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The Three Sacred Baba Obas (Fathers) of the Aláàfin of Ọyọ You Never Heard Of And The Mysterious Process Which They Use To Choose A New King After An Aláàfin Dies

Alaafin Adeyemi and Ona Isokun

The present Aláàfin of Ọyọ is His Majesty, Iku Baba Yeye, Kabiyesi Alaiyeluwa Ọba Dr. Làmídì Ọláyíwọlá Atanda Adéyẹmí III and his prestige as a person and of the ancestral throne he occupies is so enchanting that it has enthralled millions of adherents and admirers across the world. But what is

Meet Sarah “Aina” Forbes Bonetta the pretty Yoruba Slave who became Queen Victoria’s Goddaughter (Photos)

Sarah Forbes Bonetta was originally born ‘Aina’ in 1843 to Egbado parents of the Yoruba ethnic group. Her father was the high chief of Oke-Odan, an Egbado village in western Nigeria, till he was killed in 1848 when King Gezo of Dahomey , one of the notorious slave raiders in the

Yoruba Revolutionary War Chronicles- By Samuel Johnson (Part 2)

Reverend Samuel Johnson was a Yoruba Anglican priest and historian, his most popular book “the History Of The Yorubas: From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the British Protectorate.” was posthumously completed by his brother Dr Obadiah Johnson (the second Nigerian to qualify as a medical doctor) and published in

Ikorodu Expressway In The 1970s

Here is a picture of the Ikorodu Expressway in Lagos in the 1970s. Clean roads and light traffic. This area is around Ilupeju when going towards Palmgrove.   Here is what Marguerite Knoop has to say: And at the end of Ikorodu road one would take a left turn on Airport road. On

The Powerful Seven Members of the Ọ̀yọ́ Mèsì Who Can Force An Aláàfin To Leave The Throne And Make Him Commit Suicide And This Is How They Do It

INTRODUCTION Contrary to what some people might think, the Ọ̀yọ́ Empire was not an absolute monarchy. In fact, it was more of a constitutional monarchy with some democratic leanings, albeit the constitution was not written. The Yorubas developed a leadership system with inbuilt checks and balances and that it has endured for thousands

How Ooni of Ife Oba (Sir) Adesoji Aderemi I Stopped The Sooko of Itakun From Wearing A Beaded Crown aka Adenla In 1976 After Aláàfin Of Ọyọ Ọba Làmídì Adéyẹmí III Fired Him A Powerful Letter

A correspondence between Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, Alaafin of Oyo and Oba (Sir) Adesoji Aderemi I, the Ooni of Ife in 1976, on the SOOKO of ITAKUN in IKIRE in the attempt to wear Beaded Crown. “A CHARACTERISTIC DISPLAY OF ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE/CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROCESS EMPLOYED BY THE ALAAFIN OF

The Untold Story of JACOB ODULATE (The Blessed Jacob), The Man Who Invented Alabukun Powder Almost 100 Years Ago

Nigeria is the most populous black nation on earth but a serious look at its entrepreneurial history will show that not many businesses in the country survive the demise of the founder, while even fewer enter the next generation. A look at the businesses of the late MKO Abiola or

Egungun Ologbojo at its annual outing in 1988

This is Egungun Ologbojo at its annual outing in 1988, the picture taken by a photojournalist, Dan Ukana at Oke Arin, surrounded by his wardens. The masquerade, owned by late Nosiru Dosunmu, former Apena of Lagos, was beloved by elite people, and usually, draw large crowd on its outings. It

Oya, the powerful Yorùbá Orisa of the winds & tempests.

She is considered either the sister of the Orisha of storms Shango, or one of His three wives, with Oshun and Oba. She can manifest as winds ranging from the gentlest breeze to the raging hurricane or cyclone. She goes forth with Her husband during His thunderstorms, destroying buildings, ripping

What is Yoruba culture?

 Yoruba culture is an interesting culture which refers to the cultural norms of Yoruba land and the Yoruba people. There are different kind of interesting topics to share when it comes to culture in Yoruba land., these include; The FOOD they eat, MUSIC they listing to, there RELIGION, Languages, wedding,

Fela Sowande’s World of Music- by J. H. Kwabena Nketia

  Musical Profile  Fela Sowande perhaps needs no introduction. To refresh your memory and also for the benefit of the younger ones  who may not be familiar with his creative career, permit me to mention a few important factors that shaped his orientation as a musician and defined his world of music. Musical

Esu Is a Divinity of Crossroad (Esu Onile Orita)

Esu in Yoruba IFA religion is a God of cross road (onile orita). Esu is called different name in different tradition but all still refer to Esu. In some places Esu is known as Ellegua or legba.in Yoruba IFA religion Esu is believed to have at least 200 names all of

5 things to remember about Gbenga Adeboye

Gbenga Adeboye, late comedian and broadcaster popularly known as ‘Mr Funwontan’, hit stardom before comedy became a big industry. The ace broadcaster and master of ceremony, died on April 30, 2003, after losing the battle to a kidney-related ailment.   Here are five things we remember about the multi-talented comedian. HIS NUMEROUS NAMES At birth,

LATE SHEIK ABU BAKRI SHONIBARE. (1885. – 1970)

Shonibare, ma ba'ka re, Ika ko fe ki are'ru, k'aso, Ori eni, ni iso ni (Orun re). Sheik Abu Bakri Shonibare was the fourth and youngest son of Pa Jinadu Shonibare, a popular trader of the old Victoria (now Nnamdi Azikiwe) Street, Lagos, in the third quarter of the 19th century. His mother was

Biography of Oshoffa Samuel Bilewu 1909 to 1985

Introduction Following the scramble for Africa and the subsequent partitioning of the continent in accordance with the decisions of the Berlin Conference in 1885 [1], people of the same tribe, with the same culture and speaking the same language were forcibly and unjustifiably separated to conform to the wishes of the

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