A Tribute To His Highness, Alhaji Ibrahim Onoruoiza Atta, the Late Ohinoyi of Ebiraland (1917 – 1954)… by Kashim Usman

On The 49th Anniversary Of His Passing.
He was born about the year 1884. His father was Chief Otaru of Kuroko of Ozudu clan; his mother was Zainab Ejinovo, popularly known as Iyebe.
As a young man, he learnt the art of statesmanship from his grandfather, Atta Omadivi; he also also learnt business from his industrious mother, and was widely travelled. He was a fast learner and learnt to speak different languages – Hausa, Nupe, Igala, Edo, Tiv, Yoruba, Igbo, Pidgin english.
Atta Ibrahim ruled over Ebiraland between 1917 – 1954, as the first British appointed Chief who exercised influence over the entire Ebiraland. He demonstrated great patriotism and devotion to his domain, evidenced in the many developmental projects he accomplished during his reign. As early as 1923, the first Native Authority School (NA) was founded in Okene. His appreciation of education as a tool for the future saw his own children pursuing scholarship in and outside Nigeria. Amongst his many distinguished children are:

1. Alhaji AbdulMalik Atta, Nigeria’s first High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

2. Abdulaziz Atta, Nigeria’s first Head of Service and Secretary to the Federal Military Government during Gowon regime.

3. Dr. AbdulMumini Atta, the second qualified medical doctor in Northern Nigeria.
4. Alh. Adamu Atta, first Executive Governor of Kwara State.

5. Judith Sefi Atta, first female Chief Education Officer in the North; later, Ambassador to Italy; first Minister for Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, etc.

6. Alh. Aliyu Atta, former Inspector General of Police.

7. His Majesty. Ado Ibrahim, present Ohinoyi of Ebiraland.

8. Alh. Mahmud Atta, Protocol Officer to the Premier of Northern region; later, Chairman of First Bank Nigeria.

9. Mrs. Rekiya Scott, first qualified Nursing Sister in the North.

10. Alh. Abdullahi Atta, first Nigerian Resident Ambassador to Cuba; later, to Canada.

11. Alh. M.O Atta, a prominent Businessman in Kaduna.

12. Alh. Idris Atta, former GM at Ajaokuta Steel Project, etc.

The Atta exposed his domain to the outside world through the construction of a network of roads, effectively positioning Okene as the gateway between the North and South.
Realising the essence of portable water for the health of his people, the Atta, in 1937, constructed a dam for Okene to provide pipe borne water for the township which is still serving the Okene populace.

He was the first Anebira to learn the Quran and spearheaded the construction of a befitting central mosque at Okene which is still been used till date. He also welcomed and accomodated the first missionaries who freely propagted the teachings of Christianity.

His Highness, Alhaji. Ibrahim Onoruoiza Atta died in 1964; never to be forgotten.
As we mark the 49th anniversary of his passing this year, may Allah grant him mercy and Jannah; and further strengthen the legacies he bequeathed to his many descendants. Ameen.

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15 thoughts on “A Tribute To His Highness, Alhaji Ibrahim Onoruoiza Atta, the Late Ohinoyi of Ebiraland (1917 – 1954)… by Kashim Usman

  1. Alhamdulillah, my Salaam to all the children and grand children of Alhaaj Ibrahim Onoruoiza Attah.
    I am not a biological descendant of Atta but rather his spiritual grandson who probably know and value him more than 99% of his biological descendants.
    This is because Alhaaj Ibrahim our father is beyond the Ebira and indeed the world realm for those who knows the secret of Divine Greatness.
    I will have wish to see the celebration of his enthronement or birth rather than his death as in reality, he is living the life of the Saintly Servants of Allah.
    Alhaaj AbdulMalik alone is enough achievement for him inspite of the remaining of us.
    Atta once said: “I have a child in every Ebira Clan and Family House”
    Allah bless him and his true progenies.

    Abdullahi El-Okene
    Professor of Engineering
    Ahmadu Bello University

    • Prof. Abdullahi El- Okene, thank you for your contribution.. We’ll be glad if u can enlighten us on some aspect of his life that pple don’t knw of.. But sir, with all due respect am of the opinion that ur percentage(99%) is wrong. Some might not really knw him but they Value him sir. May Allah continue to bless u and ur family, the Atta’s, Ebira pple and the world in general.

  2. our appreciation goes to our great the den ohinoyi of ebira land Alhaji onoruoyiza Ibrahim for all his contribution immensely to our entire land of which we are still benefiting up till date. May Good Lord continue to bless him in the grave and his generation (Amen)

  3. The history is precise and fairly rich. I would have loved it most if the mother’s brief (I.e. Zainab Ajinovo aka ‘IYAEBE’ were also mentioned.)

    • Thank you very much Abdulwahab Yusuf-Ochu.. As a matter of fact research is going on her history and contribution and with other historical personalities too.. Feel free to share any information u have wit us.

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