Iyabo Ojo quizzes historians and sparks online debate about who founded and owns Lagos.

Online users have been debating the ownership and formation of Lagos State in response to actress Iyabo Ojo’s question.

In a recent Instagram post regarding the origins of Lagos, the movie star questioned historians as to whether or not she was accurate. Iyabo Ojo declared.

“Historians let’s dialog….. we learn every day, ….. who owns Lagos, who found Lagos..

Is this true history true:

Lagos was originally inhabited by the Awori subgroup of the Yoruba people in the 15th century, who called it “Oko”.

Under the leadership of the Oloye Olofin, the Awori moved to an island now called Iddo and then to the larger Lagos Island.

In the 16th century, the Awori settlement was conquered by the Benin Empire and the island became a Benin war-camp called “Eko” under Oba Orhogba, the Oba of Benin at the time. Eko is still the native name for Lagos.

The name Eko was given to it by the first king of Lagos, Oba Ado, the young and vibrant Prince from Benin. Eko was the land now known as Lagos Island, where the king palace was built……”

Her statement sparked debate among her fans, with some claiming Lagos is no man’s land and others asserting that it belongs to the Yoruba people because the Oba of Benin is one of Oduduwa’s 7 sons.

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