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Oba Aderemi Sapoyoro Blasts Alaafin Of Oyo Over Oranmiyan’s Rulership Of Ile-Ife

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Oba Aderemi Sapoyoro Blasts Alaafin Of Oyo Over Oranmiyan’s Rulership Of Ile-Ife

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Sept 19, 2013 – Oba Aderemi Sapoyoro Blasts Alaafin Of Oyo Over Oranyan’s Claim On Ile Ife, Urged Yorubas To Shun Him

A popular traditional ruler in Osun State Nigeria, the Alayemore Olojudo of Ido Osun, Oba Aderemi Sapoyoro has taken a swipe at the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi over his claim that Oranyan aka Oranmiyan never ruled Ile-Ife.

Oba Sapoyoro, who expressed shock at the Alafin’s claim, alleged that Oba Adeyemi lacked the basic knowledge of Yoruba history expected of a traditional ruler of his stature.

The Alaafin had during the grand finale of the 2013 edition of Oranyan festival in Oyo declared that the people of Ile-Ife could not lay claim to Oranyan.

The controversy between Oyo and Ile-Ife over the celebration of Oranyan festival started in 2012 when the Alafin instituted the Oranyan festival in Oyo.

Oba Sapoyoro who spoke in a telephone conversation with Daily Sun yesterday referred Oba Adeyemi to a book on the history of Ile-Ife written by Prof. Akinjogbin.

He described the book as an authority on Yoruba history, adding that Oranyan ruled Ile-Ife as a monarch, adding that Oranyan’s nephew was also the third Ooni of Ife.

He said: “One of the revered authorities on the history of Yoruba land is the book entitled, ‘The History Of Ile-Ife’, written by Prof. Akinjogbin, and on page 255 of that book it is clearly stated that Oranyan was a monarch in Ile-Ife.

“Prince Oranyan came from the war front and arrived in Ile-Ife. Oranyan’s nephew, Obalufon Alayemore was the third Ooni of Ife before he moved to Ido-Osun and he later returned to Ile-Ife where he became the first Oonirisa of Ile-Ife.

“I will therefore refer Alafin to Prof. Akinjogbin’s book and also advise him to read other books on the history of Yoruba land for him to know better on the history of Yoruba race.”

Oba Sapoyoro, who is a close associate of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, stressed further: “for any body to claim that Oranyan never ruled in Ile-Ife shows lack of knowledge of Yoruba history. It also shows that such fellow is shallow and naïve in the knowledge of yoruba history.”

The monarch urged the Yorubas to discountenance Alaafin’s claim and advised the prominent royal father to search for the truth about the Yoruba.

[Daily Sun]



  1. ife nimi

    September 19, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    Oyo people call him oranyan but original ife natives call him Oranmiyan
    Do not blame alaafin bcos he wasn’t born in Ile Ife neither was he dt educated about history

  2. Aji

    September 19, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Who is this brat called Aderemi. Nobody in the whole world, not a Prof even your leader Oni dears not challenge Alaafin when it comes history of the yorubas bcoz ibi giga lan bójó he is not your mate in any ramification of life. He is the king that crowns kings and accept their prostrate. He is the greatest arbitar of yoruba history. Aji se bi oyo lan ri oyo ki se bi baba eni your mouth and retract this if you love your…….

  3. ng

    September 19, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Yoruba ppl an their tradition buhaha

  4. Gistyinka

    September 19, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Hmmm oba oyo always on the news…

  5. Kunle

    September 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Aji why are you taking it personal,the man is saying the truth and it shows you lack Yoruba history yourself too.

  6. Aji

    September 19, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Kunle:-) do you know anything about the seven children of okanbi and where they founded. I think you are the one ignorant about this not your NSK.

  7. Onas

    September 19, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Yoruba pls and Pls, can u stop dis and du somtin beter

  8. noshaken

    September 20, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    why dis rememba wil are one 1

  9. wale

    September 21, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    What an effrontery!alaafin institution has now become subject of ridicule among yoruba oba.In those days,oyo was the lion of yoruba and allies.Aside the oyomesi,whoever insult the alaafin of oyo perish.Anyone can express divergent views with him but bashing of Iku baba yeye.the king that crown kings,the king that dethrone kings,the king that accepts kings salute is a blow to yoruba traditional discipline and is unfortunate that such act is being commited by an oba who is expected to be a custodian to our culture and tradition.

  10. olufemi eluyemi

    May 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Pls we dnt need to be ague abt dis, just vissit ile ife @ oroto and see where oranmiyan staff is. Ask ur self dis, why oranyan or oranmiyan staff is in ile ife? Where was oranmiyan was buried? If they crown a new alaafin today, he must surelly come to ife @ opa oranmiyan to collect his own sword(ida).

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