INDEX
aba,see Hamlets
Abandonment, see Land, abandonment of
Abeokuta, 9f., 18f., 55f. 58-9, 225ff., 233, 235ff., 240, 242f., 286, 335
--, administration of, 238
--, customary courts in, 20-21; 24, 235
--, District Council, 57, 238
--, founding of, 31, 51f., 225, 229-30, 238
--, population of, 225, 229, 239 see also Alake; Egba towns
abos + ̩e land (gift to sons by father), 268-9, 352
abule + ̩,see Hamlets
aburo,see Siblings
Acquiescence, 122, 249, 257, 269, 338ff
Administration of estates, 287ff, see also babansiku; Inheritance; Succession
-- -- -- Law, 305n.
Administrative officers, 10, 15, 19ff. 25, 152, 160, 162ff., 171, 173, 179 212, 219f, 305, 310, 334f, 346f.
Ado District, 186, 190ff., 215
-- -- Council, 200-201, 223
-- -- Court, 202, 204, 207, 208, 222n.1, 305
Ado chiefs, 192ff.
Ado Ekiti, 9, 19f., 58, 185ff., 196ff., 223, 291, 327
Ado kingdom, 185, 187-8, 190ff., 205, 221, 222-3
--, population of, 185
--, subordinate towns in, 221f.
Ado town, 51, 58, 185ff., 190, 197, 199, 205 and n.1, 206, 213f., 217
Adultery, 78, 207, 216
afin,see Palace
afin kekere (little palace), 200
agba ilu (elder), 194
agbaja owu,see Facial marks
agbo ile,see Compounds
Age grades. 40, 194
-- sets, 42, 54, 107, 146, 148f., 194
age + ̩mo + ̩ cult, 72, 153, 174
Agnatic descent, 26, 33, 89-90; see also Patrilineage
ago + ̩ (camp), 140, 229
Agriculture, 13, 55, 58, 67, 71, 74, 358; see also Cultivation; Farming
ailofin (lawlessness), 15
aje + ̩le + ̩ (envoy), 188, 229
Ake town, 228, 233, 235ff.
-- 'A'. Native Court, 9, 20, 21, 25, 244ff., 249f., 252, 255ff., 259ff., 269ff., 273ff., 288ff., 294f. 300ff., 313ff., 319, 322f., 331, 333ff., 339 and n.3, 343f., 345nn.2, 4, 348ff., 352
Akoko (district), 31, 52f., 185, 188
ala,see Boundaries
Alafin (oba) of Oyo, 292
Alake (oba) of Egba, 9, 20f., 45, 225, 235ff., 245f., 248, 260f., 265, 344-5
--, appointment of, 237
aledo (lower part of quarter), 145-6, 172
alejo,see Strangers
Allocation of land, definition of, 70n. 285f.
Allott, A. N., xii, 5n.1, 7n.2, 8n.3, 19n.1
Allotted land, definition of, 70f., 73ff.
ancestors, 32f., 35-6, 51, 77, 80, 83, 84, 86, 101ff., 115, 142, 145, 172, 205n.1, 231, 261, 299, 328, 340
--, founding, 35ff., 123, 191, 248, 251 281
ancestral compound, 35, 37, 248
Appeal, Courts of, 20-21, 23, 25-6, 48, 150, 160, 187, 235; see also Egba Court of Appeal; Ijebu Judicial Council; Ekiti Divisional Court; Ondo Divisional Court
Arbitral proceedures, 18f., 197, 235
aroje,see Tenancy, annual
as + ̩a, see Custom
as + ̩e + ̩ (order, command) 15, 61
asofin (law-maker), 15
Assessors, 21
Attestation, 92ff.
Auctioneers, 242, 332; see also Land, sale of, by auction
Authorization, definition of, 92ff.
Awori (people), 230, 240, 266f.
Awosika, 103-4, 106, 123
-- family association, 104, 118
Awujale (oba) of Ijebu, 21, 136, 139, 142, 146, 148ff., 152ff., 159, 161, 173, 182-3, 347
awusanle,see Burial fees
baba (father), see Family
babasinku (father who buries a dead body), 268, 270, 287ff., 306; see also Administration of estates
bale,see Family, head of
bale,see Towns, rulers of; Villages, heads of
Balogun (senior chief), 42, 236, 250, 253
Barotseland, 16
Benin, 23, 30f., 42, 51f., 54, 99, 139, 148, 185, 187f.
Biobaku, S. O., 233n.1
Blackstone, Sir William, 16 and n.1
Boundaries, disputes concerning, 4, 28, 119, 134, 158, 197, 209, 229, 259
-- of kingdoms, 49, 62, 134, 221, 225, 230
-- of land, 74, 76, 86-7, 115, 145, 158, 197, 208, 240, 248, 262, 264, 330, 342, 349
-- of towns, 49, 55, 71, 110-11, 112, 181, 217, 229, 259

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Maps x
  • Preface xi
  • Part One - Concepts 1
  • 1. Prologue 3
  • 2. Customary Law 13
  • 3. Yoruba Towns 30
  • 4. Some Legal Concepts 60
  • Part Two - Four Kingdoms 95
  • 5. Ondo 97
  • 6. Ijebu 136
  • 7. Ado Ekiti 185
  • 8. Egba 225
  • Part Three - Some General Problems 277
  • 9. Succession 279
  • 10. Land and Credit 308
  • 11. the Sale of Land 326
  • 12. Equity 338
  • 13. Local Government Councils and Land 354
  • Appendix - The Volume of Litigation in Customary Courts 362
  • Select Bibliograph 364
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