explores how migration and time has altered the zeitgeist of the indigenous Otto community in Lagos, Nigeria.
Otto is located at the south of Oyingbo, Lagos. Prior to the sixteenth century a number of Awori, the southernmost of the Yoruba speaking people dispersed from Isheri, a village twelve miles up the Ogun River, seeking refuge from a conflict. A group of them settled in modern day Lagos. There they established three main settlements, Iddo, Lagos Island and Otto. Overtime, Iddo and Lagos Island both expanded into a major international metropolitan trading centre.
However, the Otto settlement still retains much of its and communal identity and domestic form of trade. This settlement have tradition of origin that have been kept alive till today. Although, mainly occupied by Yorubas, their customs and traditions have been redefined with distinct customs through the influx of people from neighbouring states and the Nigerian hinterland.