The Rise of Sagamu

Nolte Insa

in Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638956
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653027 | DOI:
The Rise of Sagamu

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This chapter explores Remo's responses to the wider conflicts affecting the region during the nineteenth century, which include the break-up of the Remo federation and the foundation of the current Remo capital Sagamu. The overall effect of this development was a hierarchisation that reduced spaces for local participation, but which also increased Remo's political autonomy vis-à-vis its former overlord Ijebu-Ode. When the British recognised Sagamu, its leading town Ofin and its ruler, the Akàrígbò, as Remo's central institutions in 1894, they further confirmed these trends.

Keywords: Remo; nineteenth century; local participation; political autonomy; Ijebu-Ode

Chapter.  8909 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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