Eze Oguine Ifeluonye Eze Nwa, 17401831 (aged 91 years)

Name
Eze Oguine Ifeluonye /Eze Nwa/
Name prefix
Eze
Given names
Oguine Ifeluonye
Nickname
Ọnụọ Ọra
Surname
Eze Nwa
Citation details:

Anambra population Estimates, by Local government Area, Edition 4 Statisties Division , Ministry of Economic Development and Planning , Enugu (undated)

Note: Thirteenth Chief of Nnewi

Thirteenth Chief of Nnewi

Onuo Ora Title (Conqueror of nations)

Birth 1740 39
MarriageY-Eze Oguine View this family
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MarriageOnejuluno Eze OguineView this family
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MarriageAkuabunnwa Eze OguineView this family
Yes

MarriageNwaobieli Eze OguineView this family
Yes

MarriageImeduegwu Dim OgeliView this family
Yes

MarriageUyanwa Eze OguineView this family
Yes

MarriageNwakanwa Eze OguineView this family
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MarriageOgo Eze OguineView this family
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MarriageOnyebuchi Eze OguineView this family
Yes

Prime Minister of Great Britain
Robert Walpole
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Prime Minister of Great Britain
Spencer Compton
from February 16, 1742 to August 27, 1743 (aged 3 years)

Death of a paternal grandfatherEze Agha
1745 (aged 5 years)

Prime Minister of Great Britain
Henry Pelham
from August 27, 1743 to March 16, 1754 (aged 14 years)

Prime Minister of Great Britain
Thomas Pelham-Holles
from March 16, 1754 to November 16, 1756 (aged 16 years)

Prime Minister of Great Britain
William Cavendish
from November 16, 1756 to June 29, 1757 (aged 17 years)

Birth of a sonAnebunwa
1760 (aged 20 years)
Birth of a sonEze Okolonkwo
1760 (aged 20 years)
Prime Minister of Great Britain
Thomas Pelham-Holles
from June 29, 1757 to May 26, 1762 (aged 22 years)

Birth of a sonEze Onyiwalu
1762 (aged 22 years)
Prime Minister of Great Britain
John Stuart
from May 26, 1762 to May 26, 1762 (aged 22 years)

Birth of a sonEze Oliora
1764 (aged 24 years)
Prime Minister of Great Britain
George Grenville
from May 26, 1762 to July 13, 1765 (aged 25 years)

Prime Minister of Great Britain
Charles Watson-Wentworth
from July 13, 1765 to July 30, 1766 (aged 26 years)

Birth of a sonEze Agu
1766 (aged 26 years)
Birth of a sonEze Enwe
1767 (aged 27 years)
Prime Minister of Great Britain
William Pitt
from July 30, 1766 to October 14, 1768 (aged 28 years)

Birth of a sonEze Oguagbala
1768 (aged 28 years)
Birth of a sonEze Chukwu
1769 (aged 29 years)
Prime Minister of Great Britain
Augustus FitzRoy
from October 14, 1768 to January 28, 1770 (aged 30 years)

Birth of a sonEze Ukatu
1771 (aged 31 years)
Birth of a sonEze Nwa
1773 (aged 33 years)
Birth of a sonEze Ebube
1774 (aged 34 years)
Birth of a sonEze Nwegbu
1776 (aged 36 years)
Birth of a sonAronu EZE OGUINE
1778 (aged 38 years)
Birth of a sonEze Okpube
1781 (aged 41 years)
Prime Minister of Great Britain
Frederick North
from January 28, 1770 to March 27, 1782 (aged 42 years)

Prime Minister of Great Britain
Charles Watson-Wentworth
from March 27, 1782 to July 4, 1782 (aged 42 years)

Prime Minister of Great Britain
William Petty
from July 4, 1782 to April 2, 1783 (aged 43 years)

Prime Minister of Great Britain
William Cavendish-Bentinck
from April 2, 1783 to December 19, 1783 (aged 43 years)

Birth of a grandsonOkafo
1784 (aged 44 years)

Birth of a sonEze Onu
1784 (aged 44 years)
Birth of a sonEze Udu
1785 (aged 45 years)
Birth of a grandsonMmoneke
1786 (aged 46 years)

Birth of a sonIgboanugwo
1786 (aged 46 years)
Birth of a grandsonObiora
1788 (aged 48 years)

1st President of the United States
George Washington
April 30, 1789 (aged 49 years)

Death of a fatherEze Nnwa
1791 (aged 51 years)

2nd President of the United States
John Adams
March 4, 1797 (aged 57 years)

Birth of a grandsonEze Ukwu
1799 (aged 59 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
William Pitt the Younger
from December 19, 1783 to March 17, 1801 (aged 61 years)

3rd President of the United States
Thomas Jefferson
March 4, 1801 (aged 61 years)

Death of a sonEze Okolonkwo
1803 (aged 63 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Henry Addington
from March 17, 1801 to May 10, 1804 (aged 64 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
William Pitt the Younger
from May 10, 1804 to February 11, 1806 (aged 66 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
William Grenville
from February 11, 1806 to March 31, 1807 (aged 67 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
William Cavendish-Bentinck
from March 31, 1807 to October 4, 1809 (aged 69 years)

