5 hours ago, Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu urges politicians to reconcile differences, NPP conceded defeat in 2008 election for prioritising sancti, Use Christmas to remember the poor — Otabil. The Polytechnic took off in January 1993 at the Government Science Secondary School, Lokoja and Osara Campus with Dr. Isa I.A. Second, Lokoja was said to be a prominent centre for slave trade in the 18th and 19thcenturies due to its strategic location and later served as a centre for freedom. February 21, 1955: Established as Apostolic Prefecture of Kabba from the Diocese of Benin City, Diocese of Kaduna and Apostolic Prefecture of Oturkpo. They interacted freely and tolerated one another. Kogi is contiguous to nine(9) states in Nigeria and is essentially a transit route to sixteen other states including the Fct. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The city’s population has since grown to an estimated count of over 90,000 inhabitants. February 21, 1955: Established as Apostolic Prefecture of Kabba from the Diocese of Benin City, Diocese of Kaduna and Apostolic Prefecture of Oturkpo; July 6, 1964: Promoted as Diocese of Kabba; May 5, 1965: Renamed as Diocese of Lokoja Lokoja town is situated on the slope of a range of hills, Mount Patti. With the arrival of the Europeans, the city rose to international fame when it served as the first British settlement in Nigeria and as a major inland port for European companies. Lokoja was the capital of the British Northern Nigeria Protectorate and the chief of Lokoja as at that time is Alhaji Muhammadu Maikarfi. The migrations of these groups to the area could be in part accounted for by its nearness to the banks of the Niger and Benue rivers. pop. The state capital, Lokoja is an ancient historical town which once served as the colonial administrative headquarters of Nigeria. Modern Ghana will not be responsible or liable for any inaccurate or incorrect statements contained in this article. The Brief History Of Lokoja. She M, Any New Revolution in Ghana Would Come from NPP, Not NDC, Reactions to Dr. Wereko Brobbey's "Ghana's Disputed 2020 Ele, Mahama’s Biggest Downfall In This Election is Sammy Gyamfi A, The NPP's Political Tsunami in Ghana's Elections 2020. They were able to sustain themselves by engaging in farming and hunting activities at Agbaja hill. It lies at the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers and is the capital of Kogi State. Many youths of this generation knew little or nothing about the popular Lokoja city of today. Today, Lokoja is the state capital of Kogi State, a state carved out from kwara and Benue State in 1991. The area that would become Lokoja has been inhabited for thousands of years by people from different ethnic groups prior to the arrival of Europeans. [clarification needed] This was the status quo until the Europeans arrived. [1] While the Nupe, Hausa, Yoruba, Igala and Ebira are indigenous to the area, other ethnic groups of Nigeria, including the Igbo, Bini/Edo and Tiv, have recently established themselves. History. It is also worthy to mention that editions of Lokoja boat regatta are held, albeit not regularly. Other subsequent settlers into the city include the Yoruba (mainstream), the Igala, the Igbirra (Igbirra Tao and Igbirra Koto), and the Bassa-Nge people. He had his higher education at the University of Ilorin where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 1985 followed by Master’s and PhD degrees in History in the same university. The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, has lauded the appointment of Prof Olayemi Akinwumi, as the new Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University Lokoja. It is located on the intersecting point of longitude 70 49’N and latitude 60 44’E on the map of Nigeria. It is bounded by the Niger in the north and east upstream from the capital until the border with Kwara State, and includes the city of Lokoja. Lokoja is the first settlement of British in Nigeria, In fact, the name Nigeria was coined by flora Shaw in Lokoja, a British journalist who later married Fredrick Lugard, and as it was said, Flora coined the name Nigeria while gazing out at the River that stretched before her in the late 19th century. In 1885 and 1886 two of the priests died, though the mission of Lokoja could not be abandoned for it was in the heart of the country. The Selection and Post of Senior Minister in Ghana Government. Till date, many relations of the European workers of the united African trading company (UTC), soldiers as well as missionaries buried in the European commentaries in Lokoja are trooping to the state to see the tomb of their departed great grandparents and pay tribute to them. 