Professor Adebanji Akintoye: Humanising Yoruba history

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Professor Stephen Adebanji Akintoye is an academic with a difference. Aside taking a leading part in the politics of Nigeria during the Second Republic, serving as a senator from 1979 to 1983, his knowledge of the history of the Yoruba race puts him ahead of many of his peers and his sojourn abroad has in no way diminished his interest in the culture, history and tradition of his people. YEJIDE GBENGA-OGUNDARE writes.

“Balance of power is rooted in our traditional governance system. The Council of Chiefs makes the law though the laws are seen as the king’s laws. The balance gave us a beautiful governance system.

“Yoruba had been practicing balance of power long before the Magna Carter movement. Yoruba are organized, orderly and our chiefs carry themselves with utmost dignity.”

These words represent the core belief of a Yoruba man who though exposed to the highest level of…

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