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Trofani Ama- Pere Coronation Pictures
The Coronation and Presentation of Staff of Office to
Ama - Pere of Trofani
His Royal Highness (Engr.) Aserifa Hope Torru
Enai Nai 1, Opu Adumu 1, Ama - Pere of Trofani Domain
Bayelsa State, Nigeria
Greatness is usually measured by achievement and the measurements of service that any man or woman renders to his /her immediate community. In fact, when the standards of achievement and service are applied to eminent people in Nigeria today, none stands taller or more obvious than that of Chief (Engr.) Aserifa Hope Torru.

Chief (Engr.) Aserifa Hope Torru.was born on 2nd July, 1952 in Burutu, Delta State. From his youth, he began to chart a course of greatness and his people=oriented Chief (Engr.) Aserifa Hope Torru.development programmes and achievements have seen him through life. Those who knew him in Burutu Delta State, attest to the act as a boy growing up, he had a precocious mind and a disposition of excellence, very hard to come by these days. It sems as if he were destined to shine. However, it was at FGS, that the potential for greatness in him took root. Popular among his peers, he was the light prefect from class IV and moved on to become the senior prefect in his final year at the school after attending a Citizen and Leadership Training Course in Lagos.

The quest to develop this uncommon leadership talent in one so young took him far from Burutu to Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, where he majored in Electrical Electronics Engineering. His leadership skills continued to manifest as he was involved in student union. At that time, eventually culminating in his second year elected as Vice President of the Student Union. At that time, to those close to him, Torru exhibited traits of pioneers in the electrical world: pioneers like Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday and Thomas Edison. On conclusion of his Ordinary National Diploma, OND, in 1977, he commenced on a long and fruitful journey into full-time employment with the Nigerian Electric Power Authority, NEPA, as Maintenance Technician in Training in Benin, in the now defunct Bendel State.

After obtaining his Higher National Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering, Torru was re-employed by NEPA because of his disposition for commitment and keen sense of dedication to work. The need to hone his leadership potential propelled him into NEPA Electrical Engineering Pupilage programme from 1983 to 1985. Events prior to and after that occassion galvanized him to prepare himself for today. Which is why, in the course of his work, he returned to school, to Ambrose ALlli University, Edo State, for a postgraduate diploma and the same university also for his Master of Science Degree, Electrical Power Engineering. As you are about to witness today, from the moment he resumed work in NEPA in 1985 as Principal Technical Officer, PTO, Port-Harcourt, until the point he rose to become District Manager, Abuja District, and presently, the Assistant General Manager, technical services, the sky has not been the limit for Torru.

A man of rare value, drive, verve, innovation and excellence, Engineer Torru was the brain behind key projects leading to the installation of several injection sub-stations across the lenght and breadth of his country. In specific terms, his influence was greatly felt in Obigbo in Rivers State, Oron in Akwa Ibom State, Trans Amadi in Port Harcourt and GRA, Benin City. As Chairman of the technical sub-committee on FCDA Electrical Installation Investment in the FCT, Torru supervised the planning, installation, cordination of the AAbuja Emergency Power Production Projects, the planning and implementation of the power Evacuation Projects from he Katampe 2 x 150 MVA, 330/132kv7, 132/33kv injection substations, and injection stations in Mararaba, Keffi, Suleja, all in Abuja.
Like a colossus, he bestrides many professional associations; the Nigerian Institution of Technical Engineers, the Council for the Regulation o Engineering in Nigeria, COREEN, the Nigerian Institute of Management and the Institute of International Education.

However, it is as a traditional leader that Chief Engineer Torru has gathered the most accolades and respect in his community. His traditional titles, The Olotu of Trofani and the Amadaowei of Ekorekore, among the people of Bayelsa are not titles for insufferable men. These titles 'OLOTU', the General of an army, 'AMADAOWEI' the head of the community'; and Ama- Pere represent a recognition of the profound achievements of an illustrous son of the community and how much that son is loved, respected and accepted. These titles are usually borne by worthy sons of a community who have distiuished themselves by the value of their interest inchanging the living conditions of their peoples. This is what the upcoming Skills Acquisition Center in Trofani of which Chief Torru is patron.

Chief Torru's many endeavours have been noted, bothe locally and internationally, attracting recognition in the form of awards. Among them include the Transafrica Links-Africa & Overseas 2007 Merit Award for Outstanding Leadership Excellence & Integrity; the National Union of Electricity Employees, Garki, Garki Chapter Selfless & Excellence Service to Humanity; the EYOPNA Commendation Award, the Nigerian Personality of Integrity Award as best PHCN Man of the year, 2009 ETC.

This distinguished Nigerian who is crowned king today is an accomplished Nigerian who speaks Izon, Yoruba and English.

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We the Otorofonis of Kabowei Kingdom, Izon Nation, are an Ijaw Community in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Trofani is located along the great River Niger. We migrated from Kabo Bolou (near Patani) to the present site for economic and social reasons in the early part of the 19th century.

Aseh people were the original settlers there. The Trofani people paid twelve British pounds and 20 cases of Saint Peters gin to Aseh people as consideration for the permission to settle there. This was in the early 1800's. The population of Trofani increased as more people came to join the original settlers of Trofani.

War broke out later between Trofani and Aseh communities. Aseh people were decively defeated in the war. Aseh people were then forced to abandon their home and escaped over to the western side of River Niger..

