IFE (Nigeria)

City in Oyo state, 54 mi E of Ibadan. Traditionally it is considered the oldest Yoruba town and was founded c. a.d. 1300. It was the most powerful Yoruba kingdom until the late 17th century when it was overtaken by Oyo. Sculptures in bronze and terracotta dating from the 12th century a.d. found in the region are considered to be among the finest examples of West African art.


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