Ijaiye

Ijaiye was an ancient military town in the northern fringe of the Egba forest in South West Nigeria that was ruthlessly destroyed by Ibadan in war. In its day, Ijaiye was an important market town…

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Orunmila

Orunmila was a philosopher, and major intellectual personae of the Yoruba Ifa literary corpus which deals with subjects as diverse as history, geography, religion, or music. Orunmila together with…

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JaJa of Opobo

JaJa of Opobo, full name; Jugbo Jubogha, was the charismatic king of Opobo in the Niger Delta who opposed inroad of British trade into the hinterland. JaJa, an Nkwerre man, was born c.1821 in…

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Blood Men

Blood Men is a society of Igbo slaves in the Calabar oil palm plantation formed in 1850 to oppose their encroachment and oppression in the Delta especially the use of their brethren in human…

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Balogun Ajobo

Ajobo was a leading Ibadan warrior of the late 19th Century whose failure to exercise caution in the use of his powers led to the lost of it. As a youth, Ajobo migrated to Ibadan from Ikire in…

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Ibadan History

Ibadan History commenced early in 1829 while Oyo Empire was tethered along political cracks and rising infightings. Dissident soldiers vacated in the company of extracts from Ile Ife, Oyo and…

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Efunroye Tinubu

Efunroye Tinubu was an amazon and Lagos merchant of the 19th Century who lent support to military efforts, and thereby became a powerful force in the politics of her time. Efunroye, in Oladipo…

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Efunsetan Aniwura

Efunsetan Aniwura was the 19th Century Ibadan merchant born 1827 circa in Egbaland. Efunsetan began trading as a young woman and later expanded her operations to Ibadan, Badagry Lagos, and Port…

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Eguguoju

Eguguoju was the Alaafin who temporarily moved the headquarters of the Oyo Empire to a desert place, Iju Sayan, which he named Oyo Igboho. Eguguoju was the son of Ofinran, the king who died in…

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Emmanuel Solomon Ajayi

Emmanuel Solomon Ajayi was an Ijebu leader, born 1896 in Sagamu. E.S. Ajayi was the son of Ajayi Jegede, a privileged local merchant. Although his father was a Muslim, he was allowed to practice…

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