Olowere of Ise. The foremost Yoruba sculptor

Olowe of Ise (1875-1937), was the greatest Yoruba carver of the twentieth century. Olowere, now known as Olowe of Ise, was born in Efon-Alaiye, but in his youth, relocated southeast, to Ise, Ekiti. Under the patronage of the traditional ruler, Oba Arinjale-of Ise-Ekiti Kingdom, he began a program of architectural sculptures that established his artisticContinue reading “Olowere of Ise. The foremost Yoruba sculptor”


Kiriji War was the decisive war that prevented Ijesas and Ekitis from being subjugated by the Ibadan bullies. It was the war that put an end to all manners of wars and semblance of wars in Yorubaland. It is a war that restored the dignity of certain parts of Yorubaland. Kiriji War was a battleContinue reading “IKEJI WARRIORS, IJESA/EKITIPARAPO ARMY AND KIRIJI WAR TRIUMPH”


The late Chief Ogedengbe Agbogubgboro, the Generalissimo of Ekiti Army was born at Atorin, a village about twenty kilometres from Ilesha in the now Atakomosa East Local Government areas. This was his mother’s village; his father’s village was Oke-Orisa which is about the same distance from Ilesha and in the same present day Local GovernmentContinue reading “OGEDENGBE AGBOGUNGBORO”

Oduduwa: Saving history from ethnic propaganda   CHUKWU EKE Lagos, Nigeria

  I do not know why the Yoruba are so unsettled by the recent claim made by the Oba of Benin to the effect that Oduduwa was a felon expelled from Benin kingdom. The story is not new. The Bini have known and told it before now. I know because I heard it two years ago fromContinue reading “Oduduwa: Saving history from ethnic propaganda   CHUKWU EKE Lagos, Nigeria”

Yoruba and Benin Kingdoms: The missing gap of history By Kunle Sowunmi

THE statement credited to Oba Erediauwa Omonoba UkuAkpolokpolo, that the Yoruba race originated fromBenin Kingdom, was very rich in details and calls forre-examination by historians of high repute from allthe Nigerian Universities and recognised institutionsnot from uneducated and bias sources of chambers orshrines of some Obas or traditional rulers aspresently being envisaged or contemplated. ThestatementContinue reading “Yoruba and Benin Kingdoms: The missing gap of history By Kunle Sowunmi”