4 Incredible Facts About King Jaja of Opobo You Never Knew

Merchant prince, ruler and founder of Opobo city-state which is present day Rivers State. So much has been said so little is remembered about the boy slave who became a ruler

1 He was not born as Jaja rather his birth name was Jubo Jubogha. It was his while dealing with the British traders that he got the name Jaja

2 Though he founded the Opobo kingdom, he was originally from Amaigbo in Igboland

3 Though he was sold as a slave at the tender age of twelve, his aptitude for business was what earned his way out of slavery

4 Jaja and Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Abiola shared some things in common, they were both revered leaders of their people, they were both astute businessmen most times outwitting their Western counterparts, they spent their last days were spent in detention and on their release both of them were supposedly given a cup of poisoned tea which is still debated till today

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