|Number of Households||24632||20469||2881|
Local Govt Areas in Mbaise – Demographics
|HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF MBAISE
History is a record of biological and social evolutionary process or an account of the cumulative acts of individuals in the society. The history of Mbaise is no different. What could pass today for a concrete historical foundation of Ndi-Mbaise has been handicapped with the demise of traditional Igbo society, following the incursion of Slave Trade and the establishment of the British Colonial hegemony, and the consequent rise of Western values; thus our Socio-Cultural decline. However the search for a Pan-Mbaise identity is an enterprise most beneficial to our very existence and could not be wished away. Long Live Ndi Mbaise !
|There seem to be various accounts of how the different communities came to be in the entity now called Mbaise. While the Ahiara trace their first ancestors to NFULANA, Udo migrated from Onicha. Some other Mbaise towns migrated from Ngwa land. Mbaise as presently constituted is a colonial creation by the British in the old Owerri division.|
|EARLY POLITICAL STRUCTURES
Before 1902 when the Aro expedition was carried out by the British Colonial powers to subdue the Aro slave trading oligarchy, Mbaise had not come under British rule. But by 1906 at the conclusion of the operation, the present day Mbaise consisting of the three Local Government Areas (Aboh, Ahiazu & Ezinihitte) was effectively brought together under British control while leaving in place a semblance of local authority
|To keep the whole clan under effective supervision, a native court was established at Obohia in 1907 but pressure form the likes of Chief Nwaturuocha of Nguru caused the transfer of the court to Nguru in 1909. In 1929, the Nguru court was destroyed as a result of the Women’s revolt. Sectional courts were subsequently opened in Obohia, Itu, Ife and Enyiogogu in response to the increasingly popular “Home Rule” movement of the 1930s. By 1945 councils had been formed based loosely on blocs of autonomous communities. The group councils and their number of autonomous communities recognized in Mbaise were: Ezinihitte – 16; Agbaja – 7; Oke-Uvuru – 4; Ekwerazu – 6 and Ahiara -6 (source: Ekechi 1989:179). It was from councils that the three local Governments were created. Ahiazu LGA was a merger of Ahiara and Ekwerazu councils and Aboh LGA was a merger of Oke-Uvuru and Agbaja councils. Ezinihitte remained by itself.|