War of the Monarchs: Egba historian backs Alake, says Awujale a foreigner from Sudan

Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona
Photo: GoldMyne
Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona Photo: GoldMyne

A Yoruba historian, Rufus Adebowale, has disagreed with feuding Yoruba monarchs, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Sikiru Adetona, and the Alake of Egbaland, Adedotun Gbadebo, on their perspectives on the hierarchy of Yoruba traditional stools.

He said both the Awujale and the Alake were inaccurate in their analyses of the history of the Yoruba race.

Mr. Adebowale, a prince from the Okukenu ruling house of Egbaland, however backed Oba Gbadebo in some of his claims and attacked Oba Adetona for being critical of the Egba monarch.

The historian spoke to journalists in Abeokuta on Friday while reacting to the widely publicized contentions between the traditional rulers on the seniority of their stools.

According to him, Awujale is a foreigner in Yoruba land, as the Ijebus originated from Wadai‎ in Sudan.

Mr. Adebowale said as a foreigner in Yorubaland, the Awujale and his Ijebu people lacked the authority to speak on the history of the Yoruba race.

The 72-year old historian also declared that the Alake distorted history by claiming that Alaafin was next to the Ooni of Ife.

He said the statement credited to the Awujale that the Alake was a junior traditional ruler was very insulting and‎ a distortion of history.

Mr. Adebowale said, “I read about the tongue-lashing of Awujale on my royal father, he said Alake is a junior Oba in Yorubaland, this is a great distortion of history.

“My royal father is extraordinarily humble, he manages peace and unity and not crises and that is why he is ignoring‎ all those things from the Awujale,” he said.

“In the first instance, Awujale shouldn’t have dabbled into the issue‎ of Obas in Yorubaland because he is not of Oduduwa origin, the Ijebus came from Wadai and my contemporary authority is Pa Olusegun Obasanjo because he had put it to Awujale himself that they are not Oduduwa descendants.

“What Awujale said was very insulting and a great distortion of history. Our progenitor father is Oduduwa who came from Saudi Arabia. When he was coming from Saudi Arabia, he came with an aide who was later named Ooni, by the time he was dying, he left all he had in the‎ possession of Ooni; Omonide, his wife; and Okanbi, the only
surviving son.

“First of all, the Ijebus know who is who in Yorubaland, their progenitor father emulated Oduduwa, they are from Wadai, that man heard that Oduduwa had‎ settled down in a place called Ife, he also came down and settled.”

According to Mr. Adebowale, who is from the same ruling house with the incumbent Alake, the correct order of seniority ranks the Ooni of Ife as the foremost Oba in Yoruba land, while the Alake is the third behind the Oba of Benin.

“Alake said Ooni is the foremost Oba in Yorubaland, that is‎ very correct, because Ooni had known Omonide and Okanbi who now beget the Obas in Yorubaland.

“There is a part of‎ the history that says that Oduduwa died at Ife. Omonide, Oduduwa’s wife died in Egba forest at Alake’s place.

“So, when she died at Egba forest, she was buried and when the Egbas were coming to Abeokuta in 1830 August, they came to Abeokuta with the pots which she was using in preparing concoctions for her children;‎ they were at Ake palace here where we worship Omonide every year.”

He explained that other Obas in Yorubaland, including the Alafin of Oyo, had never contested the superiority of the Alake.

“So all others, they do not contend superiority with Alake; the Orangun, Owa Obokun, and some others like Alaketu, so you can see now that to say Alaafin is next to Ooni is a great distortion of history, Mr. Adebowale said.

“What I am contending here is that Awujale who is not of Yoruba origin cannot be requesting for yardstick in setting out our seniority cadre.

“Both Awujale and Alake lacked history. If Alake is Alake of Ake, what‎ concerns Awujale who is a foreigner? We are grandchildren of Oduduwa.”

