How cool is that, that Ile Ife once had a female Ooni. I am doubly proud of this as I belief there must be very good reasons Queen Luwoo was trusted to be crowned in her time – its called gender equality. Also, this revelation tells forgotten story of women involvement in contributing to the society, not just as workers but as a leaders.
Queen Luwoo according to history was the 21st Ooni of Ife. There was no date to give a clue to how long she was on the thrown for. Dating only started from the 38th Ooni Akinmoyero 1770 – 1800.
This makes me wonder why Ooni Luwoo was the only female monarch Ife has ever produced. Did something happen that she got blamed for it all or did she marry plenty of husbands just because she can, afterall kings are known for their taste in multiple women once they assume the throne.
Like many kings of that era, not much was written about Queen Luwoo except that she was another person to grace the throne. I read somewhere that Queen Luwoo was a beautiful and elegant queen who took pride in her physical appearance and that of her surroundings. Queen Luwoo during her reigning years put everyone in town to work with their hands to keep the town clean, men were not spared, appropriate force applied to get people to listen and attend to job assigned to them.
After Queen Luwoo w’aja (passed away) the council of Obas vowed never to have another female Ooni in town because Queen Luwoo was ‘uncontrollable.’
Now in 2015, Wouldn’t it be fantastic to bring back female Ooni? After all, we know it was once successfully done in the past.