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Ogu people

Ogu people
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Togo, Gabon
 Nigeria 393,000
Gun, Yoruba
Christianity, Islam, African Traditional Religion

The Ogu people, sometimes called Egun people are an ethnic group located majorly in Lagos and Ogun State in the South-Western part of Nigeria. The Ogu people have varieties of dialects including Thevi, Whla, Seto and Toli and they also occupy about 15% of the population of Lagos State.[1]


  • Origin 1
  • Geography and people 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • References 4


The Ogu people were settlers in the old Dahomey presently known as Republic of Benin. Oral history has it that the Ogu people are a descendant of those who migrated from Whidah, Allada and Weme which are now part of the Republic of Benin as a result of the Dahomean War that occurred during the 18th century. According to Mesawaku, a historian; the Ogu people migrated to Badagry as early as the 15th century due to the need for security.[2]

Geography and people

The Ogu people are majorly found in Badagry and in the Yewa region of Ogun State. They are also located in some parts of the Republic of Benin. Since their environment is surrounded by water, majority of Ogu people are into fishing, coconut processing and salt production while some are involved in trading and farming.[3] Among the Ogu people, the use of condoms as a method of birth control is perceived to be a taboo due to their long held traditional belief in the old practice of coitus interruptus.[4]


  • J. A. Fiberesima (1990). Okrika: In Search of an Ancestry. Evans Brothers.  
  • A. Babatunde Olaide-Mesewaku; Babatunde A. Olaide-Mesewaku (2001). Badagry district, 1863-1999. John West Publications Ltd.  
  • Akinjide Osuntokun (1987). History of the Peoples of Lagos State. Lantern Books.  


  1. ^ Segun Olatunji (27 December 2013). "Egun people blame underdevelopment on minority status".  
  2. ^ Anthonia Duru (2 August 2015). "Ogu: A people United By Tradition".  
  3. ^ Steven L. Danver (10 March 2015). Native Peoples of the World: An Encylopedia of Groups, Cultures and Contemporary Issues. Routledge. pp. 19–.  
  4. ^ Deolu (27 October 2012). "REVEALED: The Town Where Men Don’t Use Condóm In Lagos". Information Nigeria. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
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