Alaafin Palace

Kings of the Oyo Empire

In ancient times, the Yoruba had not developed writing. History was kept by certain historians, kept at Oyo under the king. These historians handed down history through generations via their…

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Atiba Atobatele

Atiba Atobatele was the 36th king of the Oyo empire, succeeding Oluewu. He grew up at a time of decline and great upheaval in the empire after the old capital had been destroyed. He moved the…

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Ayibi

Ayibi emerged as Alaafin after the rule of an interim government headed by Basorun Iba Biri. He was the grandson of the immediate past Alaafin, Jayin, and son of the popular Prince, Olusi who died…

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Alaafin

Alaafin is the title for the traditional ruler, or Oba of Oyo town, whose authority from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century extended to great parts of the western Yoruba territory of old….

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Obalokun Agana Erin

Obalokun Agana Erin was the Alaafin of Oyo in the times when salt was first introduced to the empire. Obalokun was the first Alaafin after Oduduwa, reported to have made friends from beyond the…

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Kori

Kori was a son of Aganju who was the Alafin after Ajaka, a great-grandson of Oduduwa. Kori became the Alafin as a young man. His mother, Iyanyu had ruled in his stead until he was of considerable…

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Old Oyo Empire

Oyo in pre-annexation times, have had its people organized into a complex, highly structured society, having rules and unwritten constitutions. Had the British met them in this state, they would…

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