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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Ile-Ife Ancient Yoruba City Southwestern Nigeria

Ile-Ife Ancient Yoruba City Southwestern Nigeria

Ile Ife is said to be dated back around 500 B.C. when it was founded and is the oldest Yoruba city.
Ile Ife is said to be dated back around 500 B.C. when it was founded and is the oldest Yoruba city.

The Ooni of Ife is the traditional head and is highly revered amongst the Yoruba.

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Ile-Ife is the ancestral and spiritual home for all Yorubas.

Yoruba weavers
Yoruba weavers c. 1939

The Yoruba are one of the three largest ethnic groups of Nigeria, also living in Benin and northern Togo. Yoruba have traditionally been among the most skilled and productive artisans of Africa.

The Yoruba city of Ile-Ife has a powerful religious significance as the site of the earth’s creation according to Yoruba mythology.

Interesting facts about Ile-Ife

·        Ile-Ife is one of the oldest towns of the Yoruba people.

·        Ile-Ife is considered by the Yoruba to be a holy city and the legendary birthplace of humankind, it was held to have been founded by a son of the deity Oduduwa.

·        Ile-Ife is the chief religious centre for the Yoruba.

·        King of the Yoruba also known as Oranyan, was a Yoruba king from the kingdom of Ile-Ife.

·        Opa Oranmiyan or Oranmiyan’s Staff in Ile-Ife was constructed by the family of Oranmiyan Omoluabi Odede the Great Prince of Ife and King of the Yorubas as a commemorative monument at the place where he died. This was to be around the year 1300.

·        According to oral traditions, Opa Oranmiyan was used as a walking stick by the giant Oranmiyan.

·        The person in charge of the monument in Ile Ife today is called the Akogun of Ife, Akogun meaning the Brave Warrior.

·        Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ife was founded in 1962 as the University of Ife but christened by the Federal Military Government as Obafemi Awolowo University on May 12, 1987.

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