List of all Ooni of Ife to date.

by Adabanija Kamorudeen

LIST OF ALL OONI OF IFE

Various authors have various lists
The primary sources for the history of the Yoruba are from oral tradition. Since there were not ceremonial recitations of the list of the Oonis (at burial or at crowning), there are in fact several oral traditions, that have generated an unusual number of different written transcriptions. In what follows, #nn is the index of the Ooni in the A list (see table, column LA).

Books and research papers
Ojo Bada 1954 quotes 15 names for the Oduduwa to Lajamisan period.
Chief Fabunmi 1975 quotes 7 names for the same period.
Chief Fabunmi is known for his Historical notes.
Chief Fasogbon 1976 quotes 12 names for this period.
Chief Awosemo 1985 quotes 22 names from Oduduwa to Giesi.
Eluyemi 1986 quotes 41 names from Oduduwa to nowadays.

PLEASE MAKE COMMENTS TO GIVE MORE INFO, DO NOT ATTACK OBA OF BENIN OR ALAAFIN OF OYO OR THE OONI OF IFE.

The Ooni of Ile-Ife (Ọọ̀ni of Ilè-Ifẹ̀) is the traditional ruler of Ile-Ife. This Nigerian town is seen as the cradle of the Yoruba people. The Ooni dynasties go back hundreds of years. Because the oral tradition was only recently transcribed, there are several detailed lists that contradict each other. Nevertheless, some key figures are common to all of them. All the Ooni are traced down to Oduduwa, who is seen as the ancestral father of all the Yoruba people. Ooni Oranmiyan, who is said to have lived between 1200 and 1300 A.D, became legendary for his role in creating many new towns. One of his sons, Eweka, became the first Oba of Benin. Another son, Ajaka, became the first Alaafin of Oyo, other report said that Oranmiyan himself became the first Alaafin of Oyo. Another, Osile, of Oke-Ona Egba. Ooni Lajamisan, another descendant of Oranmiyan is often said to have opened the modern Ife history. The four actual Ruling Houses are named from Ooni Lafogido, Ooni Osinkola, Ooni Ogboru and Ooni Giesi. The first three were sons of Ooni Lajodogun, and the later a maternal grandson of Ogboru. The current Ooni is Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II (born October 17, 1974)

HERE IS A LIST OF ALL OONI THAT RULED IFE
PAST OONIS OF IFE
1ST ODUDUWA
2ND OSANGANGAN OBAMAKIN
3RD OGUN
4TH OBALUFON OGBOGBODIRIN
5TH OBALUFON ALAYEMORE
6TH ORANMIYAN
7TH AYETISE
8TH LAJAMISAN
9TH LAJODOOGUN
10TH LAFOGIDO
11TH ODIDIMODE ROGBEESIN
12TH AWOROKOLOKIN
13TH EKUN
14TH AJIMUDA
15TH GBOONIJIO
16TH OKANLAJOSIN
17TH ADEGBALU
18TH OSINKOLA
19TH OGBORUU
20TH GIESI
21ST LUWOO (FEMALE)
22ND LUMOBI
23RD AGBEDEGBEDE
24TH OJELOKUNBIRIN
25TH LAGUNJA
26TH LARUNNKA
27TH ADEMILU
28TH OMOGBOGBO
29TH AJILA-OORUN
30TH ADEJINLE
31ST OLOJO
32ND OKITI
33RD LUGBADE
34TH ARIBIWOSO
35TH OSINLADE
36TH ADAGBA
37TH OJIGIDIRI
38TH AKINMOYERO
1770-1800
39TH GBANLARE
1800-1823
40TH GBEGBAAJE
1823-1835
41ST WUNMONIJE
1835-1839
42ND ADEGUNLE ADEWELA
1839-1849
43RD DEGBINSOKUN
1849-1878
44TH ORARIGBA
1878-1880
45TH DERIN OLOGBENLA- He was a powerful
warrior!
1880-1894
46TH ADELEKAN (OLUBUSE I)- He was the
first Ooni to travel outside Ile-Ife to Lagos in
1903 when he was invited by the then
Governor General to settle the dispute
involving Elepe of Epe. All Yoruba Kings
including the Alaafin left their respective
thrones as a mark of respect for the Ooni.
They returned to their respective stools after
Ooni returned to Ile-Ife from Lagos. Oba
Adelekan Olubuse was nicknamed ‘ERIOGUN’;
Akitikori; Ebitikimopiri.
1894-1910
47TH ADEKOLA
1910-1910
48TH ADEMILUYI (AJAGUN)- He also was
reputed to be a powerful Monarch.
1910-1930
49TH ADESOJI ADEREMI- Very intelligent with
good foresight, he was invited to be minister
without portfolio when he ruled from 1951
to 1955. He was the first indigenous
governor of Western Nigeria. One of his most
laudable achievements was the establishment
of the GREAT University of Ife (now Obafemi
Awolowo University) at Ile-Ife.
1930-1980

50TH
OKUNADE SIJUWADE- He is the grandson of
Olubuse l (The 46th Ooni) from Ogboru
Ruling Family. Some describe him as ‘the
Royal Eagle’, Elegant, Self-confident, well-
informed and hardworking.
As the father of all, civic activities occupy
most of his time.
1980 – 2015
Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II
Giesi
2015 to date

THE PICTURE IS THAT OF OONI DERIN OLOGBENLA !!!!

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