The Oluwo of Iwo is undisputedly the most colourful Yoruba monarch of our times.
Here he is , Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, below challenging his enemy ( and former friend Chief Abiola Ogundokun). Its said he went to the fore court of this elder’s house and dared him to show his face. Kabiyesi and his supporters are saying in Yoruba call and response fashion ” He dare not come out”…..
Here he is cursing his enemies. Yoruba King’s curses are said to be very potent, and therefore to be used sparingly. Kabiyesi held no prisoners though and really let rip.
Here he is in below video being accused by one of his aides of sodomy and brutality
Here he is posing with his magnificent cars
Here he is playfully dancing before his royal drummers
And here he is being a good muslim, officiating the muslim Eid ceremony , not long before ignorantly dismissing all of Yoruba spirituality as idol worshipping
Needless to say his activities spark long threads of social media Yoruba discussions . Most are agreed that this Oba despite being a king as crowned, is not an Omoluabi – a title which can be earned by any Yoruba. It is felt that he in fact brings disrepute to the Yoruba monarchy. His former friend and mentor Chief Ogundokun described him thus
” traditional deviant, instead of an harbinger of tradition and cultural norms, ……..totally lost touch with reality and Yoruba etiquettes…… forbidden habits that portend serious danger to Iwo land and its people, coupled with the inflammatory comments, and false claim of superiority over Ooni of Ife and Alaafin of Oyo and also claimed to be God.”
There you have it. What do you think? Can Oba Akanbi be said to be an Omoluabi? Or…….What even is the opposite of Omoluabi ?
What is an ” Omoluabi”
Shola Ola explains – The Yoruba people have long been particular about their culture and how they are portrayed by the outside world. They are a nation with solid cultural foundation that is firm and cannot be distorted.Our culture is one that deals with dignity and honour as it is passed on from one generation to the other. In the yoruba culture there are some specific choices of words that are used to qualify some certain act of credibility of an individual.
In the yoruba community, there is a special status that is revered both by the elders and the youths. This status is called the OMOLUABI STATUS.This is not a title given ,but a titled that is earned due to the individual dignity and honourable act of a person and confirmed by the community and the society as a whole. The word OMOLUABI itself,it means,|*** a responsible and dignified person ***.anyone that is regarded as Omoluabi needs to possess some certain attributes which honesty, fidelity, trustworthiness, compassionate and good moral background is part of.
An Omoluabi is seen as a epitome of respect and pride,because people would always want to associate or be likened to such fellow. Anytime matters arise in the community that calls for someone to represent the community or the neighbourhood either in the king’s palace or the government level, an Omoluabi is the person that would be nominated to go represent the people, because they have trust in such fellow that he or she will represent them well in the higher place and will also stand for the benefits of the masses and what will improve the neighbourhood and the community as a whole.We have so many Omoluabi(s) both home and in the diaspora,representing the Yoruba Nation and making us proud around the globe.
It is the primary duty of every Omo Odua (child of Oduduwa) both home and abroad to be an Omoluabi, because that is what our ancestors valued, and that is what they expect from us and even want us to pass on to our offsprings. This is because the Yoruba nation is a nation rooted in it well respected cultural background and tradition.and we must continue to fly the flag higher and represent the realness that comes from the originality of lineage.We are great people,with colorful cultural heritage.
We are more than just a tribe,we are a nation,we came from the dynasty of kings and queens,we are warriors and great sons and daughters of our ancestors,WE ARE OMOLUABIS AND WE ARE PROUD
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