Alaafin Ajiun Orompotoniyun 1554 – 1562 (the custodian of the vagina that kills evil plots) was the first and only female Alaafin of Oyo. And, she was different.
Many don’t know that there was a female Alaafin of Oyo. Yes, a woman once ruled the Oyo Empire.
In 1557, she imported horses from as far as Timbuktu in Mali and had over 1000 horsemen. Archers on horseback to neutralize enemies with poisoned arrows.
She devised an ingenious way of moving her warriors to attack enemies – foot soldiers in front and the calvarymen behind. Broad leaves were tied on the horses’ tails so that when they went a fighting, the leaves swept d ground after them to cover trails of d horses &men on foot.
Alaafin Ajiun was so different, why ?
Alaafin Ajiun was a skillful commander and brave ruler. She died in the battle of Ilayi in 1562 fighting for her people. She’s the only one of the 40 Alaafin (39 men) who died in battle. True warrior.
Many of the male Alaafin’s were administrators who appointed generalissimo to lead the army on their behalf, just a few of them fought in battles. A number died through traditional suicide. She was different. Although, there are reports that she was also a transgender. That would have made her to be the first person in Yoruba history to perform a sex change, way before the advent of civilisation. And the first transgender to rule the Oyo Empire. Who would have thought?
As reported, she fell under many arrows, she opened her mouth, exposing her teeth as though she was grinning. The opponent party, thinking she was confidently laughing at them, fled the field, even though they already had the day. Orompoto never grinned in truth, and was stone death.
Source: @Adxpillar (on twitter)
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