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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Always just and generous. King jaja surely knws how to pose for the cameras. King Jaja of Opobo, we proudly stand on your shoulders. For many years in the 19th century he was the effective ruler of Bonny. Member feedback about First Bank of Nigeria: At that time, Christianity was already sweeping through the entire Western Region of now Nigeria and the Niger Delta, through jajw evangelistic activities of the Church Missionary Society with Bishop Ajayi Crowther as the pioneer Missionary.

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A sketch of King Jaka of Opobo Source: Notify me of follow-up comments by email. He was just as shrewd and fore-seeing as he was powerful…He could be stern, and he was strict, but he was always just, and the form of government he set up was as near perfect as anything of its kind could be. Hewett wrote to Ja Ja informing him, inter alia among other thingsthat: Portrait of king Jajah with rappa. Jaja was able to monopolize the palm oil trade and began trading directly with the city of Liverpool, England; his power and influence was if to be seen as a threat by the Europeans.

King Jaja of Opobo: History of the great Nigerian hero

Sending a delegation to the British secretary of states for the colonies to protest these actions by right of the treaty ofJa Ja’s protest fell on deaf ears.

From music lover to music legend! After Jaja’s initial opposition, jjaja was reassured, in vague terms, that neither his authority nor the sovereignty of Opobo would be threatened. Jaja declared himself King Jaja of Opobo, independent of Bonny.


King Jaja of Opobo – On the Shoulders of Giants

The 6th Rivers State House of Assembly was formed after the general elections. After some other turbulent history, he was exiled to Saint Vincent opoboo the West Indies. When the head of jaaj Anna Pepple died, no one at the time wanted to fill the seat as the house seems to opono incurred some debts and were owing the British a lot of money.

Lists of people on postage stamps Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. Inthe British recognized him as king of independent Opobo, and Ja Ja reciprocated by sending a contingent of his soldiers to help the British in their war against the Ashanti kingdom in the Gold Coast now Ghana. It was in Benin that the British realised the idea of parliament, patterned after the Benin town hall elders meeting system.

A statue of King Jaja of Opobo Source: His real name was Jubo Jubogha and he was a merchant prince who od the city of Opobo, now in Rivers State. Infighting ensued within the Annie Pepple Royal House, Jaja would leave the house to create his own house which became Opobo; he was now recognized as King Jaja of Opobo. As would be expected, Ja Ja objected to these maneuvers and proceeded to ship his own produce directly to Europe. 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.

Jaja of Opobo – Wikipedia

Approximatelypeople live on the island. The British consul directed the European firms not to pay comey to Ja Ja anymore, arguing that iaja shipping his produce directly to Europe, he had forfeited his right to receive the payment.

Following his exile and death, the power of the Opobo state rapidly declined. Apart from his outstanding business acumen, he had a keen understanding of Western values.

Oko Jumbo, his bitterest opponent, was determined opibo such a prospect would never materialize. A group of women sitting and standing in front of a house. After the state planned and state executed Benin Massacre,when all that was important and relevant in Benin were looted jama the buildings burnt down, no one remember that these great places and many others ever existed anymore.


Jaja proved his aptitude for business at an early age, earning his way out of slavery; he was enculturated according to Ijaw Ibani rituals and eventually established himself as head of the Anna Pepple House.

Alexander Miller was a Scottish merchant who was principal shareholder Miller Brothers along with his brother, George Miller. This was exactly what Ja Ja planned for.

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A king in title and indeed. An Okpoho-type manilla from south-eastern Nigeria Manillas are olobo form of money, usually made of bronze or copper, which were used in West Africa. Jumo Jumofe later took the name “Jaja” for his dealings with the British. It soon became doubtful if the victors were not indeed the vanquished.

King Jaja of Opobo

First, inChristianity was introduced into the city-state, further polarizing the society. After some other turbulent history, he pf exiled to Saint Vincent in the West Indies. Ja Ja died on the Island of Teneriffe en route to Opobo, the kingdom built with his sweat and devotion. Before the British visited Benin they had no parliament,they only had an absolute monarch. They understudied their discovery and returned to Europe with the new knowledge.

Click here to post a comment. An Englishman who visited Opobo in stated that the standard of the pupils in the school compared quite favorably with that of English children of the same age. In the popular consciousness, they are particularly associated with the Atlantic slave trade. Member feedback about Kingdom of Bonny: When less prosperous and insolvent houses sought incorporation into the Anna House, Ja Ja gradually absorbed one house after another.