GINUWA II (EMIKO IKENBUWA)

He began the second dynasty, after the eighty eight years interregnum (1848 – 1936). Grandson of Ejo who was the son of Olu Akengbuwa I. Ginuwa II was the son of Prince Ikenbuwa son of Ejo. He was already old when he ascended the throne. His reign marked a period of peace, progress and harmony in Iwere land, and due to his tolerance he was loved by the Itsekiri people. The Olu’s installation marred relationships between the Itsekiris and the Urhobos, who feared that they might mistakenly be regarded as the Olu’s subject since they were in Warri Division. The Local Governments in Southern Nigeria were reorganize at this period. In 1938, electric light was installed in Warri. Also in April 1938, Jekri-Sobo Division was separated into the Itsekiri Native Authority and the Western Urhobo Native Authority. His era witnessed the second World War of 3rd September, 1939 – 1945. In 1940, King George Memorial Hall, where dances, lectures and meetings were always held was built in Warri. In 1941, the Itsekiris lost the Sapele land case to the Okpe Urhobo in the High Court and the West African Court of Appeal. On November 2nd, 1944 a disastrous fire engulfed the old provincial office (Secretariat) Warri, destroying most records in the Office. In 1946, pipe borne water was introduced to Warri. On February 3rd, 1947 the first college in Warri (Hussey College) was founded. His eldest son was Ekpede Emiko and Ayonronmitsigbesimi Emiko was the second son.

7th February, 1936 – 8th January, 1949

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