A significant declaration, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has emphasized the historical connections between the Igbo and Yoruba races, asserting that the Igbo race has deep-rooted origins in Ile-Ife. The monarch made these remarks during a press conference at his palace in Ife, where he urged Nigerian academia to prioritize the accurate documentation of Yoruba history over the perpetuation of biased narratives.
Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi’s call for proper documentation of Yoruba history stems from his belief that it will not only promote unity but also uncover the shared heritage that transcends ethnic boundaries.
“We have good evidence to believe that the Igbo race has its roots here in Ile-Ife,” stated the Ooni of Ife. He highlighted the existence of an “Ile-Igbo” within the palace, which has been a part of Ife’s historical landscape for decades. Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi stressed the need for a meticulous and impartial historical account.
Crucially, the Ooni of Ife clarified that this initiative would not involve government intervention but rather a collaborative effort to assemble historical facts accurately. The goal is to provide future generations with a comprehensive and unbiased account of their shared history.
This proclamation by the Ooni of Ife underscores the importance of preserving and disseminating accurate historical records. As Nigeria seeks to strengthen its national identity and promote unity among its diverse ethnic groups, the call for proper documentation of history serves as a valuable step toward understanding the rich tapestry of its heritage.