The Ooni of Ife, HRM Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, has listed “4 sets of Igbo sub ethnic groups on Yoruba Land”.
In a recent meeting with the Lagos Branch President of the Igbo sociocultural Group Ohaneze Ndigbo Chief Solomon Ogbonna, the Ooni disclosed that the Igbo have 4 categories, namely…
Igbo Ile, Igbo Oko, the Iwinrin sub ethnic clan and Ado na Idu.
He also stated that the Olugbo Kingdom as Igbos who returned to Ife to wage war against Yoruba during the Moremi era.
The also disected the Ife Corpus, stating that “while Oduduwa clan had Ogbe meji, the Oranfe (Sango) and Obatala clans had Ogbe Ofun and Ofun Meji respectively.”
He said, “We are all the same. We have about 4 set of sub ethnic Igbos in Yoruba land when we were all together like we have sub ethnic clan in Yoruba race.
“We have the Egbas, Ijebus, Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo, Itshekiris they are all Yorubas but at the end of the day they belong to the Aku Aaro Oojiire (Omoluwabi ethnic clan).
“The Ifa corpus that brought our ancestors from Heaven were and still are Ogbe Meji, Ogbe Ofun and Ofun Meji.
“While Oduduwa clan had Ogbe meji, the Oranfe (Sango) and Obatala clans had Ogbe Ofun and Ofun Meji respectively.
“Our generations thereafter became intertwined with different roles and responsibilites directly from the Almighty God who sent all of the brothers to the world.
“The facts are there, so it will take the deep efforts to fact find all these facts and connect all the dots together”.
“So, people that don’t know the story, I’m not trying to cast blame on anybody but if they don’t know they should ask.
“They say one Igbo is different from the other, it is true we have about 4 categories of Igbos we have Igbo Ile, Igbo Oko, the Iwinrin sub ethnic clan and Ado na Idu. All make up to the unified Igbo clan”.
“There were different clans of Igbos that left from Ife to establish their kingdoms.
“One of them rebelled back and started coming to cause mayhem in Ife (where they originally came from) and that is the Olugbo kingdom.
“We should all come together and forget what happened in the past”.