Zangbeto: The Traditional Way of Policing and Securing the Community among the Ogu (Egun) People in Badagry, Nigeria


  • Rashidi Akanji Okunola Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Matthias Olufemi Dada Ojo Department of Sociology, Crawford University of the Apostolic Faith Mission, Igbesa, Ogun State, Nigeria



Badagry, policing, securing, cultural, traditional way, Zangbeto


This paper is an ethnological and anthropological study of Zangbeto among the Ogu (Egun) people of Badagry, in Nigeria. The study utilized survey design approach with emphasis on qualitative method: interview, focus group discussion and key informant investigation. Purposive and convenience sampling procedures under non –probability sampling were used in selecting the study area and respondents who participated in the study (n=40).  The data gathered from the field of study were analyzed, using content analysis method. The findings in the study revealed that Zangbeto still remains an effective social machinery of policing and securing the lives and properties in the Badagry community. It also played a prominent role in making peace among the feuding parties in the community and still remains an avenue of social entertainment and cultural display. The study called for the legal backing of Zangbeto as a traditional way of policing and security the lives and properties in this community and the continuous researches of African societies to uncover ways through which African societies can help themselves where westernization has failed them.


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Okunola, Rashidi Akanji, and Matthias Olufemi Dada Ojo. 2013. “Zangbeto: The Traditional Way of Policing and Securing the Community Among the Ogu (Egun) People in Badagry, Nigeria”. Etnoantropološki Problemi Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 8 (1):199-220.