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Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by FreeStuffsNG: 3:24pm On Dec 06, 2023
Oldest history books say Yoruba not Benin founded Lagos


Following the debates sparked by the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, recently on who founded Lagos, SAMUEL BOLAJI writes on oldest history books attributing the founding of Lagos to the Yoruba and not Benin.

The debate over who founded Lagos has been around for some time, with different commentators giving varying views on the founder of the fast-developing coastal state.

A recent debate was stirred by a comment made by the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, during his visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House, Marina, in November.

The Benin monarch had said that his ancestors founded Lagos – “maybe the nucleus of Lagos” – a comment which has since sparked reactions from several Nigerians.


“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,” Oba Ewuare II said, adding, “The Oba of Lagos will say so.”

Indeed, sometime in May 2017, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, said Benin founded Lagos.

Following the criticism of Oba Akiolu’s refusal to shake hands with the Ooni of Ife at a function by several commentators, the Iga Idugaran, Palace of the King of Lagos, had released a statement quoting Oba Akiolu that the “Modern day Lagos was founded by Prince Ado, a son of the Oba of Benin.”


“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 he was the one who named the town Eko, until the Portuguese explorer, Ruy de Segueira, changed the maritime town to Lagos, which at that time from 1942 was a Portuguese expedition centre down the African Coast,” the monarch was quoted as saying.

However, some Lagos traditional rulers, academics, and, indeed, the oldest history books disagree with the Oba of Benin and Oba of Lagos’ position on who the founders of Lagos were.

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 recently online, 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 Igaran, 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 in Lagos, or the modern Lagos now before the creation of Lagos State.”

The PUNCH reported that a lecturer of History at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Dr Paul Akanmidu, who lent his voice to the debate, said the history of Lagos could be traced more to the Awori from Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Contrary to Oba Akiolu’s claim that the Awori tribe is from Benin.

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.

He added, “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.

Akanmidu further said, “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.”

History books


Examining the position of the oldest history books on Lagos, a writer, Lasisi Olagunju, in a Tribune report, noted that the history of Yoruba people is well-documented, hence, there is no room for the distortion of historical facts.

Drawing from history books such as Iwe Itan Eko by John B. Losi (1913) with its English translation History of Lagos (1914), A History of Lagos, Nigeria: The Shaping of an African City by Takiu Folami, published in 1982 and described as “most authoritative” in its foreword by the late Oba of Lagos, Adeyinka Oyekan, and several other academic writings, Olagunju established that Lagos was not founded by Benin but by the Yoruba.

Quoting Losi’s Iwe Itan Eko, Olagunju stated that Lagos started from Isheri and “the first man that built Isheri and settled there…was a hunter, named Ogunfunminire, meaning ‘the god of iron has given me success.’ He was of the royal family of Ile-Ife…”

He added that the first book on Benin history, Jacob Egharevba’s Ekhere vb Itan Edo (Short History of Benin) was published in 1933, twenty years after Iwe Itan Eko had been published.

Olagunju said, “The fact of the Benin-Lagos history is that the Awori inhabited a land they called Oko under their leader, Olofin. Their Oko includes today’s Iddo and the general Lagos Island area.

“In 1603, the more powerful kingdom of Benin came on an armada of war boats, overran them (the Awori), turned their Oko to a war camp (Eko), gave them a king and started collecting tributes from them.

“War historians will describe what happened as seizure by conquest. That is a relationship that does not align with Oba of Benin’s claim of founding Lagos and of Benin being its source. You don’t wage a war against non-existent people. The fact of Lagos’s existence provoked the attack and subjugation from Benin forces.

“And, did you notice that the Oba of Benin said the Oba of Lagos would say exactly what he said about Benin being the founder and source of Lagos? He was right about the Oba of Lagos. The palace in Lagos, today, sees itself as an extension of the Benin palace. It won’t remember that there had been points in the past when the Lagos underling was weaned of his slavery.