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  • sanetalk

    People just wake up and present tales by moonlight as history. Read him: Egbas came to Abeokuta in 1830 yet their Oba is second to the Ooni in Yoruba Obas ranking, the Ooni was not a descendant of Oduduwa yet he is superior to direct descendants of Oduduwa. Is he listening to himself? Historian my foot

    • Höly Wähala

      Oh! So, you too got rumpled up by his logic there? I still don’t understand the man’s rigmarole thru History, but his bothering revelation about Yoros coming from Arab land and Arid land cannot be overlooked. Where’s @Dele Awo.be.olshi? Hahaha chei o!

      • Julius

        There is history that says your folks came from CONGO, PIGMIS ! Is that rue ?

        • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

          No wonder you have the Sudanese mentality…

          • Julius

            Really ? Is that the Congolese cannibalistic mentality coming out from you ?

          • okenwa

            Simply call in the police to intervene before this consumes all yorubas. Sudan, saudi arabia yet you dont have visa to remain in nigeria.

          • Julius

            humm, I’ll leave my response for another day. Be well

          • Höly Wähala

            No wonder they’re soot black like their Sudanese cousins… and just as dusty. Lol!

        • Rommel

          That story came out from the Indian hemp inspired contorted soul of Fani Kayode,as we are now being told today,nobody of Oduduwa extraction can claim son of the soil in Nigeria so Fani Kayode’s tales is pure fantasy

          • Julius

            You afre correct about FFK. I dont even take him serious. That tells you what I think about him.

          • Höly Wähala

            Hahahahahahaa… Fani-Kayode is not known for sanity, only his fellow inmates at Aro believe his trash, Jalil Julius al Wadai bin Yariba is one such clown. Lolz!

  • S. A. Maigari

    Just imagine! Both of them came from somewhere else (Saudi Arabia and Sudan) and are fighting over seniority of titles in a land they all emigrated to. Only small minds discuss, not to talk of fighting over, such things.

  • Höly Wähala

    Hahahahahahahahaaa chai oo! So our noisy neighbors are not even Nigerians yet, their talking drums make the loudest noise about Nigeria? Where are @Dele Awobeoloshi, @Julius, Maria… and the rest of those 1/2-Arab-Nigerians who mouth-off at me, a son of the soil? I tink say una been claim Oduduwa came down from Heaven and climbed a rope back to Heaven at death, a respected Youba Historian has now put History in perspective and I believe him… Yoros are Arabs, terrorists! Of course thugs have seniority, that’s why Agberos fight at moto parks and even do coups… Dis one na Palace Coup indeed. If it’s not the Iyaloja of Market Women, Omo Tinubu, demonstrating in Abuja for recognition, it is grown old men fighting for silly recognition and seniority, funny people indeed. Clowns. Hahaha… Lol.

    • Julius

      shut up there !, You need to be cultured q1st to talk about culture..Find out and tell us where you came from, then we can talk.

      • Höly Wähala

        Didn’t you read that I am a son of the soil in my comment?
        The Arab translation of your name is… Jalil al Wadai bin Yariba. Hahaha. Accorrding to Egba Historian, @Julius na Almajiri wey cross the desert into “greener pastures” to parasite on oyel for my papa backyard. Oloshi. Now I know why only Hausa/Fulani/Yoro own oyel wells and tankers… they believe it’s their natural endowment from Arab land. Clowns!

        • Julius

          What is the Arab translation of your name. Al’magadi !.lmaoooooo ! oloshi.

          • Höly Wähala

            el-Julius or Jalil al Wadai… tell me your real name. Arab Almajiri or Kafir? Lolz!

          • Julius

            hahahahahahaa@el-Julius ! u dey craze ooo.lolz comot for road make man see beta jare.

          • Höly Wähala

            So that’s it… el-Julius. Hahaha chai. I dey go watch football ojare. Arab clown, I go see you later… and remember, Otunba Mohammed says you’re to stay away from alchy… ati igbo. Lolz! Bis Später… German for, ’till later’. Oloriburuku kafir like you.

          • Julius

            lolz. Enjoy the game bro. We are in a busy political period here, so I’m busy as well

          • Holy truth

            Julius don’t bother engaging someone who lack mental capacity to engage u in a decent arguments, it’s just flogging a dead horse. Spend ur time very well to do better things bro than engaging someone who will resort to derogatory when he is short of ideas. Have a good weekend bro.

