It is said the forebears of the Ewe, Aja, Fon and Ga Adangme lives together with the Yoruba in Western Nigeria till the imperial expansion of the Oyo people which made the Ewe and related peoples in the Gbe family migrate westward and establish their own identity as we shall later see. The Ewe ancestors migrated initially from the Oyo hinterland first to Ketu also called ‘Amedzofe’, a Yoruba town now in modern Benin republic. The Yoruba had founded Ketu by the fourteenth century through Soipasan who was a progeny of Oduduwa from Ife, cradle of Yoruba civilization.
The area of Okomu is not owned by the Ijaws but the Edo people. Benin was the capital of an Empire, so various peoples, tribes and ethnic groups of today's Southern Nigeria often migrated to Benin and had significant presence in the capital. When the British colonial government started after the Benin kingdom invasion, for 17 … Continue reading Ijaws Are tenants in Benin & Edo land – The Okomu case study (Part I)