It was a triumphant journey. On the last day of July 2016, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, Ilufemiloye Telu 1, embarked on a journey to Iwo’s root in Ile-Ife. He was accompanied on the journey by many prominent sons and daughters of Iwoland. That journey has been mis-interpreted in some quarters. Speaking on the historic journey in an interview with WESTERN POST, the Oluwo of Iwo said the journey was to let the people of Iwo “know where they are coming from and where they are going”. He said he has no problem with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, whom he called his “brother from the same father.”
Oba Akanbi said Iwo merely shifted from the paternal side in Ife to the maternal side to change the future of the ancient town. “Iwo was believed to have migrated from Obaloran Family, a chief who was upgraded to Obaship status, during the reign of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade. But Iwo is actually a direct son of Luwo Gbagida.
“For now, only the sons of Lajodogun (and this happens to be gazetted in the declaration of the rotation of the revered Ooni stool) can venture to lay claim to the stool. Many kings come from Ife but not everyone has a ruling house.
“You must have a ruling house in Ife, and for now as a bonafide son of Ooni Luwo Gbagida (May God bless her), only Iwo has a ruling house in Ife. Osikola, Ogboru, Giesi and Lafogido are all from same family and we should not see ourselves as divided people.
“We should see ourselves as one. Ooni Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi is my brother from the same father and I wish him all the best. I wish him a fruitful reign; I wish him long life and prosperity. But what we did is to let my people know where they are coming from and to know where they are going. It’s not about me, but about the future of our people.
“The only instance close to the journey and declaration we made happened over 1,500 years ago when Oranmiyan came back to Ife, but he was only able to come during the time that you have to fight and he achieved the feat. But it’s now the time of law and gazetted declaration.”