The coronation of the 34th Osana of Keana took place on 4th May 2019 and the royal occasion brought sons and daughters of the kingdom from near and far back home.
His royal highness, Abdullahi Omadefu Amegwa Agbo iii, who was crowned the 34th Osana of Keana was installed by his excellency, Governor Tanko Umar Almakura on the 6th May 2016 after the traditional kingmakers consulted the oracle.
Royal guests, traditional rulers, politicians and dignitries all over the alago kingdoms and the general public were all invited to witness the grand ceremony which promised the rich culture of the alago tribe.
His excellency, the governor of Nasarawa state, Umar Tanko Almakura presided over the grand ceremony, the new governor elect, Engineer A.A. Sule was also present, alongside many royal representatives. The former governor of Benue state, George Akume, the Inspector general of the Nigerian police, the former governor of the Nasarawa state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the senator-elect representing Awe, Keana and Doma constituency, Alhaji Abubakar Hassan Nalaraba among other distinguished guests graced the ceremony to pay homage to the new Osana.
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The Alago people of Keana are seen in their cultural attire, rich in colours and traditional accessories of the tribe. This people whose traddition is traced back to the ancient Kwararafa kingdom of modern day Taraba are the majority tribe in Nasarawa state today. No wonder the town was filled to the brim on Saturday as convoy stretches from Lafia, the state capital all the way to the extreme end of Keana kingdom
The Osana of Keana is the head of the tribe of people of Keana with his royal greeting of Abaga-edu, and after the death of its previous king, Emmanuel Elayo three years ago , tradition was followed in the making of the next king and Alhaji Abdullahi Omadefu Amegwa Agbo iii emerged as the chosen one.
The installation of Alhaji Abdullahi Amegwa Agbo iii as the next Osana was received with mixed feelings among his people as some felt he was lesser qualified candidate compare to the Osuza Nyakwu, Mathew Agade who bidding was speculated to be higher.
Haderotakisblog spoke with a few Keanians who graced the coronation ceremony today what they think about the new king and the event, some enthusiastically talked about the important guests who are here in Keana for the ceremony while some mark as too much of Islamic oriented, not properly portraying the core Alago tradition and not fulfilling the rite of the land.
There was also some who believe that the new Osana has some complexes, that he is too much of the Hausa-Fulani culture and doesn’t look anything like an Osana of the alago people. His turban and attire are nothing like the regalia of a typical alago king, even the horses are dressed foreign to the alago tradition and because of this, the observers are not too enthusiatic about the new king.
But the occasion saw the inflow of those who are loyal to the crown and came to pay their respect to the throne in honour of tradition. The women were seen dancing and gyrating to the local tunes blaring from the huge speaker, even the men with their opah and beads showed vibrating body movement to the songs they recognized instinctively.
BRIEF HISTORY OF KEANA.
The Alago people migrated from Yemen in the Arabian peninsula, alongside Junkun, Goemai, Idoma, Igala, Ebirin, kanuris among other etthnic groups. According to history, these tribes entered the present day Nigeria through the Mandala Hills and Lake Chad and would later settle in Ngazargamu, which became the capital of Kanem Borno Empire.
The group with the exception of the Kanuri moved further to the upper Gongola valley and settleed in the middle belt valley, where they established the Kwararafa empire. At the disintegration of the empire, the alago people moved to Idah, present day Kogi state and they would later move their tribe to cross the River Benue to settle at Ogede, in the threshold of present keana province.
The Alago people are today found in Awe, Doma, Keana, Obi and Lafia Local Government area of Nasarawa state. The boundary of the town originally extended to the North bank of River Benue in Makurdi, Benue state, Adudu and Ayero in present day Obi Local Government Area, as well as Tunga in Awe Local Government.
However, during the British colonial administration, the kingdom was made part of Lafia Division of Nasarawa province. In 1910, the colonial administration decided to exercise the Munchi speaking part of Keana kingdom of Lafia division in Nasarawa province inhabited by the Tiv people and merged with the Munchi tribe of Muri province.
On the 13th day of January 1924 at Keana, the final meeting of transferring the territory from Keana to Munchi was concluded between Mr C.M.A. Clarke(Assistant Division) and A.B. Mathews (Assistant Divisional Officer (A.D.O.) in charge of Munchi Division of Muri Province) in the presence of Osana of Keana, Agbo Ozegya and the District Head of Harev East of Munchi Division.
The headquarters of the kingdom founded by Akyana Adi is the present day Keana town named after him. The kingdom was originally inhabited by the Alago people but during the course of time, other tribes came to settle in the surroundings.
As a local government in this modern day, Keana now comprises of towns and villages such as Aloshi, Agaza, Giza, Owena, kadorko etc.
The Osana of Keana is a first class traditional ruler in the state and among the elder statesmen in the northerner part of the country, the relationship with other ethnic group in its surrounding comprises of commerce, religion, politics etc.