The Brief History of Osogbo

The early history of Osogbo is essentially the legendary account of the spirit-world; it is the history of the early people whom we call the spirits and fairies. This is in line with Yoruba traditions, which use mythical stories to explain the origins of the ruling families of an early Yoruba state. Osogbo according toContinue reading “The Brief History of Osogbo”


High Chief Fagbamila the first Aro of Akure Kingdom was born of parents from both Ilaro town (between Akure and Idanre) and Ijumu town in kogi state a few kilometers from Omuo Ekiti. Aro Fagbamila relocated to Akure in 1710 during the reign of Deji Eyemoin (1705-1735). He came in company of his brother AwoyokunContinue reading “THE BRIEF HISTORY OF ARO CHIEFTANCY STOOL IN AKURE”

History of Ila Orangun

Ila-Orangun was founded by Orangun Fagbamila Ajagun-nla, (the progenitor of Igbomina race) a son of the legendary Oduduwa. However, opinion differs as to how the people got the name “Ila-Orangun” for their settlement. A version goes thus: the name “Ila-Orangun” was derived from the two settlements, which resulted from two separate events in the lifeContinue reading “History of Ila Orangun”

Brief history of Shaki

late Okere of Saki Land, OBA (SHEIK) TIJANI ABIMBOLA OYEDOKUN II JP. Originally part of the old Oyo Empire, Shaki became a Yoruba refugee settlement after the destruction in 1835 of Old Oyo (Katunga), 70 miles (113 km) east-northeast, by Muslim Fulani conquerors. For those who are unfamiliar with its history, Shaki occupies a veryContinue reading “Brief history of Shaki”


One has been following the debate on the Ife/Benin connection that ensued as a result of the confusion brought about by the controversial “assertion” by the Omon’Oba Erediauwa, that Oduduwa was a Benin prince named Ekaladerhan who escaped being sacrificed by his people. This generated confusion raised the need to confirm what one had knownContinue reading “IFE/BENIN CONNECTION: THE RELEVANCE OF DATING AND THE BURDEN OF SMALLNESS”

Contrasting history of Oba-Ile and Akure.

Oba-Ile’s history is shrouded in mystery and is also intricately linked to that of Ile-Ife, the cradle of the Yorubas. Many Yoruba books dealing with the history of the origins or myths of creation of the Yoruba race appropriately refer to the importance of Oba-Ile (or Oba-Akure – to distinguish it from other Obas) asContinue reading “Contrasting history of Oba-Ile and Akure.”

Brief history of IJESHA and IJEBU-JESA: the origin

Ijebu Jesa which hitherto before now was known and called Ijebu Egboro is the ancient historic town in the east of Osun State, Nigeria and it occupies a strategic position in Ijesaland. In Ijesa division, it is the next most important town politically and in terms of history to Ilesa. Her Oba is the nextContinue reading “Brief history of IJESHA and IJEBU-JESA: the origin”