The Oyo Empire was ruled by the Alaafin (king) who had a council of kingmakers headed by a Prime Minister (Bashorun). They were responsible for checking the Alaafin's power. The Bashorun could request the Alaafin's suicide by sending him a calabash of parrot eggs.
In the 11th to 15th century. The great Oyo kingdom in the south western area of modern Nigeria claims to descend from an exiled King of Ife. It is said today that the founder of Oyo state is known to be Oranmiyan, the son of Oduduwa, who was the founder of Ife.
Nigeria is well established with the largest population of Muslims in West Africa, and as estimated by the BBC in 2007, slightly more than 50% of the population is Muslim. More on the history of Islam in Nigeria can be found in the reference below. Islam got to Yorubaland around the 14th century. According to Al-Aluri, the first mosque was built in Oyo-Ile in 1550 AD although. The mosque was built only to serve the needs of the foreign Muslims living in Oyo-Ile because there were no Yoruba Muslims in Oyo-Ile
Early period (14th century–1535) Oranyan, the first oba (king) of Oyo, was succeeded by Oba Ajaka, Alaafin of Oyo. Ajaka was deposed, because he lacked Yoruba military virtue and allowed his sub-chiefs too much independence. Leadership was then conferred upon Ajaka's brother, Shango, who was later defined as the deity of thunder and lightning. Ajaka was restored after Sango's death. Ajaka returned to the throne thoroughly more warlike and oppressive. His successor, Kori, managed to conquer the rest of wha
The 10th Alaafin of Oyo was a female “king” that reigned Oyo in the imperial era, Alaafin Orompotoniyun Ajiun (usually referred to as Orompoto), was Alaafin of Oyo from 1554-1562. Her father was the 7th Alaafin of Oyo, Alaafin Onigbogi. When Alaafin Onigbogi was on the throne, Oyo was in Ibariba Land. After he died, his first son, Ofinran was crowned Alaafin of Oyo after him in 1512. After Alaafin Ofinran became king, he decided to move from Ibariba Land and move to the place where Oyo-Ile was later situated,
THE OYO MESI (KINGMAKERS) Alaafin of Oyo during Oyo-Ile era (old Oyo empire) wasn't a king, he was an Emperor, a deity! Even up till date Alaafin of Oyo’s power is paramount. The trio phrase of; ‘IKÚ BÀBÁ YÈYÉ” which is translated as; ” THE DEATH, THE PATERNAL and therefore the MATERNAL” won't mean anything to us during this modern Democratic Era but within the ancient Yoruba Days, it meant an excellent deal. Yet, as powerful because the Alaafin is, the system of state in Yorubaland is consid
History of Edidi in Kwara State Edidi is one of the ancient Igbomina communities in today's Isin Local Government Area of Kwara State, Nigeria. A Yoruba town, it is situated between Oro and Oke-Onigbin communities on Ilorin - Omu-Aran trunk road, being some fifty six kilometers from Ilorin and some eighteen kilometers to Omu-Aran. Long before the advent of the Europeans to the shores of what today is called Nigeria, a man named Aruwa had left Ile-Ife, the traditional origin of the Yoruba, with his family,
Nigeria is blessed with rich cultural diversities, over 250 local tribes and more than 1,000 dialects across board. With these statistics, the country can be said to be the citadels of cultural heritage. The various cultures in Nigeria have rich traditions, histories and backgrounds. However, heritage can be in form of monuments, ancient towns, historical places of worship and artifacts. Here we shall take a look at top six heritable sites in the Nigeria, all recorgnised by UNESCO. 6. Old Oyo Town - (800 Years)
The Old Oyo Empire was one among the strongest if not the strongest within the Yoruba mythology. Oyo-Ile because it was called then (not the fashionable day Oyo) features a lot of stories surrounding it, being the choosen place for several of the Yoruba gods and warriors, likewise kings and other people of great reputation. This brings us to the story surrounding Bashorun Gaa and his reign because the Prime Minister of the Old Oyo Empire. Bashorun Gaa was an integral a part of the Old Oyo Empire’s royal p
The Old Oyo Empire was one of the strongest if not the strongest in the Yoruba mythology. Oyo-Ile as it was called then (not the modern day Oyo) has a lot of stories surrounding it, being the choosen place for many of the Yoruba gods and warriors, likewise kings and people of great reputation. This brings us to the story surrounding Bashorun Gaa and his reign as the Prime Minister of the Old Oyo Empire. Bashorun Gaa was an integral part of the Old Oyo Empire’s royal politics. No story of Oyo-Ile would be complete
The history of gender equality and inequality in Nigeria can be traced back to the Old Oyo Empire in the 1550's when Princess Orompoto was crowned King because their was no male successor. Alaafin Orompoto was indeed like no other having carried out a successful transgender surgical operation on herself. She did this in other to convince the council of chiefs. Brief History Of How the events unfolded When Alaafin Ofinran died (father), her elder brother Prince Eguguoju succeeded their father. It was during
A group called Oyo Ile Investors Forum has donated a huge sum of N8 million Naira to Oyo State Government to support education in the State. The State Commissioner for Education, Prof D.K Shangodoyin on behalf of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde received a Cheque donation of N8 million Naira on Tuesday in Ibadan. The donation is geared towards ensuring that the final year students in the senior secondary get prepared for tertiary education. The cheque was presented by Oyo Ile Investors Forum to Oyo S
A Non-Governmental Organisation, known as Oyo-Ile Investors' Forum, on Thursday, called for an expansion of Oyo State's economy through investments from foreign and local investors. The NGO which said that Oyo State has grown in the spate of two years, to clinge the fourth richest state among other states, also called on patriotic investors to join the forum in expanding the State's economy.
Pictures- How Ancient African Temples Spirituality Impacted The World's Scientific Research And More
If we decide to ask one of the reasons African Continent of 54 countries is not really developing like her counterpart in the rest of the world. We would go back to how our forefathers developed everything they did and used. The religion, the temple, the foods, the herbs, the science, the arts and culture, etc. The ancient African temples also served as learning centers, universities and even banks apart from its religious purposes. Many of the deities were actually also scientific / natural elements or custodians
Old Oyo National Park is one of the national parks of Nigeria, situated just about 51 km north of Ibadan city. The central part of the park has scattered hills, ridges and rock outcrops that are suitable for mountaineering. The top attractions of the park includes the relics of the old city walls of Oyo Ile, the great Agbaku cave, the “Kosomonu” hill, the old Akesan Market, Alaafin’s Palaces with crucibles of pottery used some centuries ago. These are situated at the northern end of the park. The rest