Origin: The name
Ojoto is derived from Ojo and Oto – Ojoto two brothers. One (Ojo) is
village while the other Oto is a family in Ire, Ojoto. The founder of Ojoto, OGBUA
DIJI (renowned farmer) is believed to have migrated from NRI
with his two brothers, ALOJUM and ADIKE. ALOJUM the eldest
founded ALOR while ADIKE the youngest founded OBOSI. This must
have been about five centuries ago.
Ogbus Diji’s first son IFITE
later called EZIEKE, settled in his father’s domain – EZIEKE,
while the other sons of his wives moved away from Ezieke to found
the six villages of Ojoto. One of the villages EZEMA is believed
to have migrated from UKE. Umueke in Ibusa (Delta state) and Umudin in
Nnewi are said to be founded by one of the sons of Ojoto. Ojoto
now the headquarters of Idemili South Local Government is
divided into two halves by the Idemili River which runs from
Oraukwu to the estuary, the River Niger, passing through Alor,
Uke, Nnobi, Ojoto, Umuoji, and Obosi.
Ojoto Uno and Obofia each has
four villages. The villages comprising Ojoto Uno are Ezieke, Ojo, Ire, and Umuchem.
The Obofia villages are Enugo,
Ndiabo, Umuezema and Ezema
Order of seniority is as follows:
Symbol: The Oji Ojoto which lived in Ezieke best
symbolized Ojoto. It had two main branches, each with four sub –
branches. Oji Ogbuadiji fell down in 1948 and was given a funeral
by the eight villages of Ojoto. Ogbaudiji is one of the Cardinal
deities in Ojoto. The shrine is at Ezieke. The Chief Priest is
from Uruowelle family.
Headship of Ojoto; Ezieke village is the head of all the eight
Villages of Ojoto. In Ezieke, this headship is located in
Umuonyia family. Whoever is at the head of Umuonyia holds the
‘Ofo’ Ojoto. The present holder is Chief Augustine Obidiwe, also
the seat of justice is located at Oye Ezieke. Serious decisions
and traditional rites are performed by all eight villages on
this ground. The fathers of Ojoto ordained Okwuajana as a place
of justice. The one for Umuonyia is located at Oye Ezieke and is
often used by all when assembled although, all villages have
their shrines and Okwu-Ajana.
Ojoto is bounded on the North by Umuoji, on the
East by Uke, on the South by Nnobi, partly Nnewi and Ichi and on
the West by Oba. The old Onitsha-Nnobi and Onitsha-Oba-Nnewi
roads pass on either side of Ojoto. Ojoto has important road links with these
neighboring towns for carrying out commercial, social and
cultural activities. These activities have endured over the
years and are even waxing stronger. Ojoto-Obofia is therefore
rather on the West of Ojoto-Uno.
Ojoto – Uno Obofia