“Robert Smith in his The Lagos Consulate, 1851–1861 published in 1978 cites an instance in 1860 when the Oba of Benin asked Oba Dosumu to allow exiled ex-King Kosoko (to) return to Lagos. Oba Dosunmu turned down the request from the Benin palace declaring that things were ‘not as in former times when Lagos was under the King of Benin to whom annually a tribute was paid.’”

“So, how could the ancestors of the Oba of Benin have been the ones who brought into existence a settlement that they waged war against in 1603 but which received the Portuguese explorer, Rui de Sequeira, in 1472?” Olagunju wondered.

Stressing that Oba Ewuare II’s claims are historically not correct, he added, “I read G.A. Akinola’s ‘The Origin of the Eweka Dynasty of Benin: A Study in the Use and Abuse of Oral Traditions (1976)’. In April 1973, the researcher was in the palace of the Oba of Benin, Akenzua II, on an interview appointment but the Oba changed his mind when he arrived. The Oba refused to speak with the man while he ‘wondered why a Yoruba should be interested in Benin history.’


“The researcher reported that his session with the king ended ‘with the Oba and his courtiers reminiscing about how Eko (that is Lagos) belongs to Benin by right of conquest long ago.’ I see a divergence here between the position of the current Oba of Benin and that of his ancestor, Akenzua II. The ancestor claimed Lagos as a war booty; the incumbent claims Lagos as a creation of his ancestors.”

Olagunju further quoted Professor Ayodeji Olukoju, who wrote in his 2017 seminal paper entitled ‘Which Lagos, Whose (Hi)story?’, as saying, “We may conclude that Awori-Yoruba communities in Lagos, as we now know them, played host to, and absorbed, a series of newcomers.

“Among these were military invaders and settlers from Benin of Edo State; fugitives, refugees and adventurers from the hinterland Yoruba kingdoms, ranging from those displaced by nineteenth-century Yoruba inter-state wars and the Ifole in Abeokuta (October 13, 1867); retainers of chiefly families of Nupe origins; returnees and deportees from the Atlantic and West African diaspora; descendants of British colonial-era ‘Hausa’ constabulary and Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) personnel; and individuals who were absorbed as retainers and guests of notable Lagos ruling families.”


From the foregoing, therefore, it is evident that Yoruba, not Benin, founded Lagos, while Benin took control of some parts of Lagos as a result of conquest.

Olota of Ota

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 who 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/oldest-history-books-say-yoruba-not-benin-founded-lagos/

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by FreeStuffsNG: 3:24pm On Dec 06, 2023
It remains a shame that there was even an attempt to use dishonest means to revise history and suggest that the original owners of the land are now the late bini settlers. Haba!What a fraud!

It's so sad and it's a lesson to communities currently giving land to settlers to ensure that they keep records very well like our Yoruba forebears did. Kudos to our forebears for keeping accurate records for a period like this. They had the foresight that some of the descendants of the settlers may some day lie that they own the land.

But for these history books that documented who owns Lagos, none of our forebears would have ever proven to us that they had an inkling and foresight that some day the descendants of bini visitors in Lagos will some day covet and brazenly lie that they own Lagos. Ha! Aiye ma nika o.

Asari Dokubo was absolutely right in his account and his anger at the Oba of Benin was because the Oba of Benin even removed the assistance his Ijaw gave to the Benin who attacked that tiny part on the fringes of Yorubaland.

It's been one lie after another further diminishing the Benin in the eyes of many. From the bursting of the Benin lie that the Oba of Benin never leaves the palace , internet era came and exposed the blatant lie. Next was lie that they did not originate from Ile Ife and heads of past Oba of Benin were not buried in Ile Ife but the Yoruba elders were so clever to preserve the history and location in Ile Ife till date. The 3rd lie is the attempt to claim a land that does not belong to them not knowing that the Yoruba documented it well.

The only reason I think they lie in this manner is pride. Now pride has led to fall.

Below is a picture that shows how far behind the Oba of Benin is behind the Ooni of Ife. This picture, all other evidences including the Orun Oba Ado in Ile Ife and oldest history books is the triumph of history over lies. Check my signature for free stuffs!

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by RepoMan007: 3:26pm On Dec 06, 2023
How does a tribe start a city or settlement or community then leave? I am so confused by that phenomenon.

