Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwo land, has caused a dispute after claiming that Yorubas are not originating from Ile.
The king asserted in a statement that the history of the Yorùbá tribe extends beyond Oduduwa and the city of Ile-Ife in Osun State.
He urged Yoruba ancestral home historians to be objective in their research and documentation, claiming that Yoruba ancestral home extends beyond Ile-Ife. Limiting study to Ile-Ife, he claims, limits Yorubas’ far-reaching historical brilliance and accomplishments, emphasizing that Yorubas are synonymous with distinction, quality, and greatness.
“Yorubas are naturally from greatness. Humanity started from us. We are the descendants of Lamurudu, the first mightiest man to build the tallest house. Our history is beyond Oduduwa and Ile-Ife. Limiting our history to the duo is tantamount to restraining our ancestors from great accomplishments and achievements of the past.
I challenge Professors of Yorubas to research on the origin and originality of Oduduwa. We have to objectively trace his lineage and origin. He came from somewhere before he settled at Ile-Ife.
This implies that Yorubas are not originally from Ile-Ife. In documenting the history of the Yorubas, all ancient crowns and stakeholders with genuine interest must be incorporated. We are victor, great and rich. Hence, we must establish our origin to be greater and richer than our forebears.
Yoruba ancestors/ancestral home, to be accepted, must be traced to pure, unadulterated Yoruba speaking ancient towns which their intonation can be device to write and pass Yoruba examinations with recognized bodies such as JAMB, WAEC and NECO.” he said