Petroleum and Natural Gas
Population: 2.0 - 2.5 million people in Nigeria
Main Towns: Abraka, Effurun, Sapele, Ughelli, Warri
Main Rivers: Distributaries of River Niger including Kiabodo, Ethiope and Warri Origin
The history of Urhobo like many other people is yet unknown.
Not withstanding, there are at least 4 distinct traditions of origin as follows: believe in the presence of original dwellers and owners of the territory that is, aborigines; believe in migration from edo territory; believe by some of Ife origin; and lastly, traditions of origin from Sudan and Egypt.
Although all 22 kingdoms have distinct dialects and traditions that reflect slight variation in origin and migratory patterns, there is a universal Urhobo language.
Urhobo has always strived to maintain good relations with her neighbors. Urhobo neighbors to the North-East are Ndokwa, to the South-East are Isoko, to the North are Bini, the West are Itsekiri and the South are Ijaw.
Most, if not all, of these neighbors share a common origin according to tradition. The 22 clans of Urhobo with their cultural headquarters and official administrative affiliations are shown on Table A below.
Urhobo 22 Kingdoms And Headquarters As Well As Official Administrative Affiliations(Local Government Areas [LGA]) As of 2004
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