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Alaafin Of Oyo Fights Ooni Of Ife Over Insensitive Oranmiyan Comment

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Dec 17, 2012 – Alaafin Of Oyo Fights Ooni Of Ife Over Insensitive Oranmiyan Comment

The frosty relationship between Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III continued over the weekend, as Oba Adeyemi lashed out at Oba Sijuwade, describing him as one fond of distorting history and ignorant of the details of his ancestral roots. Oni had during the Centenary anniversary of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo held at the MUSON Centre in Lagos criticized Alaafin over the celebration of Oranyan.

He was said to have described Alaafin as not being connected to Oranyan, one of the sons of Oduduwa and so not qualified to celebrate him. Ooni was said to have stressed that Alaafin was reigning over a dead empire, saying that Alaafin was a rascally person and that “Alaafin is not Oranyan”, but he had kept his cool and went ahead with the Oranyan celebration, “which attracted many dignitaries from all walks of life in Nigeria and in the Diaspora”.

Oba Adeyemi while reacting at the weekend during the special birthday lecture organized in his honour by the ‘City People Magazine’, entitled: “Reviving Old Oyo Customs and Tradition”, delivered by a Portuguese national, Ms Paula Gomes (Alaafin’s Cultural Ambassador), the monarch said he had decided not to engage in altercations with Ooni any longer since former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo summoned him, the Awujale of Ijebu, the late Oba Oyebade Lipede and the Ooni to an all-night meeting, and everybody had agreed to cease fire.

He however said despite keeping his cool, Ooni had continued to castigate him and his traditional activities, adding that he had deemed it appropriate “to recall history, educate the Ooni and let the world know the truth.” Making reference to series of documentary evidence, Alaafin recalled that Oyo is superior to Ife in many ramifications, asking, “where did this Yoruba Language that we are speaking originate from?

Which language was used in writing the Bible? It is Oyo Language. Why not Ife language? Where else are they speaking Ife Language apart from Lagere Quarters? Why are the Modakeke people, who are living behind Ife not speaking Ife Language?”. Alaafin further said that he had confronted Ooni with various questions in the past, even before Chief Obasanjo at the meeting, but he could not answer them, “instead, he came with books that could fill three baskets”.

Alaafin said that, “In 2009, Ooni had rubbished the institution of Alaafin, but a year after when he was celebrating his birthday said Oranyan was his father’s ancestor. “How could you have denigrated your ancestors and later claim that you are a son of the Alaafin. Anybody who does not know his ancestral roots, who did not strive to learn about it, and does not learn from those who know, will continue to make mistakes and flounder in ignorance. That is part of Ooni’s inadequacies. “When we wanted to celebrate Sango, they said Sango is not Yoruba. Sango studied Quoran. He was the one that was first conferred with the title of ‘Akeugberu’. He was the first in the art of adjudicating justly.

When he was born, the umbilical cord that joined him with his mother could not be detached. Because they pulled it and it would not cut, it became the name ‘Afonja’. The glory, success and tradition of Yoruba started from Oyo”, the Alaafin emphasized. He added that Oyo state during the administration of late Chief Bola Ige (SAN) came up with a stamped paper recognizing Oranyan as the Head of the Princes and Princesses in Yorubaland, “and that Oyo dominated all other nations, namely: Ife, Ijebu, Egba, Ijesa, Sabe, Owu and so on”.

Oba Adeyemi equally said that when Messrs Richard Lander and McPherson visited Oyo-Ile in 1827, they concluded that what they saw in Oyo-Ile in terms of historical structures and rich cultural heritage was uncompared with what obtained in the old European world, while cautioning the Ooni against further distorting historical facts, which he said his (Sijuade) predecessor, Oba Adesoji Aderemi, did not do.

In his congratulatory address on the occasion, the Director, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Albert, said that the university was ever proud to associate with the Alaafin, who turned 74 on October 15, “being our able and reputable patron that epitomizes the rich African cultural heritage and an inspiration to all of us.”

[Source: The Sun News)

The battle of the monarchs…….



  1. Jael

    December 17, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Na them sabi

  2. edith coleman

    December 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Our both Obas should work for the progress and betterment of yoruba land instead of fighting over egos they’re into since Abiola Babangida days. Time has changed.They should see their Europeans conterparts kings. They work for the betterment of their european values.And this two obas should work for the betterment of the yoruba culture. It is the only culture that remain in Nigeria and West Africa. Let’s build the culture to its grandioso and leave those nonsense of words behind.

  3. fastmoney

    December 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    The king should take it easy among them self

  4. David

    December 17, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    What is wrong with all these Yeye Oba. What have they done for their poor pple in their domains? They were all allocated oil blocks and pple should remember Gani who said they thieves….Useless Obas.

