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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Peace palaver commenced and dragged on for weeks under the auspices of the British consul. He has rightly been described as, perhaps, the most enterprising and accomplished of all African merchant princes on the west coast of Africa in the 19th century Fajana and Biggs Atlantic slave trade topic Stowage of a British slave ship Reproduction of a handbill advertising a slave auction in Charleston, South Carolina, in Subdivisions of Nigeria Revolvy Brain revolvybrain.

A greater part of the city jama is still referred to as Opobo in Rivers State.

The bank specialises in retail banking and has the largest retail client base in Nigeria. First Bank of Nigeria, sometimes referred to as FirstBank, is a Nigerian multinational bank and financial services company headquartered in Lagos. Strategically located between Bonny and the production areas of the hinterland, King Jaja controlled trade and politics in the delta.

His body was shipped to Tenerife in the Canary Islands and buried there instead of Nigeria. Jaja was the name the British gave him and it is also the name that would stick with him to longest. The George Goodhead house was first known as Indian queen; as those “were two traders who ascended its chieftaincy. Member feedback about St Laurence’s Jsja, Frodsham: He won the appeal, and his sentence was revoked but his anticipated triumphal home-coming could not be actualized; he died on the way Fajana and Biggs Finding young Ja Ja too headstrong for opobk liking, Chief Allison made a gift of him to his friend, Madu, a chief of the Anna Pepple House, one of the two houses of the royal family the other being the Manilla Pepple House.


Jaja also moved to block the access of British merchants to the interior, giving him an jaaj monopoly; at times, Opobo even shipped palm opobl directly to Liverpoolindependent of British middlemen.

Jaja of Opobo

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 Jajz now Ghana. Jaja was able to reorganize the finances of his house and clear all debt to Europe pf two years; the former slave was able to create wealth within his city-state. Ja Ja guarded his independence jealously, had a tight grip on the interior markets and confined British traders to Opobo, away from these markets.

Get Historical Books Here. Member feedback about List of Nigerian traditional states: The truth of the matter is iaja modern European advances in science, technology and the arts are based on these stolen treasures.

Thus, he sent his two sons to school in Scotland but insisted they acquire only secular education. In the nineteenth century—after the abolition of the slave trade in —the trade in slaves was supplanted by the trade in palm oil, which was so vibrant that the region was named the Oil Rivers area.

The surviving firms responded to the situation in two ways. A man of his word, he was shocked at Britain reneging on her pledge. Jaja was offered a treaty of “protection”, in return for which the chiefs usually surrendered their sovereignty. When Jaja arrived, the British arrested him and tried him in Accra in the Gold Coast now Ghana then took him to London for some time, where he met Queen Victoria and was her guest in Buckingham Palace.

King Jaja of Opobo

Like Or On FaceBook. Still afraid of his charm and influence on the Gold Coast, even in captivity, Johnston saw to it that he was deported to the West Indies, at St. King Jaja’s downfall ensured a victory for British supremacy, paving the way for the opkbo imposition of the colonial system in this region by the end of the century. With characteristic energy, he proceeded to put his house in order by reorganizing its finances. Legends of Africa topic The Legends of Africa reflects a wide-ranging series of kings, queens, chiefs and other leaders from across the African continent including Mali, Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, Ethiopia and Eritrea.


Many people tend to wonder how a common slave managed to become a king in such a powerful region. Amaigbo topic Amaigbo is a large town in Imo State, Nigeria. Lord Salisbury, British prime minister, could not help criticizing Johnston, noting that in other places Ja Ja’s deportation would be called “kidnapping. Once aboard the warship Goshawk, Johnston confronted him with a deportation order or the complete destruction of Opobo.

On the basis of this, the British consul asserted that British firms were within their rights to trade directly in the interior palm-oil markets. Unbeknownst to King Jaja, this was the last time he would ever set foot in Opobo.

To follow the Ja Ja story or, indeed, revolution, an explanatory note is necessary. When he was eventually allowed to return inhe died on his way back. He thus monopolized trade with the palm-oil producers and punished severely any community that tried to trade directly with the European supercargoes.

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Companies based in Lagos Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. Jaja was well versed in politics and trade but at this time he focused more on trading to build a solid financial foundation. Brought to Bonny Kingdom as a slave boy, Jaja of Opobo rose through life ranks to rule as a King and stood up to European imperialists when it was necessary. This gave the Anan house quite a strong dominance on the palm oil trade.