Aja people

Aja people

The Aja are a group of people native to south-western Benin and south-eastern Togo. According to tradition, the Aja migrated to southern Benin in the 12th or 13th centuries from Tado on the Mono River.

About Aja people

The Aja are a group of people native to south-western Benin and south-eastern Togo. According to tradition, the Aja migrated to southern Benin in the 12th or 13th centuries from Tado on the Mono River and in the early 17th century, three brothers, Kokpon, Do-Aklin, and Te-Agdanlin, fought for the kingdom, dividing it amongst themselves. Kokpon took the thriving capital city of Great Ardra, Allada. Do-Aklin founded Abomey and Te-Agdanlin founded Little Ardra, also known as Ajatche and Porto Novo by Portuguese traders. Those Aja living in Abomey mingled with the local tribe, thus creating a new people known as the Fon, or 'Dahomey' ethnic group. This group is now the largest in Benin. Another source claims the Aja were the rulers of Dahomey (Benin) until 1893, when the French conquered...'

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