Ogbede was from Agbor, Delta State Igboland. He was given the title “Obaseki” by Benin’s king, Idugbowa, for his business savviness, fair judgment, and truthfulness.
Unfortunately, Agho, the Obaseki of Benin, was put in-between a squeeze by his good friend the King of Benin after the British sacked Benin, an operation that took just 3 days. King Idugbowa had run away and left the Benin to suffer whatever fate the British decided for them. Ogbede couldn’t have such sorrow on his heart, especially after witnessing the high-handed treatment, human-rights abuse, and barbaric actions committed against the Benin people by their king. Ogbede alerted the British authorities to the location of the hiding king and King Idugbowa was arrested and thrown in jail.
Because of Ogbede’s love for the Benin people, his high level of moral and truthfulness (the same qualities King Idubowa saw in him), the British appointed him Administrator of Benin Kingdom where he ruled for about 15 years. Truly we need for great men like Agho Ogbede, who is the forefather of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.