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Oduduwa was not Igbo prince – Oluwo

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The Oluwo of Iwoland , Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi , has said the founding father of Yoruba , Oduduwa was not an Igbo prince as claimed by Ohanaeze Ndigbo .

Oluwo described the claim as false and misleading , calling for Igbo to research on the adventure of their own Odudunwa .
Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a statement , in reaction to the claim by the Ooni of Ife Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi , that Igbo people originated from Ile – Ife , had claimed that Odudunwa ( last – born ) , later called Oduduwa was an Igbo prince who occupied Ile – Ife but the Yoruba regarded him as a god because he was very powerful and had magical powers .

But statement by the Oluwo ’ s press secretary , Alli Ibraheem , reads , “ The Yoruba nation was founded by Oduduwa. He brought the first civilisation , which is the crown. Oduduwa demontrated an unequalled leadership . He was shrewd , peculiar , unparalleled , unmatched , quintessential and different . He served his people and became a rallying point for his services to humanity . He gave us the best tradition , so respectful and obedient . The Yoruba culture is rich , very beautiful and unblemished . It emanated from Oduduwa. ”
The monarch added , “ History is rich , necessary and must always be objective , because it is a foundation for the future . Worldwide , Yorubaland is the source of every natural crown . Our crowns are divinely ordained and sacred . It was brought by Oduduwa. And we owe him a duty to defend everything about him ”
According to him , the fact that Odudunwa means last – born in the Igbo language does not make anyone bearing a similar name Igbo – born .

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Oba Akanbi , however , pleaded with Nigerians to focus on unity .
He vowed to protect the rich heritage of Oduduwa.

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