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Title:Kosoko and the chieftaincy dispute in Lagos (1834-1851)
Author:Oguntomisin, G.O.
Periodical:Nigeria Magazine
Geographic term:Nigeria
Lagos polity
Abstract:Kosoko was the son of Oba Osinlokun of Lagos. Except for a scanty indication about his character, nothing is known as yet about Kosoko's early life before he became actively involved in the struggle for the throne. The account of Kosoko's involvement in the chieftaincy dispute of Lagos has been told in greater detail by some authors. Its brief summary here serves as a prelude to a critical examination of the politics involved in Kosoko's exclusion from the throne and his subsequent flight to Epe: The politics of succession and Kosoko's exclusion from the throne - Intervention of the 'Abolitionists' - Conclusion: Under the canopy of anti-slave trade campaigns, the CMS missionaries, the Egba and the British, who saw Kosoko as an obstacle to the achievement of their political, religious and commercial aims in Lagos seized the opportunity provided by the Chieftaincy dispute to generate internal support against him. Consequently, Kosoko was forcibly ejected from the throne after reigning for six years. Notes, tab.