Profile of HRH, Chief William Idode, Okphe Ukpi of Ogbona

Williams Uloko Idode was born 4th April 1959 to Mr. Momodu Ojakpai idode and Mrs. Lametu Amiunomhene Idogho both of Ivhiobore quarters Ogbona. He left home very early to live with his uncle Dr.  J. B. Idode in Benin City in 1970. He completed his primary education in Benin City at Arinze Primary School in 1972. Attended Western Boys High School Benin City 1972 -1977. Willie then left for Kaduna to start life on his own where he gained employment with Nigeria Defense Industry. He returned home to take up an appointment as teacher in 1979 due to pressure from his parents. The struggles continued for some time to go back to school and meet with financial and family challenges. He has to stay close to his father when the father became very sick because others were not around home. The father died in 1986.

His death free him to go into business both local and international business (buying and selling), contract jobs, mining of solid mineral and later, petroleum products business. In 1996 he went into politics, served as ward chairman for eight years and as party Local Government Chairman for four years. He also served in various Government Agencies board. His political influence enable him to attracted development to the community including renovation of schools and provision of furniture, renovation and construction of our health center, boreholes, extension of electricity to some parts of the community, provision of new transforms and maintenance. He also assisted our people to gain employment and our youth to gain admissions to schools of their choice. It is good to know that all these cannot be achieved without having a peaceful and secured community, he was able to set up Ogbona reconciliation committee, with this committee was able to separate chieftaincy from politics and settled the issues that separated us for a long time etc.

In 2007, he was invited by elders of his Ivhiobore kindred to hold in trust Egboise for them which is second position to ukpi title, also there was pressure from our late clan head the Ogieavianwu of avhianwu Chief Patrick A. Oboarekpe to accept. He accepted with heavy heart because he was comfortable in politics. The Egboise graduated to ukpi drummer in 2008 when HRH T.A. Osigbemhe died.  Chief William Uloko Idode is the current Okphe-Ukpi of Ogbona. He is thanking God that today together with each and every one of you we have been able to move the community forward, better than where it was when he took over. By God grace, better days are ahead.

History was made by Okphe-Ukpi of Ogbona, Chief Willy Idode for introducing and inaugurating the first Ogbona Advisory Committee. Terms of reference from the Okphe-Ukpi were; Organization, Generation of positive ideas for the development of our community, Act as think-tank responsible for the development of the community, Mobilization of necessary human and material resources, Maintenance of peace and security in our community and Implement approved projects.

The committee and subcommittees were then divided into the following committees to help achieve these goals. Security, Education, Town planning/works, Health, Agriculture, Revenue/Markets, Cultural Revival/Socialization and Judiciary