          • Julius

            He is cool bro. We rib each other . He doesnt take all these to sleep with him. Have a wonderful weekend as well. Respect and God bless !!

  • Republican in VI

    History seems to be whatever they are feeling at any particular moment, its the very definition of a farce. No historical facts, evidence to prove their stance. Someone should tell them to stop disgracing themselves.

    • Peter

      The acclaimed historical authorities cannot even pin some dates to those claims. Fallacies and tales by moonlight.

  • Rommel

    These fairy tales never seem to end,hahahahahahahahLol saudi Arabia,was it before Otunba Mohamed founded his Islam or after? yet they want to be challenging people that grew from the soils of Nigeria

    • Höly Wähala

      Lol @ “Otunba Mohamed”…no wonder they have linear linkage to Hausa/Fulani, their Islamic scholars and political allies. No wonder…

      • Julius

        Explain to me why Zik sold you out to the Northerners !. You were their political allies forever till you know what happened. Explain that. History is like facts,they never change however how much you may wish.

        • isioku

          The Great Zik of Africa never sold anybody out. He always stood for unity and took the best decision at the time to save Nigeria from breaking up. He always took decisions having Nigeria in mind not his immediate kinsmen a quality almost all the other leaders at Independence lacked. That is leadership

          • Julius

            Yea , but now its a sign of weakness for other people to be an allied of the Northerners . Why calling other people slaves when they are doing what you claim that Zik did for years as a sign of leadership ? I’ve come to realized that folks do not think before they spew what I called an uninformed nonsense. Not you per see .

          • Kickboxer

            Yaribas are not Igbos. Yaribas hav been slaves to Fulanis. So you are aligning with your slave masters. Igbo were not colonized so IGBO-NORTH relationship is neutral. That is the difference.

          • Julius

            You are/were the slaves !! You can lie all you want. History and facts are constant. Zik sold you out to the Northerners till the Ibo military officers rebel against the North. Tell me why they kicked you out of the North . Keep been delusional !

          • Holy truth

            Julius u are my man, tell dem I dey feel u.

          • Julius

            Naa, bro wahala is cool. Yall just have to understand him a little more. He is an equal opportunity annoyance. It doesnt matter to him where you came from. I like him for that. We fight mostly on Dr NOI. lolz

          • Kickboxer

            Fighting a civil war is not the end of the world…..I am proud of SE/SS who fought the civil war……Rebellion is normal…..I am proud of military officers who wanted to improve Nigeria evn though that SE/SS paid for it……..

            I am not proud of ENSLAVED YARIBAS who have given up their ambition to create ODUDUWA because they are enlsaved COWARDS

            I am not proud of YARIBAS who have been wishing to sack Nigerians from LAGOS but have now cowardly swallowed their “ego” even as Nigerians are burning YARIBAS alive…..

            I am not proud of YARIBAS who aligned with folks who have been enslaving them since 16th century even as they appear to be comparing relationship between FREEBORN IGBOS and Hausa-Fulani with ENSLAVED-YARIBA relationship with their SLAVE MASTERS……that is DUMB to say the least.

            I am not proud of YARIBAS who are running round a circle, even as their SLAVE MASTERS will handover power to SE/SS…….

            Lastly, I am not proud of YARIBAS who think that others do not see their MUMU COWARDLY traits and go about embarrassing themselves all over the place………

        • Höly Wähala

          Arab Almajiri like you… ‘Julius’ na Jalil al Wadai. Hahaha chei oo!

          • Julius

            lolz. Thats your explanation ? mumu !

          • Höly Wähala

            Hahahahaaa… i don shed tears with your history. So na Arabs we’ve been dealing ba? No wonder core Arabs came to your rescue during the Biafran war, we for finish una or chase your dusty lot back to Sudan. Lolz!

