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Sabe polity Search catalogue 294935770
HR. The Sabe kingdom lies almost entirely within the Benin Republic, though there are a few Sabe settlements in the Wasinmi area of Nigeria (Igue and Yai, 1973: 6). It formerly extended further to the east, and at its height the capital alone had a population of 80,000 (Asiwaju, 1973). Like Oyo, it extends into the drier Guinea savanna: in Johnson's account of the origins of the Yoruba kingdoms, the Onisabe was the grandson who inherited Oduduwa's cattle (1921: 8). In the l9th century, Sabe was attacked by both Dahomey and Ijaye. It became a subject kingdom of Dahomey in 1884, and avoided the fate of Ketu. In Sabe, as in Ketu, the French administration greatly weakened the power of the traditional rulers. The Onisabe was exiled from 1902 to 1913, and the office was officially abolished in 1933, a state of affairs which lasted for twenty years.
Location: western Yoruba kingdom, Benin.
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