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Opobo

(ōpō`bō), town, SE Nigeria, in the Niger River delta. It is a palm-oil collection center and has fishing and boatbuilding industries. Opobo was founded in 1869 by a group of immigrants from nearby BonnyBonny
, town, SE Nigeria, in the Niger River delta, on the Bight of Biafra. In the 18th and 19th cent., Bonny was the center of a powerful trading state, and in the 19th cent. it became the leading site for slave exportation in W Africa.
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, 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.
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, a middleman in the palm oil trade with Europeans. Opobo prospered, but Jaja antagonized the Europeans by hampering their trade. Jaja was deported by the British in 1887, after which Opobo declined.
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His work covered a wide range of themes, including portraiture of the 'British colonial officials, European merchants and, prominent chiefs and elites and their families, particularly in Bonny, Kalabari, Opobo, and Okrika.
The projects, as per to him, comprised the Bodo-Bonny road in Rivers State with three major bridges across Afa Creek, Opobo Channel and Nanabie Creek, the new Ikom Bridge, the Agae-Katchia-Baro road in Niger State, reconstruction and dualisation of Aba-Port Harcourt and Enugu-Lokpanta sections of the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway.
12) In the current context, at least two ceremonies have been adapted to welcome ex-combatant child soldiers home after they have been decommissioned: mato oput (drinking the bitter herb) and nyouo tong gweno (a welcome ceremony in which someone steps on an egg over an opobo twig).
Chapter five rounds up part one by assessing the end of the Women's War particularly following a very bloody massacre of dozens of women in Opobo which forced the women to admit that they could not end British rule by force.
Popular narratives link the fate of Saro Wiwa and his comrades to that of local kings and powerful merchants in the delta such as King Jaja of Opobo, Chief Overawhen Norgbaisi and Chief Nana of Itsekiri, who resisted colonial political and economic interests and were brutally crushed or exiled.
The gathering on 23 August praised the bravery of African men and women who resisted, such as Queen Nzinga, King Affonso I, Joseph Cinquez, who led a revolt of 50 slaves in 1839 and took control of a Spanish ship called Amistad and tried to sail it to Africa, King Jaja of Opobo, King Cudjoe, the leader of the Jamaican Maroons, and many others.
Two major channels: Dor Nwezor and Kpador link Bodo Creek to Opobo channel--an adjunct between Andoni and Bonny rivers--and Bonny River, respectively.
And later this year, her father, Lambert Ogolo, will meet Ayo in England and take her to the Rivers State in the mangrove swaps of Nigeria, where he is King of Opobo, an important coastal town.
I made it my business to tell the whole story, identify by names the specific African tribes, coalitions, and kingdoms which fought the intruding powers--the Ashantis, the Fanti Confederation, the Opobo Kingdom, the Fulani, the Tauregs, the Mandingos, and so on.
There are interesting and well researched sections on Ja Ja of Opobo (a whole chapter) and on the raid on Akassa, both topics closely related to the main trade theme.
It is bounded by other Ijaw communities, such as those of the Elem Kalabari to the west, the Okrikans to the north, and the Andoni, Opobo, and Ogoni to the east.