Aspects of the early history of the north-central Yoruba

The Igbomina are a sub-group of the Yoruba, occupying the area referred to as NorthCentral Yorubaland (Nigeria). Existing traditions and written works appear to indicate that Igbomina history is tied to the history of the Yoruba kingdoms of Ife and Old Oyo. This paper challenges this conception. Archaeological and oral historical research in Igbomina indicates that Igbomina history goes far beyond Ife-Oyo connections. There were people inhabiting the Igbomina and indeed the NorthCentral Yoruba areas before the arrival of immigrants from Ife and Oyo in the 16th century. Archaeological finds also point to the fact that a fairly extensive ancient civilization developed in Igbomina before it was superseded by the present inhabitants. Bibliogr.

Title: Aspects of the early history of the north-central Yoruba
Author: Raji, Adesina Yusuf
Year: 1997
Periodical: West African Journal of Archaeology
Volume: 27
Issue: 1
Pages: 41-49
Language: English
Geographic term: Nigeria
Abstract: The Igbomina are a sub-group of the Yoruba, occupying the area referred to as NorthCentral Yorubaland (Nigeria). Existing traditions and written works appear to indicate that Igbomina history is tied to the history of the Yoruba kingdoms of Ife and Old Oyo. This paper challenges this conception. Archaeological and oral historical research in Igbomina indicates that Igbomina history goes far beyond Ife-Oyo connections. There were people inhabiting the Igbomina and indeed the NorthCentral Yoruba areas before the arrival of immigrants from Ife and Oyo in the 16th century. Archaeological finds also point to the fact that a fairly extensive ancient civilization developed in Igbomina before it was superseded by the present inhabitants. Bibliogr.