Following the Popular Aba Woman Riots that broke out in 1929, a Commission of Enquiry was setup by the Eastern Nigeria Government to among other things, study the remote and Immediate causes of the riots and make Recommendations.
The Commission of Enquiry Recommended the Urgent Recognition of Native Administration of the people, to Accomplish this Recommendations, the Southern Province Administered from Enugu undertook a study of Traditional Organizations of Eastern Society as a means of finding the best system of the Administration of the Province.
In 1946, Chief Ashirim Edward Unoshi was Elected President of Ahoada Divisional Council, again in 1952 Chief E.A. Unoshi became member Eastern House of Assembly Representing Ekpeye Nation. It is important to note that Eze Ashirim unoshi was Unilaterally Instrumental to what is today known as the institution of Eze Ekpeye Logbo and because of his singular effort, he was overwhelmingly voted and Elected as the first Eze Ekpeye Logbo of Ekpeye Land on 4th January 1960 in a keenly Contested Election against Chief J.D. Okwukwu of Ubarama Community and Chief Ochoma of Igbu-Ehuda.
Chief Ashirim Edward Unoshi fought in the house of Chiefs in Enugu and the title of Eze Ekpeye Logbo meaning “KING OF ALL EKPEYE PEOPLE” both in Ekpeye and Diaspora was officially recognized. Eze E.A. Unoshi was Coronated at Ula-Ubie Village the Ancestral Home of Ekpeye People on 25th January 1960.
The Stool of Eze Ekeye Logbo was Officially and formally Recognized by the Eastern Nigeria Government as 2nd Class Stool in 1962, and the Rivers State Government further Upgraded it to 1st Class Stool in 1974. Eze Ashirim Edward Unoshi died on 16th march 1977, after His Royal Burial and at the last meeting held at Edeoha Community on the 11th August, 1978 an Election was Conducted to fill the Vacant Stool of Eze Ekpeye Logbo.
The Chairman of the Electoral Committee was Late Chief Ashiri Philip from Ihuowo Community in Upata Kingdom of Ahoada East Local Government Area, Rivers State. Those who contested the election were Chief C.U. Ideozu from Ehuda, Chief Wilfred Owukori of Idu-Ekpeye in Igbuduya Kingdom, Mr. Robinson Okpolunwo Robinson from Odiereke Ubie in Ubie Kingdom and Chief Christian Okpara from Upata Kingdom. Mr. Robinson O. Robinson won the Election and was declared Eze Ekpeye Logbo Elect.
He was subsequently Coroneted and Crowned at Ula-Ubie Village (ANCESTRAL HOME OF EKPEYE PEOPLE) as Eze Ekpeye Logbo II. While Ula-Ubie is the Traditional Headquarter of Ekpeye Land, Ahoada Town is the Administrative Headquarter of Ekpeye people, the Eze Ekpeye Logbo Administers Ekpeye Land and people in Ahoada town where the Stool is Domicile.
JURIDICTION OF THE EZE EKPEYE LOGBO
He is the Supreme Traditional Head of Ekpeye Ethnic Nation in all that concerns tradition, Culture, Custom and Issues orders, Regulations on the day to day Administration of ethnic Nation in Consultation with Ekpeye Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs and Priest of the Ekpeye Sculpture on socio-cultural and Traditional Religious Matters.
Compiled by Egbe Buduzhi
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