The History of the Yorubas
From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the British Protectorate
By Samuel Johnson
Edited by Obadiah Johnson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year: 2010
Online Publication Date:July 2011
Original Publication Year:1921
Chapter DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511702617.018
Subjects: African history
This unfortunate Prince was nominated to the vacant throne, but was never crowned. Only 17 days after he commenced the preliminary ceremonies, the new Basorun Gáhà rose to power, and commenced those series of atrocities which made him notorious in Yoruba history.
Olubo and Ajibadu the King-elect's friends were summarily put to death, and he, having no supporters was not even allowed to enter the palace, much less to sit on the throne. He had to put an end to his own life.
Gáhà had great influence with the people, and a great many followers who considered themselves safe under his protection, from the dread in which they stood of the Kings, because of their cruel and despotic rule.
Gáhà was also famous for his “charm;” he was credited with the power of being able to convert himself into a leopard or an elephant, and on this account was much feared. He lived to a good old age, and wielded his power mercilessly. He was noted for having raised five Kings to the throne, of whom he murdered four, and was himself murdered by the fifth.
AWONBIOJU alias ODUBOYE
Gáhà the Basorun had by this time attained to great power and influence. He made himself the King maker and King destroyer. He did not aspire to the throne, for that was impossible of attainment, but he demanded the homage of all the Kings he raised to the throne.