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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Jaja whose real name was Mbanaso Okwaraozurumbaa was also a savvy political and military strategist, brought to the Bonny Kingdom as a slave, who was perhaps the most troublesome thorn fo the flesh of 19th-century British imperial ambition in southern Nigeria. It soon became doubtful if the victors were not indeed the vanquished.

King Jaja of Opobo ()

For 18 years, Jaja ruled the independent Opobo city-state with firmness and remarkable authority. Inkaja reasonably secure, Ja Ja proclaimed the independence of his settlement which he named Opobo, after Opubu the Great, the illustrious king of Bonny and founder of Anna House who had died in This meant that even a slave stood a chance at becoming a ruler if he worked hard enough. He armed his traders with modern weapons for their own defense and that of the state.

In this intensely competitive society, leadership by merit — not by birth or ascriptions — was necessary if a house was to make headway in the turbulent, cut-throat competition that existed between houses. The city-state fell from grace to grass as Opobo, flourishing on its ashes, became in Ofonagoro’s words, “the most important trade center in the Oil Rivers,” and Ja Ja became “the greatest African living in the east of modern Nigeria.


Three opobi later, inBonny was ravaged by fire, and the Anna House was the worst hit. Both brothers had previously been partners with their father, Thomas King.

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 Coast now Ghana. History of Bristol Revolvy Brain revolvybrain.

His exact date of birth is unknown but is presumed to jaaj around in Umuduora Amaigbo present day Orlu region, Imo StateNigeria. The Atlantic slave trade or transatlantic slave trade involved the transportation by slave traders of enslaved African people, mainly to the Americas.

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He ruled well but a war later broke out, he was deceived by the British that he was to go and negotiate with the Queen of England but instead, he was sent on exile to Saint Vincent in the Caribbean. In the s, Miller Bros was among the poobo merchant firms that moved their trading activities up the Niger, into the interior of present-day Nigeria.

In the discomfiture of his opponent, Oko Uaja saw his opportunity. Your email address will not be published. Instead he sought another land where he could give full scope to his boundless energies. Jaja was sold as a slave at the age of twelve in Bonny and was named Jubo Jubogha by his master and later renamed as Jaja by the British.


These people are referred to as slaves. Worse times were yet to come as political problems were compounded by economic dispute. Member feedback about Kingdom of Bonny: The sentence was deportation for five years in the West Indies. National Commission for Museums and Monuments topic The National Commission for Museums and Monuments is a federal agency of Nigeria which operates several museums and historic sites in Nigeria. The Opobo city state retained most of the sociopolitical and cultural institutions of Bonny, such as the house system, and stuck steadfastly to the religion of his fathers, arguing that Christianity was as a result of societal destabilization.

Three years later, inBonny was ravaged by fire, and the Anna House was the worst hit. The statue stands on a grey granite plinth, surrounded by cast iron oof.

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Jaja of Opobo

Lamented and mourned by all when dead. At birth he was given a native Igbo name Mbanaso Okwaraozurumba and was the third son of his parents, the Opoho.

Under a threat of jzja bombardment, Ja Ja signed an agreement with the British consul in July to allow free trade in his territory. Member feedback about Opobo: Peace palaver commenced and dragged on for weeks under the auspices of the British consul. As expected, Jaja believing in his own authority, refused to stop taxing the British traders. Bonny on southern coast.