Oduduwa

Oduduwa was the first Ooni, or king, of Ile-Ife. He held the titles "Olofin Aye" and "Olufe". His name, phonetically written by Yoruba language-speakers as Odùduwà and sometimes contracted as Ooduwa, Odudua or Oòdua, is generally ascribed to the ancestral dynasties of Yorubaland because he is held by the Yoruba to have been the ancestor of their numerous crowned kings. [1] Following his posthumous deification, he was admitted to the Yoruba pantheon as an aspect of a primordial divinity of the same name.

Oduduwa Statue
Ife bronze head (British Museum)
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Occupation King

About Oduduwa

Etymology

  • Oduduwa is the power of the womb, that brings forth into existence
  • Oduduwa represents omnipotency, the ability to affect and reconstruct the physical reality at will.
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