Something about the royal necklaces of Ile-Ife and Swaziland

Have you ever noticed that there is a unique feature of the necklaces worn by kings and queens of Ile-Ife, as seen in their sculptural depictions, that are also worn by the kings of Swaziland? It is a pair of tags which, in the pictures below, are indicated using arrows.

King Mswati III (current King of Swaziland)

King Mswati III of Swaziland (image modified from Newstime Africa)

King Mswati III (current King of Swaziland)


King Mswati III of Swaziland (image modified from New York Times)

Statue of a previous Ooni of Ife

Statue of a previous Ooni of Ife (image modified from

It would be interesting to know if they have the same significance in both cultures. Perhaps this is evidence of the emigration of different peoples of the world from Ile-Ife.


14 thoughts on “Something about the royal necklaces of Ile-Ife and Swaziland

  1. The 300–600 ethnic groups in Africa label as Bantu peoples are descendants of Misiri (wrongly called Mizraim or Egypt).
    Misiri sons were Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, Pathrusim, Casluhim (out of whom came the Philistines), and Caphtorim.
    Today, the majority of the descendants of Misiri are in Southern Africa (Botswana,Lesotho, Namibia South Africa ,Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola, Malawi) Central Africa (Congo-Kinshasa, Congo-Brazzaville, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon) and East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi).
    THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL LIVE IN EGYPT FOR 430 YEARS and they were enslaved by the descendants of Misiri.
    After King Solomon died Israel was divided into two kingdoms: The northern kingdom and the southern kingdom which are The Oyo Empire (The 10 lost tribes of Israel, Northern Kingdom or Kingdom of Israel) and Ifè Empire (The Kingdom of Judah


    • The children of Misri did not enslave the Saviour’s people but their land was colonized by the oyinbo (Hyksos/Ogisos) who enslaved both the children of Misri and the omo Oodua. This was repeated recently when the same Ogisos enslaved both peoples again but this time in the Americas.


  2. The descendants of Judah (Ifè Empire) went to slavery. Descendants of slave of North America (African-Americans and Black Nova Scotians or black Canadians), the Americas and Caribbean islands are Judah.
    The remnants of Judah in Africa can be found in São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Republic of Mauritius, Cape Verde and West Africa. In West Africa they are known as Aku .In Togo, the Judah people are known as Anago, Tsha, and Ifè to the North (they are mainly in Benin, Togo some can be found in Ivory coast, Senegal and Yorùbáland in Nigeria.


    • Both “Judah” and Oyo enslaved themselves. For instance, Dahomey used to be part of Oyo before leaving for their own portion of “Guinea” and many of them were also enslaved.
      I have noticed that those of the eastern axis of Yorubaland (especially Ekiti) still call themselves Akus. This eastern axis is, in my opinion, “Judah”.


    • Yes, and the Igbos have also helped provoke him to jealousy for his people. I would like him to encourage other omo Oodua to speak out and return to their roots.


  3. The Ifẹ̀ Empire reached a level of excellence that can be compared with that of any other great civilization. In the Ifẹ̀ region gold was abundant.
    That is one the reason African- Americans are so attracted to Bling (Gold)


  4. Famous and great Ifẹ̀ children music artists (Judah People) are
    Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimi Hendrix, Bessie Smith, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, John Coltrane, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Wynton Marsalis, James Brown, Jelly Roll Morton, Charlie Parker.


  5. God of my ancestors, in your mercy i want to witness the reunion of your choosen people, let your kingdom come, and lead your people back home; the promise land.


  6. We will definitely come together. We need to repent first from our sins and come out of Babylon, reject the white men Medicine, diet, Cosmetics [skincare and hair care] Religion {Christianity, Islam etc.} and Mentality. Ife group (so called Anago, Egbas, Anioma, Osu Igbos or Owerri Igbos of Imo state{Owerri, Ngwa, Aba, Orlu, Okigwe, Mbaise, Mbano} Akus, Ewondo, Krio people, Saros, Amaros, Africans- Americans, Black Canadians, Afro Latinos, Afro Brazilians, Afro Caribbeans) and the Oyos (Yoruba {not Ijebus} ,Dan people of Ivory coast, Liberia, Guinea [also called DAN-GIOH, GIO, GIOH, GYO, YACOUBA, YACUBA, YAKUBA], Ga-Adangme and Nri-Igbo ( they are one people Tribe of Gad), Fon, Aja must come together.

    Ife group and the Oyos must make amends for their past and present sins. It is when they do so would our house come to order and for things to work out well for us.

    Ife group and the Oyos must change their hearts, from past and today’s stony hearts that do not love and care for their fellow brothers, from stone hearts that only know how to sell our brothers and not work for their good to loving hearts that work for the good of Ife group and the Oyos.


  7. The Yoruba previously were called eyeos or oyos after their capital city. I pretty sure it was eveos of Oyo. The Eʋeawó (wrongly called Ewe people), Gã-Adaŋbɛ (Ga-Adangbe means people or children of Ga and Dan) and the Yoruba were once one people.

    At the end of 16th century, with the fall of the Oyo kingdom, the Ewe people migrated to the east of Togo and founded the Notse kingdom. We don’t know what exactly happened during their history Eʋeawó and Gã-Adaŋbɛ went out of their way to create their kingdom.

    These people lived in harmony till 1683 but they have never renounced their origin till date. Before the colonization, the Ewe occupied a very large territory: the south of Benin, south-east of Ghana and half of Togo who used different dialects of the Ewe language.


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