Ooni Lúwo Gbàgìdá (sometimes spelled as Luwo) was the 21st Ooni of Ife, a paramount traditional ruler of Ile Ife, the ancestral home of the Yorubas in the 10th century.[1][2] She was the daughter or a descendant of Ooni Otaataa from Owode compound, Okerewe, and a descendant of Ooni Lafogido. Luwoo was married to one of the high chief known as Obaloran and gave birth to a son named Adekola Telu, She was the first and the only female paramount ruler of Ile-ife known to be the origin of Yoruba ethnic group in southwestern Nigeria, succeeding Ooni Giesi and succeeded by Ooni Lumobi.[3] Ooni Luwoo's reign remains the only one by a female in Ife to date. Her son Adekola Telu was the founder of the Iwo Kingdom.[4]

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  4. ^ "Queen Lúwo Gbàgìdá, the first and only female Ooni of Ife". 27 September 2019.