"WHY THE ISOKO MAN MUST BE EDUCATED"
A SPEECH DELIVERED BY COMR. OKPOLE BROWN ON THE OCCASION OF THE 2014 NATIONAL UNION OF ISOKO STUDENTS (NUIS) NDU CHAPTER DAY HELD ON THE 31ST MAY, 2014
Before discuss the major theme in my speech, I wish to take us to where we are coming from, as Isoko nation. It is a thing of joy for me to be counted among the Isoko people because the Isokos are a unique people, a district ethnic group, they are hospitable delightful, and peace loving. Isoko is made of nineteen (19) clans with an approximately 3 million people. Isoko occupies a space of land in South East of Delta State of Nigeria; bounded by Kwale to the North, Urhobos to the West, Ndokwa Osimili/Aboh to the East; and Ijaws to the South while the Delta Igbos and Itsekeris are not left out.
The Isoko nineteen (19) clans are Aviara, Ellu, Emede, Emevor, Iyede, Enhwe, Okpolo, Erowa, Umeh , Igbide, Owhe, Ofagba, Irri, Oleh, Olomoro, Okpe, Oyede., Ozoro and Uzere. Out of these so-called 19 clans in Isoko, villages are founded by each of the clan representing Isoko nation. Their major occupation is farming, trading, fishing and teaching. It is on record that today the Isokos can be found in most of the sensitive professions in Nigeria like Lawyers, Accountants, Economists, Engineers, Doctors, Estate Surveyors, Journalists and general business contractors.
The oral history has it that the first group of Isoko ancestors migrated from Benin Kingdom in about 1600 AD at the same time as the ancestors of Aboh. The ancestors in the first group were Erowa (the senior) Uzere, and Okpe. Isoko oral history told that the second group led by ancestors of Iyede left Benin about 1650- 1700 AD during the reign of Oba Ozolua, the Oba of Benin. After, a short while the ancestors of Ughelli, Ogor and Agbarha- Otor (3 brothers) in Ughelli North Local Government area followed the trail of Iyede ancestors and settled in their present sites. Between 1600-1700 AD there were many migrations from...