Opobo

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Opobo

Opobo is a city in Rivers State, southern Nigeria. A key centre of the palm oil trade, Opobo was founded in 1869 by a group of immigrants from nearby Bonny led by Jaja, a middleman in the palm oil trade with Europeans. Under Jaja, Opobo briefly dominated the region's palm oil market, but was removed by the British in 1887 for blocking British access to Nigeria's interior. After Jaja's arrest and exile to Saint Vincent in the West Indies, Opobo rapidly declined in power. Opobo town was formerly under the Bonny local government area. After the creation of more LGAs, Andoni/Opobo LGA emerged with Andoni (Ngo) been the headquaters. [1]