By 1850, Trofani people were in full control of the area including lands and lakes previously owned by the Aseh people now on the western side of the River Niger. About 1884 British Colonial Government had a treaty/convenant with the Chiefs/people of Trofani for the protection of its citizens and its trade in that part of the country. Similar treaty was entered with Onyan Community. The fact of the war between Trofani and Aseh had long been admitted on previous occasions by spokesmen of Ash including Chief Osugo. Both jugdements of the Supreme Court of Southern Nigeria in 1905 and that of E.W. Prratt in 1951 also recognized Trofani people as having defeated the Aseh people in the war.


1905 CASE

Up to 1905 there were frquent land disputes over fishing rights.In that year the Supreme Court of Southern Nigeria presided over by the Commissioner gave judgement, giving both communities equal rights over the lands previously owned by the Aseh people. Each community was given the right to cross over to the other side of the River Niger to fish and farm at any given time. Both communities did this for some time with much friction.


Yet the long standing land dispute continued up to 1950. Consequently the Resident of Delta Province in 1950 set up Inter Tribal Boundary Commission. E.W. Pratt took evidence of Aseh and Trofani communities. On 11th January 1951, judgement was given - all lands and lakes on the eastern side of the river were given to Trofani community, while those on the western side of the river were given to the Aseh community. Pratt's enquiry found that the 1905 solution did not provide a lasting solution to the frequent clashes between Trofani and Aseh communities. The effect of the Pratt judgement was that Aseh Community lost all lands and lakes on the eastern side of the river to Trofani Community, while Trofani also lost their lands and lakes on the western side to the Aseh Community.


Dispute over land between Ukiri of Ikpidiama and Trofani arose in the 50's. In suit No. 26/55 at the Kabowei Native Court, Trofani people obtained judgement for the ejection in respect of Ekorekore land situated at the eastern side of the River Niger - oe of the lands previously abandoned by Aseh Community. An appeal by Ukiri went to the Divisional Adviser, Mr. A.G.R. Cross for Western Ijaw. The case was later transfered to Western Ijaw Divisional Court . On an application by Ukiri, the case was ransfrred to Warri High Court as Suit No. W/142/57. At the High Court, Ukiri claimed that that the Ekorekore land belonged to the Aseh people; that he was put in posseion by Aseh people. Anane and Appah were then joined as co-defendants representing Aseh Community. They lost - Plaintiff's title to Ekorekore and other lands was firmly established. The defenders appeled to the Supreme Court in 1964 where they lost again. The people of Trofani are therefore on solid ground when they assert that by the Pratt settlement of 1951 and the judgement of the Supreme Court in 1965, all lands, lakes and ponds including Opuduno (Osuede) and Aduku land belong to Trofani Community since they form part of the lands and lakes on the eastern side or bank of the River Niger.


The people of Trofani are not unaware of the various acts of encroachment on their lands including ADUKU land by the Abari Community. The Abari community in Delta State sometime ago claimed to have set up an imaginary community in Trofani territory known as "ABARI-ADUKU". Not only that, the people of Abari Community in open violation of the "Transition to civil Rule Programme" under the Babangida military government crossed over to Trofani terrritory in Aduku to register for the two political parties in Sagbama Local Government Area as if they were settlers in the area. The intention was to marginalize Trofani in the politics of Sagbama LGA. The people of Trofani did not fail to fight back. The case in court is a clear testimony to that..


  • From time immemorial and by the grace of God, Trofani has been a dominant and ascendant striding community in the comity of settlements approximating to the Kabowei Kingdom.
  • The people of Trofani have long resolved to live in unity and harmony as one indivisible and closely-knit people dedicated to the promotion of their own welfre.
  • The Chiefs and Elders of the TRAWARE, comprising the entire community of Trofani and in pursuance of a popular desire had therefore on 4th day of November 1978 resolved to install an indigene of Trofani as "THE PERE OF TROFANI". A constitution was governing the institution of the Pereship of Trofani was later established. In order to avoid continous opposition from our Kabowei neighbours, the name "Pere of Trofani" was later changed to "AMA-PERE OF TROFANI".
  • The Ama-Pere of Trofani is the paramount ruler of Trofani Kingdom, but his position is peculiar in that he is regarded as first among equals. He is a father figure and the symbol of the progress and unity of all Trofani people. He is also the custodian of Trofani customs and traditions. He has jurisdiction over Trofani Kingdom and not beyond. The Ama Pere must be neutral in political matters, but he shall speak for the people of Trofani in all matters which by popular desire are reserved for his services.
  • In his administrative work, the Ama Pere is being aided by the Council of Chiefs which is headed by the "OPUODUBOWEI" (the Traditional Prime Minister). There is also the Regency Council which performs some of the functions of the Ama Pere from the period of transition of a reigning Ama Pere to the time when a new Ama Pere is installed.
  • The institution of Ama Pere is autonomous and recognized by the Government of Bayelsa State History has it that the dispersed settlements from the Pere at PATANI at a certain stage.In the case of Trofani, there were other historical reasons for having its own Ama Pere without necessarily competing with the Pere of Kabowei for supremacy. Trofani is still part of the Kabowei Kingdom. We will ever remain so..
  • May God bless The Ama-Pere of TROFANI
  • May God bless and prosper Trofani and its people
  • May God bless and prosper Kabowei Kingdom
  • May God bless and prosper the Ijawnation.