Major events in Ibusa History


  • 1450-Foundation of Ibusa settlement
  • 1580-Kingship dynasties in Ibusa
  • 1750-Obi Ezesi features in Adesuwa War (Benin-Ubulu Uku War)
  • 1844- Odiegwu Ogboli Introduces Eze title to Ibusa
  • 1844-Osodi ‘Umejei Transport’ becomes the first man to take up Eze title in Ibusa
  • 1846-Eze title accepted by Ibusa.
  • 1849-Period Ibusa Ibusa mercenaries were hired to fight wars in Nnewi (Period of Ndi Olu)
  • 1951-Establishment of the motor transport business in Ibusa popularly known as Umejei Transport
  • 1858-War with Asaba
  • 1870-The Nwanodu War
  • 1876-Cassava introduced in Ibusa
  • 1888-War with Okpanam
  • 1891-The Okogwu War
  • 1898-Ibusa and Royal Niger Company War (Ekumeku)
  • 1898-St Augustine’s Mission established by Rev Fr. Zappa
  • 1900-Chidi War
  • 1900-Ibusa debated at the British Parliament following Ekumeku defeat
  • 1900- The name “IBUSA” appeared for the first time in the documents officially submitted to the British Parliament for debate
  • 1902-Establishment of native court in Ibusa by Widenham Forssbery, two years after it was established in Asaba and two years before it was set up in Ukwunzu.
  • 1908-Sacred Heart Elementary School (now Umejei Primary School) established
  • 1907-Friedrich records the death of an ‘Igbouzo’ Chief in his native French language
  • 1914-The name “Ibusa” became foisted on the town by the British
  • 1914-Amalgamation of Ogboli and Igbuzo settlements by the British to form Ibusa
  • 1918-Epidermic outbreak, natively known as “Felianza”
  • 1927-Introduction of taxation in Ibusa
  • 1928- Establishment of St Thomas’ College, Ibusa
  • 1932-The Ogwashi-Igbuzo land dispute otherwise known as ‘Odonkwu land dispute’ begins
  • 1936- Land dispute between Ibusa and Ogwashi-Uku taken to court
  • 1936-Relationship between Igbuzo and Ogboli settlers strains
  • 1946- Foundation of Ibusa Community Development Union (ICDU)
  • 1948- The Rt. Hon Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe visits Ibusa for his political campaign
  •  1951-Establishment of Ibusa Town Hall by Ibusa Community Development Union
  • 1953-Establishment of Otu Onwuachi Vigilante Group
  • 1956-Ibusa agrees that the oldest man from Ogboli could become the Senior Diokpa of Igbuzo
  • 1957-Formation of Ekwueme Society
  • 1959- Joseph Ozoemezie Esogbue, Ibusa’s first engine (train) driver dies
  • 1965-St Augustine’s College, Ibusa established
  • 1967-Invasion of Mid-western State by Biafra and emergence of Major (Dr) Albert Okonkwo, an Ibusa indigene as the  Administrator of the region
  • 1968- Biafran forces take Ibusa
  • 1968- Obi Okocha Mordi, the Diokpa of Ibusa dies after he was taken back to Ibusa by Rev Fr. Kunirum Osia
  • 1968- Father of Major (Dr) Albert Okonkwo dies after a massive attack launched on the town by Biafran forces
  • 1968- Ibusa retaken by the federal troop under the command of Lt Col Godwin Ally
  • 1969- Ibusa indigenes moved to St Patrick’s College refugee camp, Asaba
  •  1969- Refugees returned to Ibusa
  • 1970-Head of State and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Gen Yakubu Gowon pays Ibusa a courtesy visit and plants a tree in of front General Hospital, Ibusa to commemorate “One Nigeria”
  • 1970-Action committee formulated by a group of 9 persons with an idea geared towards Ibusa sense of responsibility after the civil war
  • 1970-Ibusa located in Aniocha District Council area consisting of the Ezechima clan
  • 1971-Ibusa Union (Ibusa Community Development Union) organizes its first conference
  • 1972-Ibusa Union (Ibusa Community Development Union) organizes its second conference 
  • 1979- Ibusa lighted with electricity for the first time
  • 1980-Frank Onwuachi wins African Cup of Nations for Nigeria
  • 1980- Martins Ikediashi announces donation of block of classrooms to Ibusa Girls’ Grammar School, Ibusa
  • 1985-Ogbeowele wins Ibusa football tournament
  • 1987-Chief Willy Ikolodo makes donation of six classrooms to Omu Boys Primary School
  • 1987-Umuekea wins Ibusa football competition for the first time
  • 1988-Anyalla-Obum wins Ibusa football tournament for the first time
  • 1990-Anyalla-Obum wins Ibusa football tournament for the second time
  • 1991- Ibusa became part of Oshimili North Local Government Area within the newly created Delta State
  • 1991- Ibusa alongside Asaba and Okpanam declared Capital Territory of Delta State
  • 1991-Diokpa Martin Ikediashi makes a donation of six classroom to Ibusa Girls’ Secondary School
  • 1991-Union Bank opens in Ibusa
  • 1992-Ogbeowele wins Ibusa football tournament
  • 1993-Anyalla-Obum wins Ibusa football tournament for the third time
  • 1993-Chief Fred Chijindu Ajudua philanthropically tars the long strip of road now called Umejei Road
  • 1994-Ogbeowele wins Ibusa football competition for the fifth time
  • 1995- Emergence of Obuzor institution with Obi (Prof) Louis Chelunor Nwaoboshi as the first Obuzor of Ibusa
  • 1995-Obi Prof Chike Onwuachi institutes a court suit against the new Obuzor
  • 1995-Obi Prof Louis Chelunor Nwaoboshi reconfirmed the Obuzor of Ibusa by Supreme Court ruling
  • 1995-Air commodore Ibrahim Kefas (Rtd) commission the park he later named Kefas Park in Umuodafe
  • 1996-Anyalla-Obum lifts Ibusa football trophy for the fourth time
  • 1996- Dr. John Anaza passes on
  • 1996- Ibusa hosts Ambassador Ignatius Olisemeka, the then Foreign Affairs Minister
  • 1996-Ibusa born-Kingsley Obiekwu becomes the first Ibusa indigene to win gold medal at the Olympic, winning in football category.
