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Olugbo task scholars on pre-Oduduwa Yoruba history


Chairman, Yoruba Obas Conflicts Resolution Committee, Olugbo of Ugboland, Oba Obateru Akinruntan (Fourth left) with Committee members at the 8th Coronation of Oba Akinruntan at Ode Ugbo, Ondo State, yesterday. PHOTO: NAJEEM RAHEEM

The Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Frederick Akinruntan has charged academic historians to research pre-Oduduwa arrival at Ile Ife to end the controversy about the source of Yoruba as a people.

He said the research became necessary to correct ‘’significant part of Yoruba history that has been distorted by those who believe Yoruba as a people began with the arrival of Oduduwa at Ile Ife’’.

Oba Akinruntan, who spoke at the 8th anniversary of his coronation as Olugbo of Ugbo, regretted that the place of Obamakin Osangangan, who he said was leading the 13 communities Oduduwa met at Ile Ife, has not been duly recognised, noting that a research into pre-Oduduwa arrival in Ile Ife will clarify the historical facts.


The highpoint of the anniversary was the commissioning of the reconstructed house Obamakin Osangangan was said to have settled down after leaving Ife on the instruction of Ifa oracle.

Olugbo, who is the chairman of Yoruba Obas Conflicts Resolution Committee, said it was unfortunate that many libraries in Europe have “authentic history of Yoruba race, which has been distorted here. So, you need to travel to Portugal, Britain to get the fact. Our historians must see this”, he said.

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