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The Opa Oranmiyan, or staff of Oranmiyan, is a granite monolith standing over eighteen feet tall that commemorates a legendary warrior, ruler, and progenitor. Said to have been the son of Odudua, the first divine king of Ife, Oranmiyan is credited as the founder of the Benin dynasties and the Yoruba Oyo kingdom. The age of the monolith is uncertain, but it is estimated to have been erected sometime during the first millennium A.D.
An important urban center in contemporary southwestern Nigeria, Ife’s origins can be traced back to around 350 B.C., when it began as a cluster of some thirteen hamlets. Ife holds particular significance to the Yoruba, a traditionally urban people who represent one of the largest ethnic groups in Nigeria and on the African continent. Spreading through the African Diaspora, Yoruba heritage has furthermore made important contributions to the cultures of Cuba, Brazil, and the United States. The many religious arts of the Yoruba have long served to mediate relations between worshippers and an elaborate pantheon of gods, and have more recently expanded to address the Muslim and Christian faiths. Yoruba peoples today maintain a plurality of views but remain linked by a common cultural heritage.
According to the Yoruba worldview, Ife is the place of origin of all humankind and is therefore of particular religious and political importance. Here the deities Odudua and Obatala, under instruction from the creator Olodumare, began the creation of the world. Obatala has become associated primarily with the creation of the first humans with clay, while Odudua’s legacy as the first divine king of the Yoruba is political. Yoruba monarchs still trace their lineage back to the founding of Ife, and it remains the seat of Yoruba sacred kingship. The Oni (King) of Ife, himself considered to be descended from the god Odudua, determines the legitimacy of all other Yoruba kings by assessing their right to wear royal beaded crowns.

In the latter half of the first millennium A.D., Ife began to
develop into a flourishing artistic center. The discovery of Ife’s now famous naturalistic bronzes, terracotta, and stone sculptures challenged European assumptions about the nature of African art and initiated significant debates concerning the antiquity of its past.
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Hello, What kind of nonsense is this? Why is that that some African are sometimes so proud that they lie to justify their pride. First you talk about West African Kingdom being 10,000 years old. Now Ife is about 2,350 years old (350 BC) and Oduduwa’s son founded Benin.
Let us agree for a minute that Oranmiyan (Spell) founded Benin. His son Eweka the first was born around 800 years ago and was first King of Benin, not Ogodomigodo ruled by 35 Ogisos before Eweka. This means that even if Oduduwa’s son founded Benin, he can not be more than 1000 years in historical age. If this is so, his father Oduduwa cannot be more than 1,200 years in historical age.

This also concludeds that ogodomigodo (Old Edo/Benin) that was ruled by 35 Ogisos MUST be older than Oduduwa. If the average Ogiso ruled for about 10 years, that will be a period of about 350 years between Ogodomogodo and the new Benin Empire. So, Ogodomigodo must be at least 1150 years. Since no man can live for more than 200 years, and Oduduwa, Oranmiyan, and Eweka are in the same period in time, then neither Yoruba or Oduduwa is more than 1000 years.

Please stop educating the world with all these lies. It is always easy to separate facts from pride. Africa already lacks credibility in many things, please do not let our folktales, history and facts also suffer the same fate. FACT is SUPERIOR to PRIDE. Thanks.

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