  • 1996- Popular leader of Otu Ifechukwude Dancing Group of Ibusa, John Nwanze Nwabuwa popularly called ‘Nwanze Nwagbodi’ or ‘Agbodi’ dies in Ibusa
  • 1997-Umuekea wins the prestigious Ibusa football tournament for the second time
  • 1998-Defending champions, Umuekea wins the Ibusa football tournament for the third time.
  • 2002-Emmanuel Olisadebe, Ibusa born Polish citizen features for Poland in a World Cup tournament
  • 2002-Senior Mother Christiana Esogbue, co-founder of Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim, Mount of Paran, Umuwagwu dies
  • 2006- Bank PHB (Keystone) opens in Ibusa
  • 2007-Ibusa football tournament won by Umueze for the first time
  • 2008-Nonyelum Nvene Ogbodo a beauty queen that represented Delta state as Miss Nigeria announces her intention to adopt Ibusa as her home
  • 2008- Umuekea wins the Ibusa football tournament, defeating Umuodafe 1-0
  • 2008-National Association of Ibusa Students (NAIBS) founded
  • 2009-Umuodafe team wins Ibusa football tournament
  • 2009-The Ohene of Ibusa dies
  • 2009-Uche Nwaezeapu emerges winner of Gulder Ultimate Search No. 6
  • 2009-Establishment of St. Augustine’s innovative Enterprise Institute in Lagos in honour of Bar Chief A. F. O. Kwentua, an illustrious Ibusa son. The institute is listed in JAMB and regulated by NBTE
  • 2010-Umuekea wins the Ibusa football tournament for the fifth time
  • 2011- Ibusa mini stadium commissioned
  • 2011-Obuzor of Ibusa appoints Ojisos for the community
  • 2012- The death is announced of Obi (Prof) Chike Onwuachi, the first head of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs
  • 2012- Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba announced the nation’s Chief of Naval Staff
  • 2012- Establishment of Igbuzo Singles’ Meet by Emeka Esogbue
  • 2012-Emeka Esogbue commences research on the compilation of past Senior Diokpas of Igbuzo
  • 2012- Igbuzo Singles Meet holds its first conference in Ibusa
  • 2012- Austin Ajufo launches the book, ‘The Twins and Conjugal’ in Ibusa
  • 2012- Appointment of Hon Innocent Esewezie as Caretaker Chairman of Oshimili North Local Government Area.
  • 2013- Chosen Stars Primary School, Ibusa wins star prize at the primary school category of Anioma Cultural Festival organized by the Organization For the Advancement of Anioma Culture (OFAAC) in Asaba, Delta State.
  • 2013-Ibusa Community Development Union (ICDU) announces the registration of the Union with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
  • 2013-Ibusa Community Development Union announces Ambassador Ignatius Olisemeke, Prof Pat Utomi, Amb Ngozi Isoh, Engr. Uche Obidi, Mr. George Kanayo Ajufo, Mr. Frank Odita and Prof Tony Arinze as its BOT members
  • 2013-Onowu Mengwa Mowete, the Diokpa of Ibusa dies
  • 2013-Hon Innocent Esewezie announces the restructuring of the Diokpa’s palace in Umueze
  • 2013-The Delta State Government honours Admiral Joseph Dele Ezeoba in Asaba, Delta State
  • 2013- Collins Nweke emerges Green Party Councillor in Ostend, Belgium
  • 2013- Establishment of Ibusa Mixed Secondary School, Ibusa
  • 2014-Naval Command School attracted to the town by Vice-Marshal Dele Joseph Ezeoba.
  • 2014-President Jonathan retires Vice Admiral Joseph Dele Ezeoba as the nation’s Chief of Naval Staff
  • 2014- Ibusa Think Tank Committee Chaired by Dr. Austin Izagbo meets at Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos
  • 2016- Foundation of Concerned Ibusa Citizens, an arm of People of Oshimili North
  • 2016- Naval College, Ibusa renamed Maritime University, Ibusa
  • 2016- Dr. Austin Izagbo emerges as the President-General of Ibusa Community Development Union
  • 2017- Emeka Esogbue launches the book, ‘Essentials of Anioma History’ in Ibusa
  • 2017- Renowned novelist, Prof Buchi Emecheta dies in London
  • 2017- Members of the National Universities Commission, Special Committee on Private Universities and the Nigerian Navy visits Ibusa to announce the renaming of Maritime University to Admiral University, Ibusa
Compiled by Emeka Esogbue