With Aboh, the country of warriors that enjoyed sovereignty before the arrival of the British, we are coming home to accept and recognize the might, greatness and influence of the Anioma people in the pre-colonial period.

The picture here shows Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II who paid Aboh a visit and was received by His Majesty, Obi Oputa II, the Obi of Aboh Kingdom. Pre-colonial Aboh was a country independent of any nation and was considered one of the greatest and most thriving country of the Niger Delta Region. It was also a trade centre with exerted influence on others peoples which once controlled trade in the Region.

Prof Alogoa reported the Kingdom thus:

“In other words, the Portuguese and other Europeans did not go to just any place; they went to places where trade was already developed, where there was (sic) some political authority that could regulate that trade. Benin and Itsekiri kingdom represented such authority; so did Aboh.”

“The traditions indicate that Aboh engaged in warfare with surrounding peoples and was usually victorious. The evidence this seems to point to one conclusion – that the Aboh group were militarily strong and determined to participate in the delta trade,” so says Alagoa and Dr. K. O. Dike.

“As slave trade developed, Aboh was extremely well placed to tap the slave resources of the neighbouring Ukwuani and Igala areas to sell to the Nembe and other delta peoples for onward transmission across the Atlantic.”

Powerful Aboh Kingdom also captured and detained the Lander Brothers, inviting the wrath of the British that attacked and conquered them and also penetrating the Anioma hinterland which sparked off the Ekumeku Movement in which the Ibusa, Onicha Olona, Idumuje Unor, Ogwashi-Uku, Ugbodu, Ubulu Uku and others had to prosecute while Onitsha, Ndoni, Aboh and Asaba, all of which are Anioma settlements had become occupied by the British expansionists.

The Movement was the longest and the last act of resistance to colonialism in Nigeria. It was after the Ekumeku Movement of the Anioma people (1883 to 1914) that the British amalgamated the Northern and Southern Nigeria and also moved their headquarters from Asaba to a more peaceful Calabar.

The British were well familiar with the Aboh’s glory, might and exploits. Little wonder Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth came to pay the people a visit. She might have always wanted to see the valour in the people.