See the 8 Most Powerful women in Alaafin of Oyo Palace – He knees to one of them

I recently published an article on the most powerful kings in Yoruba land, following the recent row between the Ooni of Ife and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.

One of the kings mentioned in that article was the Alaafin of Oyo. He is the ruler of Oyo, a position currently held by Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III ranks second among the Obas in Yorubaland.

The Oyo Dynasty dates back to the Old Oyo empire which recognises Alaafin as emperor. There are powerful people within the Oyo kingdom who very few people know about.

They are women who control the kingdom. In an article by Comsicyoruba titled: Ladies of the Oyo palace and another article by Abiyamo, 8 of the most powerful women were described:

aalafin of Oyo

The women beside the Alaafin of Oyo. Picture Credit: Abiyamo.com

1. Iyamode

Iyamode is the only person the Aláàfin kneels before. Whenever the Aláàfin goes on his knees before this influential woman, she returns the salutation by kneeling too.

However, she never reclines on her elbow while kneeling. She is one of the most senior eight priestesses inside the Aláàfin’s royal household.

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2 Comments

  1. SHEHU RASAQ

    May 13, 2017 at 9:14 am

    ALAFIN OYO LAND IS FIST KING OBAS IN YORUBA LAND IS NOT SECOND.OYO OGOO

    • Sunday

      May 17, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Whu tel u DT one mista man, where u read ur own history

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