Modakeke in Osun State , South West Nigeria , [1] [2] [3] with a population of close to , people. The Modakekes are also known as the "Akoraye" and have a history of valor at war and are prosperous farmers. The Oyo Empire due to internal conflicts among the Senior chiefs, fight among themselves over the Sango Throne the Yoruba kingdom was thrown into confusion and the inhabitants of the Old Oyo were dispersed and started new settlements all around Yoruba land. Fleeing southwards in search of new abodes after the fall of the Oyo Empire, the Oyos started settling among the Ifes in As the Romans of old, they were prosperous soldier-farmers.

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Skip to main content Skip to main navigation menu Skip to site footer. Abstract We are all painfully aware that the most recent communal clashes between Ifes and Modakekes ate deep into the very fabric of the Yoruba race. We have all watched in distress and anguish as our people in the two communities of Ife and Modakeke unleashed mayhem on each other. The loss of lives and destruction of properties that have resulted from these clashes sadden us all.

This is why I share the concern and wish of all men and women of goodwill that everything should be done to put an end to these periodic clashes. Historical accounts have it that Ifes and Modakekes are sons and daughters of the same parents.

As Yorubas, their ancestry is traced to Oduduwa the progenitor of Yoruba race. It was the collapse of Old Oyo Empire in the 19th century Rev. Johnson which caused a flood of refugees down south, leading one of the displaced Oyo group of people to settle down in the area known today as Modakeke. Modakeke has thus existed as a town for more than two hundred and fifty years Rev. Johnson It has its own traditional system with a traditional ruler and hierarchy of chiefs.

It is proud of its record of healthy growth demographically, economically, culturally and its contribution to national development in all spheres. Ile-Ife, the cradle of Yoruba race, occupies a pride place in Yoruba history; as such its traditional ruler, the Ooni of Ife, is seen as the Arole custodian of Oduduwa, the progenitor of Yoruba.

Ife is the source of all that is Yoruba and the Ooni the father of all Yoruba people which today spreads over eight contiguous states of the Federation of Nigeria; be they Modakekes, Ifes, Ibadans, Ekitis, Ketus and so on.

Not only does this position bestow on Ife and Ifes a pride place in Yoruba. History shackles them as well. They owe a sacred responsibility to defend and protect all interests concerning the Yorubas, Modakeke inclusive. Requires Subscription PDF.

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The Ife/Modakeke Crisis: An Insider View




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