HISTORY OF EBIRA THIRD PAGE
Ebiraland, the home of Ebira Tao, is in the central senatorial District of Kogi state. It has a landmass of 3,426 km2. The 1991 national census puts the population of the area 722,032. Another national head count was undertaken in 2006. The provisional figure of 884,396 released by t he National Population Commission (NPC) is being disputed. It is distributed as follows: Okene LGA (320,260), Adavi LGA (202,194), Okehi LGA (199,999), Ajaokuta LGA (122,321) & Ogori Magongo LGA (39,622).
Our communities which started as tiny villages have joined together as near towns, gradually & progressively expanding towards one another with Okene as a city in modern times. Ebiraland thus presents an aerial view of one huge near urban settlement with intervening barriers. Our Culture & Administration We are republican by nature, outspoken & very hard working. Farming & cloth-weaving are occupations for which Ebiras are well known.
we are presently spread in five LGAs of Kogi state namely: Adavi, Okene, Okehi, Ajaokuta & Ogori-magongo. A sizeable number is of our people are found in Lokoja LGA, Ondo, Ogun and Oyo states.
Our paramount ruler is called Ohinoyi of Ebiraland. The Pre-Colonial Ebira community was essentially segmentary. It consisted of five principal clans among several others, namely, Okengwe, Eika, Okehi, Adavi, and Ihima. The respective priests (heads) of these clans were known as Ohindase, Adeika, Ohiomahi, Asema and Obonbanyi. Each clan was selfgoverning and did not regard any other superior to it. Significantly, the clan was the main unit of political organization. The post of the clan head was normally conferred on the oldest living male member of the clan. His religious duties & disciplinary powers were, however, limited to his own family. His political influence was quite small & although he presided over the meetings of his clan, his judgement was determined largely by the consensus of the elders opinion.