A socio-cultural group, Great Benin Descendants (GBD) has provided additional evidence, affirming that Oduduwa, was a self-exile ancient City of Benin Prince who became the Yoruba king (Ooni Oduduwa) I’m Ile-Ife in Osun State. Tracing Benin global roots and faulting the arguments of some researchers about Benin history, the Coordinator-General of the group, Mr Imasuen
A socio-cultural group, Great Benin Descendants (GBD) has provided additional evidence, affirming that Oduduwa, was a self-exile ancient City of Benin Prince who became the Yoruba king (Ooni Oduduwa) I’m Ile-Ife in Osun State.
Tracing Benin global roots and faulting the arguments of some researchers about Benin history, the Coordinator-General of the group, Mr Imasuen Amowie Izoduwa, asked that why did it take Oduduwa 16 years to master the Yoruba, if he was truly a Yoruba man and what does Oduduwa means in Yoruba language, according to writers?, he asked.
He canvassed this position while briefing the Media at the Weekend in Benin City, Edo State Capital.
But, the Yoruba historians had projected that Oduduwa was a progenitor of the Yoruba race which enjoys a wide range of uncertainty within the intellectual sphere.
Citing classical examples of events that took place from the ancient to the contemporary times heralding the Yoruba and the Benin kingship , Izoduwa said, Edo people were nor concerned in who originated from whom or who is culturally superior to whom, but, are concerned with the correct presentation of Benin history.
According to him, “as at the time of the reign of Ooni Oduduwa in Ile Ife in the 8th Century, Benin had existed several Centuries much earlier. This gives room for doubt how Benin could have sent and accepted a ruler who was the grandson of a King (Ooni Oduduwa) whose kingdom was still in the embryonic stage of perfecting monarchism. Oduduwa to the Benin could not be at this alta or sanctuary of resort and source of political inspiration, much less to act as a mentor to shaping the administration of an older kingdom like Benin”.
Izoduwa emphasized that Edo will continue to re-write it to make right all errors and deliberate omissions that were masterminded by the Yoruba historians.
“We are not concerned with or re-writing the history of the Yoruba people. The Yoruba’s are free to believe whatever they want about the origin of their own race.
“The Oba of Benin is a pure blooded Benin royalty that shares a long line of the blue blood of Ogiso, he is a direct descendant of Ogiso Ohuede, a branch of the Ogiso’s that continued into the Oba of Benin dynasty and in as much as we do not have anything that we are dragging with the yoruba’s, any attempt for them to force a wrong history on us will be vehemently rejected and push back at them.
“Nobody can compare the exploits of the Oba of Benin in the atlas of World history with a sit at home shrine keeper”, he said.