Seriki Williams Abass was born originally at a town in
Yorubaland called Ijoga Orile. The town is in todays Ogun State in South West
Nigeria. Ijoga Orile is not far from Ilaro and Abeokuta. His birth name was
Faremilekun and his father’s name was Fagbemi. He was captured by the Dahomeans
and became a slave at the age of six years old. The country called Benin
Republic today used to be known as Dahomey. The name Dahomey was changed to
Benin Republic in 1975.
Porto Novo is a great City with a great history. It is the capital of Benin republic and is situated on the West African Coast. The word Porto Novo is a Portuguese word which means New port.
The Portuguese were the first European to settle down there. Porto Novo is also known as Ajase (Ajace) by the Yorubas, and known as Hogbonu by the Ogu.
Porto Novo was established in the 16th Century. It was a Slave port controlled by the Alaafin of Oyo. The Oyo Empire was a great empire which also controlled the Slave port of Badagry. It partly controlled the Slave port of Whydah (Ouidah) for a period before Whydah was completely taken over by the Dahomey Kings.