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.
 Following his posthumous
deification, he was admitted to the Yoruba
pantheon as an aspect of a primordial divinity of the same name.
|Ife bronze head (British Museum)