Royal Families

The Itsekiri Kingdom in Nigeria was established in the fifteenth century by the ethnic group of the same name. Although the Itsekiri have their own monarchy — headed by the “Olu” — they were once a protectorate of the British Empire. The two seem to be intertwined, for better or for worse, after the Scramble for Africa (the division and colonisation of most of Africa). This personal account of an Itsekiri’s life covers the coincidence, and irony, of its former Olu’s death being announced the same week as Prince Phillip’s. Read full article here


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