The history of the Igala Kingdom

Ahmadu Belkisu 80 PAGES (22947 WORDS) Project
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CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION TRADITIONAL BACKGROUND AND EARLY HISTORY
1.1. INTRODUCTION
The Igala Kingdom is located at the angle formed by the river Niger and Benue at the right
of the confluence of the two rivers. The area of the kingdom is about 160 kilometers long and
approximately about 120 square kilometers wide, giving an overall area of about 19200 square
kilometer.
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The region is skirted on two sides by the great waterways that divide Nigeria into its
major natural and cultural regions. In shape it is roughly triangular, with the confluence of the
two rivers forming the apex and the base extending irregularly into the Idoma and Ibo country.
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The kingdom is bounded to the North by the river Benue and to the South by the Anambra
State, to the East by Benue and Enugu States and to the West the river Niger which forms the
boundary between the kingdom and Edo state. It should be noted that Bassa Local Government
Area comprising of Bassa Nge, Basssa Komo and Mozum which was administered as part of the
Igala Kingdom from 1918-1977, lies within the same angle formed by the Niger and Benue
rivers.
According to the 1963 population census, the total population of the people of Igala
Kingdom is 684,8000. The 1991 population census puts the population of the kingdom at about
900,000. The projected population at the time was about 1.5million.
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The strategic situation is of
key significance to the historical development of the kingdom. The geographical position has
brought the Igala into wide contact with the Ibo, the Yoruba, the Edo-speaking peoples and the
Jukun, to name only the principal groups. Idah, the Igala capital, is situated on the river Niger,
and it is clear both from written records of the nineteenth century exploration and from the
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Ahmadu, B (2019). The history of the Igala Kingdom. Afribary.com: Retrieved April 22, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/bilikisu-chapter-one-three

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Belkisu, Ahmadu. "The history of the Igala Kingdom" Afribary.com (2019). Accessed April 22, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/bilikisu-chapter-one-three