4th President of the United States
James Madison
March 4, 1809 (aged 69 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Spencer Perceval
from October 4, 1809 to June 8, 1812 (aged 72 years)

Battle of Waterloo
The Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon Bonaparte, ending the Napoleonic wars.
June 18, 1815 (aged 75 years)
Death of a sonAnebunwa
1816 (aged 76 years)

Death of a sonEze Onyiwalu
1822 (aged 82 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Robert Jenkinson
from June 8, 1812 to April 12, 1827 (aged 87 years)

5th President of the United States
James Monroe
March 4, 1817 (aged 77 years)

Peterloo Massacre
Cavalry was used to disperse a large crowd who were demanding electoral reform. 15 were killed and hundreds injured.
August 16, 1819 (aged 79 years)
Death of a sonEze Enwe
1825 (aged 85 years)

6th President of the United States
John Quincy Adams
March 4, 1825 (aged 85 years)

Death of a wifeNwakanwa Eze Oguine
1826 (aged 86 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
George Canning
from April 12, 1827 to August 31, 1827 (aged 87 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Frederick John Robinson
from August 31, 1827 to January 22, 1828 (aged 88 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
from January 22, 1828 to November 22, 1830 (aged 90 years)

7th President of the United States
Andrew Jackson
March 4, 1829 (aged 89 years)

Death of a sonEze Oliora
1830 (aged 90 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Charles Grey
from November 22, 1830 to July 16, 1834 (aged 94 years)

Birth of a sonIkebuaku

Birth of a sonUkatu

Birth of a sonEzeagu EZE OGUINE

Death of a motherNono Uduji

Death 1831 (aged 91 years)

Family with parents
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17011791
Birth: 1701 51Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1791
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17011791
Birth: 1701 51Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1791
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Birth: Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
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Birth: Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
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Birth: Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
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Birth: Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
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Birth: Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
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Birth: Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
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Birth: Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
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wife
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Birth: Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
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himself
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Family with Uyanwa Eze Oguine
himself
wife
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Birth: Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
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17691840
Birth: 1769 29 25Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1840
-8 years
son
17601816
Birth: 1760 20 16Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1816
12 months
son
17601803
Birth: 1760 20 16Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1803
3 years
son
17621822
Birth: 1762 22 18Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1822
3 years
son
17641830
Birth: 1764 24 20Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1830
3 years
son
17661839
Birth: 1766 26 22Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1839
3 years
son
17681842
Birth: 1768 28 24Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1842
4 years
son
17711841
Birth: 1771 31 27Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1841
3 years
son
17731846
Birth: 1773 33 29Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1846
2 years
son
17741850
Birth: 1774 34 30Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1850
3 years
son
17761855
Birth: 1776 36 32Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1855
3 years
son
17781854
Birth: 1778 38 34Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1854
4 years
son
17811860
Birth: 1781 41 37Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1860
4 years
son
17841859
Birth: 1784 44 40Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1859
2 years
son
17851868
Birth: 1785 45 41Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1868
2 years
son
17861874
Birth: 1786 46 42Otolo, Nnewi, Nnewi North L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria
Death: 1874
NameHistory (from the Earliest times to 1980/82)
Citation details:

Anambra population Estimates, by Local government Area, Edition 4 Statisties Division , Ministry of Economic Development and Planning , Enugu (undated)

SourceHistory (from the Earliest times to 1980/82)
Citation details:

pg 27

Date of entry in original source: August 26, 2020
Text:

History (From the Earliest times to 1980/82) Fourth Dimension publishers John Okonkwo Alutu

Quality of data: primary evidence
Name

Thirteenth Chief of Nnewi

NameView

Onuo Ora Title (Conqueror of nations)

Note

Nọnọ Uduji would not sleep well at night even though she had gone to bed. She knew what was at stake. The children of Ezeagha (her husband’s elder brother and the former monarch who had transferred the reins of Obiship of Nnewi and Otolo to Ifeluonye, her son) had not slept too. Ezeagha had deemed his numerous sons unfit to succeed him. Even though her son, Ifeluonye the son of Ezenwa, had mounted his throne at a very tender age, he needed to quickly get wives for him to have children to attenuate the vengeance of of his transducers, his cousins who were still enraged that their father bypassed them and handed over the rein of power to him.

Ifeluonye Ezenwa later took an Ozo title of Ezeoguine. He was a ruler who lead his people from the front in so many wars and was to earn the title of “Ọnụọ Ọra” or a field marshal.

Nọnọ Uduji his mother, found a wife for her son in Miss Imediugwu, the first daughter of Dim Ogeli from Inyaba Umudim. Dim Ogeli was of Dim Naagu the first Obi of Umudim. Theirs was a family of warriors.

Dim Naagu was a great warrior who emigrated from Ojoto and settled on a swathe of land called Inyaba in the present day Umudim. He co-mingled with the children of Nnewi, married some of them and was able to take over the headship of the Umudim through clear act of manifest leadership in waging wars with neighbouring Ozubulu and Ụkpọ.