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It is about 165 km Southwest of Abuja as the crow flies, and 390 km Northeast of Lagos by same measure. All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. Porrier. It was said that the city was supposed to accommodate born steel industry, but only the Ajaokuta steel mill which was served by the abundant Iron Ore deposite later find its presence in the city and more recently, the Dangote cement factory. Professor Olayemi Akinwumi is a Distinguished Professor of History at Nasarawa State University,Keffi, Nigeria since 2005. ", Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu urges politicians to reconcile differences This area eventually became a center of trade. See Article History. Un établissement anglais plus important est fondé à Lokoja dans les années 1850 par l'explorateur britannique William Balfour Baikie. ( Log Out /  Professor Olayemi Akinwumi PhD, FHSN, AvHF, MNAL is a Distinguished Professor of History at Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria since 2005. living in Lokoja, the Superior then was Fr. The town grew to become cosmopolitan settlement peopled mostly by different ethnic groups from the middle belt and Hausa from the northern Nigeria. [2] The Ebira , Bassa Nge , Nupe , Igala are indigenous to the area, other ethnic groups of Nigeria , including the Igbo , Bini / Edo , and Tiv , have recently established themselves. During the colonial era, a number of Northern feudal lords who vehemently opposed colonial rule and domination of their territories by the European imperialists were banished to Lokoja as punishment by the Colonialists. British merchants established a trading post at the Benue-Niger confluence in the late 1850s, and in 1860 the Scottish explorer William Balfour Baikie founded Lokoja. Federal University, Lokoja has been official accredited and/or recognized by the National Universities Commission (NUC), Nigeria. Our History: Kogi State Polytechnic was established in December 1992 by the 1st and 2nd Executive Governor of Kogi State, Prince Abub akar Audu through an amended edict No. Declaration of Support for Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia to Ensure Continuity of NPP Governance Beyond Year 2024, How politicians win or lose the next election easily, Stop wildlife trade to prevent future pandemics, Let the Law Take Its Full Course with those Threatening the Life of President Nana Akufo-Addo, Live updates: Ghanaians go to the polls today, How Nigerians spent N1.5 trillion to watch foreign football, Why Israel Is Against 2 States Solution On Palestine, Catch up on the latest news videos from around the world, Get the latest live updates about the Coronavirus Pandemic. May 5, 1965: Renamed as Diocese of Lokoja. July 6, 1964: Promoted as Diocese of Kabba. The postal code of the area is 260.[5]. With all these historical references, Lokoja is no doubt a city of historical importance located strategically. Residential districts are of varying density, and the city has various suburbs such as Felele, Adankolo, Otokiti and Ganaja. After the amalgamation of Southern and Northern protectorate in 1914, the new Governor General, Lord Lugard ruled Nigeria from Lokoja. Lokoja is a city in Nigeria. Given the multiethnic nature of the town, there are various festivals, events and socio-cultural activities depending on the people group. The town in its growth runs down the scope and expands into the Niger River valley. What the colonialists did not realise was that, these Emirs used distance education method to keep in constant touch with their subject and were continually a step ahead of the colonialists who never seized to be amazed at how informed and intelligent the people they sought to colonize were. History has it that, there are many reasons why Lokoja is a special place in Nigerian history. Defiant Adu-Boahen’s Sins Chasing NPP? The Igala Kingdom, also known as the Kingdom of Idah, Ane-Ìgàlá, is a pre-colonial West African state, north central Nigeria. Lokoja remained a convenient administrative town for the British colonial government after the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria in 1914. ( Log Out /  It opened up the city to all Nigerians and allowed all and sundry to draw from the fountain of the Niger … Below are the list of high-quality courses on offer at the Federal University, Lokoja. 