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Nigeria’s first oil well in Oloibiri dries up

Nigeria’s first oil well in Oloibiri dries up

Like the gold rush of California in 19th century America, the small settlement of Oloibiri, a district headquarters in Ogbia in the defunct Eastern Region, came into  limelight in second half of the 20th  century when workers of Shell Darcy converged on the  town in search of the black gold.

However, the explorers made history in June 1956 when they struck the black gold in  swampy communities  of Otuabagi/Otuogidi in the Oloibiri District of Ogbia, making the latter district  the first in  West Africa where crude oil was discovered in commercial quantity. Providence again ensured that the Ogbia kingdom produced the first minority President in history from the backwater of the Delta in the person of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, an indigene of Otuoke.

Interestingly, when the Shell Darcy landed on the shores of Niger Delta prospecting for oil, the local authorities and the natives never took interest in what the multinational was busy working on. Read more 

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