• THE ORIGIN OF THE ITSEKIRI
    ECONOMIC HISTORY,  POLITICAL HISTORY

    THE ORIGIN OF THE ITSEKIRI

    The Itsekiri tradition traces them to the migration of Iginua from Benin during the reign of Oba Olua. Iginua was said to have met people who inhabited the area before he and his party moved in. These people were called Umale. Besides, there were some Urhobo and Ijo elements settled in the neighbourhood. The incorporation of Ijo, Urhobo, Benin and Yoruba cultures suggests that apart for earlier groups, the Itsekiri had strong connections with the Yoruba to the West. The Itsekiri language is similar to Yoruba. The Itsekiri evolved a centralised system of government. The capital of the Itsekiri kingdom was refered to as Ode-Itsekiri with adjoining settlement similar to…

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