Okpekpe is a town in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria. It is located about 25 km North East of Auchi.

It has a population of 3155 inhabitants.[1] Its people belong to a large homogeneous group of people, called the Afemai

Okpekpe is located at a latitude of 7.2 (7° 12′ 0 N) and a longitude of 6.47 (6° 28′ 0 E), about 354 kilometers south west (209°) of the approximate center of Nigeria and 240 kilometers south west (209°) of the capital Abuja. Okpekpe, is in North Ibie, belongs to a large homogenous group of people, the Ibie found in Afemai land, which is at the northern part of Edo State. The Ibie are bordered by River Niger to the east, Etsako West to the west, Auchi to the south, and Kwara State & Kogi State to the north.

Okpepke is surrounded by other towns and villages like Imiegba,Itsukwi, Imiakebu, Ebelle, Ukhomedokhai, Okeko, Ikphelli, Ukho, etc.

The population of the Ibie people has been estimated to be about a 100,000 people according to the 2006 population Census.


The Okpekpe people are said to have migrated to their present location from the old Benin Kingdom during the ‘tyranny’ of Oba Ewuare, the great, the then Oba of Benin. Oral history has it that, the reason for the migration was because the Oba had decreed that all communities within the Kingdom must mourn the death of his (Oba Ewuare) son for a long period, without going to farm or hunting. This led to starvation and death among the okpekpe people, thus forcing them to migrate to their current location, a mountainous topography that could serve as defence against any likely invasion by the Oba.

Every society has its own culture, which is its way of life. Okpekpe people are no exception.

The people of Okpekpe speak the “Ibie Language”, an homogeneous language generally spoken by the “Ibie” people. Most English words have Ibie variants, where such English words are not readily available, phrases are used to described them or caricature version is coined e.g. “motor” becomes “imoto” or “bicycle” becomes “ibasiko”, and “aeroplane” becomes “Anupalay” etc.

The people are predominantly traditional religion worshippers, but a significant number of them have embraced Christianity and Islam.