Ado (Oba)

Ado was the first Oba of Lagos. Reigned from 1630 to 1669. Ado was the son of Ashipa who led the settlement but not as a King. As more people joined the Island of Lagos, it became pertinent to have a strong authority; hence, Ado who succeeded his father as a leader was appointed a King with the help of the Oba of Benin.

Oba Ado had three children; Gabaro, Akinsemoyin, and the only female, Erelu Kuti, whose son, Eletu-Kekere, for the reason of Akinsemoyin’s failure to produce an heir, became King thereby starting a new dynasty. Ado’s immediate successor was his first son, Gabaro.

Tope Apoola
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