Gberu was the Alaafin of Oyo after Ojigi, the indulgent father who died with his son, and immediate predecessor of Amuniwaiye, the king disgraced because of his affairs with his medicine man’s wife. Gberu hardly performed better than any of these two, for he was recorded as a wicked and superstitious king, whose delight was magic. His vain struggle with the Basorun appointed by him, Jambu, led to his fall. Jambu had been a friend even before he was Alaafin, but a cold war soon ensued between them. When the people of Oyo realized how petty he had been they quickly tired of him and provoked his suicide with that of his Basorun as well.

Tope Apoola
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