Ijebu war of 1892: Two accounts

This detailed report on the Ijebu War of 1892 gives an insight into  British rule in Nigeria.  The Chief of Ijebu Ode,  the Awujale, had blocked the trade route from the interior into Lagos which at the time was a Crown Colony.  In May of 1891 a British officer traveled with Hausa troops to try to persuade the Awujale to end the blockade but he refused.   The following year the Awujale offered to end the blocade – why he changed his mind is not clear and in return he was to be given £500 annually to cover the loss of revenue.   However the agreement did not last long and soon after  a missionary was refused entry into the Kingdom, the British attacked Ijebu land using troops from the Lagos Hausa contingent, West Africa Regiment based in Accra and a West Indian regiment from as far away as Sierra Leone.

The story which is on a military history site documenting colonial wars and World War I and is very much in the mold of glorifying wars etc

“It is all to easy to forget that the “Glory” of war is paid for in blood. The blood of a soldier’s comrades, but also the blood of the foe.

is told from a British perspective based on a memoir of the British Officer and other historical documents which explains the language used.   Nor does it pretend to be anything else than what it is – a site about colonial wars.   Nonetheless it’s an  interesting story of resistance to British rule and also I found the use of northern troops against southern resistance a familiar one which is still used in the Niger Delta today.

The second account,  is about an Ijebu arms dealer and warrior “Balogun Kuku” who was also involved with the Ijebu British war as well as a war between Ibadan and Ekiti in which the Ijebu took an anti-Ibadan stance [ at one point Ibadan was fighting a war of 5 fronts].    However Ibadan and Kuku were in support of the British when it came to the Awujale’s blockade and was exiled to Ibadan.   More on Balogun Kuku on the wonderful  Nigerian Wiki site

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