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Re: Oyo by Zaragemca
In Response To: Re: Oyo by Zaragemca ()

OYO....Oramiyan, was the Oba of Benin/City,(in actual Nigeria),when the rading of slaves and the assaults of the Yorubas Trade Caravans in the north side of Ife and Dahomey,set up the stage for immediate action,Benin was located too far south,so Obaniyan took upon himself to set up a military village in what is known now as Oyo/kingdom,to secure and to stabilize the Yorubas trade in the north and west of Yorubaland....The importance of the mission took him to leave his son, Aweka,(which was still a child in Benin with some advisors),and taking the Ife-staff,(the Staff would entitle him to to collect,financial and human resources from the others Yorubas villages),in order to set up the military enterprise.IT WAS NEVER HIS PURPOSE TO SET UP A YORUBALAND HEAQUARTER IN Oyo,...he made clear that in case of death his body and the 'Staff' would be returned to Ife,...neither he requested any of the societies from Ife,or Benin to move to Oyo....Oyo didn't have a Yorubas root,becouse notbody from Yorubas lineage moved there before Oramiyan went there to set up the military enterprise...but in the prosess of setting up the military enterprise,some lands from the Nupe Kingdom,(which had some control of the area at that time ), was incorporated,creating and antagonic situation with the Nupes...but during Oramiyan time there, the village would have the benefit of the trade and some financial commitments to set up the military post,(Oramiyan created a military legacy in Oyo),..but once he was not longer there, the Yorubas force and population decreased and a new tribulation with the other Yorubas Villages was created since they were thinking that once Oramiyan and the 'Staff' were not longer there they were not submitted to obligation with Oyo....to be continued.Dr. Zaragemca


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