ODUDUWA WAS NOT A YORUBA MAN By Ndagi Abdullahi

Nupe Reverend Samuel Johnson wrote in his ‘History of the Yorubas’ that Oduduwa came from outside Yorubaland

Oba Obateru Akinruntan the monarch of Ugbo kingdom in Ondo State stated that Oduduwa was not a Yoruba man.²

And Dr. Jacob Abdullahi wrote that even the name Oduduwa is not a Yoruba name.³

If Oduduwa came from outside Yorubaland, if Oduduwa was not a Yorubaman, then where did Oduduwa came from and what tribe or ethnicity was he? Professor David Laitin wrote that Oduduwa did not come from Mecca or the Middle East.⁴

Dr. Constanze Weise wrote that the ‘Mecca’ mentioned in the Yoruba traditions actually referred to the Niger-Benue Confluence area of Nupeland.⁵

Similarly, Professor Bethwell Allan Ogot wrote that the ‘Mecca’ from which Oduduwa was said to have come actually referred to Nupeland.⁶

Then, Professor Bethwell Allan Ogot emphatically wrote that Oduduwa came from Nupeland.⁷

While Farouk Martins Aresa admitted that Oduduwa was of Nupe blood,⁸

both Professor David Laitin and Professor Bethwell Ogot categorically wrote that Oduduwa was a Nupe man.⁹

References:

1 – Johnson, S. (1921). The History of the Yorubas from the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the British Protectorate. Lagos: C.M.S. Bookshops, p. 3.
2 – “Oba Drops Bomb on Yoruba Nation…Oduduwa Not Progenitor” in Younewsng.com , September 17, 2016, http:// www.younewsng.com/2016/09/17/obat-drops-bomb-on- yoruba-nation-oduduwa-not-progenitor/
3 – Abdullahi, J. (2006). The First Nigerian People. Anyigba: Winners Studios, p. 20.
4 – Laitin, D.D. (1986). Hegemony and Culture: Politics and Change Among the Yoruba. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 111.
5 – Weise, C. (1965). Governance and Ritual Sovereignty at the Niger-Benue Confluence: A Political and Cultural History of Nigeria’s Igala, Northern Yoruba and Nupoid-Speaking Peoples to 1900 CE, A dissertation submitted for Doctor of Philosophy in History, U University of California, Los Angeles, USA, 2013, p. 170.
6 – Ogot, B.A. (1999). Africa from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century, University of California Press, p. 224.
7 – Ogot, B.A. (1999). Africa from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century, University of California Press, p. 224.
8 – Martins, F. (2017). The Ogiso of Benin and Ijaw Came from Ile Ife, Newsrescue.com, 28 August 2017, http:// newsrescue.com/ogiso-bini-ijaw-came-ile-ife-farouk-martins- aresa/#axzz4wFfhwEOl
9 – Laitin, D.D. (1986). Hegemony and Culture: Politics and Change Among the Yoruba. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 111; Ogot, B.A. (1999). Africa from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century, University of California Press, p. 224.

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