Edited by Sopirinye Jaja
After the death of Eze Ashirim, Eze Robinson .O. Robinson, a retired Air force Flight Lieutenant was next to ascend the throne.
Born to a modest Christian family at Odiereke, Ubie in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State on March 13, 1940, at age 16 the he enlisted into the army and served in various formations including the Reconnaissance Squadron, Kaduna, Lagos Garrison Organization and Nigerian Army Ordinance Depot, Lagos.
After his time in the army, the young Robinson was transferred to the Nigerian Air Force in 1966. He was Personal Assistant to the first Nigerian Chief of Air Staff, Aide-De-Camp [ADC] to the Military Governor of Plateau State.
Robinson was also a Training Instructor at the Nigerian Air Force, Administrative office in Port Harcourt. He voluntarily retired from the Air Force in November 1979 with the rank of Flight Lieutenant when he was called to ascend the throne of Eze Ekpeye Logbo of Ekpeyeland, a first class traditional institution. His Imperial Majesty, Eze Robinson, a Commander of the Order of the Niger was appointed the first Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs in 1983.
Described in the royal circles as the ‘Lion of Ekpeyeland’, Eze Robinson holds numerous awards and is known for his modesty, generosity, clarity of thought and statesmanship. Ekpeye cultural symbols Ekpeye people, according to an extract from an autograph, ‘Ekpeye Kingdom’, are believed to be dynamic with a culture that is a complex mix of original Ekpeye, Ijaw and Igbo cultures.
The culture is most similar to that of the Igbos because of their interaction with the Igbos in the early days. For instance the Egbukele mask, which reached Ekpeye from Ijaw land via Abua, is considered the major mask in Ekpeye lore. Some deeply rooted Ekpeye people still live according to rules and practices set about centuries back. For example, they believe that a woman is married into a family and not a man.
The monarch’s fish-shaped head gear The horizontal fish-shaped head gear and other animal representation found on the attire of the monarch symbolize the bravery and warrior nature of a typical Ekpeye man. While the red regalia is derived from the ancient Benin Kingdom and represents heroism. The palace has very simple protocols. Visitors to the palace are received on appointment secured through the palace staff. The visitors are seated before the arrival of the king. As soon as the king is ushered into the palace the visitors are expected to rise and greet the king saying, ‘’Eze Ekpeye Logbo! Eze Ekpeye Logbo!’’ Obgaland, where second-longest reigning monarch rules