Saturday 18 May 2024


The impact of the 16th century conflicts on Hausa and Fulani presence in Southwest Nigeria.

Songhay under Askia Mohammed Toure (General who exiled the Sunni Ali family after the founder passed away), attacked the Mossi, in 1515 some Hausa city-states (Zaria, Katsina, Kano and Gobir); the kings of Zaria, Katsina and Gobir died and potentially half of all their subjects were deported and sold as slaves. This caused Hausas to emigrate into Yoruba, and other southern territories. This is one of the reasons Southwest Nigeria and the Middle Belt are multi-ethnic. In precolonial times, we absorbed refugees from the attacks of aggressive expansionist Muslim states. Once Northern Nigeria and the middle belt converted to Islam some of these events were forgotten.

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