Kiriji War: Yoruba commemorate 136 years of peace treaty


The ancient city of Imesi-ile in Osun state crumbled over the weekend as the Yoruba marked the end of the protracted Kiriji War, which lasted 16 years.

The event was in commemoration of the 136th year after the signing of a peace treaty on September 23, 1886. The war took place between 1870 and 1886.

At the Kiriji war site, loud sounds of gunfire rented the air as traditional warriors and warlords showed off their firepower to bring back memories of the war that ended there is 136 years old.

Drums electrified the forest and cultural troupes presented dance steps to send a message of peace to the people.

Yoruba people from various towns thronged to the Kiriji war site to glimpse the relics of war and the peace treaty.

Speaking on the significance of the event, the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Culture and Tourism, Olalekan Badmus urged all Yoruba people to unite and speak with one voice.

A member of the Imesi-Ile cultural committee, Bisi Olaniyan, urged the Yoruba people to unite and love each other in order to realize the essence of the treaty.

The town’s traditional ruler, Oba Enoch Ademola Akinyemi, said the event signifies the enthronement of peace in Yorubaland.

At the palace, a masquerade went out and rites were performed to ensure peace in Yorubaland.


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