Reno Omokri, the former Special Adviser to Ex- Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan has said, the people now called Yorubas are originally Edekiri.
The renowned lawyer and Author in a YouTube video alongside Daddy Freeze claimed the term Yoruba did not exist before the 19th Century.
According to him, Yoruba is just like the English language, which was created as a mishmash of several Germanic languages, including German, Danish and Dutch, when a mixed mash of Saxons came to Britain in the 4th Century and mixed in with the Angle tribe that was native to Britain.
“When Samuel Ajayi Crowther was captured by Fulani slave traders from his village of Osoogun in 1821 at the age of 12, he reported that he could neither speak nor understand the language of the villages they passed through on the way to Lagos.
These were villages in present day Ogun and Oyo. Google it yourself. Don’t take my word for it.
“At that time, there was Egba language, Ijebu, Owu, Awori, Ijesha, Ondo, etc. So how did Yoruba come about?
When the Portuguese entered Eko and changed the name to Lagos, it became a big trading post and attracted a variety of Edekiri people. Edekiri is the actual name for the group of languages now referred to as Yoruba.”
The US based author and Pastor of the Mind of Christ Christian Centre in California and Abuja further said,
“Gradually, they evolved a mixture of their various dialects and thus began the origins of the modern Yoruba language.
As Lagos grew in importance under the British, so did the new language grow in vocabulary and spread.
But if you understand the pure roots of Edekiri languages, you will be able to understand bits and pieces of almost all languages spoken from modern-day Kwara, Kogi, Edo, to parts of Delta, and to the Southwest states, and Benin Republic.”
The Erudite Lawyer also traced the history of the Yorubas into the Bible, revealing that, the person called Moses today was actually called Mose in Egyptian language and Mose-bolatan in Edikiri (Yoruba) language.