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Jaja

(jä`jə), fl. 1869–87, Nigerian merchant prince. A former slave, he became an important trader in Bonny in the 1860s as a middleman between the coastal markets and the Nigerian interior. In 1869 he founded his own state at Opobo on the Gulf of Guinea. From there he controlled supplies of palm oil and opposed the efforts of British firms to penetrate the interior. The traders persuaded the British vice consul, Henry Hamilton (Sir Harry) Johnston, to act against Jaja, who was seized in 1887 and then deported to the West Indies.
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Was Jaja of Opobo, the late Oba Overanmwen of Benin, were they not sent there?
This over-concentration on political biographies is so pronounced to the extent that a number of Nigeria's pre-colonial commercial heroes and entrepreneurial gurus in the Niger Delta, such as King Jaja of Opobo and Governor Nana Olomu of Itsekiri have been wrongly classified and portrayed as proto-nationalists, rather than business gurus.
In his remarks, Dr Dandeson Douglas Jaja of Opobo in Rivers, also called for free and fair elections.
Deities like Ogun, Sango, Oya, Esu and their activities can be put into video-games, while legendaries, kings and queens like Ewuare The great, El-Kanem of Borno, King Jaja of Opobo and Queen Amina of Zaria's power, reign and influences can be video-gamed.
Jaja of Opobo is a national hero and he was essentially a smuggler trying to usurp British unfair trade policies.
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