TABOO or A BOO? Is the Oluwo of Iwo denting the Yoruba heritage with swag?

Oluwo of Iwo
Baba niyen....Does he send you??
Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi
Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi…
And this is a Yoruba King with his Staff in Jeans… Fab or nah?

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….

Oluwo of Iwo
Kaaaaabiesi oh…Baba niyen….Does he send you??

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 ….

Oluwo of Iwo Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi
…and his people love him !!!

Well, what can I say… me out oh….


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. ..

Omo, Oba Akanbi's Queen is hawt oh....Shebi you know she's Jamaican. didn't? Well, now you know
O boy…, Oba Akanbi’s Queen is hawt oh….Shebi you know she’s Jamaican. didn’t? Well, now you know

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  1. Iranu ati abasha! His conduct makes sheer mockery of the throne he is sitting on. How their oracle and kingmakers allowed this utter confusion to take place is beyond me. Looks like he even brought back a Jamaican as Olori. Coming to America tings.

  2. I think a better way to manifest his swag would have been to modernize and ‘funky-fy’ yoruba traditional wear, rather than just go completely western which is boring and lacks the individuality he is trying to portray. There are so many Naija designers out there that he could work with to create an original, urbane, trado-modern look to suit his style.

    • It may not be completely wrong if he’s not a king, but it’s wrong and against the position he’s occupying. He shouldn’t have accepted the kingship if he can’t uphold the traditions and cultures of the kingdom

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  4. Ile ife lorisun, Oba Adeyeye Enitan is the most swagz person I ever seen, but as soon as he ascend the throne of his 4fathers, he let all that swagz go and embrace our dear Yoruba culture and attire, even my Oba nla, late Oba Aderemi, being an Oba and the same time a governor, he never mock our tradition, he will always dress in his full Dandogo or Agbada wen traveling for a meeting in the white people’s land,. Kabiosi Oba Oluwo, with due respect, pls sir adjust ur ways sir, Esin Oba a je’ko pe o.

  5. One of the features of African customs, culture and traditions is their dynamism. They change gradually in response to global development and modernity. For this reason, I don’t see anything bad in the dressing style of the young monarch. He has only brought glamour and swagger into the ancient Iwo throne in order to enliven, illuminate and radiate the sleepy town with some touch of modernity. It is a welcome idea, I submit !

  6. It Hurts to see the way and manner the yoruba exalted cultures are gradually being eroded. Firstly. In the good olden days, the oracles(Ifa) is usaully consulted for a king to be appointed. And this is followed by all the necessary rites before the crowning of the king and only the Chief Priest has the right to hand over the staff of office to the king. But these days the State Chief Executive is the one that approves the to be king, and mostly the bigger your pockets are the better the chances of being selected. Then the handing over of the staff of office isdone by the same State Chief Executive who has stylishly assumed the duties of the chief priests. These has resulted in the Obas becoming stooges to the State Chief Executive and can not come out boldly to fight for the rights of their subjects all for the fair of being dethroned by those who have enthroned them. What a shame?.
    Secondly, in the good olden days when culture was highly respected, an Oba dances to only traditional drum called “GBEDU” But these days Obas have started dancing to all sorts musics, including galala with their crowns, royal horse tails and working sticks in their hands, this is shameful indeed. Some eve stoop so low that the dress casually in the evenings and visit drinking joints. This is a total disgrace to the royal stool. Yoruba Obas should borrow a leaf from the late Oba of Benin, the Omonoba Nedo, Uku Apolopolo of blessed memory, I sincerely want to implore the Ooni of Ife, Arole Oodua to please look into these things, and make necessary corrections and also make these Obas to stop disgracing the exalted royal stools of Oodua children. Long live Arole Oodua, Yoruba rase and Nigeria as a whole

  7. I thank you all for your comments about our newly crowned OBA- OLUWO of IWO, which happens to be my native Land, and also loved very dearly.Your individual comments, both positively and otherwise expressed are appreciated and taken on board. All you need to realize is that we the subjects love him dearly as our OBA, realizing that the beauty of the Cake is in the eating. What matters is ,”His People Love Him and He too loves his people”. You only need to travel round the whole world, and most especially to Europe, and see how Kings/Queens dress nowadays, except on very special occasions. Most of our cultures and traditions have all been blown off course as a result of the so called civilization,with little or no respects to elders, parents and the like; not even to our wonderful Yoruba Language; medium of expression being mainly in English in the whole of Nigeria-shameful!
    Politicians have become more powerful than all the Emperors, Kings and Obas worldwide, due one main reason, and that is, The Wind of Change.
    Let our charity begin from our personal home, that is Judge yourself before you judge others; a golden rule. We just love Him! Long Reign OLUWO OF IWO.

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