We recently published an article on the most powerful kings in Yoruba land, following the recent row between the Ooni of Ife and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.
One of the kings mentioned in that article was the Alaafin of Oyo. He is the ruler of Oyo, a position currently held by Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III ranks second among the Obas in Yorubaland.
The Oyo Dynasty dates back to the Old Oyo empire which recognises Alaafin as emperor. There are powerful people within the Oyo kingdom who very few people know about.
They are women who control the kingdom. In an article by Comsicyoruba titled: Ladies of the Oyo palace and another article by Abiyamo, 8 of the most powerful women were described:
The women beside the Alaafin of Oyo. Picture Credit: Abiyamo.com