  5. Fidget

    December 17, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    When Bukky dey primary 4 in ’94* all those na story

  6. sammyking

    December 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Both of them are very useless and senseless obas,if peopl we see and respect as our traditional leader are misbehaving what then do you expect from the so called politicians who steal our money and give to them to eat and say nonsense about their foore father which they never know anything about… Anyway all I have to say is that both of them should be the throne because they are not showing good example as leader that they both claim to be

    • Jamiu Oriade

      December 17, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      Samyking, you are the most foolish person I’ve ever seing if not you wont open your mouth to abuse our kings. I don’t think you’re yoruba and if yes I am sure you’re not from royal lineage. Even Bible and Quran told us to respect our leaders, but because you have know good leader in your race that is why you can open you mouth to abuse our respectable kings. If both of them are doing what is wrong we shouldn’t abuse them we only need to call there attention to there mistake that what we need from them is not fight but the true history of our race because of we young one and next coming generation. They should unite and lead us right.

  7. Prince Femi Adepoju

    December 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    I don’t understand the ONI again, where he is getting his story from? Long will u live and rule Alafin. Kadepelori ki Bata pe less, ase

  8. Jamiu Oriade

    December 17, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    You are one the bastard son of Yoruba, when you’re praising Alaafin now what do you know about the history before you ask where did Ooni get his own history, do you think if we start pulling Alaafin is entitle to that sit ? Or you think where Oyo is today is the real Oyo ? If you know the real story tell you king Alaafin to go back to Oyo ile and see if he will be entitle to the thrown if he does.

    • Hammed

      December 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM

      jamiu na who be your English teacer

  9. Master adewale

    December 18, 2012 at 5:24 AM

    @mr jamiu oriade.. Im realy sorri sir , u are not for settlement….. Y asultin some contributor cos of dere misdeed… In my own perspective… I huge both two kings, to settle d matter amicably, there conflict nw cant leat to any sucesfull junction….

  10. Adediran kabir Abimbola

    December 18, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    It is pertinent to state that “between two hostile people song are taken for insulting proverb” what happen is that i plead with both iku baba yeye to let the matter rest and accommodate peace.

  11. harbeehoolar hormolarah

    December 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    they should go & sleep……& respect eachoda

  12. aran

    December 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Make u na kill una self some ppl are wait forthe post

  13. Adeyemi Abdulahi

    December 19, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    @JAMIU or what do U̶̲̥̅̊ call ur self.Where are U̶̲̥̅̊ from I want to know because U̶̲̥̅̊ said Alaafin should go back to Oyo ile A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅ see if he will be entile to †ђξ thrown if he does? Please before U̶̲̥̅̊ say or write any thing please U̶̲̥̅̊ need to have fact A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅ a solid point to back it up. Did U̶̲̥̅̊ know †ђξ reason while ALAAfIN ATIBA migrated to New Oyo Ŋo̶̲̥̅̊Ϟ•̸ namely AGODOYO 1? Are U̶̲̥̅̊ telling me Ŋo̶̲̥̅̊Ϟ•̸ that if Incubent ALAAFIN go back to oyo ile they will dethrone him or what 2? Tell ♍ƺ who is entile to †ђξ sit 3? Please get dictionary A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅ check full meaning of Empire 4? Let me use ROME empire and MALI empire as a case study. Don’t think because A̶̲̥̅̊♍ bearing ADEYEMI has surname, go A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅ ask ur historian, IN Adeyemi family we are four in number 1- Agbonyin Onifunpa M̶̲̅γ̲̣̣̥ grand father. 2- Adeniran. 3-Oranlola. 4-Olukuewu. Let me tell U̶̲̥̅̊ go and still meet ur historian to tell U̶̲̥̅̊ †ђξ truth. M̶̲̅γ̲̣̣̥ Late grand father MOGAJI Adeniran, my father Senior Blood brother late salami gudu Mogaji incubent Alaafin before Aderoju Ŋo̶̲̥̅̊Ϟ•̸. Pls U̶̲̥̅̊ still need to consult ur historian pls.

  14. beadex.

    January 5, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    This kind issue self dey make man vex bcos wetin man dey think no even follow..if them like make dem slap themselves na dem sabi na my own follow me reach where I dey now so..if dem like make dem use pidgin right bible.abeeg leave me johr.

  15. beadex.

    January 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Shut up waiting u dey talk wey dey sweet ur mouth?he be like say u never suffer abi?if u dey where u dey hustle one rubbish people no go come dey use ds kind matter dey disturb ur peace…abeg go sleep.who be ur obas?if u post any rubbish comment again u go see waiting I go do you….go see hw our youths dey suffer for abroad there to survive, some dey for prison,some dey commit suicide bcos dey are hoppless. u dey there fighting for your obas.are they God?abi dem get 2 head abeg all of us we be dsame na only God be Oba awon Oba. Small time now all of them go die there body go return bak to dust all their wealth and position go vanish.. No be there dem dey wey everything spoil for there?wetin dem do abt am?abi dem blind?anyways am not surprise non of their children and even their grandchildren dey here..ul better borrow urself some brain make I no vex.

  16. Ogunleye Adedayo

    February 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    My people, all this is not an issue to me. They are not the first Oba’s to fight and they won’t be the last. Fighting between kings has been happening even before the bible was written, and after the bible was written. They are both matured kings, and the reason for their misundestandings both of them know it. They will settle it when nobody is there. Long live both of them.

  17. latoya

    September 8, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    thank goodness he survived it

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