          • Julius

            hahahahaha, this is coming from a man that hid under the bed for the entire duration of the war. lolz

        • okenwa

          Dont bring igbos into this matteroooo. Put your house in order, sophisticated tribe

        • emmanuel

          are allies not better than slaves?
          Have you seen Osinbajo? Did you see Oladipo Diya?

          • Julius

            Actually, you were slaves to the North. Zik was the favourite #1 slaves till they got tired of your greedy behaviour and you know the rest. Did you see Ojukwu when he sent your father on a suicide mission and ran away in the middle of the bight ? Osinbajo is the VP of the country. Who do you have as equal to him ? abeg, leave mata alone .

          • emmanuel

            Naturally, the SS and SE have never fancied the Yorobbers, you know we are bold and do not pretend. So we opte to tag along with some bold people only to realise that they were terrorist and we changed gear.
            We never were saves to them. I have a friend about my age with similar qualifications like Osinbajo in the USA and his is just a dude.
            So wetin Osinbajo be, a common Commissioner whose new role in Abuja is to drink tea and read Newspaper?
            Com,on, grow up. I would rather run my shop than go do his stuff in Abuja. When a little inexperienced Governor; El-Rufai don tame am tight?

    • absam777

      Nice one, ” Otunba Mohammed” LOL

  • bjay

    I been hammering that yurobas are foreigners in nigeria and they don’t know their root, you imagine claiming the son and Crown prince of bini who gave birth to oni of ife is senior to his father. More drama is coming from yurobas.

  • simssoon

    No wonder they disagree with their Igbo counterpart,you can imagine jews with an Arabic generation hehhhhhh.Well now we know no need asking them to work out their diffrences because it started long ago,waiting to hear where niger Deltans come from maybe from liberia or somalia lol.

    • Höly Wähala

      Niger Deltans are Aborigines from Papua New Guinea… haven’t you read me calling Deri “near-naked aborigine” in the past? Their ancestors came carrying Lord Lugard on their shoulders, got compensated with empty bottles of Schnapps to rinse out for alcohol… thus, Sapele Water aka akpethesi. That also explains their love for ogogoro. Yoros are arid Arabs cross-bred with dusty & dark Sudanese hence, their religion and lust for blood. Hahaha chei!

      • simssoon

        but be serious for once i mean it really want to know their origin and who are the Yoros pls.

        • Höly Wähala

          Shut-up!

          • simssoon

            Do you lack respect or is that an inheritance ?????

          • simssoon

            I guess the spirit of Nazi has taken over you.
            Don’t ask me to shut up otherwise i will trace you.

      • emmanuel

        Maga, where are you from? Na Yaba you need for temporary rehabs when you come.
        Unfortunately, you nor even know were your Papa for come, as i hear say na Asewo short time job your mamatake get you, so your own case is more complicated than the Yorubas

  • Dele Awogbeoba

    Jokes and jokers. Let me get this right, This historian says the Awujale is not of Yoruba origin because OBJ said so. When did OBJ become an historian of any consequence? OBJ’s own authority was the alleged remarks by the Awujale himself? lol…Oduduwa is not the progenitor of the Yoruba race. The Yoruba were a sub group of the Kwa ethnic group that populated most of west africa in the early 700 AD. That KWA ethnic group further sub divided into many of the tribes one finds around southern Nigeria today such as the Yoruba, Edo, Itshekiri, Ijaw , igbo, Igala, iDOMA ETC…..

    How does Alake become the second most senior when he was not a child of Oduduwa?? The Awujale is a Yoruba monarch. It will be good if a lot of these half baked “historians’ simply keep quiet or quote objective sources.

    • Julius

      Hahahahahha, good question jare !Obj is many things, history aint one of them. My take is that these old folks need to find something else to do. Its funny tho.

      • emmanuel

        What about you, tell us what you know about your fraudulent history

        • Julius

          Comot. Go sit in a corner and raise your hand to be called.

          • emmanuel

            You know say if i start with you today, we nor go sleep. I know History.
            I warned the PM News man when he dabbled into this katakata by supporting Sikiru Adetona that he should tread softly on this issue which was more complicated than seeking for Senatorial seat through APC and he thought i joke.
            Una don make people wen nor know the truth about una before come hear the plenty truth about your false history.