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by raskymonojendor: 3:28pm On Dec 06, 2023
It has always been an Awori settlement and the Ijebus as well around the Epe, Ikorodu and some Lekki areas. The bini soldiers came over 100 years after the Awori had settled in the land. Much ado over nothing.

Anyway, Lagos is covered by Ogun, then Ondo. It seems God knew many strange tribes would try to covet the land and eledumare decided to protect it with two Yoruba states.

2nd picture is the tiny piece of land (coloured red) the Benin occupied when they arrived with their soldiers.

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by Christistruth00: 3:28pm On Dec 06, 2023
Look,
Benin Cannot even Swim not to talk of fighting the Awori and Ijebus who can swim like fish in Water

When it get down to the Wire and you dig deeper you will discover that the people who actually ran the show were the Itsekiri who even had Ijebu roots anyway

Na Itsekiri carry Benin come Lagos

And the Itsekiri even consider themselves to be Yoruba' People anyway

Benin People cannot Swim and they Cannot Canoe
So Benin defeating Awori and Ijebus on Water is out of the Question

Just say it was the Itsekiri
And the Itsekiri had Ijebu roots

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by slivertongue: 3:29pm On Dec 06, 2023
Well Yorubas own Lagos today but the binis & ijaws were there before them. Even archeological artifacts found in places in Lagos gives evidence to that effect.

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by Urheadmaster(m): 3:35pm On Dec 06, 2023
tongue

Benin republic and Togolese can also claim Lagos state like a blink of an eyes tongue
slivertongue:
Well Yorubas own Lagos today but the binis & ijaws were there before them. Even archeological artifacts found in places in Lagos gives evidence to that effect.

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by ShangTsung000: 3:37pm On Dec 06, 2023
Abeg this story is stale nau. Who discover Lagos? And then. Abegi.

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by Christistruth00: 3:38pm On Dec 06, 2023
cool

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by Validated: 3:39pm On Dec 06, 2023
slivertongue:
Well Yorubas own Lagos today but the binis & ijaws were there before them. Even archeological artifacts found in places in Lagos gives evidence to that effect.
Do not mind op. The Aworis have not denied paying isakole to the binis.

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by Christistruth00: 3:41pm On Dec 06, 2023
grin


Apart from the fact that the Oba Of Lagos is of Ijesha lineage since

Ologun Kutere who was Ijesha like his father Alagba who was Princess Erelu Kuti's Husband

It was even ife that founded benin

cool.Yes!!

ife founded benin!! Including the Ogiso dynasty!!!


obagodo the first Ogiso that founded Igodomigodo Kingdom that is now benin was an ife man
Igodomigodo is now benin



Ogiso obagodo founded Igodomigodo Kingdom with his followers from ife
obagodo was Yoruba for Oba Igodo

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by Christistruth00: 3:42pm On Dec 06, 2023
slivertongue:
Well Yorubas own Lagos today but the binis & ijaws were there before them. Even archeological artifacts found in places in Lagos gives evidence to that effect.


Na Itsekiri Yorubas carry Benin come Lagos Island Benin Cannot even Swim or Canoe!!

The influence of Benin died the moment the Itsekiri were independent of Benin


That Lagos is Yorubaland is beyond Contention


Document from sir alfred moloney
British Colonial Governor of Lagos
Confirming Lagos is Yorubaland in 1890

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by FreeStuffsNG: 4:11pm On Dec 06, 2023
Christistruth00:



Na Itsekiri Yorubas carry Benin come Lagos Island Benin Cannot even Swim or Canoe!!

The influence of Benin died the moment the Itsekiri were independent of Benin


That Lagos is Yorubaland is beyond Contention


Document from sir alfred moloney
British Colonial Governor of Lagos
Confirming Lagos is Yorubaland in 1890

“So, how could the ancestors of the Oba of Benin have been the ones who brought into existence a settlement that they waged war against in 1603 but which received the Portuguese explorer, Rui de Sequeira, in 1472?” Olagunju wondered.

