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THE BIRTH PLACE. JIM OVIA’S FAMILY HOME.

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THE BIRTH PLACE. JIM OVIA’S FAMILY HOME. OBI OLIHE QUARTERS, AGBOR-OBI.
Described as being taciturn and brutally efficient, Jim Ovia was born on 4th November 1951, the second son of the Obi Olihe of Agbor-Obi and one of his two wives, Nwaonyeku. The Obi Olihe is the most important chief in Agbor kingdom, that is, right after the Dein, the traditional ruler of Agbor. The title has been in the Ovia family for ages. Inherited by the first son, it had decended from Jim’s grandfather to his father, elder brother and nephew who is the current Obi Elihu. The current Obi Elihu lives in Lagos and has someone in Agbor-Obi carrying out the duties in a purely acting capacity. The Ovia family hails from the Obi Elihu Quarters of Agbor-Obi. The family house where Jim was raised remains a prominent landmark in the Obi Olihe Quarters on the Obi Ikechukwu Road, the main road running through Agbor-Obi and cutting across the Asaba-Benin Expressway. The palace of the Dein of Agbor Kingdon and his Ime-Obi Quarters is situated on Obi Okechukwu Road, less than a kilometer away from this Asaba-Benin Expressway. The Ovia family house, made up currently of a line of three small white-washed colonial style bungalows lies further in on the opposite side of Obi Ikechukwu Road, about another five hundred meters from the Dein’s Palace. Three hundred metres away from the Ovia house lies a walled project, the James Hope College, by far the most modern group of buildings in the area, a magnificient, sprawling American styled secondary school owned by Jim Ovia.

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