          • Julius

            lol@’You know say if i start with you today, we nor go sleep’. Why do you people loves empty threats ? . Take care, Im done !

          • emmanuel

            threat? i mean we would be engaged responding to post until late. sophisticated Yorobber man with very low IQ. you don murder again o. ‘loves’
            You nor hear wetin Onike tell your brother on Friday, make he kuku write with Yoruba so that Computer go translate for am?
            My advice to you too.

    • Ayelala

      I wonder at times if some of these obas are not imposters . You certainly feel like they belong elsewhere and that the crown does not belong to them .
      To hell with these cultural appropriators and peddlers of false history.
      No where do we share any relationship or history with saudi arabia.
      Not one evidence in culture,arts , religion , anthropology ,archeology ,architecture,religion culture ,food, philosophy or history.
      The oodua civilisation predates most civilisations on planet earth and in many ways shares most of its roots with ancient egypt (when egypt was black and the pyramids built) .
      The oodua nation was already living in cities when most of the europe, middle east and americas were still stuck in villages .

      • emmanuel

        ehen, you don add Egypt? So it is Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt etc?
        May God forgive you people. We need to conduct deliverance on the Yorubas.

    • Höly Wähala

      Shut up dia! Oloshi. This is what the respected Egba Historian said… “In the first instance, Awujale shouldn’t have dabbled into the issue‎ of Obas in Yorubaland because he is not of Oduduwa origin, the Ijebus came from Wadai and my contemporary authority is Pa Olusegun Obasanjo because he had put it to Awujale himself that they are not Oduduwa descendants. What Awujale said was very insulting and a great distortion of history. Our progenitor father is Oduduwa who came from Saudi Arabia.” What the author is simply implying is that the Ota Gorilla, OBJ, is of the same historical views as himself… both being “yoro elders” with authoritative knowledge of Yoruba History. Who are you hiding under a phantom moniker to dispute a royal historian? Arab almajiri like you. Hahaha chei… You are in deep trouble with me. Sudanese born-throway! LOLz biko!

      • emmanuel

        Na God put wedge in their midst. Sophisticated Liars, their lies have fallen through now.
        Saudi Slaves, Sudanese etc. No wander a Yorobber must serve the Hausa/Fulani.

    • ed

      Let’s do the DNA on OBJ. The story of his father being an Ibo man should be put to rest now.
      Failure to resolve this pressing national issue may result in shortage of fake product in the near future.

      • Höly Wähala

        Don’t mind the clown. Gowon recently acknowledged his forgotten Igbo son after DNA tests confirmed he has Jewish blood in him, their Ota Gorilla has no lineage nor resemblance to anyone in Igbo land and that is why he will never submit to a scientific confirmation of his Arab-kafir genes. OBJ is… Arab Almajiri. Lolz!

  • Peter

    This is a frantic effort called history put together by some Egba subject to save the face of the Oba.

  • Kickboxer

    lol….Yaribas have told so many lies that they no longer remember all the lies…….

    Since Oba of Beni, from whom Yaribas stole the title of OBA, warned Yariba criminals to stop using the title of OBA or acknowledge that they stole it from Beni Kingdom, these people have gone berserk with bucket of lies…

    Th other day it was Remi Opeyemi who was bamboozling his low-information low-IQ Yariba youths that some OBA ruled in 1000AD and then sometime in 1150AD another “Oba was installed.” Meanwhile in the WHOLE LIES Oduduwa the skydiver has been thrown under the bus. Oduduwa the skydiver no longer arrived from the sky…….”THE NEW YARIBA HISTORY LIARS” are now saying that Oduduwa was a “local boy”………..KAI!!! Which tribe does the local boy come from?

    • Höly Wähala

      Lol @ “Oduduwa the Skydiver”. Yorubas are from Sudan, Hausa/Fulani are the people with direct linkage to Otunba Mohammed… all na “Kafir” to Arabs in life and religion. Hahaha chai oo!

