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Ifè (or Ilé-Ifè, the sacred place of creation) is an ancient city created by the Yoruba people and located in the southwestern part of the country of Nigeria. Recently, evidence has been discovered that pushes the history of this city back to around 500 BC. During this period, the Yoruba around Ifè were agriculturalists. They had domesticated many crops used in their diets.

The city of Ifè is said to have originated when the founding deities, Oduduwa and Obatala, began the creation of the world. According to the origin legend of the Yoruba, these deities were directed by the paramount deity, Olodumare. Because the city was founded by the early deities of Yoruba, it is generally regarded as the city where God made the world come ...

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