Friday, August 1, 2008

Ile Ife: The Origin of the Yorubas

With Thompson as our ride and guide, we set out to visit Ile-Ife (Old Ife) which is said to be the birth place of all Yoruba people. All Yoruba chiefs and obas trace their descent from Oduduwa-the first mythical ruler of Ife and the founder of the Yorubas and they regard the reigning oba of Ife as their ritual superior.

Thompson studied in the University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University) which has a sprawling campus with a well stocked book shop and a musuem of natural history! We also visited the Ife Musuem where we bought a lovely replica of Nok terracotta (earliest civilization in Nigerian soil dating 500 BC). You can see the ornate entrance of the current Chief's residence!

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