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A History of Weppa-Wanno Land

The peoples of Weppa-Wanno moved out of Benin during the Exodus and occupied their present location in the sixteenth century. The period was called "Exodus" because a lot of other tribes such as the Ishans, Akoko-Edos, Urhobos, Agbor the Onitsha people and parts of the Igbo speaking of Delta State also moved out of Benin. This was during the reign of Oba Ewuare the Great. The Oba was accused of being very strict and cruel to the people hence their exit from the Kingdom.

The Weppa-Wanno people were led out of Benin by General Adaobi who was a high ranking member of the Benin army at the time. The Benin army conquered a lot of tribes and communities and extended the frontiers of Benin kingdom. Other migrants were Okpisa, Amadi, Owai, Oke and Osomokhai. These families later founded kindred that were later grouped into ruling houses.

One good innovation of Weppa-Wanno people that is still evident till today and is unique in Etsako is the division of the land into two semi-autonomous sections. As a result historical events charted the evolution of a race known as Uweppa and Uwanno. It is also interesting to note that the people of Weppa-Wanno land are United by ties of consanguinity or blood relationship that predated their settlement in their present location in the sixteenth century.

Thus Agenebode emerged as a new Weppa –Wanno settlement in the second half of the nineteenth century. This was as a result of the proximity of Agenebode to the River Niger. Another was the opportunity to fish in the Niger, to trade and engage in commercial activities with both the Europeans and others.

Agenegbode was an "epithet" meaning "we will no longer (wish to) pass ourselves". In other words this is our final abode. This epithet was believed to be an expression of both tiredness and unwillingness by the Weppa-Wanno people to move beyond Agenebode in search of other new locations to settle in Etsako territory in the sixteenth century.

Thus, Agenebode became the official name of this little community that arose from a small fishing and trading post to a major European merchant capital in the era of legitimate trade before 1870.

Geographically therefore, Weppa-Wanno land is situated in the north-eastern part of Etsako territory, bounded in the West by Okpekpe clan, in the South by Avianwu clan, in the north by Okene in Ebira land, and in the east by the River Niger and Idah in Igala land.

The Weppa-Wanno people are easy going with rich cultural heritage that could be harnessed for the development and exposure of the land and the entire country.

Dr. Tony Egiebade
Provost Chairman, M&D


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Career Guidance/Counselling

The club pioneered the career talk for the Junior and Senior Secondary Schools in Weppa Wanno. This is organized on every Easter Saturday at St Peters' Grammar School, Agenebode. It covers both public and private school students. Read More

Quiz Competition

Stimulate healthy academic rivalry amongst students of different secondary schools. Read More

End Of Year Events

End Of Year Dinner / Gala Nite And Childrens' Party / Father Christmas Funfare. Read More

Recent Article

The Club donated to flood victims
Weppa Wanno Pyramid Club of Nigeria has donated relief materials and cash worth N .4 Million to victims of flood disaster encamped at Agenebode, Head Quarters of Etsako East Local Government Area in Edo State.

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What They Say?

"Leader of the victims ,Musa Agonor ,and one of the victims Grace Okhumhale ,expressed heartfelt gratitude to the club for coming to their aid and prayed God to replenish their purse."

- Flood Victims

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