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BACKGROUND OF DOKO

By Rt,Rev Uriah N. Kolo

 Brief History of Doko

The origin of the people has not been clearly documented.  However oral evidence has provided an insight into the historical beginnings of the Doko people. From oral tradition, it is indicated that Hama Kolo was the first man who was said to have settled at Sakoba.  This is the place the Doko people as known today settled first.  The people at Sokoba were known as Edoko, meaning plenty.

Hama Kolo was said to have come from the East with a Chieftaincy titles known as Defian and Zhitsu.  The Hama Kolo also had a son called Saba.  A time came when the Fulanis took away this Saba as a slave to Raba ( a village far away beyond River Kaduna) to cut grasses as fodder for their horses.  Later Saba escaped from Raba and came to his father Hama Kolo at Sakoba.  On his way coming, Saba came along with the sickle which he used in cutting grass for the Fulani horses. 

On his arrival he was asked what he was doing at Raba with the sickle.  Saba then informed the father that he was cutting grass for the Fulani horses and that in Nupe language is ego doko-gbe.  This work of Saba then later became the name of the settlement hence Doko having his name.  The descendants of Saba and his father are still known in Doko today as Edoko and still maintained the titles of Defian and Zhitsu!

Dazhi, another group of people who lived in Doko, were two brothers who came from beyond the river, from a place called Gara ( a village beyond river Kaduna), possibly from Benue State.  They came to a place now called Kopa (Kopa is about five kilometers from Doko, on the other side of the hill on the slope of which Doko is situated).  There was nothing in this place except bush.  They settled there, first as hunters and later they began to work on the land.  After two years the younger brother called Lafiya left Kopa and came down to the hill to a place called Kokogi about two kilometers away from Edoko people.   Lefiya came with a title of Etsu Dazhi, meaning Chief of Dazhi people.  Lefiya became the first Etsu Dazhi of the people in Doko.

To escape from the Fulani raiders, Edoko people moved from Sakoba into the hillside where Dazhi people had settled.  The Dazhi people claimed that the land where Edoko people came to settle in was theirs.  This episode later made the Edoko people to surrender their sovereignty to Dazhi people, politically.  Today, the Dazhi people owned the land, economic trees and the fish ponds.  This is why in Doko today we have Dazhi as the political head of the village.  The other group that formed the Doko people apart from the one mention above are : Takogi, Kpacinninfugi and Dodofugi people.

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