One of the first class Oba, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi has decided to drop the title and adopt another one from Hausaland.
The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi, who is known for his boldness and outspokenness, the young king; married to a foreign lady has been known for his controversies and he has yet dropped another one as he said he sees nothing wrong in him being referred to as an emir, a titled basically being used by traditional rulers in Hausaland
Though many are seeing adopting the Emir title as an insult to Yoruba culture, the monarch clarified the reason he opted for the new title.
He said: “I said earlier that I would never insult the Yoruba culture for any reason. The Yoruba culture is so rich that nobody can insult it. I also said earlier that I would not say or do anything based on nothing. That is why I said we should always seek knowledge to understand issues better. The ‘Emir’ title is used by the Hausa-Fulani. But has anyone researched into the meaning? Emir is not even Hausa or Fulani, it is an Arabic word. Arabic is an international language like English and French. Now, what does Emir mean? It means king. It means the same as Oba which the Yoruba find convenient to call me. If we are seeking true unity in this country, I don’t see the reason why I cannot use ‘Emir’ which simply means my title in another language. To me, the unity of Nigeria is strengthened by our diversity. We should appreciate what God has given us through this diversity. How did you feel watching the Super Eagles take on Poland? You felt proud as a Nigerian, not as a Yoruba or Ibo or Hausa. That was a demonstration of the unity in our diversity. The team is made up of people from different ethnic groups and they give us results. I will not relent on this issue because I believe so much in it. That is why you will always see me among the Emirs today, the Obis tomorrow and back home among my fellow Obas.”