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Our Lagos, Your Lagos

The history of Lagos remains a subject of debate among historians and social anthropologists. In fact, the antecedents is shrouded in obscurity. However, what remains sure from available evidence is that the very early settlers in the areas now known as Lagos were the Awori people.

Early theories of migration accounts that the Awori peoples journeyed from Ile-Ife being guided by a wooden calabash. 
The migration further explains that the journey of from Ife continued until the got to parts of Ikorodu where the calabash sank. Hence, the corruption of the name AWORI, meaning the calabash has sank.

Again, evidence claims that the man who journeyed from Awori people from Ife down to Ikorodu was Olofin Ogunfunminire, who settled in that area of Lagos. Olofin ogunfunminire gave birth to some twenty (20) children, other accounts, more than twenty.

Whatever the figures, what is sure is that these children such as Onitolo, Onitano, Onitiri, Olumegbon, Aromire, Kosoko e.t.c dispersed and settled in other parts of Lagos such as Iddo, Idumota, Ijora, Oyingbo, Badagry mention but a few infact, Aromire it was, who first settled in the Lagos Island areas and cultivated a pepper farm, the supplies of which he got from the Ijebus called Ganran or Iduganran in Ijebu language. 

Evidence also claims that the land that now houses the palace of the first Oba of Lagos, Oba Ado, and other Oba of Lagos, was the pepper farmland owned by Aromire. 
Hence, the corruption of the name Iga Iduganran. 

In fact, the name Aromire is an interpretation in English, a lover of water that is, A RI O MI RE in Yoruba. Importantly, the name ‘EKO’, by which the areas of Lagos island and Lagos itself is appellated is a Bini word meaning “War Camp”, for the Binis pitches their camp at that area during her confrontations with Britain. 

Furthermore, the famous ‘EYO’ festival now commemorated in grand style in Lagos is a festival popular among the Ijebus. 
Available evidence suggests that the Masquerade called, Adimu Oosa, was first carried in Lagos during the demise of Oba Ado, who was assumed needed to be escorted to the great beyond.

Today, the festival is more popular and done in grand style with very colorful attires and different royal families in Lagos carrying the masquerade. Today, royal families in Lagos such as Kosoko, Aromire, Olumegbon, Onitolo, Onitano, Onitiri all carry this masquerade to escort a king go the great beyond. 

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR LAGOS? I am Alowakennou Kehinde. I am open to questions, feedbacks and contributions.


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Alowakennou Kehinde
Kehinde Alowakennou is a graduate of University of Lagos , Nigeria, History and strategic studies (Ba.Ed) , department of Arts and social sciences.He has written various articles and works. Few among my scholarly works include ; The Naira Marely Trend and the Nigerian Youth, The Lagos Apapa Wharf; A Monopoly  Of Rascality , Phobia, Hates and Allergy , Lagos and it’s environs; A Review of the academic efforts of professor L.C Dioka in his Book , ; Lagos and its environs . And more strategically, is the review of one of the Proverbs of Solomon as written in Chapter 23, appellated as ‘The Machiavellian Palava’ .Currently, He is the content curator and freelance for Olajide Samuel (Esq) , Secretary General, CCC Olajuwon Tejuosho Cathedral, Becca Fabrics Ville, and Alapata.NG ( A leading agricultural enterprise that is into sales , supply and dispatch of beef, pork and general livestock services).