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Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by FreeStuffsNG: 8:33pm On Nov 29, 2023
A recent comment by the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, who traced the origin of Lagos to the Binis, has elicited stiff opposition from a prominent Awori monarch, the Olota of Ota, Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege; some academics and a Lagos chief, GBENGA OLONINIRAN and SODIQ OJURONGBE write

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has sparked controversy among Nigerians especially on social media when the king said the Binis founded Lagos.

During a visit to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, the monarch who was aware of the potential mixed reactions that would trail his comments, went ahead to grab the bull by the horn.

Oba Ewuare said, “It is in the history books that the Binis founded Lagos. When some people will hear it now, they will go haywire; what is the Oba saying there again? But it is true. Go and check the records. Maybe not all over Lagos as we know it now but certain areas in Lagos, maybe the nucleus of Lagos, were founded by my ancestors. The Oba of Lagos will say so.”

Over time, there had always been controversy on the real owners of Lagos, with some even positing that Lagos is a no man’s land.

Information on Wikipedia accessed on Tuesday says, “All Obas of Lagos trace their lineage to Ashipa, a war captain of the Oba of Benin. Ashipa was rewarded with the title of the Oloriogun (War leader) and he received the Oba of Benin’s sanction to govern Lagos on his behalf. Some Benin accounts of history have the Ashipa as son or grandson of the Oba of Benin.”

A 2017 report by The Guardian Nigeria also disclosed that the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, traced his origin to Benin.

The media outlet quoted a statement from Iga Idugaran, Palace of the Lagos King, Oba Akiolu as partly saying, “I was told by my late paternal grandmother, who was a descendant of Oba Ovonranwen Nogbaisi, and with facts from historical books, let me share this knowledge with you all on Eko or Lagos, as it is popularly called.

“Modern-day Lagos was founded by Prince Ado, the son of the Oba of Benin. Prince Ado was the first Oba of Lagos, and it was he that named the town Eko, until the Portuguese explorer, Ruy de Segueira, changed the maritime town to Lagos, which at that time from 1942 was the Portuguese expedition centre down the African Coast.”

But the Oba of Benin’s comments on Sunday continue to stir controversy in some quarters.

The Balogun of Eko, Abisoye Oshodi, in a viral video, faulted the claim by the Oba Ewuare II that the Binis founded Lagos.

In a video shared online on Tuesday, the Lagos chief said, “With all due respect to the Oba of Benin, Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Ewuare II; Sir, may you live long.

“Point of correction Sir, Lagos was never founded by the Binis. I am glad that you said some parts of Lagos, not the entire Lagos. You are right, your ancestors settled on a small Island that was called Eko then, before the creation of Lagos. On this very Island, they never created it.


“The Island had been there before the arrival of your ancestors. Your ancestors only came and forcefully imposed a taxation system on transit with the traders on the land called Idu Ighoran whatever that means in Benin I do not know, but there have been other tribes on the Island before the creation of Lagos, even before the creation of Eko.

“We have the Aworis, we have the Isheris, we have the Olofins; so many tribes have been on Lagos, or the modern Lagos now before the creation of Lagos State.”

Comedian Oluwaseyitan Aletile popularly known as Seyi Law who joined the conversation on social media said, “The distortion of our history in the South-West will never cease to amaze me.”

The same way some Itsekiri warriors settled in Epe was the same way some Benin warriors settled in Isale Eko of Lagos Island. The journey of the Binis to Lagos was a joint war of the Binis and Itsekiris against my ancestor, the King of Mahin Kingdom, Oba Alagwe.

“When the history of Lagos is written today and the Ilajes are excluded, I just laugh. The Mahis (Mahin) who have alluded to in several books are Ilajes,” his post on social media partly read on Tuesday, adding “Let those revising history continue, but some of us will resist it with time.”


Meanwhile, some academics who waded in on the matter faulted the Oba of Benin’s comments, even though they agreed the Yoruba were one with the Binis.

A lecturer of History at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Dr. Paul Akanmidu, said the history of Lagos could be traced more to the Awori from Abeokuta, Ogun State.

According to information on Wikipedia about the Awori tribe, the Awori is a subgroup of the Yoruba people speaking a dialect of the Yoruba language. The Awori people are the original inhabitants of Lagos and some parts of Ogun, namely Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State. The Awori people are landowners, farmers, and fishermen.

