The Awori in Lagos under the auspices of Awori Welfare Association of Nigeria on Tuesday declared that they were the earliest settlers in Lagos contrary to claims that the Bini descendants were.
The National President of AWAN, Chief Solomon Ojolowo, at a press conference in Lagos said the clarification became imperative following a statement credited to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, that “Awori people are not in Lagos.”
Olusi had in a recent media interview said, “I want to tell you that there are no Awori in Yoruba land. We don’t have a tribe called Awori at all. These are just other people who came to Lagos through another route from the hinterland, like Ile-Ife. Awori is just a description of how they got to where they settled.”
But Ojolowo said the “Awori of Lagos constitute the largest single ethnic sub-group in the state, constituting about 75 per cent of the population.” Read more