Yoruba History - Odùduwà
According to oral history, Odùduwà was the son of Lamurudu (one of the Kings of “the East”). During his father’s reign, Odùduwà acquired great influence. It is not clear why Odùduwà and his children left their homeland, but it is known that seven of his descendants established the earliest Yoruba Kingdoms. His eldest child was a princess who married a priest and became the mother of the Olowu of Owu Kingdom. His second child was also a princess who became the mother of the Alaketu of Ketu. His third child was a prince who became the Omo N’Oba of Benin Kingdom. His fourth child was became the Orangun of Ila-Yara. His fifth child became the Onisabe of Sabe, while the sixth became the Onipopo of Popo. His youngest child was Oranyan (Oranmiyan) who became the Alaafin of Oyo. Thus, Odùduwà is referred to as the progenitor of the Yoruba people as many Yoruba kings are his direct descendants.