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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All members of the House were elected on 9 January Portrait of king Jajah with rappa. Against the admonition of the consul, and in the face of Bonny’s displeasure, many British firms began to trade openly with Opobo while others transferred their depots there.

Jaja of Opobo was a nationalist, merchant prince, successful businessman opobk founder of Opobo city-state, now a part of Rivers state in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Still afraid of his charm and influence on the Gold Coast, even in captivity, Johnston saw to it that he was deported to the West Indies, at St.

InJaja was granted oppobo to return to Opobo, but died en route, allegedly poisoned with a cup of tea. The surviving firms responded to the situation in two ways. Bonny and Opobo were now two independent houses but Jaja maintained control of the trade and politics in the area.

King Jaja of Opobo – On the Shoulders of Giants

At the time, Bonny politics were volatile as a result of the irreconcilable and acrimonious contest for supremacy between the Manilla Pepple House and the Anna Pepple House to which Ja Ja belonged. He attained key status in the region and was regarded as one of the most powerful men in the eastern part of the Niger Delta.


Ironically, Jaja’s dogged insistence on African independence and effective resistance exposed Ov imperialism and made him the first victim og foreign territorial intrusion in West Africa.

So, trained in Lagos, John Ikuru embraced Christianity and became exposed to Christian ethics and philosophy. Jaja continued to regulate trade and levy duties on British traders, ipobo the point where he ordered a cessation of trade on the river until one British firm agreed to pay duties.

Following his exile and death, the power of the Opobo state rapidly declined. He has rightly been described as, perhaps, the most enterprising and accomplished of all African merchant princes on the west coast of Africa in the 19th century Fajana and Biggs Once aboard the warship Goshawk, Johnston confronted him with a deportation order or the complete destruction of Opobo.

King Jaja of Opobo (1821-1891)

Member feedback about Samuel Akpabot: Inthe British recognized him as king of independent Opobo, and Ja Ot reciprocated opob sending a contingent of his soldiers to help the British in their war against the Ashanti kingdom in the Gold Coast now Ghana. History of Bristol Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. To follow the Ja Ja story or, indeed, revolution, an explanatory note is necessary.

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King Jaja initially rebuffed the offer, but later reconsidered after being vaguely reassured that his authority and sovereignty of Opobo kingdom would be an exception. He also set up a secular school in his capital and lived in a European-style house, as did his chiefs. The s witnessed a severe trade depression that ruined some of the European firms trading in the Delta and threatened the survival of others.

King Jaja of Opobo: History of the great Nigerian hero

This article is about the 19th Century African King. In Julyfearing German intrusion in the Delta, the British consul, Edward Hewett, rushed to the area, foisting treaties of protection on the indigenous sovereignties.


Ja Ja guarded his independence jealously, had a jajja grip on the interior markets and confined British traders to Opobo, away from these markets.

Home About Contact Us. Interestingly, Jaja was a man of prodigious ability with a gifted and telling acumen.

King Jaja of Opobo, Oopbo. Member feedback about Oko Jumbo: Chiefs and leaders of other city-states caved in to new developments, surrendering control to British authorities. A partial list follows.

King Jaja of Opobo ()

It gained independence on October 27, When less prosperous and jjaa houses sought jxja into the Anna House, Ja Ja gradually absorbed one house after another. Organizations started in Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. He is the orisha of thunder and one of the principal ancestors of the Yoruba people. Jumo Jumofe later took the name “Jaja” for his dealings with the British.

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 Already well described both in writing and in sketches by earlier portuguese and Spanish historians and visitors, and acclaimed by all as a world class city.

Fearing bankruptcy, all of the eligible chiefs of the house declined nomination to head it. The oplbo of Jaja would expose the true intentions of the British which were to only monopolize and control the resources in the area.

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