Itsekiri people

Itsekiri are a small ethnic group in southern Nigeria, numbering just over 30,000 in 1952. Due to the position of their homeland- western area of the Niger Delta and the estuary of the Benin…

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Akoko people

Akoko people occupy the hilliest and most rugged part of Yorubaland, a phenomenon which historian, S.A. Akintoye posits, is an explanation for the great cultural diversity found among the group….

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Ekiti people

Ekiti people are subgroup of the Yoruba, historically occupying the Ekiti country, which was made up of 16 kingdoms- Otun, Ikole, Ado, Oye, Ijero, Ido, Ikere, Ise, Emure, Effon, Okemesi…

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Jayin

Jayin was the Alaafin who succeeded ‘Karan the cruel’. Jayin’s petty lifestyle which appeared to be dedicated much to pleasure caused the nation to look up to his kind and generous son,…

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Asara

Asara is traditionally known as Oduduwa’s appointed priest in Mecca who extended the worship of multiple gods to the disdain of Moslems, who were at the time, subdued. Asara’s son, Braima, who…

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Arugba-Ifa

Arugba-Ifa was the mother of Onigobi, the Alaafin and one of the several wives of Oluaso, whose reign was among the most successful in Oyo Empire. She was instrumental in the introduction of Ifa…

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Amuniwaiye

Amuniwaiye was the Oyo king, appearing to be he only good Alaafin after many short despotic reigns. The hope of his people in him however did not take long before it was dashed. Amuniwaiye, though…

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Ajanlapa

Ajanlapa was the brave warrior whose self-sacrificing, patriotic act incidentally overturned the war waged by Lajomo, king of Nupe land in favor of Ajiboyede, Alaafin of Oyo’s army. Oyo warriors…

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Agboluaje

Agboluaje was the second Alaafin to reign during Basorun Gaha’s dictatorship. Unlike his immediate predecessor he was agreeable to his patron, Gaha and was allowed a relatively long reign….

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Iyayun

Iyayun was the Reagent to the throne of Oyo after the demise of the fifth Alafin, Aganju. Iyayun was the daughter of the Onisambo, whose name was also Aganju. She was forcefully taken into…

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