Ajaka


Ajaka

Ajaka was an Oyo king who was twice on the throne. His father was Oranyan or Oranmiyan, and his brother according to the historian Samuel Johnson was Sango.

Life

Ajaka lived in a fierce and warring age, but he was originally a man of peaceful disposition. This led to him being deposed and his brother made king after political encroachment from local kings. He was later called on to the throne after the death of Sango. In his later years, he changed from being mild mannered to a warlike king, and was similar to his brother. His Basorun during the second reign was Salekoudi, and it was during this time the artistic deficient drum, Ogidigbo was introduced to Oyo. The drum was used in great festivals where the Alaafin and the Basorun were present.


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