History of Yoruba

History that shows the heroic efforts of our great legends, which include, but not limited to Òrunmìlà, Obatálá, Ṣàngó, Ọya and so much more.

The History of the Indigenous Yoruba People

The History of the Indigenous Yoruba People is a very rich, profound and intriguing history much of which continues to be discovered every passing day.

Our ancestors have the traditional history of being, in the beginning of creation, the apple of the eye of the creator, revealed to us as ‘Olódùmarè’, the ‘Unending, Eternal Mystery’. He has always been known in a personal way to the traditional Yoruba person ever before any religion invaded Africa and Yorubaland.

The Yorubas have got a very long history with ‘Olódùmarè’ that transcends all other outside influences, a history that shows the heroic efforts of our great legends, which include, but not limited to Òrunmìlà, Obatálá, Ṣàngó, Ọya and so much more.

In modern times, our history includes the experiences of our forefathers in the hands of invading white colonisers, with specific reference to the British, who, through sheer guile and brigandage, plundered our lands and, eventually in the year 1914, amalgamated us into the conondrum known as ‘Nigeria’, forcing us into an uncomfortable union with other ethnic groups such as the Igbo and the Hausa. While we’ve got nothing against the Igbo, the Hausa, or any other ethnic group, as they are our fellow black brothers and sisters, we have not, over the years and decades, found the Nigerian enclave convinient for us – neither culturally nor economically.

A respite, at least on the surface, came in the 1950’s when Yorubaland, then known as “Western Nigeria” came into a limited sense of ‘self governance’ under the leadership of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, a modern-day legend who built the first television station in Africa, in Yorubaland, even ahead of France and certain other european countries having television. He introduced free primary education and was intending to extend it further to higher levels of education before ‘Nigeria’ destroyed that system.

Under Awolowo’s leadership, which continued into the early 1960’s even after he was no longer the Premier of Western Nigeria, Yorubaland established the University of Ife, a first-rate university in the entire world before Nigeria forcibly took it over, renamed it “Obafemi Awolowo University” (as though to placate us) while ruining the place through untoward policies.

Under the Awolowo leadership, either directly as Premier of Western Nigeria or as the acclaimed political leader of the West, farmers in Yorubaland enjoyed a major boost, especially in Cocoa trade as well as other major cash crops, such that the average cocoa farmer in Western Nigeria could readily afford to send his son or daughter to study in any university, anywhere in the world.

Awolowo built the first skyscraper in Africa, known as ‘Cocoa House’, under him, the western region had the best civil service in Nigeria, which paid better salaries than even the Federal Government of Nigeria, a reason why there were less Yorubas in the Federal civil service of Nigeria, back then.

Under Awolowo’s overall leadership (even when he was no longer Premier but still the leader of the Action Group, (the major political party in Western Nigeria), farm settlements were established all over Yorubaland with adequate amenities where government officials could live in the agricultural area of Yorubaland attending directly to the needs of farmers and engendering high-quality yields which, in turn, brought great income in the international market.

All of this came to an abrupt end when in the morning of January 15, 1966, Nigeria woke up to the news of the military having forcibly taken over the government of Nigeria and subsequently on May 24 of the same year, the military government abolished all regions. It was the beginning of the ever-downward slide of the Nigerian entity into unprecedented corruption, power-drunkeness and, eventually, the civil war of 1967 – 1970 which claimed millions of lives.

The year 1993 saw a supposed plan to return to civilian rule in Nigeria, with Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola (MKO Abiola), a Yoruba man, winning the presidential election but which was annulled by the ruling military government. One thing led to another and Abiola was eventually murdered in custody of the Military Government of Nigeria.

Self-Determination for an Independent Yoruba Nation

The sufferings in Nigeria, and specifically in Yorubaland, continued even after the so-called return to civilian administration in 1999.

Modupeola Onitiri-Abiola, back in the United States, later heard of agitations for an independent Yoruba nation, something she had prophetically predicted at the time of return to civilian rule because the military who handed power over to the civilians in the year 1999 refused to arrange for a people’s constitution but rather adopted a unitary constitution put together by a few pro-Fulani people led by General Abdusallam Abubakar, the military president of Nigeria at the time.

The Call to Lead the Yoruba out of Destruction

Initially, Modupe Onitiri-Abiola’s intention was to provide background guidance to the agitators and facilitators of the ‘Yoruba Nation agitation’, believing that guiding them, using her vast experience in international politics vis-a-vis the Nigerian situation, would be sufficient. However, as things turned out, it became obvious that not only were the assumed leaders of that agitation not truly working for Yoruba independence but rather for an ulterior political motive within the Nigerian system, but they also had nothing on ground to even mimick a true pursuit of Yoruba Independence.

This was the crucial moment in which Olódúmarè, the one in whom the Yorubas believe and who is known to speak to whoever He chooses to perform a particular task on behalf of the Yoruba people, began to nudge Modupe Onitiri-Abiola towards taking on the gauntlet of taking the Yorubas out of Nigeria, into our pre-colonisation existence as an independent sovereign people.

The journey began early in the year 2022 with the signing of a five-million signature petition of authentic verifiable indigenous Yoruba people, expressing their desire to exit Nigeria, and which petition authentically served as our Exit Referendum.

Following this was the formal Declaration of Independence of the now Democratic Republic of the Yoruba on the 20th Day of November, in the year 2022.

Hence, the Indigenous Yoruba People became free of Nigeria and set to bring in their first government, the Provisional Government, which will pave way for an elected government.