1951 12,000 (Prog Olugbemiro Jegede). According to Ad Ali, Lokoja rose to fame due to its location at the confluence of the two great waterways in West Africa, the Niger and Benue Rivers. What Nonsense Is This? A Brief Geography and History of Lokoja Lokoja is the only city and State capital in Nigeria that is squarely situated at a confluence of West Africa’s major rivers, the Rivers Niger and Benue, where both rivers merge and flow southwards into the Atlantic Ocean. Religious festivals include the Muslim Eids and the Christian Christmas and Easter. This prompts the writing of this piece to expose the significance of the historical city of Lokoja as a means of appreciating this ancient city of freedom fighters, educators, emancipators and liberators. The third and also significant place of Lokoja was the crucial role it served as a practice ground for distance education by many Northern Nigerian Emirs in the 1800's. Kogi, is a state in the central region (Middle-Belt) of Nigeria. Do you want to find out the list of courses you can study at the Federal University, Lokoja (FULOKOJA)? Later follow the turn of leadership to Alhaji Yahaya Muhammadu Maikarfi, and after his demise Alhaji Kabiru son of Yahaya Muhammadu Maikarfi take on. It lies at the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers and is the capital of Nigeria's Kogi State. It is located at the confluence of … Notable among the deposed Emirs who perfected the traditional form of distance learning included the Late Emir of Bida, Mallam Mohammed Baashir, deposed in 1901, the late Emir of Zaria, Mallam Aliyu Dansidi and the late emir of Kano, Mallam Aliyu Abdullahi deposed in 1903. Olayemi Akinwumi, a Professor of African history and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of Federal University, Lokoja. Iron ore deposits serve the nearby Ajaokuta mill. Even the Patti word is a Nupe word meaning hill, Mount Patti hill and other surrounding hills are hunting area of the Lokoja people, at Mount Patti there is aged three that most of the former hunters write their name in Ajami and the Latin script, that will make you observe that there is no settlement at Mount Patti. Present day Lokoja is ruled by the Maigari (chief) of Lokoja, and his 12 Hakimi (Sub chiefs) It is important to note however, that each group have their own local criteria: for example, the Maigari has no jurisdiction over the Olu of Oworo, but he does have authority over Ganaja, Kwakware, Sarkin Numa, Adankolo, ward A to ward E and other villages of the Lokoja Holland that is the Salkawa people. Because of its location, Lokoja served as a commercial rendezvous during the east west kolanut trade in West Africa. 45,600), central Nigeria, at the junction of the Niger and Benue rivers. Olayemi Akinwumi, a Professor of African History and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, has been appointed the new Vice-Chancellor of Federal University, Lokoja. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. 1950 12,000. [3] It is a trade center with respect to its agricultural products; this is because it is situated at the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers, and is close to the new federal capital of Nigeria in Abuja. History. European penetration into Lokoja in the early 19th century represents a significant landmark in the history of the town. Buy Access; Help; About; Contact Us; Cookies; Encyclopedias | Text editions The migrations of these groups to the area could be in part accounted for by its nearness to the banks of the Niger and Benue rivers. In 1884, a new mission was opened at Lokoja, with three Frs. Near Lokoja, in Ajaokuta, are metallurgy facilities and iron ore mines. The Bassa-Nges believe that they settled at the foot of Mount Patti when they came into Lokoja before later moving again and migrating to settle across the Benue just to the north of the Igalas. The commentaries which are located in three different places within Lokoja Township hold six to eight hundred graves of Africans and Europeans tomb which was said to have largest contraption of European graveyard in Nigeria. Different ethnic groups lay claim to having named the city. Lokoja is the trade and distribution center for an agricultural (chiefly cotton) region and has food-processing industries. Lokoja (lōkōjä´), town (1987 est. Lokoja on the other hand also saddles some strategic roads to at least, five geo political zones out of the six geo political zones in Nigeria. When Dr William Balfour Baikie arrived at Lokoja first in 1854 and later in 1857, through his efforts and encouragements, the people descended from Lokoja. 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