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Kosoko descendants seek insurance for late king’s relics, to hold memorial lecture


Prince Kosoko

The King Kosoko Descendants Youth Forum has declared its intent to seek insurance firms that would secure the safety of the late King Kosoko’s relics for the purpose of history. The group made this known at a briefing on the maiden King Kosoko Memorial Lecture set to hold on July 29 at the Glover Memorial hall in Lagos.

King Kosoko, who died in 1872, reigned as Oba of Lagos between 1845 and 1851 and about 150 years after his death, the sixth descendants of the family aims to project the historical attachment to the name by partnering various entities in developing a historical site.

Chairman, Local Organising Committee for the first King Kosoko Memorial Lecture, Prince Abiola Kosoko, noted that since Nigerian insurance companies are not keen about insuring relics, discussions are ongoing with overseas partners who would provide insurance firms that understand the importance of relics.

He itemizes some of these relics to be the 48 most important letters of King Kosoko, slave chains, British human skulls, his war and shrine relics, among others.

The lecture with theme: ‘The Travail and Triumph of King Kosoko: Lesson for Today’s Leaders,” he said is very apt because our leaders need to listen to the voice of the people. “No matter how powerful you are as a king or president, you need to listen and be humble to understand when you have outlived your office, Kosoko was never humble and today’s leaders must learn this lesson,” he added.

The lecture series, which he said, would be an annual event going forward is divided into three parts, the paper presentation, socio-cultural parade and an exhibition of the late king’s relics.

The chairman LOC stated that those relics, which have been gathered thus far, are towards the establishment of a memorial museum to immortalize the late king as well as secure history.

He, however, said the family would be happy to partner with the Lagos State government and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), so that the state can not only provide them with space for the museum but also give approval to the process, while UNESCO considers the place for approval.

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