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Title:The impact of the Ijebu expedition of 1892 on politics in Epe 1892-1925
Author:Oguntomisin, G.O.ISNI
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Great Britain
Subjects:colonial conquest
colonial administration
Yoruba polities
traditional polities
Abstract:The British expedition against the Yoruba kingdom of Ijebu-Ode (Nigeria) in 1892 variously affected different Ijebu communities. Epe, a composite town consisting of immigrants from Lagos, the Eko-Epe, and Ijebu indigenes, is a case in point. Kosoko, a distant relative of the Awujale (king) of Ijebu-Ode, and king of Lagos, who had been driven from Lagos on 28 December 1851, administered Epe and its outlying lagoon villages as a State virtually independent of the Ijebu-Ode kingdom. Shortly after Kosoko's return to Lagos, the Ijebu indigenes began to react against measures relegating them to the political background. The political situation in Epe was further exacerbated by the British expedition. As a result of the Ijebu defeat, Epe was formally placed under the British colonial administration and made part of the colony of Lagos, while Ijebu Ode came under the jurisdiction of the Lagos Protectorate. The expedition increased ethnic acrimony in Epe, with the Ijebu-Epe denouncing the Eko-Epe's assistance to the British invaders. The Ijebu-Epe demanded and got their own separate Native Council, and the town was divided into two separate administrative areas. However, the new dispensation fell short of Ijebu aspirations and in the years 1905-1920 intergroup conflict intensified until administrative reorganizations in 1921 and 1925 put an end to Eko-Epe political dominance. Notes, ref.