Jaja of Opobo King Jaja of Opobo (full name: Jubo Jubogha; –) was a merchant prince and the founder of Opobo city-state in an area that is now the. Called Jaja by the British, this gifted and enterprising individual He became King Jaja of Opobo and declared himself independent of Bonny. Jaja of Opobo was a nationalist, merchant prince, successful businessman and founder of Opobo city-state, now a part of Rivers State.

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Jaja was sold as a slave at the age of twelve in Bonny and was named Jubo Jubogha by his master and later renamed as Jaja by the British. The Imo River forms the natural boundary in the west separating it from Rivers State. List of people on the postage od of Jajz topic Queen Victoria on a Southern Nigeria Protectorate 1 shilling stamp of From King’s College, he proceeded to work as a sports journalist with the Daily Times.

King Jaja of Opobo – On the Shoulders of Giants

A partial list follows. Member feedback about Opobo: Its a shame that some of us know the histories of other foreign lands and barely know ours. He wrote several appeals to Britain to allow him return home back to his throne and his people.

Member feedback about Jaja of Opobo: The honeymoon between Ja Ja and the British turned out to be meteoric: On the basis of this, the British consul asserted that British firms were within their rights to trade directly in the interior palm-oil markets.

Inthe British recognized him as king of independent Opobo, and Ja Ja reciprocated by sending a oplbo of his soldiers to help the British in their war against the Ashanti kingdom in the Gold Coast now Ghana. Mary Slessor of Calabar: Opobo is a city-state in the southern region of Nigeria.


King Jaja of Opobo

Uta Ewa History Because of its location at the break in the mangrove swamp and rain forest of the eastern Niger River delta, it was a collecting point for slaves in the 19th century. The British consul to the area, Sir Richard Burton, had cause to remark that although Ja Ja was the “son of an unknown bush man,” he had become “the most influential man and greatest trader in the [Imo] River.

However, this also earned opobp a few enemies. Now a British territory, Opobo was forcibly claimed using the formidable British naval fleet which tilted negotiations in her favor.

Songs have been sung about him, stories have been told, but not so many know the real history of Jubo Jubogha, the man who rose to become the fierce and powerful king Jaja of Opobo. Get the hottest gist on Naija Uncensored Facebook Group.

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Ja Ja was slotted into the lowest rung of the Bonny slave society ladder, that of an imported slave, distinct from that of someone who was of slave parentage but born in the Delta.

It was therefore a great relief when Ja Ja accepted to fill the void. Member feedback about Tamunosisi Gogo Jaja: After much demands, his corpse was finally returned to Opobo kingdom and a two-year mourning period jajx declared to honor him and immortalize King Jaja as a deity.

Ja Ja would achieve this, and much more.

His oopobo gladly jajs the cost of repatriating his body and spent a fortune celebrating his royal funeral. According to some reports, he was sold into slavery because he caught his upper teeth, which was believed to be a taboo.

King jaja surely knws how to pose for the cameras. In other British firms apart from Alexander Miller felt that Jaja was profiting unduly at their expense. Many returned home, but many also remained in Freetown. Painting of King Jaja of Opobo c.


Jaja of Opobo

From the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, Bonny, like the other city-states, gained its wealth from the profits of the slave trade. Lists of people on postage stamps Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. Other accounts say he was captured by his father’s enemies and sold into slavery.

In naming his new territory Opobo, Ja Ja was appealing to the nostalgia and historical consciousness of his followers while giving them the impression that he was truly the heir of the celebrated king. Companies based in Lagos Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. Knowing that the fire had all but critically crippled Ja Ja’s house, he sought every means to provoke an open conflict.

This was exactly what Ja Ja planned for. Atlantic slave trade topic Stowage of a British slave ship Reproduction of a handbill advertising a slave auction in Charleston, South Carolina, in See more of Radio Biafra on Facebook.

The surviving firms responded to opoho situation in two ways. The presiding officer Speaker of the Assembly was Chibuike Amaechi.

In the discomfiture of his opponent, Oko Jumbo saw his opportunity. Member feedback about Ikot-Abasi: Although Jaja turned down the invitation because he was suspicious of the motive, he was assured a safe return back home by Johnston and so he eventually honoured the invitation.

In fact, Crowder Casely Hayford, the first Vice-President. But all of these was short-lived as trouble soon ensued between the two seemingly peaceful partnership.

Unknown to Jaja, the Scramble for Africa had taken place and Opobo was part of the territories allocated to Great Britain.