Dr Akanmidu said, “Historically speaking, you cannot get a straight-jacketed analysis of such a historical development. There is going to be a divergent opinion. If somebody stands before you and you call out people to give comments about that individual, each individual is going to give his or her perspective. It would be a historical distortion for the Oba of Benin to claim that they founded Lagos, it is not true. If you go by historical analysis of the development of the Yoruba and the relationship of the Yoruba with Benin, it was even averred that if Benin was having a problem, they had to send to the Alaafin of Oyo at that time who sent somebody to them (the Oranmiyan) to help them.”

The lecturer said Lagos was developing as a Lagoon, noting that the Abeokuta people, the Awori, “when they hear such a comment made by the Oba of Benin, it’s like you’re giving a slap to historical development.”

“What we know in history is that Lagos was founded by the Aworis from Abeokuta. Look at the historical proximity of their place to that place; they were fishermen who were there at that time doing their fishing. I’m not disputing the fact that the Benin people must have come there because the Ilaje people also came, but people were coming from different places to tap into the benefits of that particular location.

For the Oba now to claim such, it is a slap on the history of the Awori people who have been known to have been there several years before those people (Binis) came. They (the Binis) may come later and contribute to other aspects of Lagos, but to say that Lagos was founded by them is a historical distortion.”

In a final analysis, Akanmidu said he agreed that the Lagosians and Benin people like the Yoruba have a serious relationship.

“The earliest people who have been there are the Aworis. If there would be anybody who would claim that place, it would be the Awori. Some people also came from Liberia and Sierra Leone when they returned from America, being initial slaves. We call them the slave returnees, that’s why you hear different kinds of names in Lagos. The history of Lagos is woven in diversity,” he added.

On his part, a Professor of Political Science at the Ekiti State University, Akinsola Agagu, noted that history could be controversial.

“History itself is controversial, it’s not an exact science. The Oba of Benin gave room to his position. Lagos is a very large expanse of land. Even as big as Lagos is today, some can still occupy some outskirts of the town, and in the next 10 years when it grows, they can still lay claim that they founded it. So that’s what I think is the problem with the position of the Oba. Since Lagos has been a cosmopolitan place, it is easy for people to claim to have been the founders. The Binis; this is not the first time they would lay claim to such, they have at one time or the other, either this Oba or his predecessor, claimed they also founded Ile-Ife.

‘They have always been generating controversy about their relationship with some of these Yoruba towns and for him to have said this, one would say it is not the first time they would make such a claim. But as many people would say, it is far from being the truth. They can occupy a small portion, but to say they have founded Lagos, that limits their knowledge of history or of how places are founded,’’ the don said.

Prof. Agagu noted that “Lagos is a home of the economy. It’s a place that has a pull effect, it has pulled so many people down there, and eventually, everybody has become a Lagosian. It is also possible for these people (the true inhabitants) to be swallowed up. It has been a place that pulls because of the potential to pull wealth.

“Everything has melted and everybody has become a Lagosian. And this has absorbed even the original inhabitants.”

Speaking on the connection between the Benin people and the Lagosians, he said, “For the core Yoruba people, they have always believed that they are one and that the Oba of Benin happens to be one of the children of Oduduwa (believed to be a Yoruba divine king and legendary founder of the Ife Empire).

“Even though in an attempt to contend that, they have not claimed that there is no relationship, that shows affinity. The second one is that the Western region, then, extended to Edo, and even Delta. So they had been together. We didn’t see ourselves as two different people, not until the Mid-Western region. They have been one people. The free education policy that the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo started was enjoyed from Oyo to Ogun to Delta.

The Olota of Ota, Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege, argued that the Benin monarch was being economical with the truth as regards the history of Lagos.

While describing the Oba of Benin as an attention seeker, Olota maintained that all historical records had proven that Lagos belonged to the Awori people.

Speaking exclusively with The PUNCH, Obalanlege, who is also the chairman of Awori Obas in Ogun State, insisted that the claim by the Benin monarch was untrue and unfounded.

He said, “When something is beautiful, a lot of people will want to lay claim to it. But Oba of Benin was being economical with the truth. He is only an attention seeker.

“We have discussed this several times, and as Awori people, we have made our point.

“Just go anywhere, even these Europeans that wrote so many books, wrote that the Awori are the ones that deflowered Lagos having lived in the state for quite a long time even before the coming of the Portuguese.