They even attacked that small part of Lagos almost 300 years after the Portuguese explorer visited Lagos and reported meeting the original Yoruba founders of Lagos. They didn't know that the Yoruba kept clean records of the history of their own Lands.

Sadly, it's been one lie after another further diminishing the Binis in the eyes of many.

From the bursting of the Bini lie that the Oba of Benin never leaves the palace , internet era came and exposed the blatant lie. But for the expose by the internet, they would still continue with the lie whereas they knew it was a lie.

Next was lie that they did not originate from Ile Ife and heads of past Oba of Benin were not buried in Ile Ife but the Yoruba elders were so clever to preserve the history and location in Ile Ife till date.

The 3rd lie is the attempt to claim a land that does not belong to them not knowing that the Yoruba documented it well.

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by sotall(m): 4:16pm On Dec 06, 2023
You want to talk about history of Lagos and you are quoting a book written in 1913 by Yoruba Revisionists.

Like seriously grin grin

And some of you dont even go near that part that talks about Aworis paying tax to the Benins.

One of the many truths that prevails but you cant accept it.

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by Ondoterrorist: 4:16pm On Dec 06, 2023
Una dey drag still get brown roof

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by goodnessme1(f): 4:28pm On Dec 06, 2023
You mean yoruba history?

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by FreeStuffsNG: 4:29pm On Dec 06, 2023
goodnessme1:
You mean yoruba history?

zombieHUNTER:
undecided


killsmith:



sotall:
You want to talk about history of Lagos and you are quoting a book written in 1913 by Yoruba Revisionists.

Like seriously grin grin

And some of you dont even go near that part that talks about Aworis paying tax to the Benins.

One of the many truths that prevails but you cant accept it.


Stressing that Oba Ewuare II’s claims are historically not correct, he added, “I read G.A. Akinola’s ‘The Origin of the Eweka Dynasty of Benin: A Study in the Use and Abuse of Oral Traditions (1976)’. In April 1973, the researcher was in the palace of the Oba of Benin, Akenzua II, on an interview appointment but the Oba changed his mind when he arrived. The Oba refused to speak with the man while he ‘wondered why a Yoruba should be interested in Benin history.’


“The researcher reported that his session with the king ended ‘with the Oba and his courtiers reminiscing about how Eko (that is Lagos) belongs to Benin by right of conquest long ago.’ I see a divergence here between the position of the current Oba of Benin and that of his ancestor, Akenzua II. The ancestor claimed Lagos as a war booty; the incumbent claims Lagos as a creation of his ancestors.”

Smh. It's obvious that the report is too long enough for you to comprehend.

Above quote is the part of the report that tells you where even a past Oba of Benin never brazenly lied about who founded Lagos or denied that the Yoruba founders and owners of Lagos were the ones they met in Lagos.

There was never any contest on who founded Lagos or doubt that the Yoruba awori founded and own Lagos. This attempt to revise history is recent and fraudulent. It fell flat in the face of the clever manner our forebears preserved the truth.

According to Mujahideen Asari Dokubo, saying Benin founded Lagos shows how unintelligent some people are - THAT IS HISTORICAL PARASITISM - ASARI DOKUBO



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgLTNhetuwQ?si=Glv69X2MR1I7EAZh. https://www.instagram.com/reel/C0Q0sJro0Ow/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by Never4getU: 4:38pm On Dec 06, 2023
slivertongue:
Well Yorubas own Lagos today but the binis & ijaws were there before them. Even archeological artifacts found in places in Lagos gives evidence to that effect.


When they admonished u to go to sch u did6go because u wanted to learn but to do hearsays...i pity u. Even with all available evidence provided right on this thread yet u sounded lame like a dullard

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by Never4getU: 4:43pm On Dec 06, 2023
Validated:

Do not mind op. The Aworis have not denied paying isakole to the binis.

Paying ishakole doesn't explain how Edo founded Lagos. Nigeria became a slave center for the European and Portuguese before evaluating, should dey now say they own Lagos because even the name Lagos was given to buy the Portuguese. They could try to twist the history as u lots are trying to steal our ancestral home simply because of the juicy enjoyment in Lagos.

