The Brief History of Ijero-Ekiti

Oral history tells us that Oduduwa had EIGHT children. SEVEN (Onipopo of Popo, Onisabe of Sabe, Alara of Ara, Ajero of Ijero, Orangun of Oke-Ila, Owa Obokun Ajibogun of Ijesaland and Oranmiyan) by his “legal” wife, and one (Ooni) by his slave turned wife, named ORUNTO.

The first seven were sent out by their father to establish other kingdoms while Ooni the son of Orunto stayed behind to take care of their father and he inherited the throne of his father after his demise.

The people of Ijero Ekiti have settled in various places before the final settlement in the Ijero Kingdom. Their first movement was from Ile- Ife at a place called Ita Ajero (the quarter still exists in Ile-Ife till today) Their final settlement in the Ijero Kingdom which was precisely in the year 1312AD and the king who led them to the present Ijero Kingdom was called Owa-Ogbe.

While Ajero left Ile-Ife to the present Ijero kingdom, he met a family who also came from Ile-Ife called Olodo-Oye family and this family worships Obalufon Alayemore.

Some other families which he met includes Alapa family, Oloku family among others but due to the supremacy of Ajero, these families could not fight against him but rather submitted to his royalty. Presently, Owa-lodooye, one of these families is one of the the high chiefs of Ijero Ekiti.



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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.

5 thoughts on “The Brief History of Ijero-Ekiti

  1. Most of today’s history lay unnecessary emphasis on how these days Oonis are fake i.e. are not fit to have been on the throne of Oduduwa. The hateful emphasis is always laid on the premise that their progeniting mother was a slave!
    But no one has disputed that they were not fathered by Oduduwa.
    If they were, is Oduduwa not their father? If he is, don’t they have right to the throne?
    Did any one prevent the original sons from taken over their father’s position? If the slave’s son had behaved like them, would there be anywhere to claim as home today?
    I think we need to desist from writing this kind of divisive history.

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  2. oduduwa history is not genuine, mean not all Yorubas are Oduduwa source, because history tells us dat Oduduwa met peope in Ife, who were the people today and what can we call such people?

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