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Orompoto

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Legend of Oronpoto and her bravery at illayi | Alaafin of oyo history

 

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KING OF MUSI with KEY OF MUSIC

 

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Alaafin Oronpoto promo

 

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LEGEND OF 400 YEARS OLD YORUBA KING WHO EXCEED GOD'S SET LIFESPAN | Obalufon | Ile Ife history

 

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MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT YORUBA HISTORY

Orompoto was the first female Alaafin of Oyo, also the empire's titled ruler. She was the sister of her predecessor, Eguguojo. She assumed the throne because there was no male successor from her elder brother at the time. Orompoto lived in the 16th-century. She was considered a skillful warrior and was known according to Oyo tales of her inadvertent victory at the battle of Illayi. While fighting her enemies, she lost three leaders of the van, called Gbonkas in Oyo. The third, however, fell with his teeth grinding and his mouth grinning, the enemies thought he was alive and was making a mocking gesture and were overwhelmed by what they considered their inability to wrestle with the Oyo gbokas. The enemies later decided to call it quits, with the Oyo later claiming victory.
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