Lisabi not founder of Egbaland – Alake

The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo

The paramount ruler of Egbaland, Adedotun Gbadebo, on Monday said contrary to widespread belief that late Lisabi Agbongbo-Akala was the founder of the ancient town of Abeokuta, the town was founded several decades after his death.

The traditional ruler stated this at a press conference in his palace in Ake, Abeokuta preparatory to the 2016 Annual Lisabi Day.

He said Egbaland was founded 60 years after the demise of Lisabi, and that the late warrior never resided in Abeokuta, the capital of what is now known as Egbaland.

The monarch said the role Lisabi played while alive was liberating the Egbas from Oyo Kingdom after leading a war that defeated enemies of the Egbas.

Oba Gbadebo said during the reign of Lisabi, his followers were scattered all over communities and villages, which now formed Egbaland after his death.

The monarch added that Lisabi died in 1730 and that he never resided in Abeokuta, the political capital of the entire Egbaland.

He explained further that Egba was founded in 1830, a difference of 60 years after the demise of Lisabi.

On the 30th edition of Lisabi Day Celebration scheduled to kick-off on February 29, the traditional said a statue of Lisabi would be unveiled.

Earlier in his speech, the chairman of the anniversary committee, Rasheed Raji, said the series of events to mark the day include gun salute at Olumo Rock, public mobilization by women, Woro dance, football competition, traditional games competition and school debate.

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