If you are familiar with your Yoruba history, then you must realize that the office of the Aare Ona Kakanfo cannot be overemphasized. The very first Aare Ona Kakanfo was coronated over 558 years ago. And his office in ancient time is still as relevant as in modern time. He was believed to be so powerful that he did not reside anywhere close to the Alaafin of Oyo. This was to ensure that he did not seize power from his ruler as he had the army under his command.
The Aare Ona Kakanfo is the generalissimo of the Yoruba Army and in war times, he was tasked with expanding the Yoruba empire through exploits and conquests.
Many would argue that in peace time, the office of the Aare Ona Kakanfo is unnecessary, however that is not the case. On the 13th of January 2018, the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo, in the person of Dr. Otunba Gani Adams was coronated, after the office had stayed vacant for almost 20 years. Read Here
Although he admitted to being an Aare Ona Kakanfo in a time of peace, he admits that his good office would be unrelenting in its quest to “Promote and Sustain the Yoruba Culture”. You must admit that this is somewhat similar to what the generalissimos of old did, although they achieved this through wars and conquests. See Photos from the Aare Ona Kakanfo Installation Ceremony
However Otunba Gani Adams, the new Aare Ona Kakanfo will achieve this by maintaining a diplomatic relationship between the Yoruba race and others; also through Technology and Education.
Another task of the Aare Ona Kakanfo of old was to ensure the unity of the Yoruba race and this also fuels the empire’s power, as a people who stand united will not be conquered. Otunba Gani Adams intends to foster the unity of the Yoruba people, both for those at home and in the diaspora.
Undoubtedly, the office of the Aare Ona Kakanfo is still as relevant as in the days of old.