As the 27th Atta Igala, Dr. Idakwo Michael Ameh Oboni II embarks on a ‘hunting trip of no return’, once the rites are concluded, the process to select the 28th Atta will begin in earnest.
The next Atta Igala will definitely be a descendant of Ayegba. The descendants of Ayegba currently have four ruling houses: Ocholi dynasty, Aju Akwu dynasty, Aju Amacho and Aju Akogwu. After one family rules, the others take their turn.
The 27th Atta, Ameh Oboni II, was appointed into office on Wednesday, March 6 2013 by the former Governor of Kogi state, Captain Idris Wada. The appointment followed the laid down procedure according to the Igala Native Law and Customs as it relates to the selection and appointment of a successor to the throne of Attah Igala. Atta Ameh Oboni II reigned for seven years.
However, before Atta Ameh Oboni IIembarked on a hunting trip with hisancestors, he spoke about Atta Igala selection process.
In an interview published in the August 26, 2017 edition of PUNCH, the 27th Atta Igala said; “ Even the woman frying akara on the road knows the family that will produce the next Atta. “
He explained further: “After the ruling family has selected the Attah, being the next family in line, they would be asked to come and meet a chief called Etemayi and announce that their family has already zeroed in on one person as the next Attah. Then the Etemayi will go to the Achadu (the next person to the Attah) and tell him that a successor has been found. Then he would examine him to see if he is physically fit and without deformity. He will also check if he is a stammerer.
“A stammerer cannot be the Attah. You must be of average height and you must be athletic in appearance. Without all these qualities, Achadu can disqualify the candidate and tell the family to produce another candidate. If the deform