Did Lisabi establish Abeokuta?

It was Lisabi Day yesterday 29th February 2016 and the Alake of Egbaland had this to say in Abeokuta regarding Lisabi Agbongbo-Akala’s role in the founding of Abeokuta, the famous Yoruba war time refuge town sited  beneath a behemoth  granite rock.  Abeokuta  was  founded in 1830 ,  100 years after the 1730 demise of Lisabi, and so the late warrior never resided in Abeokuta and cannot be said to have established it.

 

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Read here the role Lisabi played in liberating the Egbas from Oyo Kingdom after leading a covert action that shocked the rulers of the Oyo Empire in 17th century Yoruba land

Kings’s messenger, “are”. Shaki. Photo by William Fagg, 1959. Ilari wore a special hairstyle with most or half of the hair shaved off . William Fagg captured this image
Kings’s messenger, “are”. Shaki. Photo by William Fagg, 1959.
Ilari wore a special hairstyle with most or half of the hair shaved off . Photo credit: William Fagg

The Lisabi Day celebrations last a weel with activities including the booming of guns at the Olumo rock,  a procession to the historic Lisabi forest by the Alake of Egbaland, flanked by Obas , chiefs, baales and other traditional office holders . At the palace square  proud  sons and daughters of Egbaland will pay homage to Oba Gbadebo, with  a closing thanksgiving service at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta on Sunday, March 6.

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