Ketou, Republic of Benin and Ketu-Ejirin, Epe, Lagos, Nigeria are several thousands of miles apart. But both are Yoruba towns. And both have kings as head of the traditional political structure. Confusingly they are both titled Alaketu of Ketu. First, the Alaketou of Ketou, Bènin.
Next, the Alaketu of Ketu-Ejirin, Lagos state
To make things even more interesting, there is a challenger to the Alaketu of Ketu-Ejirin throne, who it was said never took up the role when it became vacant due to the tragic circumstances of his father’s death, and now wishes to claim his rightful place as Alaketu of Ketu, despite the fact that his first cousin now fills the position. He recently stormed the palace, and the ensuing pandemonium reached the newspaper headlines – Two Alaketus in Ketu
Altogether that makes THREE Alaketus floating around on Google searches. Finally, until her recent passing there was an Alaketu in Brazil, who also comes up on Internet searches.
Olga de Alaketu or Mother Olga– (c.1925—September 29, 2005) was a prominent Candomblé Iyalorixá, who was influential in promoting Candomblé and distancing it from Catholicism.
A fifth generation descendant of the royal house of Aro in modern Benin; Alaketu served as Iyalorixá of the Ile Maroia Laji temple in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, one of the oldest Candomblé temples in Brazil. Her temple attracted many prominent people including the writer Jorge Amado, and the French anthropologist Pierre Verger. When the Ile Maroia Laji was declared a national heritage site, Cultural Minister Gilberto Gil said of Alaketu:
“In the last forty years, we can consider Mother Olga as the greatest proponent of the religion of the Orishas in all Brazil.”
Alaketu died in 2005, and was buried in the Bosque da Paz Cemetery. She was succeeded by her eldest daughter Jocelina Barbosa Bispo (“Jojó”). – www.orixas.org May she rest in power.