Did Olofin Surrender To Addo?

The picture below shows, on the left, the giant statues of the legendary King Olofin of Iddo in direct confrontation with King Addo,
historically the first Benin king to rule Lagos (circa 1680 – circa 1710)

The picture symbolized the titanic dynastic struggle between the Awori chieftain (Olofin) of Iddo and the Edo hosts from Benin which resulted in the hegemonic succession of Addo dynasty in Lagos, sweeping away the antediluvian dynasty, until in recent time when Olofin’s descendants (historically recognized in Lagos as the Idejo class of chiefs) regained autonomy, and emerged as Obas or independent rulers of their respective territories.

Idejo white cap Chiefs exchanging pleasantries with Queen Elizabeth II


Hence there exists now, Oba Elegusi of Ikateland (in Lekki district); Oba Oniru of Iru/Victoria Is Island; Oba Ojora of Ijora; Oba Oloto of Otto/Mainland; Oba Onikoyi of Ikoyi; Oba Onisiwo of Abagbo/Tomaroland (in Apapa riverine area), while five others are yet to assume Obaship status of their traditional territories.


The picture also shows the contrasting clash of cultures of the two dynamic groups: King Addo, wearing a decorated hat like those worn by Eyo or Adamu Orisha masquerades; neck, heavily bedecked with coral beads, and carrying sworded-blade cutlass as war weapon, while the fierce Olofin of Iddo (whose domain also extended to Eko or Lagos Island), holding his war staff in one hand, while the second was fixed on the hilt of his sword, and his chest or bag of dangerous potent charms, hung on his shoulder.

His head was adorned by the traditional white cap now bequeathed to all traditional chiefs of Lagos.
The composite pictures were taken from sculpted impression in year 2003, courtesy of Water Front and Tourism Development Ministry of Lagos State Government.

Curled from Hon. Adekunle Alli’s wall

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