BY MONSURU OLOWOOPEJO
Lagos — Lagos State government has renamed old Bridge Street, in Lagos Island Local Government, as Oba Eshinlokun Street, two centuries after the reign of Oba Eshinlokun of Lagos who called the shots for 39 years between 1780 and 1819.
Unveiling the new street, at an event marking the 13th Eshinlokun Day, held to commemorate the reign of the late king and to offer prayers for the repose of his soul, the Chairman of the Lagos Island Local Government, Mr. Wasiu Eshinlokun noted that the home of the late Oba was demolished to give way for the construction of the Carter Bridge.
The new street extends from the Idumota-Ita Onikoyi end of the Old Bridge Street, Idunmota to the Dosunmu end of it.
Eshinlokun, justifying the delay in immortalising the Oba said: “During his reign, the act of immortalising kings through naming of streets or public facilities was not in vogue. It was a century after his reign that such started.
“Though it is late, it is not too late. Even if a street is not named after him, that cannot obliterate the history of this state.”
Also speaking, the Olori Ebi of Eshinlokun royal family, Mr. Ibrahim Balogun said that the family has been clamouring for the immortalisation of the late king.
According to him: “Today, history has been made. What we have been expecting for years has been achieved today. This is where the late Oba comes from and we will in future seek the naming of other public infrastructure after him.”