H. I from @asirimagazine - Day 1 of #Coloursofoourhistory
Abeokuta was invaded twice by the ferocious Dahomey amazons, first in 1851 and later in 1864. The first invasion was on the 3rd of March 1851.There was occasional raids in smaller settlements, but Abeokuta was the prime spot for the raiders. They had sworn in a ceremonial ritual not to eat, sleep or rest until Abeokuta is overrun
Abeokuta then was under the leadership of Sagbua the Alake and fearless Balogun Ogunbona the Balogun of Ikija, who had ordered the repairs of the Aro walls protecting the town because it was in a bad shape. The Dahomians were seen coming in from Ishaga, a small town about 17 miles from Abeokuta, the whole town was set into a panic mode. The chief of Ishaga later convinced the Dahomain war leader to shift plan of their attack from night time to noon, so as to catch the Egba’s unaware. Unknown to her, it was a trap. On Monday3rd of March the Dahomians were seen approaching the Aro gate, very motivated and blood thirsty warriors running in for a big fight. The best of Egba warriors and chiefs under the leadership of Balogun Ogunbona and Sokenu,the Seriki of Abeokuta went out and gave the Dahomians the fight of their life. The Dahomians saw the invasion as a destiny to be fulfilled, not to mention the satisfaction they get by scalping the heads of their captives and use their skulls as drinking cups. Each warrior is usually seen with 4-7 skulls tied around her waist.
The trench behind the walls of town was soon liter with dead bodies and blood, flowing down the wall like oil flowing down the alter of Ogun, the god of war and iron. The Egba’s didn’t know all this while they have been fighting with women, not until they captured their first prisoner of war, and it was a customary to caught off the hands and privates parts of the captive and send it as a trophy to the Alake. So the prisoner was caught, well built and strong, stripped off and alas!!! It was no man but rather a curvy woman. The Egba’s went Mad…All along they have been fighting with the dreaded Amazon's from Dahomey.. Mo gbe ooooo #Coloursofourhistory #ASIRIMagazine #dahomeyamazons #abeokuta #COOH #africanstory