Awori own Lagos land, Bini produce Oba – Prof. Smith
The contact with the Bini, which is of great significance to the throne of the Oba of Lagos today, occurred in the 18th Century with the conquest of the Iddo – the first settlement of the Olofin, by the Bini warriors and
the appointment of a regent known as the Eleko by the then Oba of Benin as the ruler of the island. The first and successive Elekos became the Oba of Lagos, acknowledging the suzerainty and sovereignty of the Oba of Benin and paying tribute to him until sometime in 1850 when payment of tribute
was stopped and the Oba of Lagos asserted his independence.
A more detailed historical account of the Awori’s interface with the Bini
is contained in the work of an eminent Lagosian, Chief Musliu Anibaba , titled ‘The Lagosian of the 20th Century’. In the book, the learned author refers to the regent of the Oba of Benin after the Iddo conquest as ‘Ashipa’ who died before he was installed as Oba.
He claims that his son, Ado, was subsequently crowned formally as the Oba of Lagos with all the paraphernalia of that office; that Oba Ado
established a meeting place on a pepper farm said to belong to Chief Aromire – a white-cap chief, which he donated to the Oba. The meeting place, according to the author, later became the Oba’s palace in Lagos,
now known as the Iga Idunganran. Idunganran, according to the author, was
formed from Idun (farm) and Iganran (pepper). Oba Ado, according to him, was succeeded by two sons, Oba Gabaro and Oba Akinsemoyin, and a daughter, Erelu Kuti – all of Bini royalty. It is worthy of note that all the Obas
who reigned in Lagos, including the late Oba Adeyinka Oyekan, were all
descendants of Erelu Kuti of the Bini royalty. Thus, it is therefore established from the historical accounts that I have just given, that while the royalty in Lagos has Edo (the Bini) origin, the white-cap Chiefs of Lagos, who are landowners (or landlords of the royal houses of Lagos)
are the descendants of Olofin of Awori origin.
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