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I have never read or come across any information that suggests that the Aro Confederacy (limited to southeast Nigeria in most convenitional history books) had any influence in Cameroon or Equatorial Guinea. I believe this needs to be removed.
It was said to they had 300 communities in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea
It is cited in a deleted source. Some Igbos were great travellers though and it could be assumed that the Aro business had little present in Cameroon and perhaps Equatorial Guinea (Igbo is a common language there) during pre-Colonial times. Some Aro historians also say so.
formal native name
What did the Aros call their confederacy in their own language? I assume that Igbo was the "language of state" in this instance. Most publications call this entity the "Aro Confederacy" or "Arochukwu Confederacy" or "Arochukwu Empire". I know that Arochukwu means "Spear of Chukwu"/"Spear of God" (cool name by the way). But was there a word for confederacy in igbo that was used back then.
In the Ashanti Empire, the real name of the state was Asanteman (Asante Union). I think in the Mali Empire it was Manden Kurufa (Manden Federation).
Any chance y'all can help me out on the Aro Confederacy?
That is a good question. "Umu" can mean children or union. Umu Aro means children of Arochukwu and union of Aro people. There is another word for union, pact, and etc in Igbo. Sorry for the late response. Thank you for your compliment and good work.