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Awujale of Ijebu Kingdom
Reign14th century
BornIle Ife

Obanta (originally Ogborogan) was the third king of the Ijebu kingdom who reigned in the 14th century in what is now Ogun State, Nigeria.[1][2][3]

Obanta led a migration of people from Ile Ife to become the King in Ijebu Ode after his maternal grandfather, Oba (King) Olu Iwa, the first Awujale of Ijebu Ode, died. On arriving at Ijebu, the inhabitants welcomed him warmly, shouting "oba wa nita" meaning "the king is outside" in the Yoruba language. This is how Ogborogan became known as Obanta.[4]

Obanta's descendants continued to hold the royal title of Awujale, though his power was limited by his chiefs and councils.[5]

A statue in his honor stands in the city center of Ijebu Ode, near the neighborhood of Itale.


  1. ^ Nigeria Magazine. Federal Ministry of Culture and Social Welfare. Government of Nigeria, Indiana University. 1965. p. 177.
  2. ^ Bernard I. Belasco (1980). The entrepreneur as culture hero: preadaptations in Nigerian economic development. Praeger(University of Michigan). p. 72.
  3. ^ Ifẹ̀: Annals of the Institute of Cultural Studies, University of Ife, Nigeria. Obafemi Awolowo University. Institute of Cultural Studies. 1986.
  4. ^ Robert Smith (1969). Kingdoms of the Yoruba. Methuen & Co. pp. 77–78.
  5. ^ Robert Smith (1969). Kingdoms of the Yoruba. Methuen & Co. p. 79.