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by MANNABBQGRILLS: 5:04pm On Dec 06, 2023
Are we still on this issue?!

Yoruba owns Lagos , full stop (.)

No dignity.

Nothing to talk about here.

Well, people gats comment sha.....

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by money121(m): 5:05pm On Dec 06, 2023
Ok
Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by absoluteSuccess: 5:05pm On Dec 06, 2023
The Ibini in Lagos may never have stepped on or been to Benin. The Yoruba Ibini were an Awori people. Of course, they were an original Benin clan among the Awori, and they didn't come from the present Benin city but from the Levant, where the journey of the Yoruba founding fathers started.

To check this fact, where does Obanikoro family hails from in present day Benin? Where does Olorogun Adodo hail from? The same applies to Eletu Iwashe. Ultimately, the oriki Eletu Iwashe gave us a good information about our common heritage, It says "omo erin o beji" this simply means "descendants of twined emigrants".

If that applies, then Ibini simply means "first born". So, who is the Iseyin (second born)? That would be the patriarch of the Awori. And like we did the first, we have to check out Oriki Awori. The oriki Awori says "Kafeso gunle si Isheri Mole." The Awori were descendants of isheri-Mole. Isheri was the other twin of Ibini, hence the Eletu Odibo and other ogalade(s) of Lagos were "ara Ibini Arokuntayo", while the Awori house were "omo oloko nile Isheri".

Together, they made up the band of explorers that came to be known as Awo-ri. A witness to this story is the fact that the original Lagosians were refers to as "Awonrin" by their egun counterparts. Awonrin in Yoruba simply means "the emigrants". So if this was how the people identify themselves originally, it speaks a lot about their history.

But since the Portuguese were the first to record Lagos History, what they learn was euphorically retold to suit Benin City. That should also be expected, the Portuguese were out in search of Prester Jean, a fabled kingdom of Christian that was long lost and that if found could help check the encroaching menace of the Ottoman empire ravaging the West at the time as a formidable ally.

The search eventually open up the world with Ferdinand Magellan and the likes, culminating in the discovery of Congo kingdoms and the slave trade. Right after the slave trade began the evil of racism compare to great fervour and esteems that the Portuguese have earlier held African communities they had discovered.

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by crestedaguiyi: 5:05pm On Dec 06, 2023
you people want to start paying passage fees again. rogues

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by bigdammyj: 5:05pm On Dec 06, 2023
Noted.
Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by havenz(m): 5:06pm On Dec 06, 2023
The owners are the real people and they knows them selves. Tinubu na em get Lagos.

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by Charmingrascal(m): 5:06pm On Dec 06, 2023
Lol
Oba was on colos when he was making that assertion.

In Nigeria today many people rewrite history just to suit their ego, and unfortunately few gullible and lazy people who can't read history by themselves or perhaps who read but can't understand, believe whatever lie and fiction they read and hear from one dumb head sitting at the corner of his/her room.

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by Tochitee(m): 5:06pm On Dec 06, 2023
Another dagger in the heart of Pandora children.
Nnamdi Azikiwe tried,he was disgraced brutally,Ojukwu tried and failed woefully, Pandora and his miserable kids has continued from where Azikiwe stopped. Anyways,there's only one outcome,when you overstepped your boundaries in Lagos. Yorubas will always put you in your place.

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by Boyooosa(m): 5:06pm On Dec 06, 2023
“War historians will describe what happened as seizure by conquest. That is a relationship that does not align with Oba of Benin’s claim of founding Lagos and of Benin being its source. You don’t wage a war against non-existent people. The fact of Lagos’s existence provoked the attack and subjugation from Benin forces.

This is logical and reasonable...thank God civilization did not allow portugal and UK to lay claims on Nigeria's ownership/foundation🤔🤕

The fact of Lagos’s existence provoked the attack and subjugation from Benin forces.

May be because Lagos is the only greater land they founded

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Re: Oldest History Books Say Yoruba Not Benin Founded Lagos by zombieHUNTER: 5:07pm On Dec 06, 2023
undecided

we know Benin people originally owns Lagos

no history book written by a cone head will erase it

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