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HISTORY OF IBADAN PART 41: The Efunsetan Aniwura’s Crisis

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The Efunsetan Aniwura’s Crisis

Efunsetan was the Iyalode of Ibadan during the reign of Latoosa and he was a very rich woman, old historians made it known that he has uncountable numbers of slaves, her female slaves were about 500 and then male slaves too, it was narrated that he never betrothed her female slaves to any man neither did he permit them to get married, any of her slaves that get pregnant will be punished with death. she usually uses her slaves for several bad and unspeakable purposes but one wouldn’t be surprised because she didn’t have any child of her own.

At a time, one of her younger siblings impregnated one of her slaves, when Iyalode found out, she wanted to kill the slave as usual but her brother begged her and made her know he was responsible for the pregnancy, Efunsetan refused to accept his plea nor grant his request of sparing the slave, he asked the big chiefs in town to help him to beg Efunsetan but she insisted and killed the pregnant slave. when her brother saw this, he went to Aare and narrated all Iyalode has done to him, he told the Baale several other bad things Iyalode has been doing secretly too, Aare called for a meeting on Iyalode and told them all the atrocities Iyalode has been committing, from the meeting they send an envoy to Iyalode to either leave the town or die, or else they are coming to destroy her house and properties. After waiting for about three days and she is yet to obey any of the orders, they gathered to go and kill him and demolish his house

On that same day the whole town was coming to her house, two of her female slaves who are maidens dropped a very heavy pot of water on her head from the roof to her where she was laying down, she died instantly. The whole town which has mobilized to destroy her house didn’t go back after hearing this, they proceed and did as they have planned, they carted away with her properties and slaves.
Historians narrated that one of her slaves that were captured that day became an Owa in Ilesa. That was the life of Efunsetan Aniwura Iyalode Ibadan

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