Stemming Yoruba Decline (II/III): Rise of the Oyos & the end of Yoruba nationhood

The Imperial expansion of the Oyo Yoruba from the 1600s-1800’s destroyed the Yoruba confederacy and ethnic identity. Briefly restored from 1940-1970, the Yorubas experienced major economic gains. Now as Nigeria’s unitary system constrains Yoruba identity, the Yorubas have again entered into modern decline.


Africa | His Majesty The Alafin Of Oyo by John Howard Sanden. Painting (Oil on Canvas) || Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III (born 15 October 1938) is the Alaafin, or traditional ruler, of the Yoruba state of Oyo.

Oba Adeyemi III, 43rd Alaafin of Oyo Circa 1970

Oyo’s totems were Jakuta (Thunder) & War (Ogun). The Oyos lived true to their totemic spirits dominating other Yorubas for 200 years with negative implications for Yoruba national identity

Adebayo Alonge (Solutions Ideator)

Oral traditions date the founding of Oyo-Ile to circa 1300 by either Oranyan (citing Oyo sources) or Shango (citing Ife sources). Within a 100 years it would become a formidable inland power extending from modern day Iseyin in Nigeria’s southwest to as far North as the bend of the River Niger where the River Moshi junctions off in Nigeria’s north central region.

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Stemming Yoruba Decline (I/III): Tracing ancient origins of early Yoruba advantage

The Yoruba are Nigeria’s first nation but their historic advantages are eroding.
This first part series aims to trace the early origins of their historic advantages

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Yoruba Brass Heads

The Yoruba are Nigeria’s first nation. Their historic advantages are eroding and the nation needs a renaissance

Adebayo Alonge
Solutions Ideator

The Yoruba are an African ethnic group occupying a total land area of 142,000+ (2x size of Ireland). Their lands span Western Nigeria through the country called Benin into Eastern Togo. 60 million people across the world identify as Yoruba- similar population to France or Italy.

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The Green Book: Eight ‘foundational’ principles for Nigeria’s 3rd generation of political leaders


 Nigeria’s 3rd generation now needs to lead from the heart and create a humane nation that works for everyone

Adebayo Alonge

Solutions Ideator

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By 2050, Nigeria will have ~400 million people within its boundaries. It remains a poster child for what Africans are and holds the promise for what the black man can be.

If Nigeria can succeed to create a homeland where being black is not a liability, where the status of the race is improved then the purpose of this book would have been achieved.

The Green Book seeks to ignite consciousness in young Nigerians- over 50 million strong today for what is possible. We can make a nation that works for us where we are loved, protected and supported by our communities. A country where every citizen can aspire and achieve their dreams irrespective of their background.

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Engaging governments- for social entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs can use their influence to help their communities choose the right governments that support social impact ventures.

Democracy does not redistribute wealth neither does it bring about rapid change. Its power is in delivering stability to country systems.

Prof. Ian Shapiro

Yale University
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Should social entrepreneurs have any interest in the nature of politics and governance in their countries? Should they just focus on their entrepreneurship work and isolate themselves from having a say in how governance is run in their countries?

Social entrepreneurs are very important in helping their communities choose good political leaders because of the credibility they enjoy within their societies. It is therefore imperative for social entrepreneurs to be politically engaged in helping their communities choose governments that support civil liberties, personal property rights and economic systems that aid entrepreneurship innovation.

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Between the old and young: Who would lead Nigeria to her future?

In Nigeria’s 2015 general elections, a young nation must make a choice on who should lead her to the future- an old general or a young incumbent.

Can an old general lead the young to the future they desire?

Adebayo Alonge

The Solutions Ideator
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Not since the June 12 elections have Nigerians been so electrified by the prospect of voting in a general election. Two candidates- President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari are head to head for Nigeria’s most powerful office. Those who love them, truly love them and yet I dare say that the man who will win is the person who emotionally charges the uncommitted.

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The Social Entrepreneurship Mindset

 The social entrepreneurship mindset is one that actively seeks to identify and solve problems faced by impoverished communities in a sustainable way they can pay for.

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Investing In Africa’s Future

Youths are Africa’s future. what would you want current global leaders to invest in so that Africa’s youth can achieve their potential.

Africa’s youth makes up over 60% of its population

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Finding opportunities for young people is a critical challenge for Africa, where 62 percent of the population—more than 600 million young people—is below the age of 25. With no signs that population growth will slow in the decades to come, it is imperative that Africa leverage the talent and energy of its youth to create dramatically higher levels of prosperity and equality and avoid the latent risks of unemployment and social instability. – See more at: Continue reading “Investing In Africa’s Future”