Message to All Yoruba People on the Ownership of Lagos.
ON THE OWNERSHIP OF LAGOS! Lagos is a Portuguese name meaning lagoon, the name became needful when the invaders saw that the place was similar to the Lagos in their country, with reference to it topography. (confirm from the map of Portugal) Lagos originally called EKO a word meaning 'war camp' in the Edo language, showing that the territory was owned and administered by the Oba of Benin. The battle for the soul of Lagos began towards the end of the 19th century and was fully actualised in the 1900s,
When England abandoned the slave trade following the industrial revolution. The overthronment of Oba Akitoye by king Kosoko and the returned of Akitoye through the help of Britain and his subsequent dead, his successor chief Dosumu lack of strong will to effect the stop of the slave after it was outlawed, paved way for the full take over the territory by the British, as a port town, it serves England's interest. Typical of all port cities be it Liver pool or Miami it is bound to be cosmopolitan, with people everywhere converging for business.
Of all the people that have ever governed Lagos non originally is from the place, Jakande-Kwara, Tinubu-Osun, Fashola-Ekiti, Ambode-Ondo, Oba of Lagos-Ogun. The dominance of the Yoruba people in the city is a matter of proximity and no other, the word 'EKO' been the original name of the place has no meaning in the Yoruba language and the nearest in sound to the word is 'OKO' meaning 'cassava farm' now if the place was a swamp how then do you plant cassava there?
Which suggest a missing link, who owns the place should give the name. The current native and immigrant war, currently on going in the city state and targeting at non Yoruba is a misplaced priority and the archives should be visited and should be traced down to the reign of Oba ORHOGBUA the foremost ruler of the ancient Benin kingdom, otherwise the debate will be on ending and the fight will amount to seating history on it head.
By Edwin Uko Philip