In Yoruba land, an Oba (King) is seen as a demigod, who is expected to richly and resplendently radiate everything Yoruba represents in tradition, culture, language, dressing, rites, and such likes. One of the standout strengths that spines the Yoruba culture is its sheer depth via its diversity and richness, and that fact is seldom joked with.
Now, an Oba, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi is (about to start) trending.
The throne Oluwo of Iwo is among the leading traditional rulers in Osun State, Nigeria because of the importance of Oluwo stool in Yoruba history. According to the hierarchy of traditional rulers in the Osun State Council of Obas, the Ooni of Ife is the Chairman of the council while the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland and Orangun of Ila are Deputy Chairmen. The Ataoja of Osogbo, Timi of Ede, Oluwo of Iwo and Ogiyan of Ejigbo are Vice Chairmen.
The fine young Oba has been seen online going the swag way with his responsibility as a Yoruba Oba, as he is seen wearing supposedly non-Yorubaish, non-Obaish attires at the same time holding on to his ritual Opa-Ase (Staff of Office)…and this hasn’t gone down well with a portion of some “proud” sons and daughters of Yoruba land who has tagged the Oba as “not representing”. LOL….
Some have said he is denting and disrespecting the depth of the Yoruba heritage by “turning up turnt” (haha) in such attires instead of being seen in the full panoply of Oba-like regalia ….
Well, what can I say…biko..help me out oh….
TABOO or A BOO?
Is Oba Adewale Akanbi free to wear whatever he wants as an Oba, or is he trampling on the pride of Yoruba culture with his unbeknownst vestiary swagger?
Your views please. ..
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