The Iwo Kingdom is a traditional state centered in Osun State , Nigeria, on the town of Iwo. The kingdom of Yoruba, whose ruler is named “Oluwo of Iwo,” was founded in the 14th Century AD. Like all other Yoruba stock people, the Iwo people are said to have originally belonged to Ile-Ife from where they migrated in the 14th century at some point. Adekola Telu, son of the 16th Ooni of Ife, a female named Luwo Gbagida, established the earliest village. In the 16th or 17th century the present town of Iwo was founded.
Iwo Crop Cultivation
Cocoa cultivation and export is the economic mainstay of the town. North of town is grown yams, corn ( maize), cassava (manioc), and palm oil and kernels, the main staple crops. Cotton weaving and dyeing (with indigo cultivated locally) is historically significant. A central mosque and a hospital serve the mainly Muslim Iwo community. The town’s schools run a Baptist mission, Muslims, Roman Catholics, and the government. While Iwo ‘s growth was greatly enhanced by the railroad built-in 1906, traffic to the town is now mostly road-borne. Sale. Sale. (2006) Township population, 191,377.
Past Rulers of Iwo Land
Rulers of Iwo were:
Ruler: Olufate Gbase
Ruler: Monmodu Ayinla Lamuye
Ruler: Sunmonu Osunwo
Ruler: Sanni Alabi Abimbola Lamuye
Ruler: Seidu Adubiaran Lamuye
Ruler: Abanikanda Amuda Akande
Ruler: Kosiru Ande Lamuye
Ruler: Raifu Ajani Adegoroye
Ruler: Samuel Omotoso Abimbola
Ruler: Asiru Olatunbosun Tadese
9 November 2015 Until now Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi Ilufemiloye Telu 1 from the Molaasan Royal family a sub-section of the Gbaase ruling house as the 16th Oluwo of Iwoland has been installed.
Biography of Oluwo of Iwo Land
Mr. Akanbi is from Gbaase Ruling House Molaasan Compound at Isale Oba, Iwo. He was born in Iwo, on 21 June 1967. He attended Omolewa, Oritamefa, Ibadan (1972-1978), for his elementary school and nursery and high school. He proceeded to Iwo Grammar School, Araromi, Iwo (1978-1982) and later, Idi-Ape Ibadan, Oba Akinyele Memorial High School. He has worked as a data processor, Bio-skin GMBH in Hamburg Germany (1996-2005), International Development Analyst (Oxfam Canada); traveling around the world to aid countries affected by war and catastrophe by supplying and funding relief supplies to refugees.
Mr. Akanbi also worked in Canada as Associate Director, Purdy Wharf Towers, Halifax, N.S. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Prince Enterprises, Toronto, Ontario M5H4E7 Canada; Ceo and Chairman of People Against Loneliness Inc. 508-58 Waterson Street, Toronto Ontario , Canada; Manager for West Africa (Karcher Group FutureTech) currently working to provide the Defense Ministry with future peacekeeping technology; and Managing Director, Morganz Gamo Quarry, Lagos-IbadanExpreExpre.
Mr Akanbi is fluent in Yoruba, English, French and German. He earned a B.Sc. Business Administration from George Brown College, Toronto , Ontario (2005-2009), Ordinary National Mass Communication Diploma from The Polytechnic Ibadan (1985-87), Certificate in Cybis & Axis System, Convergys Institute, Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada (2001-2005), Seismic Certificate in Operations, Oil and Gas Processing Facilities (2005).
The Palace of Iwo Oluwo appears to be the most beautiful in the world. Recently it was said the king who flaunts his vast and costly palace cost millions of naira. Palace is one of Yoruba land ‘s symbols of kings, bringing more honor and pride to the land’s king and natives. Palace serves as the abode of the king and his family, and where the chiefs and all concerned individuals of the city discuss city matters.
Settlement of land disputes, marriage conflicts, and other city participation is often handled in the palace so that the value of the palace in Yoruba land can never be overemphasized.
This is the palace of the Oluwo of Iwo, a town in Osun state.
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