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5.3d(iii) Interview on Ajia Atikekere
Who was the interviewer: Mallam A.B. Adua
Date: 17th February 1990
Where the interview took place: Ajia Atikekere’s Compound, Idiaro, Ilorin
Compound of the informant: Ajia Atikekere’s Compound, Idiaro, Ilorin
Approximate age of the informant: 60 years
Any other relevant details about the informant: He is head of Ajia Atikekere’s family. He has been nominated as the new Ajia Atikekere, but the Emir’s sanction is being awaited.
Whether the informant was completely cooperative or not; and if not, why: He was cooperative.
Whether the informant wishes his/her name to be withheld
or not:[crossed out].Yes.
Names of any other people present at the interview: Mallam Adamu Abdullahi [?] of Apalado Compound, Ilorin
1 Have you ever heard of the Ajia Atikekere? Yes.
2 Is there still an Ajia Atikekere family today? Yes.
3 If so, what is the name of their compound, and where is it? Ajia Atikekere’s Compound, Idiaro, Ilorin.
4 Where did the first Ajia Atikekere come from? From Sokoto. The first Ajia Atikekere was Mallam Haruna.
5 In the 19th century, was the Ajia Atikekere a warrior? No.
6 If so, what can you tell me about his military exploits? He was only an interpreter between Alfa Alimi and Afonja and the Yorubas.
7 Under whom did he fight? —
8 Was Ajia Atikekere originally a slave title? It was not.
9 If so, whose slave was the Ajia?
10 If not, whom did he follow? He followed Alfa Alimi as a friend.
11 Did the Ajia Atikekere become a District or Village Head in the colonial period? Yes, he did.
12 If so, where? Shao. His name was Ajia Sule.
13 Did the Ajias Atikekere own any land outside Ilorin? Yes.
14 If so, where? At Sobi and Shao.
15 Do they still own that land today? Yes.