Sunday, January 9, 8450

Founding of Ilorin (1450) - Royal Trumpets

Ilorin is one of the largest cities in Nigeria

[Kiwara State drummers]

and is the capital of Kwara State. As of 2007 it had a population of 847,582.

Ilorin was founded by the Yoruba, one of the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria, in 1450. It became a provincial military headquarters of the ancient Oyo Empire and came under British rule later as part of the North Nigeria Protectorate.

The Oyo Empire (c. 1400 - 1835) was a West African empire of what is today western Nigeria. The empire was established by the Yoruba in the 15th century and grew to become one of the largest West African states encountered by colonial explorers. It rose to preeminence through wealth gained from trade and its possession of a powerful cavalry. The Oyo Empire was the most politically important state in the region from the mid-17th to the late 18th century, holding sway not only over other Yoruba states, but also over the Fon kingdom of Dahomey (located in the state now known as the Republic of Benin).

Yoruba - Ilorin Royal Trumpets and Drums

[8450 Josquin /8450 Ilorin / 8430 Ockeghem]