Nineteen years after the death of the 14th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, the National Coordinator of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, was installed as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
With this development, Adams has become the foremost War General of Yorubaland.
Adams, an indigene of Arigidi-Akoko in Ondo State.
But many would like to know the met who held the revered post in the past.
Full list of Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba – Former to present holder
Are-Ona-Kakanfo is a generalissimo and military leader, a special post in the Old Oyo Empire. Find out those who have held the post in Yoruba history;
- Kokoro Gangan of Iwoye
- Oyapote of Iwoye
- Oyabi of Ajase
- Adeta of Jabata
- Oku of Jabata
- Afonja of Ilorin
- Toyeje of Ogbomosho
- Edun of Gbogun
- Amepo of Abemo
- Kurumi of Ijaye
- Ojo Aburumaku of Ogbomosho (son of Toyeje of Ogbomosho)
- Latoosa of Ibadan
- Lakode Akintola of Ogbomosho (Premier of the Western region in the First Republic)
- MKO Abiola of Abeokuta (the only man in history to simultaneously hold the titles of Basorun of Ibadan and Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland).
- Gani Adams
Role of Aare Ona kakanfo
The Aare Ona Kakanfo is expected, in a sense, to ‘fight’ for the development and growth of the Yorubaland. He must be at the vanguard of the advocacy of Yoruba interests within the larger Nigerian framework.
The Aare is also to foster unity among the Yoruba people and become a rallying point for the promotion of Yoruba culture and tradition. In this regard, he must work assiduously with other eminent personalities in the Southwest to actualize a common front on the issues that can advance both the Yoruba and national interests.
There you have it on this post “Complete list of all Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba.” I hope you found this piece informative.