Dr. Jacob Abdullahi
E-BOOK: The First Nigerian People (First Edition)by: Dr. Jacob Abdullahi
There is no doubt whatsoever that Oduduwa is the progenitor of the Yoruba people. Controversy about the origin of Oduduwa should be clarified judging by the Igala oral history. Oral history is passed from generation to generation through story telling (alo) song (eli) and proverbs (ita or akpo). The fact that the white settlers initially wrote our history for us made it very clumsy and unbelievable the level of distortion came from the persons that narrated the story. Because of the varying opinions about the personality of ‘Oduduwa’, there is therefore a compelling mandate to put the fact on the table of public opinions for accurate and intelligent assessment of these bare pieces of information.
Oduduwa is believed by the Igalas to have originated from Benin- the present Edo state capital (Bini Kingdom). His real name was Ekaladeran. Igala kingdom share boundary with Benin. In fact, it is the river Niger that separated in parts the two great kingdoms.
Instance of Igala/Benin kingdom relationship are too remarkable to be ignored. Taking into account the difference in the two languages, a closer study of the two courts at Idah and Benin, would reveal more evidence to prove the connection of the two kingdoms.
Publisher: Winners Diagnostic and Resource Center
Publish Date: 2017
Page Count: 84