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Notes on the Geography of Nigeria: Oshogbo: Photo 7

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And here's the central mosque of Oshogbo. There's some irony is Islam's presence here, but you have to dig a bit. The town had been established about 1700 by settlers from Ibokun, some 15 miles to the east. Their descendants had been overwhelmed or at least outnumbered after the Muslim army of the Fulani in 1834 destroyed Oyo Ile, about 50 miles to the northwest. Many of that town's residents fled to Oshogbo, and here's the irony: many of them had converted from traditional Yoruba religion to Islam by the time that the Christian missionaries arrived. The ataojos or kings of Oshogbo themselves became Muslims. The Christian missionaries were hard workers, however, and the ataojo who was crowned in 1933 was a Christian.

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