Monday, February 19, 2024

The history of Ogori Town and it’s People

Ogori is located in the central part of Kogi State, Nigeria. The people of Ogori are believed to be primarily from the Ebira ethnic group, and they have a rich cultural history that spans several centuries.

They are predominantly found in Ogori/Magongo Local government area of Kogi state

The exact origins of the Ogori people are not well known, but it is believed that they are part of the larger Nupe-Kwararafa group, which includes the Nupe, Gwari, and other related ethnic groups in Nigeria.

In the 16th century, the Ogori people established their town and became an important center of trade and commerce. The town’s strategic location, at the crossroads of major trade routes, made it an ideal location for commerce.

The Ogori people were known for their intellect and expertise in agricultural production of crops such as yam, cassava, and maize. They also engaged in fishing and hunting and were skilled craftsmen, producing pottery, textiles, and metalwork.

During the colonial era, Ogori and the surrounding areas came under British control. The British introduced new economic and political systems that had a significant impact on the town and its people.

After Nigeria gained independence in 1960, Ogori continued to be an important center of commerce and trade. The town has produced many prominent personalities in various fields, including politics, business, and academia.

Today, the people of Ogori are known for their rich cultural heritage, which includes music, dance, and festivals. They celebrate several cultural festivals throughout the year, such as Ovi osese, and the Ogori Yam Festival, which is held annually to mark the harvest of yam, a staple crop in the region.

The history of the Ogori people is a testament to their resilience and determination to thrive despite the challenges they have faced over the centuries. They continue to be an important part of Nigeria’s cultural and social fabric, and their contributions to the country’s development are significant and ongoing.