Nigerians in particular are above the number of what we think we are, and at the same time, kingdoms are of different types, some of which won’ t be discovered, or not even in the next generation, all of which will be discovered. There are people who still live in caves and huts, which were normally used in the 19th century and into the 20th century, under different names as well. Here we are to discuss about powerful and great kingdom that collapsed in the 19th century in Nigeria.
The Jukun kingdom
Nigeria is a large country with great and larger land marks that seem to hide some of her kingdom and some of her inhabitants, just as the Jukun has been hidden from its history. Jukun is an ethno- linguistic group that could be called an ethnic nation in West Africa that deals in traditional and customary religion. It can be found in Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Planteau Jos, and Gombe, having the behavior of northerners and being descendents of the people of Kwararafa, but having most of their tribes scattered around the country, especially from the north- central part of the country.
Aside from that, the Jukun tribe religions are primarily Christian and Islamic; previously, they were followers of what they believed to be their gods, such as idle worship and the practice of transition, which elevated them to the status of a kingdom rather than the status of a tribe.
When talking about their occupation, it is necessary to know that Jukun are of two types: Jukun Wanu and Jukun Wapa. Though they are of different natures, they live as one, whereby the Jukun wanu are basically fishermen, which made them have their major residence around the sea banks of the rivers Benue and Niger in order to assist them with the catch of fish and other sea food as well. Aside from that, some of the agatu, like Alogu, Rendere, Goemai, and others, who were all generated from Kwararafa prior to the incident, fought for power among themselves.
The Population Itself
According to British anthropologist C. K. Meek, their major system of government was a monarchy system of government, strongly united on doing things as one and bringing ideals together, with the exception of the Jukun, which was a habitant in its own speaking language, which can be traced back to the Kwararafa and had an estimated population of 2500.
With time, the kingdom began to split on different basics when the Fulani trope into the kingdom as they were defeated by the Fulani and became their conquest around 19th century and live in sentiment on political life leading to their division into different region parts among the wukari and was governor by Wukari local kingdom a kingdom below their strength even the Doma people are not left beside during the kingdom of Jukun in a bit share of this.
The major part of the Jukun people before the modern parts involvement are listed as above and part of the Cameroon while their modern involvement as they scattered around Nigerian in part of Kogi state, Calabar, Igbo, Doma, Tarok Bachaba, the Hausing speaking language and so on which today remain so difficult to seperate them from their culture and it practice as a result of migration or other factors such as marriage, search of greener pastures as many as we could think having their neighbors as the paati, jidu, Tikari, Bafum, Chamba Nama, Tiv and Abakwanga.
Jukun And The War Conquest
At first, the Apa Jukun, those that are scattered among other tribes, always lived in the past glory and strength, especially the major victory they got during their war. As their warriors were stronger and capable of defeating their enemies in the occupied Venue Basin, which was said to be empty before they occupied it.
They engaged in a series of military wars, majorly in the hausa- speaking states living around them, starting with the Kano state. As soon as they gained control of their victim’ s life, that victim would agree to be a slave to them. This elevated the level of the slave trade in Africa to its most extreme form.
However, this was one of the reasons that brought their kingdom down. The act of slave trading focused their attention on building a slave market in Africa. Leaving aside the establishment of their kingdom, they had a monopoly in Calabar river.
The slave trade also served as a source of income through which they were able to build and work more in their kingdom and desire to be involved in that dominion. Furthermore, Jukun remained happily married until their modern days, when they were dispersed into various parts.
The state where they invaded was Zaria, with a memorial named Tudun Jukun in Zaria and Yakasai in Kani, meaning we could go and come back, while the Zaria point of view was the places where the Jukun encamped and waged war against them. They are really strong and steadfast when it comes to behavior.