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About Yoruba Ko’Ya

The Yoruba Ko’ya Leadership and Training Foundation (YKLTF), formerly known as Yoruba Ko’ya Movement is a platform for the social and economic liberation of Yoruba people in Agriculture, Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship and related fields. Our mission is to empower Yoruba people in Nigeria to achieve economic and social independence. We aim to inspire and empower Yorubas with an entrepreneurial spirit in Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship, Agriculture, Agro-processing, and Agro-marketing.

We are committed towards the rejuvenation of Yoruba culture, norms, beliefs and traditions. We are a resource for funding, training, and marketing cooperative for farmers, entrepreneurs, agro-processors, marketers, and vocational members.

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Yoruba Ko’ya came into fruition in April 2018 as a wake-up call against the oppressive activities of herdsmen ravaging the nooks and crannies of Yoruba Land thereby eroding the right to security of lives and properties and peaceful co-existence of our people.

The organization has undergone the following advocacies in defence of Yoruba people.

Erection of Billboards in all Boundary Towns in Yoruba Land with the inscription: Ile Yoruba Ni Yi/This Is Yoruba Land, Yoruba Demand for Restructuring Now. 46 bill boards erected across Yoruba Land with the above description. Some of the bill board in smaller size are erected in the following locations: EKITI: Otun, Omuo, Emure, Ikere and Efon Alaaye. ONDO: Owena, Oke Agbe-Akoko, Isua-Akoko, Ore, Iju-Itaogbolu and Oke-Igbo. OSUN: Ila Orangun, Ikire, Iwaraja-Ijesha, Ijebu-Ijesha, Ikirun and Iwo. LAGOS: Ikorodu, Ojodu-Berger, Ijaiye, Badagry and Epe. OYO: Kishi, Saki, Eyenkorin, Ogbomoso, Ibadan after toll-gate. OGUN: Ijebu-ode, Idiroko-Ota, Imefon, Ogere and Abeokuta. – April 2018

In a bid to sensitise people in South-West ‘Yoruba Koya’, recently held a peaceful protest aimed at telling the Yoruba race to demand for the restructuring of Nigeria’s political, economic and social structures for real development. The protest held simultaneously across all south-west states. – April 13th 2018

SIT OUT FOR RESTRCUTURING CRUSADE: It was held simultaneously for five days consecutively at the premises of the Houses of Assembly in the six south west states of Nigeria aimed at calling on the parliamentarians to unanimously speak in one voice in support of restructuring and a return of Nigeria to regionalism – April 2018.

The Yoruba KO’YA held a no-holds-barred conference on Food security in Atiba Hall, Oyo-Alaafin, Oyo state where various self determination groups such as hunters, vigilantes groups, farmers, market men and women, artisans, youth groups etc were invited to examine the causes of Herdsmen vs Farmers crisis in Yoruba Land; Evaluate the capacity of local security forces like Vigilante, Hunters etc in Yoruba Land to checkmate the menace of Fulani Herdsmen in the area; plan for solutions to security challenges confronting the farmers in Yoruba Land; ascertain the level of awareness of Yoruba people on issues relating to food security in the zone and evaluate the effect of Fulani herdsmen and farmers crisis on food availability and security in south west regions. The event was chaired by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III. – May 2nd 2018.

To protest the spate of insecurity across the South-West states, Yoruba Koya decalred Wednesday, June 12 2019 as National Day of Protest against the killings and kidnappings across Yoruba speaking states including Kogi and Kwara. The rally, tagged June 12 ‘Otoge’ rally, supported by a Yoruba Intelligentsia group, Voice of Reason (VOR) and 26 other socio-cultural and self-determination groups held simultaneously in all Yoruba speaking state capitals of Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Kogi, and Kwara States respectively. June 12 2019.

Substantial Funding of Amotekun Solidarity Walk held simultaneously across Yoruba Land on the platform of Yoruba World Congress (YWC) to protest against the declaration of the central government of Nigeria that the south west security network, “Operation Amotekun” is illegal – January 22nd 2020


Started as a post-restructuring and militant group with the nomenclature – Yoruba Ko’ya Movement, the organization has been remodelled and rebranded to Yoruba Ko’ya Leadership and Training Foundation with chapters in the United States of America (USA) and United Kingdom (UK) duly registered. The organization also has branches in all the Yoruba speaking states of Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Kogi, Kwara, Ekiti and Ogun.

The Yoruba Ko’ya Leadership and Training Foundation Coordinating Team


  • Prof. Bisi Sowumi – Chairperson
  • Senator Tokunbo Ogunbanjo – 1st Vice-Chairman
  • Otunba Deji Osibogun – 2nd Vice-Chairman
  •  Dr. Yemi Farounbi – Member
  • Dr. Oluronke Ogunleye – Member
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  • Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo Kingdom – Grand Patron
  •  Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu – Patron
  •  Professor Banji Akintoye – Patron
  •  Professor Adetoun Ogunseye – Patroness
  • Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi – Patron
  • Chief Ayo Adebanjo – Patron

Team Members