      • Kickboxer

        I am amazed to read mumu Yaribas telling their poor youths how an Oba was installed in 1000AD; these guys watch a lot of HISTORY CHANNEL…….simple and short……meanwhile Oduduwa the Skydiver suddnly became a “local boy”……..it is only when I read how Yaribas toil with FACTS/FIGURES/TRUTH that I sympathize with MASSOB/IPOB…….who wants to share a common destiny with these people?

        • emmanuel

          slaves. That is why they beg too much and love less work and owambe. slavish tendecies!

  • jamajake

    Who really care about all this crap ?

    • emmanuel

      which crap? that you do not know your origin?

  • ed

    The Yoruba’s house is on fire. What are the kings doing about it ?. Absolutely nothing, they’re fighting over ranks and class. The Fulani’s / Hausa backed up by Nigerian Military and Police were burning Yoruba’s alive in mile 12 Lagos. The Kings couldn’t find their voice to challenge the
    Terrorist tribe that continue to oppressed them.
    Instead we’re learning about conflicting history that had zero meaning either way,
    King that abandoned his people has no right to the crown.

    • Bayo

      You are ethnic chauvinist and war monger. Why will you carry someone else load on your head while dragging your own load with your hand. Stop crying for what does not affect you. Go and call your elders, if you have any, where you come from and ask them about their experience in the self inflicted civil war they suffered. Yorubas know how to handle their own issues without looking unto any other tribe to fight for them or instigate other tribe to go into war. Yorubas are peace loving, accommodating but humble, smart, and wise. Meanwhile, I would have said you should respect yourself by not just opening your mouth anyhow against Yoruba traditional rulers, but I remember, you lack home training since you do not respect anybody, even your father, where you come from.

      • Kickboxer

        ……Yaribas are living in fantasy world…….FIGHT OR YOU ARE A SLAVE……Lagos & SW will never belong to Yaribas……without a fight…..

        you will remain a slave until you fight a “civil war”….unfortunately there are no two ways about it……..pomp up Yariba IQ to recognize this simple truth…..maybe it would be another 100 years before this simple truth gets to the block head of an average Yariba

      • emmanuel

        The Yorobbers are cowards and liars, the bane of Nigeria problems

  • UFOROABAZ

    I think its time to invite Wale Adenuga Productions to cover this Emerging Super Story. The earlier the better.

  • Abidilagungun

    Obj is your authority on Yoruba history… Haaaa..alawada. Jobman

    • emmanuel

      imagine, Obasanjo wen nor know weda im Papa na Owu or Onitsha

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    @ed:Why wont you caution yourself and stop getting involve in what you do not know anything about regarding Yoruba traditions and cultures.Wherever you came from your forefathers,s history is not as rich as Yoruba tribe,s history and tradition.Yoruba is a major tribe in Nigeria and our sons and daughters lead in various educational disciplines.

    • emmanuel

      The Yorubas have fraudulent history,just hide yourself in shame.
      Una nor know where una come from

  • D’analyst

    I give the best lie to the binis for their plausible analysis and consistency. More likely all these Yaribas actually come from the Bini Kingdom but aren’t humble enough to accept that a people with so much influence in naija could have come from that small (but mighty) Bini Kingdom. Since the Binis dismissed the ranking on the basis that yariba Kingdoms emanated from the Bini Kingdom the infighting among yariba royal has now seen them move the Oba of Benin from no. 3 to no. 2, soon they will move the great Oba of Benin to his unranked place of superiority above all yariba kings. I have got to give it to the Binis

  • IZON Redeemer

    It is clear from what has been heard so far that all the traditional institutions in Yoruba land, from Lagos to Ife are fakes including that of the Oba of Benin—These people are not even Nigerians———Deported to the country from FreeTown or Liberia at the end of the slave trade–The only real owners of the South–are the people of the Niger delta——————But their sheepish acts led to other ethnic groups dominating them—————————Are the Yorubas from Benin kingdom in Edo state or that the Benins migrated from Ife—And if they did–where did the Itsekiris who claim to hail from—-Ife-come from Benin city or Ife-?–Thieves that is what all these ethnic groups are—-Lagos we know is a Portuguese word——–same as Eko—–The Yorubas only strayed into the lagos island———–It is very sad that Nigeria has no history—No wonder the Yorubas often betray us to the Fulanis

