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Oduduwa. Who was he? Was he real or myth?

Another great debate here. But what proof is there ever that a man once lived? Beyond word of mouth passed on from generation to generation and into history books, how do we know if someone was actually alive or just a tale? Direct descendants is sufficient for most of us.

Oduduwa the son of Lamurudu, who came from a north easterly direction to settle in Ile Ife sometime in 11th Century ,had 16 many ONE son and SEVEN grandsons, and was the progenitor of most Yoruba people today. There’s a long line of royal ancestry drawn from Oduduwa to the most recent Ooni who incidentally joined his ancestors in July 2015. In testament to the importance attached to this role and what it represents, the selection process for a successor has been very closely watched by Yorubas worldwide and other Nigerians alike.

Other Yoruba reigning kings with a direct line to Oduduwa are as follows:

Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III  Alaafin of Oyo.
Olowu of Owu- Adegboyega Dosunmu Amororo II
Olowu of Owu- Adegboyega Dosunmu Amororo II

 

The Alaketou of Ketou, Republic Of Bénin, Oba Alayeluwa Alaro Alade-Ife.
The Alaketou of Ketou, Republic Of Bénin, Oba Alayeluwa Alaro Alade-Ife.

 

Omo N’Oba of Benin- Ereduiawu Solomon Akenzuwa
Omo N’Oba of Benin- Erediauwa Solomon Akenzuwa

Omo N’Oba of Benin- Erediauwa Solomon Akenzuwa  is said to be in conversation with his ancestors and has been indisposed since about February 2015.

Orangun of Ila- Oba Kayode Adedeji Oyedotun
Orangun of Ila- Oba Kayode Adedeji Oyedotun

Onisabe of Sabe – no name or photo of this Oba found yet. The following might explain it a little though it’s been 80years plus since 1933…

“The Sabe kingdom lies almost entirely within the Benin Republic, though there are a few Sabe settlements in the Wasinmi area of Nigeria (Igue and Yai, 1973: 6). It formerly extended further to the east, and at its height the capital alone had a population of 80,000 (Asiwaju, 1973). Like Oyo, it extends into the drier Guinea savanna: in Johnson’s account of the origins of the Yoruba kingdoms, the Onisabe was the grandson who inherited Oduduwa’s cattle (1921: 8). In the l9th century, Sabe was attacked by both Dahomey and Ijaye. It became a subject kingdom of Dahomey in 1884, and avoided the fate of Ketu. In Sabe, as in Ketu, the French administration greatly weakened the power of the traditional rulers. The Onisabe was exiled from 1902 to 1913, and the office was officially abolished in 1933, a state of affairs which lasted for twenty years.”African Studies Thesaurus

Olupopo of Popo– no information on the Olupopo either yet. Quite possibly the French again as both Sabe and Popo fell outside the British demarcation of Nigerian territory. Hmmm……

In other news…… We have a new Ooni of Ife named this morning!

“Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi of the Giesi ruling house is the new Ooni of Ile-Ife, Osun State governor Rauf Aregbesola has said in a press statement. “ – Sahara Reporters

The New Ooni announced today   Letter from Gov Aregbesola

So, are there glimpses of resemblance between the Kings? Don’t think any of them would submit to DNA testing …. There’s already rumours of illegitimacy around one of the Oba titles. That’s a post for another day!

 

EDIT: 05/04/2016 – the image for the Alaketou of Ketou was changed

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