“It was the Benin people that came later and they only occupied a very small space in Lagos.

“So, we are still their landlords. They can lay claim to whatever, but to be truthful, the Oba of Benin was only being economical with the truth.

“This is my position as the chairman of Awori Oba in Ogun State and you know that Awori started from Ogun State. The movement of the Awori started from Ota here in Ogun State.”

https://punchng.com/eko-founders-controversy-academics-olota-lagos-chief-tackle-oba-of-benin/

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by TemplarLandry: 8:50pm On Nov 29, 2023
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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by christistruth01: 8:52pm On Nov 29, 2023
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Boda Seyi Law Thank you Jare

Let us add more

Moba Yorubas were settled in Moba Lagos well before the 9th Century before Oduduwa whose Son Oranmiyan established the Benin Throne and Kingdom was Born
They are currently classified with the Awori people but we're in Lagos many Centuries earlier

In the 10th Century when the first Owa Obokun of Ijesha fetched from the Lagos Sea Water to cure Oduduwa's blindness there were already Moba Yorubas. In Lagos and he spent 2 months with them

The idol Worshippers Olokun diety was actually a Moba King called Seniade that ruled from an Island off the coast of Lagos that has now been Submerged by the Sea.

Some of the Moba migrated to Ijebuland and the Moba built the UNESCO world heritage 9th Century Eredo Wall near Ijebu and their kingdom included many Islands off the Coast of Lagos

They have now been included with the Awori people but we're actually the Original Inhabitants of Lagos and were in Lagos Centuries before Oduduwa was Born

The Oore of Otun Ekiti migrated from Moba in Lagos and is descended from the Moba Kings including Seniade

Moba is near Victoria Island and their Crown predates Oduduwa's own


Yorubas forefathers might not have been great at Technology but God Almighty definitely gave them Prodigious History Art and Music
All Glory be to God Almighty





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J7SXJzGuLM?si=r9vlK6L3Z4NEXAEn

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by FiraO9: 8:53pm On Nov 29, 2023
christistruth01:
Yorubas and deceit.

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by Phoen1X: 9:01pm On Nov 29, 2023
True yoruba history is full of humiliating conquests,...its either by the binis,.fulanis or even female warriors from benin republic,...but no mention of that deity that fell from jupitar.

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by KingKO22: 9:02pm On Nov 29, 2023
Ordinarily, when you take a look at Lagos, it is surrounded by Yoruba land from Egba, Awori to Ijebu and Sagamu

So the Binin kingdom jumped all the entire Yoruba land from Ore, to Ijebu and Sagamu and found a place in another man's kingdom

The fact that you settle in a place doesn't make you the owner.

This history mainly pointing to the fact that Edo kingdom are from Yoruba land.
The names of their founder Kings are Yoruba names

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by adioolayi(m): 9:02pm On Nov 29, 2023
Abeg, allow the Oba of Benin rest..

Even palace don know say Oba goofed.. he won't do it again grin grin grin

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by Racoon(m): 9:02pm On Nov 29, 2023
Oba really touched a nerve. But Fulani confidently claimed Ilorin and chase people to find refuge in Benin Republic, them no talk pim. Instead they were protesting and standing with their killer Palestinian terrorists brothers in Monatan - Iwo Road.

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by ILoveNG: 9:04pm On Nov 29, 2023
I guess it's yet to occur to some people that the Yoruba tribe is one of the tribes in Africa who first start the documentation and preservation of its history

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by atobs4real(m): 9:04pm On Nov 29, 2023
Na now una go fear we Yorubas due to quality education and exposure and history in the cloud

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by phemmie06(m): 9:04pm On Nov 29, 2023
embarassed
Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by atobs4real(m): 9:04pm On Nov 29, 2023
Na now una go fear we Yorubas due to quality education and exposure and history in the cloud
Aworis, we sight you ooo

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by GODPUNISHALABI: 9:05pm On Nov 29, 2023
Lol see as them dey fight for lagos if say na emir of kano talk say na dem get lagos u go see as all of them go keep quiet....I no see this same energy when dem ban their useless festival for ilorin, them know who dem dey fear

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by ican2020: 9:05pm On Nov 29, 2023
Why is it that most Yorubas cannot look at issues objectively

How I wish they can divide this country so that we can live without this tribe that will see white and go ahead to insist that is black

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by pandoragirigory: 9:06pm On Nov 29, 2023
The goofed

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by money121(m): 9:07pm On Nov 29, 2023
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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by Biodun556(m): 9:07pm On Nov 29, 2023
Why is Ogiso of Benin salivating over Lagos IGR?

