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Meet The First Female Alaafin Of Oyo Who Died Defending Her People

The Orompotoniyun popularly known as Orompoto was among the bravest rulers in Yoruba History.

Meet The First Female Alaafin Of Oyo Who Died Defending Her People

She is considered the first and only female Alaafin of Oyo.

She ruled the Oyo Empire in the 16th century, speculatively from 1554 to 1562.

Before she became king, she was a female regent who played a pivotal role in driving the Nupe from Oyo in 1555 after a protracted battle.

She was the daughter of Alaafin Ofinran and the grand-daughter of Alaafin Onigbogi, both rulers of the Empire in their own time.

However, when her father passed on, her brother, Prince Eguguoju took over the throne.

Report says Prince Eguguoju died at a very young age without a male successor.

His younger brothers, Prince Ajiboyede and prince Tella who were expected to succeed him, were still very young at the time so they couldn’t take charge of the throne.

This left them with princess Orompoto since it was an abomination for a woman to rule the Empire, the chiefs and elders then started making plans on how to put themselves in as kings.

Orompoto got wind of their plan and summoned the chiefs to discuss plas for her coronation but the chiefs and elders refused, revealing that a female could never become king.

Undeterred, Orompoto told them that she was ready to show them evidence that she was indeed a man.

But to prove herself, the chiefs demanded her to strip naked at the palace in seven days.

Legend has it that she cut off her breasts and wore men’s clothes for the Oyo Mesi to accept her as Alaafin.

She was popularly known as “The custodian of the V*gina that kills Evil plots” because of her tact and skill as a ruler and commander.

According to history, she was a skilled horseback rider.

Her ingenious strategies were well respected and her victory at the battle of Illayi is also a widespread tale in Oyo.

She is said to have died in battle, thus becoming one of the few Alaafins to have actually died in combat.

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