Urhobo Historical Society
P. O. Box 1454
Buffalo, New York 14226
Web sites: http://www.waado.org/Contents.html;
Email: UrhoboHistory@waado.org; Fax: (707) 276-2340
Our purposes have been shaped by such rationale, as follows:
(1) Urhobo Historical Society uses its resources (especially
its two web sites
http://www.urhobo.kinsfolk.com/) to study and promote all aspects of Urhobo history and
(2) Urhobo Historical Society conducts
Annual Conferences and Meetings
that provide the media and platforms for organizing the
Society's activities and for enacting and reviewing its
(3) Urhobo Historical Society provides current information and special features on Urhobo history and culture in its daily email services to its members and others who are interested in receiving information from the Society.
The supreme aim of Urhobo Historical Society is to create a movement that will promote the preservation of historical records and the writing of diverse historical experiences among the Urhobo. Unlike some of their neighbours, the Urhobo do not record their histories in terms of the reigns and achievements of kings. The Urhobo story is ultimately a record of multiplex achievements involving ordinary people who have risen to make differences in the lives of their communities.
Recording such a history is a much greater undertaking than that involved in chronicling the glories of kings and the great deeds of aristocratic families that we have inherited from the manners of imperial historiography. Imitation of such alien European imperial methods of history-writing has led to the diminution of the significance attached to the achievements by ordinary individuals in traditional historiography in several African societies. To avoid such pitfalls, the methodology of Urhobo history clearly calls for a more decentralized undertaking. We accordingly seek to involve all grades of people in telling and recording the Urhobo historical experience. It is a story that sometimes picks up local hues reflecting the twenty-two subcultures of Urhoboland. We will honour those who have shaped such local communities along with others who, like the great Mukoro Mowoe, have had a pan-Urhobo impact.
We welcome documents that have historical relevance for
pan-Urhobo history and for local history. While we will
receive printed documents, we prefer to acquire such
material, whenever it is possible, in an electronic format.
In any case, we encourage those privileged to know the
whereabouts of significant material on Urhobo history and
culture to write to us at
also encourage individuals to embark on fresh efforts that
are aimed at elucidating any aspects of Urhobo history and