Oloolu Masquerade

Recalling the history and importance of one of the greatest masquerades in Ibadan and Yorubaland as a whole, the head of Aje family where the Oloolu masquerade originated, Chief Raheem Oyerinde, disclosed that their great fore father, Ayorinde Aje, who was a warrior along with Ogunmola, Ogbori-efon, Ibikunle, Oderinde, Oderinlo went to fight in OgbagiContinue reading “Oloolu Masquerade”

Brief History Of Susan Adunni Olorisa Wenger: An Austrian Olorisa Priestess 

Birth And Early Days: Born in the middle of the First World War (4th July, 1915) in Graz, southern Austria to Christian Swiss-Austrian parents, she had always been strongly attracted to nature. Even as a child, she spent a great she fell in love with the high intellectual society and gladly started to really expressContinue reading “Brief History Of Susan Adunni Olorisa Wenger: An Austrian Olorisa Priestess “

Olojo Festival: Celebration Of Deities In The Ancient City Of Ile-Ife

Gbajure! Gbajure!! Gbajure!!!  Ebo re a fin, etutu re a da…………………. These were sacred enchantments that often prelude the commencement of Olojo festival, as women from Eredunmi’s Compound enter into Ile Oduduwa to herald the arrival of Olojo festival, which can be described as the pot pourri festival of all deities in the ancient cityContinue reading “Olojo Festival: Celebration Of Deities In The Ancient City Of Ile-Ife”

The human alarm clock that wakes Oonirisa up everyday.

Omisore Lateef Oyewale Oderinde has the privilege of always being the first and the last person that sees the Ooni of Ife after his wife.  ​ Ooni’s praise singer Omisore Lateef Oyewale Oderinde goes to wake the Ooni up between 7.30 am and 8.30 am daily. He also announces the monarch’s arrival at any eventContinue reading “The human alarm clock that wakes Oonirisa up everyday.”

Olubadan Breaks 17 Years Jinx, Visits Alaafin Of Oyo

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji Aje Ogunguniso 1 Paid his first official visit to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi in his palace. ​ The Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi (right), Olubadan of Ibadan, Saliu Adetunji, and Agbaakin Olubadan, Lekan Alabi, at the Olubadan’s visit to the Alaafin at his palace in Oyo.Continue reading “Olubadan Breaks 17 Years Jinx, Visits Alaafin Of Oyo”

The Brief History of Osogbo

The early history of Osogbo is essentially the legendary account of the spirit-world; it is the history of the early people whom we call the spirits and fairies. This is in line with Yoruba traditions, which use mythical stories to explain the origins of the ruling families of an early Yoruba state. Osogbo according toContinue reading “The Brief History of Osogbo”


High Chief Fagbamila the first Aro of Akure Kingdom was born of parents from both Ilaro town (between Akure and Idanre) and Ijumu town in kogi state a few kilometers from Omuo Ekiti in Ekiti State. Aro Fagbamila relocated to Akure in 1710 during the reign of Deji Eyemoin (1705-1735). He came in company ofContinue reading “THE BRIEF HISTORY OF ARO CHIEFTANCY STOOL IN AKURE.”

History of Ila Orangun

Ila-Orangun was founded by Orangun Fagbamila Ajagun-nla, (the progenitor of Igbomina race) a son of the legendary Oduduwa. However, opinion differs as to how the people got the name “Ila-Orangun” for their settlement. A version goes thus: the name “Ila-Orangun” was derived from the two settlements, which resulted from two separate events in the lifeContinue reading “History of Ila Orangun”

Brief history of Shaki

late Okere of Saki Land, OBA (SHEIK) TIJANI ABIMBOLA OYEDOKUN II JP. Originally part of the old Oyo Empire, Shaki became a Yoruba refugee settlement after the destruction in 1835 of Old Oyo (Katunga), 70 miles (113 km) east-northeast, by Muslim Fulani conquerors. For those who are unfamiliar with its history, Shaki occupies a veryContinue reading “Brief history of Shaki”


One has been following the debate on the Ife/Benin connection that ensued as a result of the confusion brought about by the controversial “assertion” by the Omon’Oba Erediauwa, that Oduduwa was a Benin prince named Ekaladerhan who escaped being sacrificed by his people. This generated confusion raised the need to confirm what one had knownContinue reading “IFE/BENIN CONNECTION: THE RELEVANCE OF DATING AND THE BURDEN OF SMALLNESS”

Contrasting history of Oba-Ile and Akure.

Oba-Ile’s history is shrouded in mystery and is also intricately linked to that of Ile-Ife, the cradle of the Yorubas. Many Yoruba books dealing with the history of the origins or myths of creation of the Yoruba race appropriately refer to the importance of Oba-Ile (or Oba-Akure – to distinguish it from other Obas) asContinue reading “Contrasting history of Oba-Ile and Akure.”

Brief history of IJESHA and IJEBU-JESA: the origin

Ijebu Jesa which hitherto before now was known and called Ijebu Egboro is the ancient historic town in the east of Osun State, Nigeria and it occupies a strategic position in Ijesaland. In Ijesa division, it is the next most important town politically and in terms of history to Ilesa. Her Oba is the nextContinue reading “Brief history of IJESHA and IJEBU-JESA: the origin”