Day 4 #coloursofourhistory ( In honour of Professor Akinwunmi Ishola)
She was the great Iyalode of Ibadan, loved and respected by all. A close business associate and ally of Madame Tinubu of Lagos, even though they fell out later when Madame Tinubu stopped her slave trading business in Lagos and later was deported back to Abeokuta. Madame Efunsetan Aniwura was by no standards your average woman. A very caring and loving woman who cared for her slaves, the people of Ibadan and for the oppressed. She was the first woman in Ibadan that had dealings with the white men.
Bu things took a drastic turn for the worse she lost her only daughter to the cold hands of death. The death of the girl created a monster everyone would later fear, she became ruthless and tough, killing and destroying at the slightest provocation. She will kill any of her salves caught having sex, and even when the female slave is pregnant she will kill both the mother and the unborn child. Efunsetan was said to be powerful in terms of diabolic powers. It was not stated if she actually belonged to any occult groups like the ifa, osun, witches, etc, but she had unusual powers which were common mostly among the witches. After beheading one of her slaves for getting pregnant for another of her slaves, even though her younger brother claimed he was responsible. Her brother conspired with her slaves to save the life of the slave girl. She refused all pleas from friends and family members.
She went ahead to kill the girl by beheading, her right in the village square. Several attempts were made by her salves and the ex-slave’s lover and her friend to prevent Efunsetan from killing her (to save her). She found out through her powers and ended up in killing them instead
She later committed suicide instead of facing a death sentence from the Alaafin. But even in death, her legend grew strong. Ibadan would never forget Efunsetan Aniwura. #coloursofourhistory #COOH #ASIRIMagazine #ibadan #history #heritage #ibadan #death #EfunsetanAniwura #digitalstories #africastories #traditional #culturalheritage #yoruba