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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Ooni Of Ife And Olugbo Of Ugbo In War Of Words

There is an ongoing battle of supremacy between the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Obateru Akinruntan, over which throne is the monarchical seat of power in Yorubaland and the origin of Oduduwa, the so-called progenitor of Yoruba people.



Oba Akinruntan also attacked the Ooni of Ife for describing Moremi Ajasoro as a heroine.

The Ugbo monarch disagreed with the Ooni, who described Moremi as a goddess and recently built a 42-foot statue in her honour.

To the Ondo monarch, Moremi was a traitor who betrayed her husband, Osangangan Obamakin.

But in a swift reaction, the Ife monarch said Olugbo did not have deep knowledge of Yoruba history.

The Olugbo, in a statement issued by the Olugbo-in-Council, said, “We, the Olugbo–in–Council, found such (Ooni’s remarks about Moremi) unguarded statements and historical fallacy disturbing, particularly when such emanated from a monarch who is expected to be a custodian of history, customs and traditions of Yorubaland. We hereby state categorically that we are Ugbos, the aboriginal settlers and owners of Ile-Ife.


“Our forefathers descended from heaven, that is why we are called ‘Ugbo Atorunwo.’ We are not Ibos (Igbos), who are from the South-East, and who have their own clearly researched and defined ancestry. To set the record straight, Moremi remains a traitor. She was a slave captured by Ugbo warriors during one of their many raids on Ile-Ife. She later became the wife of Osangangan Obamakin, the son of Oranfe, of who was the paramount ruler of over 13 aboriginal communities of ancient Ugbomokun, which later came to be called Ile Ife.”



The statement said further, “Oduduwa came to Ugbomokun as a stranger and was welcomed in Ilero, the aboriginal palace of Osangangan Obamakin, which is still in existence in present-day Iremo, in Ile Ife. During the dynastic struggles, Osangangan Obamakin was directed by the oracles (Ifa and Osanyin) to leave Ile Ife. Moremi betrayed her husband’s trust when she exposed the secret of the Ugbo warriors’ gallantry.”



“Popular history states that Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Ooni, migrated from the East/Mecca. In another account by the Oba of Benin, recently, Oduduwa came from Benin. We ask that the Ooni should confirm his ancestral roots. It is also of importance to note that in the ancient custom of Yoruba, an incumbent king must have no living father. Also, no man from a female lineage of a ruling house is qualified to sit on the throne.”



But Oba Ogunwusi, who spoke through the Director of Public Affairs of the Ooni’s Palace, Moses Olafare, said the Ooni would not dignify the Olugbo with an answer because he was more focused on achieving unity among all Yoruba people and would not allow himself to be distracted.

The Ooni insisted that Moremi was a heroine, who deserved accolade because of the role she played in the liberation of Ife people from some “faceless terrorists.”


He said, “This outburst of Olugbo can only be viewed by well-meaning people as a pitiable act of absurdity that doesn’t deserve serious attention by serious people. How on earth could a Yoruba king refer to Moremi as a traitor because she used her power as a woman to liberate her people from incessant invasions by some faceless terrorists?



“Most paramount on the mind of His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, with the unflinching support of the Alaafin, baba; the Awujale; the Alake; the Orangun; the Deji; the Ewi; the Osemawe; the Olubadan; the Oba of Lagos; and other relevant peace-loving monarchs in Yorubaland and in other parts of the country is and remains the much-needed progress of Yoruba nation which can only be achieved through peace and unity.


“It is a pity that at this time when everybody is tired of retrogressive royal discord, the Olugbo, who claims to be the Chairman of Yoruba Obas Committee on Peace and Reconciliation, has suddenly without a deep knowledge of Yoruba history, woken up to see royal controversy as the only tool for cheap publicity.”

from punch.



38 comments:

Chike TEFLON said...

Royal war?
Ama say nothing...
Ama sit back and watch...
Let the war begin

Chidinma Gift said...

Na people wey don chop bellefull dey do this one

Rocky said...

In truth, Moremi was a traitor who allowed the end justify the means.
...but on second thought, I wouldn't refer to her as a traitor, more like a spy.

CHI EXOTIC CHI EXOTIC said...

Wow!
I kind of find this interesting
If only someone here could tell us the real story.
Who's wrong and who's right?
The Oni or Olugbo?

Brown Sucre said...

Hmmmm

Anonymous said...

The last paragraph said it all. Wot does Oba Akinruntan know about history after buying the throne he's occupying with money. Pls move away with your negativity and let peace reign

Lizzy Berry said...

I remembered reading moremi a play... A feminist book,,, moremi was a heroine

Mosi Jubelo said...

Fighting over someone who died years ago

calabar chick said...

Issokay!
Moremi is being worshipped all over by the yoruba's, is it possible she was a traitor and people still find her worthy to be worshipped?
#confusedmuch#

DonMayor said...

Obateru juba fun Oonirisa.
Obateru se jeje o, ile nyo. Eni to ba junilo, o le j'eni nu.

lastborn said...

Who supremacy help.

