Yoruba Monarchs Without Ile-Ife Origin Are Not Real Descendants Of Oduduwa-by Deji

James Sowole in Akure

The Deji of Akure kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, on Saturday said any monarch in Yorubaland that cannot trace his origin to Ile-Ife is not a bona fide descendant of Oduduwa.

Aladelusi stated this in Akure while playing host to the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), who was on a unity visit to some monarchs in Ondo State.

Pointedly, Aladelusi stated that it is only those monarchs that can trace their origin to Ile-Ife that are real descendants of Oduduwa.

The monarch described the visit of Ooni to some paramount rulers in Yorubaland to preach unity and love as a welcome development that can bring the Yoruba race together.

He lauded the new Ooni for his exhortation of God at all times, his dedication to uplifting the youths and his mission of fostering unity around the country, especially among Yoruba Obas.

Aladelusi assured the Ooni, who he described as his father and that of the entire Ood’ua nation, of his kingdom’s total cooperation as they all originated from Ile-Ife hundreds of years ago.

“When I received your text message that you are coming to visit me, I was at a meeting then, and I can’t believe the text message due to the way you address me in that message, I have to read the message over and over. If you can respect me in such way, then who am I not to respect you.” ThisDay

2 thoughts on “Yoruba Monarchs Without Ile-Ife Origin Are Not Real Descendants Of Oduduwa-by Deji

  1. EvenEzer says:

    by Omo N’Oba Erediauwa | May 2004

    … it is historically wrong to describe Odua or Oduduwa as the “father and progenitor of the Yoruba kings.” The knowledgeable (and one may add, the honest ones) among Yoruba traditional historians know only too well that the person who came to be known as Odua or Oduduwa had only seven children with Oranyan (or Oranmiyan) as the last and youngest. It is also a known historical fact that by the time Oduduwa emerged in Ife, “from the east” as modem Yoruba historians usually put it, there were many Yoruba communities in existence and who had their leaders or “kings”. So Odua or Oduduwa could not have been the father of Yoruba kings.
    The mistake that modem historians (including Yoruba) made, as I have found from my own studies, is that they confused Oduduwa with Qrunmila, the bringer of Ifa divination. It was Orunmila who, according to traditional account, had sixteen children, each of whom he sent to rule over each of sixteen communities in his own world, among which were Ife and Ado (Benin).
    Furthermore, Oduduwa could not have been the founder of Yoruba kings because, of his seven children, one became lame, one developed hunchback, and another “turned to a river” leaving four able-bodied ones. Every babalawo (whom love of money has not tainted!) knows these accounts. Still on the extract quoted above, it is also a known traditional historical fact that it was not his eldest son, but the youngest that Oduduwa sent to the Benin people.
    That Oduduwa could not have been the father of Yoruba kings, or founder of “Yoruba race” as modem Yoruba historians now put it, is also borne out of the fact that the Ife account itself has it that there were five “rulers” in Ife before the advent of Oduduwa …

    … The next episode in Ekaladerhan’s (Oduduwa’s) arrival in Ife must be very interesting to present-day Ife people as it answers the Benin emissaries’ question as to how the stranger became the village head. The account is that a revolt broke out against the original settlers and the village head, who were said to be Ugbo – Ilaje. They were defeated and they fled to their original home in Ugbo. With the popularity Ekaladerhan (or Oduduwa) had established for himself as a powerful “medicine man” it was no difficulty at all for the victors in the revolt to invite him to assume leadership of the community as their new head, a position he accepted with humility. It is an historical fact known.
    I believe, to present-day Ife people, that the original settlers whom Ekaladerhan (Oduduwa) met moved away from Ife to a place called Ugbo,- a very ancient Ilaje town in Okitipupa area. Ife elders, especially the traditional title holders, must know the rest of the Ugbo episode as it affects Ife and Oduduwa because Ife people today perform a ritual festival that re-enacts the events that caused the original settlers including their village head to flee from Ife and Ekaladerhan (or Oduduwa) to become the head of the community. So that is Ekaladerhan (or Oduduwa) in Ife. …

    • That is a very interesting historical part of the history that you brought forward there. We will do more reasearch into it. Does it mean that Oduduwa came from the East? I also read from the late Professor Catherine Acholonu about some facts that Oduduwa has Igbo origin. perhaps, your account there could be factual indeed.

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