This is Walter Okafọ Okerulu Nwatakwọchaka Amobi, the founder of Amobi Dynasty in Ogidi. The first King of Ogidi. A man with 62 wives.

The Amobi dynasty dominated the traditional rulership of Ogidi throughout the 20th century.

He was born in the middle of the 19th century.
His father was one of the early Christian converts when the CMS first landed in Ọnịcha. His father's name was Abraham Amobi. Walter was raised and educated under Christianity. He was popular in Ọnịcha and successful in his butcher business.
He was active in the palace council of the Obi of Ọnịcha. The British appointed him as a Political Agent of the Royal Niger Company in 1898. They even assigned him soldiers.
He was the brains behind the successfulness of British Ọnịcha Expedition that had the territory under their Empire. On 9th, July 1904, the British rewarded him cos of his services as the Paramount Chief and later, the first king of Ogidi.
This man had 62 wives and 108 children according to history. Amobi family is the largest family unit in Ogidi, courtesy of Walter Amobi.

In 1925 he died.
After his death in 1925, his descendants held the traditional rulership of Ogidi till 1998 when the people of Ogidi said enough is enough. It is not their inheritance. The throne was vacant until 2016 when Igwe Alex Onyịdo who isn't from Amobi family sat on it.
This disproves also the Nollywood bastardization of Igbo cultural history that we had monarchical system of traditional leadership.

We never had such. The British operated monarchy not the Igbo.

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