History Facts: 8 Most Powerful Women in Old Oyo Empire, the Alaafin Kneels for 1 of Them

1. Iyamode

While Alaafin of Oyo cannot kneel for anyone, he is permitted to kneel before Iyamode. Due to her role in the old Oyo empire, the king calls her Baba.

History Facts: 8 Most Powerful Women in Old Oyo Empire, the Alaafin Kneels for 1 of them
The Alaafin was surrounded by eight powerful women in the old Oyo empire. Photo credit: @tyewoolove
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Iyamode also kneels for the Alaafin whenever the latter goes on his knees for her. She is one of the most senior priestesses inside the king’s royal household.

2. Iya Naso

3. Iya Kere

Whenever the Alaafin of Oyo is being coronated, Iya Kere performs the function of placing the crown on his head. She is in charge of the treasures and paraphernalia of the Oyo empire, including the crown.

4. Iya Oba

5. Iya Monari

Iya Monari’s role is to strangle any Sango worshipper that has been condemned to death. Sango worshippers sentenced to death cannot be killed by the sword. 

6. Iya-Fin-Iku

She is in charge of the Sango ram.

7. Iyalagbon

When the mother of the crown prince dies, Iyalagbon replaces her and performs the role of a mother to the king’s heir.

8. Are Orite

She serves as the king’s personal attendant.