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

Continuing...The Oyo Mesi,(counsil of Lords),was a permanent corruptive administration with set up a distance with the Yorubas villages for the following reasons..1- They did keep suppourting the trade of slaves out of Africa which was against the Yorubas guideline..2- They could depose the Alaafin from the Throne for any manipulative reasons,which was against the Yorubas guideline,(and the Bashorun-Gaha,did that throughtout the time of Oyo being a kingdom)..(The Yorubas provide for the continuing ascention of descendants to the leadership)....3- Several times Yorubas villages were raided from the Oyo villages,(taking/slaves)....4-They imposed the practice of forcing the death of the Alaafin' son when the Alaafin would die..(in the Yorubas guideline, after somebody is properly initiated and accepted by the Orichas into the Yorubas religion,notbody has jurisdiction to force him/her into suicide)....5-The Oyo connection with the 'Aro Society',(which have been taking slave out of Africa through Igboland)...6-The Oyo Mesi,(depending on what time frame is chosen),were compose of Nupe,Haussas,Fulanis,Kano,Igbo,Ibibios,etc., which were not Yorubas....Also there was the Ogboni Society which have some administrative influences...Oyo was never the heart of Yorubaland,(the village was to too far to the north out of the Forest,the importance for the Yorubas was to set up a military post,(Oramiyan),to stabilize the trade in the north part of Ife, and that they could be added as customers......Now for whom Oyo was really important?....For the Haussas,Fulanis,Kano,Borgu,etc.,slaves which all the time were running there for refuge during raiding.....For the Haussas-Lords which moved there when the Haussas Muslim pushed them out,...For the Haussas Muslim when the Fulanis Muslim pushed them (also), out...For the Nupe Kingdom becouse Oramiyan took some territory from them when setting out the military post...And for the 'Aro Society' which were using that 'corridor' for their slave trade to the north.....The heart of Yorubaland up to 1897, was the Ile/Ife/Benin corridor,(in Nigeria), and the diamond of Yorubaland,from the 1300 to 1897, was Benin/City,(in Nigeria).To be continued.Dr. Zaragemca


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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