KIDJO said...

The Ulogbo is right about the Oduduwa origin..."Oduduwa came as a stranger to Ugbomokun and was welcomed at Ilero"..so where was Oduduwa coming from? Oduduwa came from Benin when he was trying to run away from Benin after his stepmum changed the words of the Oracle that She should be killed in order for the king to ve more kids but she changed it to Oduduwa should be killed.But Oduduwa was freed by the people who were supposed to kill him because they knew the true words of the Oracle which was to kill his step-mum and not him..they told him to run away and never return to the land of Benin so he won't be killed.That was how he ran away until he came across certain people.So that's how Oduduwa the supposed stranger came to settle down in a yoruba land.but the yorubas will never accept this.Now see them fighting among themselves cause the Oni of Ife simply don't want to admit the truth that they re from Benin..πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

Kachi said...

Me I don't know anything about their tradition so I will rather be reading and learning from them

peace maker said...

πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ confused yoruba people. They can't even agree on the forged story they will adopt as their history.

QUEEN AMY Loves ACCESS BANK said...

Hian please how will this help us to come out of this recession

Esther Okoro said...

Na them sabi.




God Bless Everyone.

OmoBee said...

Different versions of history. But Oba Ulogbo should keep quiet when Onirisha is talking.

peace maker said...

Oduduwa came from the East/Mecca ?
But I hv read another popular version of yoruba history that stated that Oduduwa came down from the sky using a rode.There is also another version that he is a Benin prince.
It is either there are two or three oduduwas or the whole yoruba history is pure fiction.

St.FranKooL.... said...

#Just try your best. Not everything is in your control, just do what you can and the rest will fall into place*

SUNSHINE said...

Them don give you food.
Idiot.

Lizzy T said...

I didn't read to the end but I just so much dislike this olugbo king. He feels cuz he has a lot of money, other obas should be worshipping him. If you are an ordinary oba of a small town, you dare not cross his path or even dare to sit close to where is he seated. I used to like olugbo but when I got to know more about him, I discovered he is just a proud and boastful man who feels he can talk to nybody how he wants. I would only urge oonirisa to ignore him.

Chiquita bonita said...

Ette mbok what is ur own history oh..I bet u use left hand to point at ur father's house.ishi mkpo

Sisi Caro said...

Trouble maker James

DonMayor said...

Small rat. I noticed you at last. I hope you have dropped your ancestors name fpr the free give away.
I know that's the main reason you are jumping upandan like a headless chicken.

DonMayor said...

You don bath ?

peace maker said...

*a rope

Anonymous said...

Such a twisted story...Where did you get your dead history from. Shut up and stop talking nonsense if you have nothing to say.

stephan said...

This old people embarrasing us like it's blessing.

KIDJO said...
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Anonymous said...

Anon.12:41.Funny enough,She's right.At least she knows her history unlike you confused lots...The Yorubas.

KIDJO said...

Anon.You should ve used your id if you re tgat bold..you blog coward...

KIDJO said...

Don coward..shut up.Why re you pained? Confused goat like you.You think everyone here is a begger like you.Some re givers because givers don't lack..Discipline your uncouth mouth before I'm forced to do that for you beast.I'm not like other bitches that will cower because you re a man without balls.

KIDJO said...

Oduduwa is from Benin..The Yorubas don't want to admit this hence the confusion in their midst ad to where he originates from.

KIDJO said...

You can say that againπŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

Morgana said...

The problem with African history is that they were not written and so there was a lot of falsification and distortion since a lot of this stories were passed down from mouth to mouth (oral tradition) Apart from Egypt where there was hieroglyphic, a lot of the African history we read today were written by the white man. What a shame to the African race.

Morgana said...

No tribe in Nigeria agree on their origin, even the ibos have different account of how and where they migrated from, so also, the yorubas and the hausas and every other minority group in Nigeria and indeed every tribe in Africa. Our fore fathers were not lettered and there were no written record of historical events....those who wanna fight over history should continue oh....as a graduate of HISTORY, I have my facts, so don't come and hibernate under my comment oh....Africa had no written history b4 the arrival of the white men...get over it people

Anonymous said...

See how Ooni burn the olugbo!

Ubiwe kabetu said...

'Africa had no written history b4 the arrival of the white men in Africa'-Pathetically ignorant statement from a misinformed student of history.While you may be a student of Eurocentric history of Africa,you are hardly a student of authentic African history and may not even know when the maiden contact by whitemen with Africa occurred.Does medu nedar writings of ancient Africans, called hieroglyphics by the Greeks that predates,by thousands of years, the European/Roman alphabets, that you have learned mean anything to you Morgana? Go visit the numerous pyramids and temples in Sudan,menroe,Ethiopia and elsewhere along the great Nile valley,you will behold the medu nedar,amharic and other indigenous African writings other the recent Roman alphabet of 118AD that colonialist forced on you,their slave and brainwashed you and numerous native Africans that you were being'civilized'.True research will uncover the systematic documentation by ancient Africans of their history,science,study of arts etc.man/woman know thyself

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