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Official Website of Etsu Nupe Palace

This website serves as a digital window into the world providing a glimpse into lives, duties and engagements of the King and members of the Royal household.

The Etsu Nupe is a symbol of tradition, unity and service to the people of Nupe Kingdom.

for centuries, we have played a pivotal role in shaping the history and culture of our nation.

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About Etsu Nupe (King of Nupe)

Born in 1952 to the family of Late Abubakar Nakodi Nupe and Hajiya Habiba Bantigi. Since his parents were enlightened, education for the young Yahaya was a compulsory enterprise. He started with Islamic Education as early as when he could speak and write. He was then enrolled in Primary School at Bida East and Sabongida Primary Schools between 1957 and 1965. After his Primary Education, the young Yahaya proceeded to Government College Sokoto and later moved to Kano Commercial College from 1966 to 1972.

He was commissioned into Nigerian Army Armoured Corp as a Second Lieutenant on 13th December 1975. He served at various capacities for 30 years and roused to the rank of Brigadier General before his glorious exit in 2003 to ascend the Throne of his forebears as the 13th Etsu Nupe. As a servicing Army Officer, Yahaya Abubakar attended several courses within and outside Nigeria. They include Adjutant General’s Course in the United States, Tank Technology Course India, Command and Staff College Jaji, Kaduna State, Nigeria and National Defense Course Egypt. He also held many prestigious appointments such as commanding officer of various Battalions, Deputy Commandant Depot, Nigerian Army Zaria. Commander, Multi National Joint task Force, Lake Chad Region and Director Peace Keeping Operations Army Headquarters, Abuja, Nigeria.

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Etsu Nupe @71

Celebrating Etsu Nupe's 71st Birthday and 20th year on the throne


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Discover the members of our illustrious Royal family who continue to carry the torch of duty an honour. From Her Majesty the Queen to the younger generation, each individual brings their unique perspective and passion to their roles.

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Our lineage stretches back to generations representing a rich tapestry of monarchs, princes and princesses who have dedicated themselves to the welfare and prosperity of our people. From the establishment of our monarch to the present day, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to serve as a unifying force and custodians of the Nupe heritage.


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The Nupe kingdom was founded by Tsoede, alias Edegi who was born in 1465. The early Nupe history recognised Tsoede and his fundamental contributions to the building of Nupe dynasty. Tsoede was the son of a Nupe mother and an Igala father who was raised at the Igala court in Idah but later returned to his natal home in Nupeland. He returned with magical and symbolic regalia bequeathed to him by his father, the Igala king. On his return to his maternal home he gained control over the vast area of Nupeland and extended his kingdom by conquering the lands of neighbours as well. The people conquered were the Yoruba in the south and the Kamberi and Kamuku in the north. He founded Nupeko as his administrative capital and from there asserted his political might and authority in the entire Nupe kingdom. Tsoede passed away in 1591 in one of his military expansionist missions, north of the Nupe kingdom. Hence, Nadel refers to Tsoede as the culture hero and mythical founder of the Nupe kingdom.

The Nupe people have been recognised for their tremendous achievements in the history of the black race, according to valuable information from the work of the renowned anthropologist, Professor S.F. Nadel, the author of the Black Byzantine, who spent over 20 years in Nupe Land and spoke Nupe fluently in those hectic years of anthropological research. His adopted Nupe name was Ndakotsu Nasara (Etsu’s grandfather, the white man).
The Nupe people have historical links with the Hausas of Katsina, Kano and Borno people. This is evident with few examples. Both the towns of Abaji and Eggan have traditions which confirm that they were founded by men from Katsina. Bokane was first settled by a man from Kano (Hausa: Bakano i.e. a Kano man) while Kutigi and Enagi became the homes of settlers from Borno whose origin gave the whole region its name, Benu. They are said to be specifically from ukawa.


The NUPE People

The Nupe (traditionally called the Nupawa by the Hausas and Tapa by the neighbouring Yoruba) are an rthnic group native to the Middle Belt of Nigeria and are the dominant ethnicity in Niger State, an important minority in Kwara State. The Nupe are also present in Kogi State as well as in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). There are probably about 4.5 million Nupes principally in Niger State. The Nupe language is also spoken in Kwara, Kogi and FCT. They are primarily Muslims, with a few Christians and followers of African Traditional Religion. Nupe land is made up of an agrarian population, where the economy and social life revolve round agriculture. The people are active farmers. Major crops grown are rice, sorghum, sugar cane, millet, melon, vegetables, yam, homestead livestock management and fishing.Cassava, maize, and sweet potatoes (grown inland) are of secondary importance. They speak a language of the Nupoid group in the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family. Others languages in the group are Igbira (Ebira), Gbagyi (Gbari), Gade, and Kakanda. Nupe is related most closely to Gbari and Kakanda in structure and vocabulary. There are at least two markedly different dialects: Nupe central and Nupe Tako

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