    • emmanuel

      look at Tinubu and Akiolu the Lagoon Cockrel very well, they have this Congolese looks.
      Abacha 4 million Man match led the Niger Delta guys to re-awaken the long suspended struggle.
      I suspect God is using this revelation about the Yorubas and their Fulani counterparts to get the SS and SE work for their exits at a time Buhari have called us nobody?
      SE is Biafra and SS can chart their course.
      These things do not happen by accident, God took away Ooni of Ife so that this schism can commence and the SS and SE to realise they must take their destiny in their hands.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Separation is the answer–not the rule of the Yorubas and Fulanis economic migrants–stealing my resources in the niger delta-

  • Bonny

    The Binis do not contest seniority with anybody or institution because the parable is straight and unambiguous. Edo Odion’, ‘Aiguobasimwin’, meaning Edo is senior and you do not drag it with ‘Omo N’ Oba. I guess history has not failed us. Only Benin empire and Oyo empire existed in the entire south west, south east and south south. Our parents have one way or the other gave our historical background and we have used education to defend where we have our routes. Go back to history, even Professor Ade Ajayi never mentioned Ibadan as an empire. I am also shocked to learn that the Egbas who settled down in Ake in 1830 claim superiority over empires – Benin & Oyo going into 20 centuries of existence. Benin had existed as ‘Igodomigodo’ in days of ‘Ogiso – King of the Sky’ before advent of ‘Uku Akpolokpolo, Omo N’ Oba nedo’, the supreme authority of Benin Empire cutting across the Niger (Onitsha/Asaba), Ado Ekiti and Ikere Ekiti, Owo, Idoani, Ikale, Ifon, up to Otuoke (President Jonathan town), entire Delta state, the Niger Delta, Lagos to Dahomey(Benin Republic). In the 70s, the late President Eyadema traced his route to Benin Empire. The fall of Benin Empire to the British in 1897, 67 years after the establishment of Ake land in Abeokuta, resulted in reclassification as Benin Kindom because the British had taken possession of the territories earlier in control of ‘Omo N’ Oba nedo Uku Akpolokpolo’. The last empire to fall in the present day Nigeria is Benin Empire. It only fell to the British who had superior weapons but casualties on both sides.
    In the 15th century, the Portuguese government described Benin Empire as the most structured government with well laid out plans. Till date, the city of Benin is the most planned city in Nigeria as compensation for road expansion is minimal compared to other towns and cities.

    The Edos never said there is no connection between Ife and Benin but the only issue is whose child is Oduduwa. Is he ‘Ekaladerhan’ who later adopted the name to ‘Izoduwa’ corrupted as Oduduwa as we the Binis corrupted the name ‘Owomika to Eweka’. While other traditional rulers are busy talking about superiority, the Ooni of Ife has gone to marry a princess of Benin. Kings go for princesses and Princesses go for Princes.

    Lets not distort the facts as the fulanis recognised that Kanuris are the first Muslims in the North and Nigeria. The Kanem Bornu empire existed before Sokoto caliphate. The Arabic writings are there but other empires had no documentary evidence until advent of the British and who among the tribes or ethnics in Nigeria embrace western education. Egbas took advantage to give us the history. Luckily, the Edos relied on the Portuguese archive and the Benin Artifacts to butress their existence and origin.

  • emmanuel

    I said two weeks ago that the Yoruba ethnic group is a fraud and that the Oduduwa History told to us and studied in Primary School was a fraud and i did carry out my Research. My curiosity as a Child stemmed from the use of Chain to come down from Heaven and that led me to the huge cake of lies.
    Sudan, Saudi Arabia, abandoned slaves, etc
    God has used this quarrel to expose the lies, which automatically made Yoruba people mortal liars and now run in their blood.
    No wonder they run after prayer houses to cast away the spell which attends lives with bloodline lies.