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Title:The origin, development and functions of palaces in pre-colonial Ekiti North kingdoms
Author:Olaoba, O.B.ISNI
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Yoruba polities
traditional polities
Abstract:The northern part of Ekitiland, in the eastern part of Yorubaland, Nigeria, comprises six major kingdoms: Ikole, Ire, Itaji, Oye, Isan and Aiyede. There are two schools of thought concerning the origin of palaces in these Ekiti kingdoms. The first school contends that the shrines and temples where the autochthones worshipped their deities were the prototype of palace building in Ekitiland, while the second school maintains that the idea of palace culture and institutions came from Ife. Palaces in Ekitiland in precolonial times were designed to facilitate the effective administration of the kingdoms by the Oba (king) as well as to enhance his status. That is why there were several courtyards and compounds in the royal domain. The most important function of palaces in Ekitiland was in the realm of administration, with the Oba and his chiefs performing both executive, legislative and judicial functions. The palace also served religious purposes and the various ritual activities carried out within the palace by the Oba were geared towards promoting peace and harmony in precolonial north Ekiti society. Ref.