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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Lured into a meeting with the British consul aboard a warship, Jaja was arrested and sent to Accra, where he was summarily tried and found guilty of “treaty breaking” and “blocking the highways of trade”.
King Jaja of Opobo: History of the great Nigerian hero ▷
In when Thomas King died, a new ship was bought and christened the African Queen, African Queen took its first voyage within a year returning with elephant tusks, palm oil and coconut in exchange for manillas. Indeed, Fajana and Biggs Apart from his outstanding business acumen, he had a keen understanding of Western values.
With characteristic energy, he proceeded to put his house jana order by reorganizing its finances. During the 19th century the British became increasingly involved in the internal affairs of the kingdom, in assuming control under a protectorate treaty. Opobo soon came to dominate the region’s lucrative palm oil trade, and was soon home jajja fourteen oppbo what were formerly Bonny’s eighteen trade houses.
While the Manilla House welcomed the Christians with a warm embrace, the Anna House was opposed to the exotic religion. Always just and generous. Nearly 18 years to the day when he pulled out of Bonny, Ja Ja was deported to the Gold Coast, tried, and declared guilty of actions inimical to Britain’s interest.
When less prosperous and insolvent jajq sought incorporation into the Anna House, Ja Ja gradually absorbed one house after another. Member feedback about King Jaja of Opobo Memorial: Easy who is bros?
King Jaja of Opobo: History of the great Nigerian hero
Member feedback about List of state leaders in Once aboard the warship Goshawk, Johnston confronted him with a deportation order or the complete destruction of Opobo. Called Jaja by the British, this gifted and enterprising individual eventually became one of the most powerful men in the eastern Niger Delta.
He also refused to allow British traders any access jjaa his hinterland markets and insisted on levying duties on British merchants trading in his kingdom.
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Acting as middlemen, these communities carried into the interior markets the trade goods of European and Oobo supercargoes stationed on the coast and brought back in exchange the export produce of the hinterland, basically palm oil.
With the abolition of the slave trade in palm oil became the number one item for trade in the Bonny region.
He established a new settlement, which he named Opobo. Although the choices offered were between the devil jaa the deep blue see, it appears King Jaja chose to be deported.
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King Jaja of Opobo
He settled quite well and soon became leader of the royal house overseeing the administration of its affairs. The modern name “Bonny” is a distortion of the original name. In addition, the discovery of quinine as the cure for malaria enabled the British traders to bypass the middlemen and deal directly with the palm oil producers, thus precipitating the decline of the city-states.
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Within a few years of the foundation of Opobo, he rapidly drew the palm oil trade away from Bonny in his role as middle-man between the European merchants and the produce sellers in the interior Pedler To no avail, the British consul tried to coerce Ja Ja to come back to Kpobo. Like Us On FaceBook. Worse times were yet to come as political problems were compounded by economic dispute. Sawyerr and Kobina Sekyi.
Under Jaja’s leadership, Anna Pepple soon absorbed a number of Bonny’s other trade houses until an ongoing dispute with the Manilla Pepple House led by Oko Jumbo forced Jaja to break away as Opobo city-state in Under Jaja’s leadership, Anna Pepple soon absorbed a number of Bonny’s other trade houses until an ongoing dispute with the Manilla Pepple House led by Oko Jumbo forced Jaja to break away as Opobo city-state in Jaja of Opobo topic King Jaja of Opobo full name: The George Goodhead opovo was first known as Indian queen; as those “were two traders who ascended its chieftaincy.