Ikorodu-Igbogbo Military Relations in the 19th Century
Ikorodu and Igbogbo communities, though distinct in some respects but they are both Yoruba settlements of Remo extract with different, somehow interrelated but, historically interesting origins. Ikorodu and Igbogboare both close to the Coast of Lagos lagoon, but Ikorodu is closer. This partly explains its primacy in the regional politics of that hemisphere in today’s Lagos state, even in the pre-colonial and colonial times. The two settlements shared histories of antagonism, suspicion and struggle for supremacy till date despite the influence of Ikorodu in that region and in Lagos politics in particular. The 19thcentury history of Yorubaland however recorded a history of military cooperation, assistance and shared consensus for regional security, progress and development. This work is a study of military relations between Ikorodu and Igbogbo in the 19th century. This was a turbulent period in Yoruba history. It was the era of warfare, State degeneration, State creation and the incursion of the British imperialists into the activities of the coastal states and those in the hinterland. This work is underscored by the following questions: What necessitated the seeming inevitable military relations? Were there social, political and economic motivations on the part of both settlements? Were there separate interests for this? Were there interests largely achieved? Were there interests fraught with impact (if any) on the present status of settlements? Other possible emerging questions will be examined as they come up in this work. The research approach is multi-disciplinary because of the nature, essence, import and dimension of this work.
Keywords: Ikorodu, Igbogbo, Military Relations, 19th Century.