BRIEF HISTORY OF BUOYE OMUSO (BROWN) MAJOR HOUSE OF FINIMA


THE CREATION OF THE CHIEFSTAINCY STOOL OF BUOYE OMUSO (BROWN) MAJOR HOUSE OF FINIMA

Finima was founded, first settled upon, occupied and owned by Kongo, who migrated from the ancient country of Okoloba, in Ebeni-Toru, of Central Ijaw Clan in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, about 1000AD, to found Ikpakpayo,
Kongo, and his followers migrated through the sea route following the coastline from Central Ijaw, eastward, passing through Ke, moved further across the present day Bonny River to a place called Iyamkpo, where they lived peacefully with some other migrating settlers, who later migrated to Tombia and became part of the Kalabari kingdom. This was before the arrival at Okolo-Ama (Bonny), of Alagbarigha, and his followers, who also migrated eastward from Central Ijaw, through the inter-land route.
Kongo, begat Ipuo, Ipuo begat Ngogo, Ngogo begat Kala Ipuo, Kala-Ipuo begat Sonia, Sonia begat Wolo, Wolo begat Buo, who then begat Omuso, or (Brown), These were the Clan Heads before the chieftaincy era, except Omuso.
Sonia, one of the descendants of Kongo, during his leadership, moved from Ikpakpayo to found Sonia-Sughu also known as Old Finima, part of which was later leased out for the establishment of the crude Oil storage and Export Terminal operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited, and part of which was taken over by the Federal Government of Nigeria for the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas project consequent upon which Finima Community was subsequently resettled back on the old Ikpakpayo land, which was founded, first settled upon, occupied and owned by Kongo.
Finima from the time of its founding by Kongo, had always been under the leadership and ruler-ship of Kongo, and his descendants, the ancestors of Omuso, who were then known as “Clan Heads” before the founding and creation of Buoye Omuso (Brown) Major House Chieftaincy stool, by Omuso.
Before the founding of the Chieftaincy stool of Buoye Omuso (Brown) Major House of Finima, Omuso, the founder of the Chieftaincy stool, from his youth showed signs of entrepreneurship and leadership prowess, and thus was envied by his brothers and relations, who conspired to send him on exile, by giving him to European slave dealers, who took him on board their slave ship. However, on a routine visit to the slave ship by Captain Hart of the Hart Major House of Bonny, Omuso spoke to him (Captain Hart) in Ibani language and explained the circumstances that led to his presence in the slave ship. Captain Hart upon hearing him speak Ibani language, which was not a slave language, told the European slave dealers to release Omuso to him as he was not a slave but was of royalty. This demand for Omuso’s release was based on Bonny trade treaty with the Europeans and Ibani tradition, which forbade freeborn from being taken or sold into slavery.
Upon his release, Captain Hart took Omuso to Bonny, where he stayed for some time in royalty, and later returned to Finima, where he eventually found and created the Buoye Omuso (Brown) Major House Chieftaincy stool of Finima.
On Omuso’s return to Finima, he was accompanied by some members of the Hart Major House of Bonny, who settled in Finima and were later assimilated into the Buoye Omuso Brown Major House and still owe allegiance to the Brown House till date and presently has a representative in the Council of Wari-Alapu of the Buoye Omuso (Brown) Major House, who goes by the title “Wari-alabo Hart-Brown”.
From the time of the founding of Finima, Kongo, Sonia, and their descendants, who were then known as Clan Heads, were the absolute rulers of the place, up until the creation of the Buoye Omuso (Brown) Major House Chieftaincy stool by their descendant, Omuso; who continued the reign of rulership as Chief and Paramount Ruler of Finima. Ever since, the Buoye Omuso (Brown) Major House has been the only ruling and Royal House of Finima, and has remained in peaceful and exclusive possession of all lands in Finima.
Buoye Omuso (Brown) Major House of Finima, is also one of the five ancestral founding Houses (Duawari) of Bonny Kingdom, the others are Alagbarigha (Bristol), Awusa (Halliday), Dublin Green, and Tolofari (Oruasawo). These five Houses form the nucleus of the Ibani Traditional and Cultural values and Heritage. It is also, one of the fourteen (14) traditional Major Houses in Ibani Se (Bonny Kingdom), which are traditionally identified by the title “Okoloma-ngekirifa-jie” meaning “fourteen” (14) and has the only traditionally recognized Palace in Finima


RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BUOYE OMUSO (BROWN) MAJOR HOUSE AND THE MINOR HOUSES [OR KALAWARI] OF FINIMA

The Chief & Head of Buoye (Brown) Major House, is the Paramount Chief and Amadabo of Finima. The Buoye Omuso (Brown) Major House had 3 sub-chieftaincy Houses (Minor Houses) known as Kalawari. These are Attoni House, Tobin House and Adum House. These are all offshoots of Buoye Omuso (Brown) Major House. There are also recognized family units in Buoye Omuso (Brown) Major House known as Burusu, whose Headships constitute the Council of Wari-Alapu of Buoye Omuso (Brown) Major House.

RELATIONSHIP WITH ATTONI MINOR HOUSE

The Attoni House was founded by descendants of Amainye, one of Buo’s slave. Amainye married Buo’s adopted daughter. Because of Amainye’s entrepreneurial potential and loyalty to Buo, Buo gave him money for trade which made Amainye a very rich merchant in his life time.
Amainye begat Doghubo who founded the Attoni House. Doghubo begat Buo-Igbi, Ngeri, Biekiriye-Abobo, Amainye jnr, Oju and Taba. Doghubo had a slave or friend called Eselema who begat Ari-Igobia who begat Abel Adafe.
Eselema was diligent and dexterous so Doghubo before his death in appreciation handed over the control of the entire house including house hold properties, children, money and personal lands to Eselema to hold in trust for the Attoni House, and made him (Eselema) Head and leader of the entire Attoni House.

Eselema held unto this position until sometime in about the year 1837, when trouble broke out between him and the Doghubo’s biological children. Doghubo’s children demanded their father’s keys and properties from Eselema which the latter refused to surrender. This incident happened during the reign of Chief William Abobo Brown, and led to litigation which was adjudged in favour of Eselema against the children of Doghubo. In reaction, Doghubo’s biological children killed Eselema, thereafter their descendants continue to head the Attoni House, up until sometime in 1936 when Mark Attoni, one of their descendants became the first Chief of the Attoni minor House
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After the death of Eselema, the Attoni House suffered series of calamities, including mysterious deaths of men, women and children of the House and depletion of the wealth of the House up until sometime about 1960 – 1962, when a Seer, who was invited by the House, prophesied that, the deaths and woes of the House will only stop if the stool of the Attoni House is given back to the Eselema group to head as Chiefs of the House.
The Attoni House decided to remedy the situation it found itself, and heeded to the advice of the Seer in 1962, when Chief Abel Adafe Attoni[Eselema’s group] was given the stool as the Chief and Head of the Attoni minor House

RELATIONSHIP WITH TOBIN MINOR HOUSE
The history of Tobin house lineage started with Otunte an Andoni man who was captured to Bonny during one of the wars between Bonny and Andoni. Otunte lived and served in the household of King Opubo Pepple of Bonny with other Andoni people. They were assimilated into the Bonny community. Otunte begat Diri and Waribo. Diri begat Konibo. Diri and his son Konibo who were fishermen later moved to and settled in Finima. This was in the time of Buo, the father of Chief Omuso Brown. After Buo’s death, Konibo concubinage relationship with Buo’s lawful wife by name Gbularu and begat a son whom Konibo named Owonte, which was later corrupted to Awanta. Owonte or Awanta was given an Ibani name “Ida-Obusigha” by Buoye-Ogbulu (Buo’s first son).
According to Bonny customs and traditions all children born in concubinage relationship by a woman belong to her lawful husband. Accordingly, Owonte or Awanta belong to Buo’s household.
During the life time of one Abraham Sunday, there was a failed attempt at installing a Tobin House Chief as a sub or minor chieftaincy House under the Brown House. This was during the reign of Chief Henry Buowari Brown, OBE. This attempt failed because of an exhibition of gross insubordination to the Brown Major House.
The son of the said Abraham Sunday, Samuel Owunabo Tobin later became the first Chief of the Tobin minor House of Finima, in 1961 and the Tobin House was thus recognized as a sub or minor chieftaincy House of the Brown Major House in Bonny Kingdom.
The Attoni House decided to remedy the situation it found itself, and heeded to the advice of the Seer in 1962, when Chief Abel Adafe Attoni [Eselema’s group] was given the stool as the Chief and Head of the Attoni minor House.



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