Where are your Bini people in Lagos?

Which land are they occupying?

Aworis, ijebus, Egun and Egbas own Lagos with prove of land ownership

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by oakenfold: 9:07pm On Nov 29, 2023
No shit. It's known history. That time has passed

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by Racoon(m): 9:07pm On Nov 29, 2023
You may not respect authority where you come from, but we do. Oh yes, we do! "You need to learn your history, and do not provoke me and others to tell you your history at our hands. Those days are gone, but our respect for the Oba of Benin has not gone and is not going away."

I am not for or against what HRM Ewuare II said. I am just for HRM Ewuare II. "We do not say you should agree with him. But even if you must disagree, do so with the utmost respect. This is not some warrant chief created by the British. This is the scion of a dynasty that created the greatest civilisation in Black Africa. Show some respect!"
https://www.legit.ng/nigeria/1566043-omokri-lays-oba-benins-critics-class-monarch-binis-founded-nucleus-lagos/

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by Holluwhakemmy(f): 9:08pm On Nov 29, 2023
Oba of Benin in mud

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by DeltaOil: 9:08pm On Nov 29, 2023
Brown roof republic is going to end up fighting everybody.
They seem to forget that its us that made Lagos state.

Remove us from Lagos and all you have are thugs,agberos, runs babes,druglords,ritualists, skull miners & r@pists angry

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by Godjone(m): 9:09pm On Nov 29, 2023
grin

Oba don go carrey igbese. E for kuku stay him palace, small pikin for nor see am insult.

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by TinubuThief: 9:09pm On Nov 29, 2023
No be them even get the nonsense slum Lagos wey them they carry do mouth sef.
Lazy tribe

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by MadamVanessa(f): 9:09pm On Nov 29, 2023
shocked

If only these cowards defended their people like this when Fulani herdsmen killed them and still chased them away from their land ,I don't think there will be any need for idp camps In Benin republic for this coward refugees.

Don't forget as we talk now llorin has been captured by the Fulanis, isese festival stopped by this same Fulanis, yet they say nothing about it. grin

They suddenly have their voice now, because it's oba of Benin, but let Fulani come now, all of them will run and hide nobody will mutter a word. Cowards.

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by anonymuz(m): 9:09pm On Nov 29, 2023
christistruth01:
cool


Boda Seyi Law Thank you Jare

Let us add more

Moba Yorubas were settled in Moba Lagos well before the 9th Century before Oduduwa whose Son Oranmiyan established the Benin Throne and Kingdom was Born
They are currently classified with the Awori people but we're in Lagos many Centuries earlier

In the 10th Century when the first Owa Obokun of Ijesha fetched from the Lagos Sea Water to cure Oduduwa's blindness there were already Moba Yorubas. In Lagos and he spent 2 months with them
The idol Worshippers Olokun diety was actually a Moba King called Seniade that ruled from an Island off the coast of Lagos that has now been Submerged by the Sea.
The Moba built the UNESCO world heritage 9th Century Eredo Wall near Ijebu and their kingdom included many Islands off the Coast of Lagos

They have now been included with the Awori people but we're actually the Original Inhabitants of Lagos and were in Lagos Centuries before Oduduwa was Born

The Oore of Otun Ekiti migrated from Moba in Lagos

Moba is near Victoria Island and their Crown predates Oduduwa's own


Yorubas forefathers might not have been great at Technology but God Almighty definitely gave them Prodigious History Art and Music
All Glory be to God Almighty





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J7SXJzGuLM?si=r9vlK6L3Z4NEXAEn
you are correct.

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by ClearFlair: 9:10pm On Nov 29, 2023
Hope say una get light
Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by PoliteActivist: 9:10pm On Nov 29, 2023
I'm surprised other tribes are not putting in a claim too. I mean, why not? As it seems all these people are simply making up their own histories as suits their particular purpose!
Even our main man below, saying he is not what we all know he is!

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Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by TinubuThief: 9:10pm On Nov 29, 2023
DeltaOil:
dddd
sad
Re: Eko Founders’ Controversy: Academics, Olota, Lagos Chief Tackle Oba Of Benin by Corn247: 9:11pm On Nov 29, 2023
Aworis' found Lagos island

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