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Oloja of Lagos Chronicles the State’s Origins from Kosoko’s Lineage

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The Oloja of Lagos, Prince Abiola Olojo-Kosoko, encouraged Nigerians to honor the legacy of Morounfolu Eshinlokun during a visit by Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture officials to his Ereko palace. He highlighted Kosoko’s power, reverence, and wealth, earned through extensive slave trade.

Olojo-Kosoko explained the origin of “Kosoko” due to unique birth and death circumstances. He mentioned sacred stones at Kosoko’s palace with metaphysical powers that shaped his life and regional history.

The Oloja of Lagos described the kingship transfer, with Adele Ajose becoming the King of Lagos when Eshinlokun was away upon Ologun Kutere’s passing. Kosoko’s return stirred palace discord, leading to a complex history of shifting kingships and conflicts.

He recounted the role of Adele and his connection to Egun masquerades, leading to his eventual relocation to what is now Badagry due to cultural clashes. Eshinlokun, who later ascended the throne, oversaw a thriving slave business, making Kosoko the designated heir.

The Oloja of Lagos emphasized that this choice aligned with the Oba of Benin’s decree that the king’s first son should succeed him. Eshinlokun expanded the slave trade across borders, becoming a citizen of multiple nations. The Oloja further unraveled the complexities of Kosoko’s life and reign, marked by betrayals, assassinations, and a turbulent relationship with British slave merchants.

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Amid this intricate history, Kosoko’s exile and eventual return signaled a treaty of peace, orchestrated by the British. This tumultuous era witnessed several wars and the emergence of new monarchs. The story of Kosoko is one of resilience and enduring legacies, contributing significantly to the rich tapestry of Lagos’ history.

Mr. Idowu Johnson, Director of Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture, emphasized the council’s mission to preserve and promote Lagos State’s rich cultural history through traditional rulers, enhancing its appeal as a tourist destination.

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