Uduji rightly believed that her son’s marriage of the first daughter of a warrior would help strengthen his stool.

That was how Ezeoguine, the Obi of Nnewi and Otolo married Imediugwu as his first wife.

Imediugwu immediately got pregnant and begot a son named Obiesie (which means that the throne has now been fortified).

In quick succession, Ezeoguine married another wife called Onyebuchi who bore him many children and the first of which was Ezechukwu.

Imediugwu the first wife, had problems with conception after her first child. She was however able to have another son and a daughter but that was after some other wives of her husband had given birth to many male children.

Her second child and a son was named Ojiakonobi. The child was later to take an Ozo title of Ezenwegbu that is the writer’s ụmụnna.

In line with “ụba madu” or “aggressively populating his homestead with children” plan, Ezeoguine married four other wives that bore him many children.

Tragedy struck as Obiesie the first son of the Ezeoguine and the child of Imediugwu, the first wife died before his father.

Obiesie’s mother, Imediugwu, was not only aggrieved over a loss of a son but also the loss of the throne of Nnewi and Otolo. Her other son, Ezenwegbu or Ojiakonobi had had other elder brothers from her husband’s other wives.

First sons who die before their fathers are not buried inside their fathers’ compound. They are buried outside.

Those first sons who had had children before they died are buried in a portion of land where the father of the deceased would later give to the deceased’s children as their homestead.

Naturally, Ezechukwu the first son of Onyebuchi and the eldest surviving son of Ezeoguine succeeded his father as the Obi Otolo and Nnewi. He inherited his father’s compound and his harem. That was how Umuezenwegbu lost the Obiship of Nnewi and Otolo due to the death of Obiesie the first son of the king.

In Igbo land, the first surviving son inherits his father’s compound and his Obi. He would also inherit the throne if that is by heredity.

If the deceased first son had married and had male children before he died, his children would be given the second position in the perking order or right to choose when assets or meat are being shared amongst the child of their grandfather.

But if a son died without any male child, whatever he acquired before his death would be inherited by his father and would later be acquired by the person who nature has bestowed the first sonship.

The tragedy of the death of Obiesie was double in that he had not married nor had any male child before his death and was as such forgotten and is not even mentioned when the sons of Ezeoguine are being called.

When Ezeoguine died in around 1754 and his eldest surviving son, Ezechukwu succeeded him, the perking order in the royal family was recalibrated.

In an Nnewi polygamous setting, all the male children queue behind their mothers.

The mother that begot the eldest surviving son of her husband would stand in front only with the very eldest of her sons who shall bring home his own share to be distributed among all his male siblings.

It is immaterial even if the mother of the heir has other sons are older than the sons of other wives. This tradition is called “mkpa” or a “block”.

The next on the sharing perking order is the woman whose first son is the immediate younger son to the eldest surviving son of the father. And so on.

In other words, only the first son of each wife of a polygamous man will step out in order of age or seniority to take a share of their father’s assets and liabilities.

Once the first son of a mother collects his share, he would now go and share same with his siblings.

There is an Nnewi saying that “ekechaa na nna, ekee na nne” meaning that “the first son’s share from a polygamous father’s assets would further be distributed among siblings of the same mother”

In the paternal and the maternal sharing sessions, the first son presides and nobody questions his modus operandi in sharing the assets.

But there are some rules that are sacrosanct.

One, the first son takes a double portion. One for the office of his Obi and the other for himself and his family or siblings as the case may be.

Two, the only son of a woman in a polygamous setting gets the largest share of a land as sharing is never based on the number of children a mother or beneficiary has.

Three, the first son reserves the unquestionable right to reserve any portion of land he decides not to table amongst those to be shared. That one too belongs to him.

Four, in the sharing amongst siblings, that portion of land housing the homestead of their mother or purchased by her belongs to the last male child except the mother stated otherwise.

Five, a father while alive could change the order or the ranking of his male children. He might choose any of the sons from any of his wives as the Obi.

Six, the new Obi so chosen by his dad shall preside over the sharing of his father’s assets and would be entitled to all that should have accrued to the first son. The demoted first son shall be treated as the second son in rank if he is not from the same mother as his replacement. He is given a land to establish his homestead outside his father’s obi or compound.

Seven, most often than not, a father shares all his assets (except his wives) amongst his sons before he dies in a traditional process known as “idu ana obi”. Whatever a father failed to share, automatically belongs to first son or he who succeeds him.

Eight, the first son only shares his father’s estate if his father failed to do so before he died. He can’t undo or redistribute that which his father had done.

It then happened that my ancestral grandmother, Imediugwu and her surviving son, Ezenwegbu were ranked 3rd by Nnewi tradition in the perking and sharing order in the palace where she was the first wife of the ruler and had the first son who died before his father.

But, Ezenwegbu, my great-great-grandfather, being the only son of his mother had the largest portion of land received as a share of his father’s estate.

He had no brother to share with. He had no “adị m na nne” or siblings.

Those who had many brothers had had to slice their shares according to their numbers.

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