There is historical proof that Lagos is not part of Yorubaland — Oba Akiolu

There is historical proof that Lagos is not part of Yorubaland — Oba Akiolu

Friday, May 5, 2017 1:54 pm


Oba Akiolu of Lagos

The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has claimed that Lagos State is not part of Yoruba land. The report, according to Daily Post online, quoted Oba Akiolu as saying in a statement: “Coming from the palace, with what I was told by my late paternal grandmother who is a descendant of Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi and also reading from factual historical books, let me share this Knowledge with you all on Eko/Lagos.

The History

“Modern day Lagos was founded by Prince Ado, the son of the Oba of Benin, Prince Ado was the first Oba of Lagos, the son of the Bini King, Prince Ado, named the town Eko until the Portuguese explorer Ruy de Segueira changed the Maritime town to Lagos, which at that time from 1942 was Portuguese expedition center down the African Coast.

“It was a major centre of the slave trade until 1851. Lagos was annexed by Britain via the Lagos treaty of cession in 1861, ending the consular period and starting the British Colonial Period. The remainder of modern day Nigeria was seized in 1886 when the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria was established in 1914 Lagos was declared its capital due to the struggle of the Bini King.

“Lagos experienced growth prior to the British Colonial rule and even more rapid growth during the Colonial rule throughout the 1960s, 70s, continued through the 80s and 90s till date. Thanks to the Aworis, Binis, Yorubas, migrants across the nation and world at large, as no particular group of people can take the glory alone.

“Lagos is made up of Lagoons and creeks. The Lagos lagoon, Lagos Harbour, five cowne creeks, Ebute-Metta creeks, Porto-Novo creeks, New canal, Badagry creeks, Kuramo waters and Light house creeks.

“The Awori’s and Bini’s are known to be the first settlers of the Eko land. The Awori’s are speakers of a distinct dialect close to that of the Yoruba language with a rich Bini mixture. Traditionally, Awori’s were found in Ile-Ife, they were known to be the Bini’s who followed their self-exiled Prince, the first son of the Ogiso (now called Oba) of Benin Kingdom, whose step-mother was after his head.

“The exiled Benin Prince Izoduwa known to the Yorubas as Ooduwa (Oduduwa) was made ruler of the Ife people due to his powers and followers from the Great Benin-Kingdom.

“Izoduwa (Ooduwa) was made the first King of Ile-Ife in 1230 AD. His followers from his father’s Kingdom in Benin are the today’s Awori people who settled in Eko now called Lagos.

“In the 1300, the King of Benin-Empire heard from one of his traders who was a settler in Eko on how the Binis were treated by the Aworis who lived in their area. Upon hearing this, the King of Benin commanded the assembling of a war expedition, led by his son, Prince Ado, which headed (for) the settlement of the Aworis and demanded explanation.

“On arriving Eko, Prince Ado and his Army were more than received. The Aworis asked the Bini Prince to stay and become their leader. Ado agreed on the condition that they surrender their sovereignty to the Oba of Benin, to which the people agreed. Hearing this, the King of Benin gave his permission for Prince Ado and the expedition to remain in Eko.

“The Oba of Benin sent some of his chiefs including the Eletu, Odibo, Obanikoro and others to assist his son, Oba Ado in the running of Eko.

“From the crowing of Prince Ado as the first Oba of Lagos (then called Eko), Lagos served as a major center for slave trade from which the Aworis, the Oba of Benin and his son the Oba of Lagos and all the children/descendants who took over as his successors for over four centuries supported the trade.

“The Oba of Benin was the head of the Benin Empire which are the present day Western, Southern and Eastern modern day Nigeria. The King never obliged anyone to speak the Bini language as he believed everyone was entitled to their own choice of language.

“The name Eko was given to it by the first king of Lagos, Oba Ado, the young and vibrant Prince from Benin. Eko was the land now known as Lagos Island, where the king palace was built.

“The palace is called Idugaran meaning “palace built on pepper farm”. Oba Ado and the warriors from Benin together with the early Bini settlers in Eko and the Awori people settled in the southern part of Eko called “Isale Eko”. “Isale literally means bottom”. Must have been used to indicate downtown (as in down town Lagos)

“Until the coming in of the Benin’s 1300AD , Lagos geographical boundary was Lagos mainland, Lagos Island, the seat of the Oba of Lagos then consisted of a pepper farm and fishing post. No one was living there.

“About 1450 AD some Yorubas who hailed from Isheri in Ogun State and Ekiti were allowed by the King to settle in Eko during a war, they came in a very large numbers thereby surpassing the numbers of the Aworis and Binis. (Hence Yorubas claim to own Eko due to their numbers).

“Oba Ado fell in love with a beautiful woman whose father was Awori and mother a daughter to one of the chief; they had two sons and also a daughter Erelu Kuti, who begot Ologun Kutere who later became King.”

Source News Express

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  • Yinka Ayantola says:

    The Aworis, contrary to Oba Akiolu’s claim, never claim any relationship or affinity to benins. They migrated from Ile-Ife, and established settlements in all areas of present Lagos. No doubt a prince Ado from Benin later established a dynasty in Eko, but the Benins were not the original owners of the land. Again, contrary to Aikolu’s claim, Awori dialect is not, by any stretch of the imagination, even remotely close to Edo. It seems that Oba Akiolu, aware that the the Aworis(Yoruba) are the owners of Lagos, and is trying to claim affinity to them to close the obvious gaps in his tales.

  • Efosa Osawe says:

    Oba Akiolu is saying the truth, Benin first dynasty of 31 Ogiso kings pre date Ile Ife ruling house. Oduduwa (Ikaladerhan) the first Ooni of Ile-Ife came from Ancient (Igodomigodo) Benin kingdom, that does not mean Benin is the founder of the Yorubas or the Yorubas originated Benin but Ile-Ife dynasty of kings do, Benin empire ruled Yorubaland from Otun Ekiti in the north to Lagos in the south down to Owo in the east

  • Olutayo Akande says:

    Someone should please tell Akiolu to stop smoking what he has been smoking. let’s assume Lagos belongs to igbos and Akiolu is an Eze is that what gave him right to be rude to another tribe most respected King? do Benin culture permit traditional rulers to be rude to others that are not of the same tribe with them?Akiolu is complicating issues for himself and his kingdom. British colonized Nigeria, does that make Nigeria British land?so what makes Lagos Benin Land? Aworis who forefather is called Aromire was the first settlers in Lagos. Aromire was not a king at that time but seized the girl friend of Oba of Benin, this is what led Benin to Lagos and they conquered the Family of Aromire and installed their son as king, does that translate to owning Lagos? Yoruba gave benin dynasty system because we fathered their first King does that mean Yoruba own Benin? mark my words, Akiolu time is over.

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