The story behind OKOKOMAIKO


The name, Okokomaiko, has its roots in Hausa language, with ‘Okokomai’said to mean one bottle of palm oil.
Oral tradition revealed that the area was given to Hausa migrants by the Aworis of Iba town, about 400 years ago. The population of migrants grew and eventually one Suleman Jato, a Hausa native, was installed as the Baale. He later married a Yoruba woman from Awori extraction.
.As time went on, the place became known as Okokomaiko.
This is one of the stories behind important places – as published in ‘Phenomenal Lagos: 50 Places in the Centre of Excellence’, Akeem Lasisi and Kabir Alabi Garba

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