Agbarho is a town in Ughelli North Local Government area of Delta State, South South region of Nigeria.
The Urhobo are the main tribes living within this area. They have a ruler who leads the whole of Agbarbo community named "The Osuivie of Agbarho Kingdom". Abgarho is located near the city of Warri and it is also one of the kingdoms that make up the Urhobo Tribe
Agbarho which simply means “Let’s grow together” is the heartland of Urhoboland.
The Agbarho Kingdom in Ughelli North Local G.overnment Area of Delta State is made up of two reciprocal but sometimes rival sub-clans which are; Awvedjan and Okparegbe sub-clans. The area comprises of 16 towns and villages in total with the headquarters at Orho-Agbarh. The Awvedjan sub-clan consists of Orhokpokpo, Oguname, Ohrerhe, Uvwiama, Uvwiamuge, Oviri, Oghara, Okorophan and Okufuoma while the Okaregbe sub-clan consists of Ehwerhe, Ikweghwu, Ughwrughelli, Ophori, Ekrerhavwe, Okan and Okorehavwe.
The old city of Agbarho was Big and Prosperous by harmonizing the various dialects of the present day Urhobo. The old city of Agbarho existed for many years and geographically stands more or less in the very centre of Urhobo land, an appropriate centre where east and west converge. This old city of Orho-Agbarho was later destroyed and deserted by internal strife, which made it to break up into its present many other towns of the present day Agbarho. However, this desolate estate was quite temporary because before the 1900, Agbarho people started trickling necessarily and slowly back to their former compounds in the area.
Agbarho is one of the densely populated towns in Delta State, with an estimated population of 178,000 people. Agbarho is made up of communities such as the Oguname, Ophori, Oviri, Oghara of agbarho, Uvwiamuge, Ughrugheli, Uvwiama Ekrerhavwe, Ikwegwu Okrherhe, Orhokpokpor, Orho-Agbarho, and the Ekwerhe.
The people of Agbarho are mainly farmers and businessmen/women. Some of the schools of this region include the Unity School Agbarho, Agbarho Grammar School, and others such as, Agbarho Model Primary School, Isherhe Primary School and Evwrutu Primary School. There is also a government owned and operated hospital which lies at the outskirts of the town and on the way to Ohrerhe community. There are some 3 to 5 stars hotel with swimming pools that will suit any visitor's taste.
By road, the town can be accessed through the east-west road, from the city of Warri, Ovu and Orerokpe with the use of road transport companies. Prominent among the major transport companies that has their terminal in the area include:
- Agofure Motors
- GUO Transport company
- ABC Transport company
- Peace Mass Transit
- 1 Osubi Airport (QRW IATA), Warri, Delta. Osubi airport is the closest to Agbarho. It is a regional airport in Warri.
Agbarho Train Station; By train, Agbarho can be accessed through the railway close by that is connected to the Warri/Itakpe railway.
The major means of getting around the town is by tricycles popularly known as Keke napep and motorcycles also known as Okada.
Visitors and travelers to Agbarho are sure to find some interesting places and fun sights to explore and enjoy in the town. Some of these places include:
- the King's Palace along Market Road
- Hallmark schools
- Agbarho town hall
Also, there are interesting places to visit in the wider area close to the town. Some of these places include:
- Warri Stadium
- Word of Life Church and
- Delta Mall
- Hussey College
- 1 Osuivie of Agbarho Palace, Agbor - Eku Rd, Agbarho, Warri. Palace of monarch of Agbarho the palace is serene and peaceful.The treasures of the people found in the palace, the kings where mighty warriors and their palace reflect it.
There are some notable events and festival in Agbarho. They include:
- Agbarho Ibi Festival; This festival is all about traditional dancing from different villages in Agbarho. It is a bi-annual festival held on the second week of November every two years. There are also some prominent events that are held in the area. They include:
- Mid-Year Conference 1st & 2nd of October Every year
- Annual Conference 7th to 14th January Every Year
There are some popular local markets in Agbarho where a lot of stuffs, especially food stuffs can be purchased. They include:
- Okuokoko market
- Efferun market
- 1 Meat Butcher Market, Agbarho.
There are also notable supermarkets in the area. Some of them include:
- 2 Orerokpe Smart Market, Oviri Eko Road. In-Store shopping.
- 3 Ometa Supermarket, Sapele-Warri Road, Amukpe, Mosogar, ☏ .
- 4 Udu Market, Ovwian. 8AM - 6PM.
- 5 El-Vanna Super Market, 184B Jakpa Rd,, ☏ . 7AM - 8PM. In-Store Grocey supermarket.
Local delicacies like owu, banga soup, egusi soup, and pepper soup.
- 1 Patkaro's Kitchen, Osah Street Agbarho, ☏ . 6:45AM - 9PM. Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery.
- 2 Mr Eatery, Fupre Hostel Area, Effurun, Ugbomrho, ☏ . Tue & Wed- 6–11:30pm. Thurs 12am–5pm. Fri - Sun 6–11:30pm. Mon - 12am–5pm.. Dine-in · Takeaway.
- 3 More Bites, TM Lewin, ☏ . 8AM - 9PM(DAILY). Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery.
Agbarho has a couple of drinking bars that sells local dry gin popularly known as Ogogoro. This local dry gin called Ogogoro is popular in the area and well consumed by the people.
There are a good number of nice accommodation options available for visitors and travellers in Agbarho ranging from two (2)-star to four (4)-star hotels. Some of these accommodation options include:
- 1 Omamus Hotel & Suites, Along Ughelhi - Patani Road, Agbarho.
- 2 Optimum Hotel Agbarho, 7 Ezewu Street Opposite Government Hospital, Agbarho, ☏ .
- 3 Jovia Zain Hotel, Agbarho, Warri, ☏ .
- 4 Little Paradise Home & Suites, Along Ambassador Joel Bisina Road, Former Uti Street, Off PTI Road, Ugbolokposo, Effurun.
- 5 Global Hotel and Suites, Plot 7 Okoh Street Okuokoko, Orerokpe.
For most locations in the town, there is coverage of the 2G/3G mobile networks, but coverage of the 4G network is not so reliable. Signal strength usually diminishes further away from the center of the town, and you might occasionally experience network outage for all or some of the mobile phone service providers in the remote areas of the town. All major mobile phone service providers are operational but with varying levels of reliability and usability. Different providers networks tend to be more stable and reliable in different locations of the town at different times.
If you are planning a visit to Agbarho, like many other places in Nigeria, you should probably consider having multiple SIM cards, preferably for all the mobile service providers, since you can't tell which will be more stable and reliable at a time in your location during your visit. And if you will risk not having any of them, you might be better off not risking the MTN network, because, from indications, it seem to perform well than the others, though its rates may be high and its offers and services might be stringent, but you are less likely to be concerned of erratic voice and data connection compared to others.
Airtel is another service provider which is fairly satisfactory for all you might need to connect to the world, including rates and network stability. Of course, Glo (or Globacom) boasts of fast network speed for internet browsing activities, only that you might not be able to enjoy the privilege in some locations. And 9Mobile (formerly Etisalat) usually also performs well in internet browsing speed but with locational limitations as well, plus data rate is fairly higher.