Asaba in Delta State was the choice of the British people to use as the capital of Southern Nigeria. This is because of the enormous potentials in the city.
The River Niger has helped the people do their domestic responsibilities and also gives them security by protecting them against external aggression.
Due to a lack of records, an account of historical events on the origin of Asaba people proves they are Igbo’s.
The accessible oral account on Aguleri, it was believed a hunter and warrior from Eri kingdom had migrated into Igala land and settled near the Omabala River.
Nnebisi, who is the hunter and warrior, got married to Nono. Their union produced Agulu (Male) and Adaugo (Female).
The oral told history also has it that the Ikelike people that migrated from Benin were the first to settle in the place called Asaba today.
Ugboma from Achata Awka district is regarded as the second settler. He settled at Obodo Achala, which still exists to date, but due to several wars, some of them migrated to Achala-Igbuzo, Kwala, and Okpanam. Those places are still in existence to date.
Anyanwu was the most important migrant, a great builder, and he’s recognized for making Asaba what it is today.
Anyanwu arrived from Obosi to Asaba, and his father was one of the retreating members of Chime family that escaped from the wrought of the Oba of Benin.
Anyanwu settled close to Ugboma and had a son who he called Odikpe. His son is the founder of the place known today as Idumu Odikpe in Asaba.
The Federal Government of Nigeria made a distinction between Ukwuani, Igbo, and Ika based on cultural grounds and make them look like a different ethnic group.
Despite the separation, their language form what we know today as part of the Igbo language cluster. You can refer to the constitution of Nigeria for more clarification on this.
The primary indigenous language is Enuani and two Igboid languages, Ika and Ukwuani.
They also have small numbers of Igala, Olukumi, and Ozzara-speaking communities.
In Anioma (Asaba) social structure, it is dominated by the use of lineages on the concept of uo, Idumu, and Eboh. These are the major blood lineages. Obodo and Ogbe are open and more political.
The Eboh linage is mainly made of the primary or nuclear family, the son or daughter-in-law, the grandchildren, and grandparents.
The Ogbe, which is the most massive structure, allows non-blood relatives, it is made up of the Idumu and some outsiders. In terms of demographics, it is classified as a quarter.