Iyalode is the highest female cheiftancy title among the Yoruba tribes. She is given names like the "Queen of women", "Mother of women" etc. She oversees the affairs of the females in the land financially and politically. She oversee the market affairs too. She is the strongest and the most powerful female. Left to me I'd even say she's more powerful than the queen. During vital decision makings, her views are greatly noted.
The animal skin in the background shows wealth and power. She usually dress so beautifully and that is represented with the several steps gele (headgear). The cowries on her forehead also represent the wealth she has and have control over while the staff shows her powerful status.