Biodun Stephen’s Breaded Life has experienced a new, rising life thanks to its recent Netflix debut. Almost everyone can’t stop talking about how the movie puts up a story that is Nigerian, interesting, and meaningful. Some others can’t stop talking about the incredible effort that went into bringing its two lead characters, Todowede (Bimbo Ademoye) and Sunmi (Timini Egbuson), to life.
The bulk of the praise For Breaded Life has found its way to actress Bimbo Ademoye for the uncommon, painstaking effort she put into bringing Todowede, a character of Egun origin, to life, which included her working with a dialect coach to hit the highs and lows of the distinct Egun language. And it worked. More people are talking about the Egun people now than ever before, so let’s spend some time getting to know them better.
Here are 7 things you probably didn’t know about the good people of Egun.
- The Egun people are also referred to as the Ogu people. In Nigeria, they are found in Badagry (a city in Lagos) and in the Yewa and Ipokia regions of Ogun State. They are reported to account for about 15% of the indigenous population of Lagos state.
- Oral history has it that the Eguns are descendants of those who migrated from Whydah, Allada, and Weme, which are now part of the Republic of Benin as a result of the 18th-century Dahomean War. According to Mesawaku, a renowned historian, the Egun people migrated to Badagry as early as the 15th century due to the need for security.
- Since their environment is surrounded by water, the majority of Egun people are into fishing, coconut processing, and salt production while some are involved in trading and farming.
- The Egun people share similarities with the Yorubas owing to the fact that during the 17-18th the Dahomey Empire was under the Oyo Empire’s rule, thus strengthening the relationship between both ethnicities.
- Although recognized as part of the southwestern Yoruba people, the Eguns have their own variety of dialects, which includes Thevi, Xwela, Seto, Toli, and Gun. Gun is the main language spoken by the indigenes.
- The Egun people practice Christianity, Islam, and Vodun religion. They believe strongly in their traditions and still worship a masquerade called Zangbeto.
- The leader of the Eguns is the Akran of Badagry, who has seven white cap chiefs who, in turn, head the eight quarters into which Badagry is divided.