Itsekiri

Posted by on 12/19/2005 11:45:40 AM
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The Itsekiri (also called the Jekri, Isekiri or Ishekiri) are an ethnic group of Nigeria's Niger delta area, particularly the city of Warri. The Itsekiri number roughly 450,000 people.


In the fifteenth century, the Itsekiri adopted a prince from the Kingdom of Benin as a monarch, and quickly coalesced into a kingdom under his rule. Traditionally fishermen and traders, the Itsekiri were among the first in the region to make contact with Portuguese traders. These interactions led the Itsekiri to become primarily Roman Catholic. The Itsekiri monarchy has continued to the present day, with the coronation of Ogiame Atuwatse II in 1987.




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