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Ilogbo Ekiti: A Town Where Horse Riding Is Forbidden, Organizes Homecoming Reception For Hon. Aina

The Oasis Reporters

September 28, 2019

Hon. Thaddeus Aina stands to be recognized.
Oba Edward Ajayi speaks.
Dr. Jola Awosusi speaks good of Hon. Aina
By Olufemi Alonge Alonso, Ilogbo – Ekiti

Illustrious sons and daughters of Ilogbo Ekiti recently gathered to recognize some of their own, including Hon. Thaddeus Aina, a former member of the Federal House of Representatives. He was given a grand reception for a successful completion of tenure and equally honoured for bringing huge developments to the town.

According to the Chairman, Committee for Homecoming events, Dr. Jola Awosusi, of the many sons and daughters who have made Ilogbo proud nationally and globally are Honourable Aina, Honourable Adetunji Orisalade who was a former Deputy Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Prof. Tayo Olutoye, said to be Nigeria’s first Professor of Yoruba Language and her son, a United States of America (U.S.A) based Nigerian Surgeon, Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye, who achieved a great medical feat by removing an unborn child from the mother’s womb, did a surgery on her and later returned the child to the womb of the woman who delivered her after 32 weeks.

Speaking at the occasion, the paramount ruler of the town, Oba Edward Ajayi explained why the town honoured her indigenes who have contributed immensely to the progress of Ilogbo: “Thaddeus Akinola Aina is a gift from God for Ilogbo-Ekiti. I am happy and well pleased for the honour bestowed on him. He is a man of honour. He is our pride in Ilogbo -Ekiti.

Well, I congratulate them all for what is happening today. It is a great lesson for everyone of them so that when the opportunity arises they should use it very well to serve their town so that they will be well-known. They should do good in their own time so that they will be remembered for it. We also want to urge the state government to help tar Usi-Ilogbo Road and provide jobs for the unemployed youths.”

Speaking with newsmen on the occasion of the honour bestowed on him, Aina who is also a former Chairman of Ido-Osi LGA, said: “I thank God I was able to construct some developmental projects in this town and in my constituency. I have to my credit almost fifty bore-holes in my constituency, about five bore-holes in Ilogbo-Ekiti and two authorised bore-holes, I sponsored the training of many on skills acquisition. I have some schools in the constituency, bought transformers in the constituency and built modern town hall.
I feel delighted and elated. I am happy and grateful to God that I lived to see this,” he said.

Ilogbo-Ekiti is one of the towns in Ido-Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

Founded by some of the grand children of Oduduwa, led by Okunbobua, who jointly migrated from Ile-Ife, around 14th century. Ilogbo began as a local military camp and had its establishment coinciding with the institution of Islamic Hausa Kingdom in Northern Nigeria.

Monarch of the community, Oba Edward Ajayi, (JP), the Owa of Ilogbo kingdom, said llogbo was formerly called Ulogbooro, meaning “a town flourishing with wealth, and this attests to the town’s current wealth in human and material resources.

He recounted a brief history of the town in a recent chat during the 36th edition of the celebration of Ilogbo Day: “As descendants of Oduduwa, Ilogbo people could trace their roots to Ile-Ife.

The town began as a military camp in the early 14th century. Its establishment coincided with the institution of Islamic Hausa Kingdom in the Northern part of Nigeria.

“The town, which was initially known as Ulugbooro came to existence when modern Nigeria was full of individually distinct ethnic kingdoms.

“Okunbobua, popularly known as Ejemu was the direct son of Owa Obokun of Ijesha who was also the son of Oduduwa.

” According to history, Okunbobua was the first person to migrate to Ilogbo. He was a prince and a son of Owa of Ilesha and when his father died, Okunbobua (Ejemu) and his two brothers argued on who will be crowned as a king. In the name of peace, Ejemu left Ilesha with few friends and Okere.

“After a few days in the forest, the group settled at Ipole “Oke -Ona” and the place became their first settlement. At Ipole , Ejemu was there for many years before he could meet Olotin- a great hunter who later helped Ejemu to persuade Omo Oye – a prince from Osun to settle down at Ipole. Omo Oye was made the king and the dynasty remains the ruling house in Ilogbo since then. Olotin also won another soul of passer-by (Odofin) to settle down with them and Ejemu agreed to make him second in command while he took third position and Enurin, who migrated from Ikole took the number four position.

“In the administration of Ilogbo- Ekiti, Owa is the head. The town has three permanent house chiefs namely : Odofin, Ejemu and Enurin. Odofin is the head of Odofin’s dynasty, Ejemu is the head of Ebi Mije and Enurin is the head of Enurin’s descendants. The additional three are rotational high chiefs which are : Eisinkin, Eisaya and Eisaba. The three additional chiefs increased number of high chiefs to six and these chiefs were known as Iwara Mefa (the kingmakers).

Ilogbo -Ekiti is one of the towns in Ido/Osi Local Government. The meaning of Ilogbo is a town that flourish formerly known as Ulugbooro,” he said.

An important feature of the Ilogbo Day Celebration is the Homecoming reception organised by the Ilogbo Elites, chaired by Dr. Jola Awosusi, and supported by other associations such as Egbe Omo Ilogbo – the umbrella organization of all age groups and associations in the town.

Continuing, Oba Edward Ajayi, (JP) said,
“Tourist attractions in Ilogbo-Ekiti include : Alaorosaba cave at Ipole, Erandu, a similitude of Olosunta Ikere and Kitikiti. Also, we have Ope Oloriyeye, a spiritual palm tree with many fronts heads. We also have streams with certain spiritual powers, they include Ogidigbi Oniranyin, a healing stream and her gentle compatriot, Isune. We are also blessed in agriculture. We produce mostly yam, cassava, maize and some other things,” he said.

Apart from having world renown indigenes, Ilogbo also boasts of rich cultural practices and heritage. Among these cultural practices and traditions according to the town’s monarch, is a taboo that guides against craving for quick riches. Explaining this tradition, the Owa of Ilogbo said : “It is an abomination for the indigenes to engage in money ritual. The consequence is that anybody who does this will die without tasting the wealth.
” Our other taboos include the fact that , you don’t call a cat Ologbo but Ologinni, you don’t carry a complete bunch of plantain, banana or palm kernel around the town and you cannot ride a horse across the main town.
The natural resources in the town are grand stone and partial gold.

“The most popular traditional festivals in Ilogbo is Olua festival and it attracts tourists and traditionalists from Cuba, United Kingdom and the United States of America. The new Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi Eniitan always comes to the town during Olua festival.”

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