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Nigeria’s ancient Ilorin city – archaeologist uncovers over 1,000 years of history

Nigeria’s ancient Ilorin city – archaeologist uncovers over 1,000 years of history

ILORIN, the capital of Kwara State, is a Nigerian city with a long and rich history. However, much of its distant past is not well known. Archaeology is now uncovering more of this history and the relationships of Ilorin to other ancient parts of the Yoruba world. BOLAJI OWOSENI, Research Fellow in Black Heritage, University of Cambridge Situated in north-central Nigeria and predominantly Yoruba-speaking, Ilorin gained prominence in the late 1700s. It was a significant northern province of the Oyo empire, which was active between the 1500s and early 1800s. Thanks to its strategic location between savannah and forest regions…
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