Brief history of Emure-Ile.

Prince Fagbamila Obadudu was bidden by his father to look for a territory where he could settle with his own people. He was sent forth with blessings by the entire Oduduwa royal family as he left Ile-Ife.

Prince Obadudu was given the following paraphernalia of royalty – a Beaded Crown, a Sword (to win laurels in battle), Fern Leaves, Akoko Leaves, Atorin (cane), and a Giant Leather Fan made of Tiger Skin.

The Fern Leaf is called Imu in Yoruba language and the name of the town was derived from the act of giving the Fern Leaves to Obadudu – Imu re re e o, meaning these are your Fern Leaves.

Prince Fagbamila journeyed to Oba-Ile after consulting Ifa oracle and settled there for nine years as a temporary abode. Obe-Ile, near Akure became another Emure transit town as some people were left behind by Prince Fagbamila, when he moved to settle at Igbo-Owa.

Igbo Owa means “the Forest of the King.” He finally arrived and settled in Igbo_owa in the year 1300 AD for about four decades. The descendants of Prince Fagbamila remained in Igbo-Owa town. Records showed that Emure people lived abundant lives and were prosperous in Igbo- Owa kingdom. However, after its tremendous expansion, between 1300 and 1771 AD, the Igbo-Owa Kingdom began to experience a decline. The surrounding towns and villages over which they wiedled power and dominion became too pwerful for the central kingdom to control.

The Princes were deployed as administrators over subordinate towns and villages to help in collection royalties and maintaining law and order.

The Princes were deployed as administrators over subordinate towns and villages to help in collection royalties and maintaining law and order.

Attacks from Oba Ado, Bini (Benin Kingdom) drove them from the settlement and led to the fragmentation of the Igbo-Owa kingdom. Components of this great kingdom which later fragmented included Awo, Odo-Emure (now known as Odo-Emure Agbado). Other people settled in Ado-Ani (now called Idoani), Oba (now known as Oba Akoko), Ipeme, and a host of other towns. As the Emures departed from Igbo-Owa in their search for better life, they got to a habitable place, and the elderly ones felt it was commodious enough for them to settle there, since they were not strong enough to participate in a long trek, and promptly named it Emure-Ile, meaning they had ‘arrived home’. After settling the elderly people at Emure-Ile, the younger ones proceeded to a place called Emure Ijaloke, which is now known as Emure-Ekiti.

Ijaloke was formerly named Oke-Oko, a farm settlement for Igbo-Owa residents and it received the name ‘Ijaloke’ because a big fight broke out among the people farming at the settlement, and this was reported at Igbo-Owa as – ‘Ogun ja l’Oke Oko’ (there was a war at Oke-Oko). This was later grafted onto the settlement’s name, which then became known as Ijaloke.

It was in 1780 that Emures relocated to Emure Ijaloke from Igbo-Owa. They were led to the new site by Adumori Ogunragaboja, who became the first ruler of Emure Kingdom.

The cracks on the walls of the Igbo-Owa kingdom in 1770 led to the disintegration of Emure Kingdom as some of the people decided to elave the central kingdom to found a new place of abode. During the journey to a new settlement, a few of the elderly persons could not go further due to tiredness hence they declared that “they had reached home” which in Yoruba parlance means “ati de le.” The place where they settled then is the present Emure Ile.

The cracks on the walls of the Igbo-Owa kingdom in 1770 led to the disintegration of Emure Kingdom as some of the people decided to elave the central kingdom to found a new place of abode. During the journey to a new settlement, a few of the elderly persons could not go further due to tiredness hence they declared that “they had reached home” which in Yoruba parlance means “ati de le.” The place where they settled then is the present Emure Ile.

Published by oloolutof

Urbanologist, Geographer, Traditionalist and Oral historian. ​I am a versatile, personable, computer literate and goal – driven achiever. I have good communication skill with ability to interact at different levels. I am self –motivated, can easily assimilate new ideals and quite adaptive to work in different environments. Studied in University of Jos, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and University of Calabar.

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