In what could be described as reawakening and restoration of Yoruba History and Culture, eminent Yoruba Leaders of thoughts, including the President-General of Yoruba World Congress, Prof. Banji Akintoye; Afenifere chieftain, Pa. Ayo Adebanjo; pro-democracy crusader, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu (retd); Chairman of the Yoruba Council of Elders, Justice Ademola Bakare (retd); and a renowned Professor, Adetoun Ogunseye, among others will on September 22 and 23, 2020 converge to celebrate the 134 years anniversary of the end of Kiriji War.
This was contained in a statement made available to the media on Sunday.
According to the statement, the September 22 event holds at Okemesi, Ekiti State and Imesi Ile, Osun State, where the war started, and Igbajo, Osun State, where the peace treaty that marked the end of the war was signed.This was contained in a statement made available to the media on Sunday.
The September 23 event holds at the expansive Secretariat of YWC in Ibadan, Oyo State, where well-meaning Yoruba Traditional Rulers, including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi; and the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, will address the Yoruba people.
The Kiriji War, also known as the Ekiti-Parapo War, was a 16-year long civil war among the Yoruba people, where all the sub-ethnic groups either supported the Ibadan or Ekiti.
The war, according to Oxford History Library, was an attempt by the Ekitis to halt the expansive efforts of the Ibadan city-state, which attempted to replace the Oyo Empire as the dominant region in Yorubaland.
In addition, Ibadan wanted a unified Yoruba nation similar to that of the Oyo Empire, while the Ekiti wanted a loose confederation of cities that had existed in the Ekiti region.
During the war, the Ibadan were led by the Aare Ona Kakanfo, Obadake Latosa, the military commander-in-chief, who had the support of people of Modakeke, Offa and Oyo, while the Ekiti Parapo, led by Fabunmi from Oke-Mesi, and later supported by Saraibi Ogedengbe, the Balogun of Ijeshaland, were aided by soldiers from Ijebu, Ife, Egba, Akoko, Igbomina, Ilorin and Kabba.
The war came to an end on September 23, 1886, which marks the beginning of unification of Yoruba land as one.
The organiser of the Kiriji War Anniversary said Yoruba Elders have met and agreed that the September 23 day that the Kiriji War ended is now to be celebrated as Yoruba Nation’s Day.
According to a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday by George Akinola on behalf of the Conveners of the event, the purpose of the two-day ceremony is to unite the people of Yorubaland towards achieving prosperity and development.
The said: “The Owa Ooye of Okemesi, Oba Gbadebo Adedeji, JP, CON, Owa Ooye of Imesi Ile, Oba Ademola Akinyemi and the Owa of Igbajo, Oba Adeniyi Fashade of Okemesi, Imesi Ile and Igbajo, shall be the Chief Hosts for the event on 22nd September in their respective communities while the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, shall be the Chief Host on 23rd September at Ibadan.
“More also, all the First Class Yoruba Traditional Rulers from Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Kogi, Kwara, Edo, Oyo and Lagos States respectively have been specially invited to attend the event.”
Akinola said the event on September 22 will commence at Okemesi by 10am, Imesi Ile 12noon, Igbajo 3pm, while that of September 23 will kick-off by 11am in Ibadan.
He urged all Yoruba sons and daughters worldwide to make their presence felt at the events physically or morally.