Charles Phillip (third, on the right, holding British Missionary, Tugwell's left hand). Holding the right is Ajayi Crowther's son.

Charles Phillips

Charles Phillips was the Nineteenth Century Head of the Church Missionary Society in Ondo, whose parents were Yoruba Sierra Leonean returnee. At Ijaiye Charles’s father, known by same name, was…

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Men playing the Ayo opon game. Photo by: Gbenga Adenuga, filmmaker

Ayo Opon

Ayo opon, or Jonda, is a two-player African board game of strategy, the most popular among the Yorubas. Two persons play in the Ayo game, with the board, a plank of wood consisting of two rows of…

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Ijebu Igbo elders and chiefs in a 1979 photo

Gerontocracy

Gerontocracy is a government consisting mostly of elders. This system was prevalent in antiquity, in the southwest of Nigeria, where much credence is paid to the belief that maturity and wisdom…

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Idejo chiefs introduced by Oba Adeniji Adele II to Queen Elizabeth II

Idejo

Idejo chiefs are according to Lagos tradition, the original land owners of the island of Lagos, being descendants of Olofin who first colonized Iddo Island of Lagos. Some members of the Idejo…

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early 20th century, Lagos, Nigeria --- A meeting of colonial administrators with tribal messengers from the interior in Lagos, Nigeria. --- Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report in colonial Nigeria was a document outlining the history and the administrative culture of the people as constructed from oral traditions and in some cases, other trusted…

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by Elliott & Fry, toned vintage print cabinet card, circa 1893

Isaac Oluwole

Isaac Oluwole, Bishop of the Anglican Church, was born June 5, 1852 in Abeokuta to Ijesha parents.With the nomination of J.B. Wood, Bishop Oluwole was among the first batch of three students who…

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Man riding on a chariot in front of Lagos police station, southern Nigeria. Early 1900s. Servitude like this was acceptable till the fist half of the 20th Century.

Ìwòfà

Ìwòfà, translated as ‘pawning’, was the system of constrained labour used in offsetting debts of different kinds in the 19th and 20th Century south-west Nigeria. In ancient times where a…

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Teachers Pupils of female inst 1888

Gender

Gender as a concept is described by Marjorie Mclatosh as the differing roles and expectations a given society imposes upon women as opposed to men. It has been argued by one Oyerone Oyewunmi that…

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Jaguna

Jaguna

Jaguna was an Egba military rank that existed prominently in the pre-1827 times. This was before the tribe fell under the influence of the Oyo/Ibadan army under the warlord, Maye who acted like…

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Lamidi

Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III

Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III was the Alaafin of Oyo since 1970, born 1938 to the Alaafin Adeyemi II Adeniran who was forced out of the throne in 1954 for taking sides with the less popular party…

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