The name of the founder of Ogbion Kingdom is Akama. He was one of the sons of Izon (Ijaw). History has it that the Ogbion was in the company of his father on a search mission when at Agadagbabou, he decided to leave his father and the entourage to start a new life. He journeyed through many areas and finally settled at the bank of a big lake at Orubiriobabou after discovering the forest to be quiet and beautiful flowers and full of food stuffs growing from the ground, fishes and animals. It was at Orubiriobabou that Akama finally settled, built his house and kept his garden decorated with flowers and coconut trees. The meaning of mango tree in Ijaw dialect means Ogbointen and Ogboin means mango. The name Ogboin is title of Akama the founder of Ogboin.
He has five sons, three of which are the founders of towns that made up the Ogbion kingdom. The names of three sons and the towns founded by them are Akama (jr) - Founder of Otuan, Oboro - Founder of Amassoma and Epai - Founder of Amatolo town, traditionally in Ogboin kingdom, It is the eldest son of both the father and mother that eats the head of animal that is killed and use to prepare food.
The occupation of the people of Ogboin Kingdom in ancient time were fishing, animal hunting, palm cutting. Prior to the coming of the white-men, these were their occupation. During the colonial period, the Ogboin’s did palm oil business with the British. Christianity is one of the religions of the people today but when it was introduced at first, it was rejected out-rightly. But gradually the teaching of Christianity started making a lot of converts. The people of Ogboin Kingdom believes that God is the creator of the heaven and earth, but there are other smaller gods which he uses to run the day to day activities of the earth, The name of the creator is Oyein.
The Ogboin’s has three main types of marriage that is still practiced today, they are the Bere system, In Bere system, the wife married with large amount of money of money ranging 50 pounds to 100 pounds in the late 1960s and early 1979s, children born out of this system are the sole heir, and custodians of any traditional, family or communal properly up till the 1930s, the paternal family gave only children of this category education, The Ikie system of marriage, a wife is married from the locality where the father does not give out his daughter as in the Bere system. It is difficult in the Ikie system for a father or mother to give our their daughter as a the Bere system unless both or them mutually agree. The maternal uncle of the daughter can give out his sister’s daughter in the Bere system after agreeing with the father. In the 1970s, the Ikie system required about N27.70k (27 naira 70 kobo) with other ceremonies to make the marriage legal. However, the marriage ceremonies are important and the bride price may be paid in installments. Occasionally, only part is paid as people find it difficult to afford. In some cases, children get grown up before dowry is completed. Offspring born out of the Ikie system of marriage were chiefly matrilineal, In the Opu-Ikie system of marriage, the male offspring belong to the father while the female offspring where matrilineal. The bride price was higher than what it was in the Ikie system but lower than that of the Bere system.
On inheritance, the Ogboin’s have two processes that are involved culturally. The first process is called Tiridu-diye. Few and less important properties of the dead is shared with everybody that is around at that time. The next process is called Waridu-diye. This is sharing of the dead man property’s within the immediate family members alone.
The Ibenanaowei, the king of the kingdom, He is the custodian of the culture of the people. He has authority over all the communities of the kingdom next on the category is the Amanaowei. These are paramount rulers in the various towns the makes up the Kingdom. They are to control their various towns. Each town is divided into quarters and all the quarters are headed by quarter Chiefs called Birinanaowei. The quarters are in turn divided into compounds called Pele. Each compound is headed by a compound Chief who is to control the members and inhabitants of that compound.
The people of Ogboin kingdom has some other outstanding cultures that are of great importance today. Some of them are
Tari - Love: The concern that of our fore-fathers had among themselves in ancient times is worthy of emulation the people in those time were very co-operative. Tari is in everywhere. There was few if any form of hatred to anybody within the neighbourhood, it was been taken care by all the people there people assisted each other, whether it is farming, processing of palms and the likes. Unfortunately that zeal of Tari is gradually fading away in today in the kingdom.
Gesiyigba - Truthfulness – was yet another key quality of the people in the past that is gradually fading away. The people of the kingdom where truthful to each other. They did’nt say one thing and do another thing.
Tebeyerimo – Respect for elders: Tebeyerimo was held in high esteem. The elders were look as mini gods because of their experience. The elders words were regarded as the words of wisdom. Everybody in the kingdom had great respect for the elders just as the elders were truthful. The younger ones always look at their elder as decision makers and their decisions were held in high esteem.
Ebadaimenekeme – Hardwork: This was the norm in the people of Ogboin kingdom. Furu (stealing) was abhorred in every aspect in the lives of the people of the kingdom. Everybody that is of age whether male or female are doing one business activities or the other in other to take care of their families. All in the kingdom were hardworking.
In culture of Ogboin kingdom, when married women in cause of looking unexpectedly had a sharp saliva sprint into the food, that food is defiled and no longer given to the husband, a married woman never serves her husband with a food that she has poured on the ground without the consent of the husband. Tradition has it that the gods of the land afflict such a person when this act is violated. Women under their menstrual period do not harvest pepper, particularly the yellow pepper; if violated, kills or changes the variety, Local extraction of palm kernel oil within the community is prohibited. It must be taken to the end of the town or behind all the houses in the compound before extracting. In ancient times, Lion (komo-owei) use to come into the town from the forest, thus a concoction was made adding the palm kernel oil and buried in the community to drive the Lions away from the community.