Apolo Milton Obote was born on 28 December 1925 at Akokoro, in the south-western comer of Lira District, Northern Uganda, about two miles north of the River Nile as it flows westward from Lake Kyoga. His paternal grandfather, Bulaim Akaki, had been a considerable warrior in his younger days and was still nominally chief of Akokoro which, under the recently imposed British administration, had become a sub-county. The stories of his grandfather's early life thrilled the young Obote, who inherited some of Akaki's pugnacity. It was, however, from his father, Stanley Ope to Anyanga, third son of Akaki, that he inherited what was to be one of his most telling characteristics, his ability as a negotiator. When the British began to extend their administration into Lira in the second decade of the twentieth century Akaki resisted any encroachment on his powers. To avoid provoking an ugly confrontation, the British official taking charge of the district, J. H. Driberg, suggested to Akaki that he should nominate one of his sons to be trained by the British to succeed him as chief in due course. To the indignation of his eldest surviving son, Yeremia, Akaki named his second son, Yakobo, as trainee chief, thinking that the discipline imposed upon the young man by his instructors would curb his rebellious nature.