Ido Ekiti

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Ido - Ekiti is located in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Nigeria. It is situated in the northern part of the state were the routes from Oyo, Osun and Kwara states respectively converge. Ido-Ekiti is the headquarters of Ido/Osi local council. It is bounded in the east by Ipere and Iludun, in the south by Igbole and Ifinsin axis and in the north and northwest by Usi and Ilogbo – Ekiti.

In the pre-local government reforms in Nigeria in 1876, Ido district was made up of ten town and villages with Olojudo as the paramount ruler “Ido Mewa” meaning a ‘country’ with ten settlements emerged from the aforementioned sole authority of Olojudo.

In the beginning six potential hunters left Ile-Ife for Ido- Ekiti about the middle of fifteenth century. These hunters were bold and courageous. Oral traditions did not reveal their initial names; rather one of them was made their leader. The head of the five hunters was later christened as Odemorun. It could now be inferred the Odemorun was the founder of Ido after proper settlement and interaction with small villages. The settlement was organized by the violent incursion of Ikere people against Ido. The letter was attack, defeated and was captured almost half of the people’s population. It was interesting to note that one Olupetu who attempted to attack Ikere because of his supernatural power but met his waterloo as result of Ikere’s sophisticated weapons. Odemorun and his co-setters who fifthly settled in place called Ibudo meaning fertile settlement later moved to present Idofin quarters and changed the original name to Ido. Odemorun was made the head of the first and new dynasty; Odemorun voluntarily gave Odofin chieftaincy title to one of his son called Ologiriko while he remained as father of all. Odemorun, as it was not in his character to be a lone ranger, with love, he invites ABAKUTA from Ido Opa along Igbole road, Emila from Egbakan en route Igbo Erebu to his domains Alaatala and Oloogun accompanied Abakuta their father to Ido from Ido Opa, equally migrated from Ipepe, and enclave along Ora road to settle and live with Odemorun in Ido. Abakuta was already recognized as a famous crowned king from his former settlement in Ido - opa, hence, Odemorun allowed him to continue with reign as a king. Abakuta’s reign was peaceful and prosperous. He reigned so long that he lived to witness the funeral of many of his children. According to oral tradition, this man reigned for about two hundred and fifty years before he died. Due to old age and infirmity, people were now contemplating of replacement to the throne but Abakuta intervened and resolved the issue by presenting his successor. He subsequently appointed one GBIMI in his ironically died before Abakuta. Odorosunbotun was however later installed after GBIMI. In the final analysis, tradition revealed that Abakuta did not taste ‘death’ but mysteriously transformed to stone. The fundamental reason why Abakuta settled in Idofin as the king was that the place was in the ‘heart’ of the town to secure and defend him and his successors from external aggression. Various and notable kings were installed and reigned in Ido. These include;

  1. ABAKUTA.
  2. ELEKERE.
  3. OLUARAN.
  4. OGBOLU.
  5. OLUABODO.
  6. AKANGBIARIN.
  7. AJIBOYEDE.
  8. ABATAGUNWA.
  9. OJOGBOAYE.
  10. OKEORO.
  11. OYIYO.
  12. ADEFI.
  13. OLAYISADE. I
  14. ADEJUWON.
  15. OLAYISADE II
  16. AJIBOYEDE III, the incumbent.

Conglomeration of people and quarters. There was emergence of various quarters that in the later years transformed to one entity of a community called Ido. These are; (i). INISA This quarter was popularized by the emergence of Abakuta who built his house on the land of chief Olumo four major families hailed from Ido- Opa and finally settled at Inisa. They are; Abakuta Ajana, Olode Esinmo, Alaate Olode Esinmo and Ajana were neighbours while Abakuta and Alara of Aramoko – Ekiti had shared same common cultural affinities from their source Ile-Ife. Whereas Abakuta brought some notable idols to Ido and his was ajagun which was custodised by chief Eleyinmi of Odo - Esi quarters male children from Inisa are usually named Olu while the female ones called Omonijan. (ii). IMILA Emila was the progenitor of Imila people. He hailed from Egbekan near Igbo Ero and finally settled at Ido. Emila was said to be very wealthy as he had retinue of domestic servants with half-shaved head. He was a veteran warrior and no youth could dare him in any circumstances. His opponent in battle front was called Apa-amoriya and woe betide any early riser to see this man for this symbolized bad omen, with time, Emila and Abakuta became friends and exchanged brotherliness to each other. With the help of Abakuta, Emila was integrated in ido socio –cultural value. For instance, Emila’s son Obanla, was installed as Abakuta’s secured in charge. Obanla was then mandated to be living at Oju Oja quarters for proximity reasons to the palace. Other adventurous tendencies included the integration of Aworo Erete and Alagunrin to his fold. This was not done on the platter of gold as the exercise was behooved of intrigues and coercion but cajoled some of them to chieftaincy titles.

(iii). ODO-IRO Odo-Iro people came from Agunrin village through Abakuta. Aja gba-oru Okun was instated as Eleyinmi. Eleyinmi custodised the deity is called Ajagun. Ido people believe vehemently that it was this deity that saved them during Ikere war, if not; town would have suffered total annihilation and subjugations. A heavy fight broke out between Ajagba-Oru- okun’s two children the bone of contention between the duos was the vacant stool of Eleyinmi chieftaincy title. These two children were Ogunmodede was the choice of the elders and the people. This annoyed Akanibi Geregere – oke and he mobilize his supporters and migrated to Ijero but finally settle at a place called Ido-Irapa later changed to Ido-Ajinare

(iv) INISALORO. Inisaloro comprises the family of Afa, Ejimo, part of Ejigbo and Omi. Ejimo and saloro were living together at Ipere before they finally settled at Inisaloro. Another name for Ejigbo was Afa and their religion was based on Ereju deity. Other families that were living with Inisaloro lineage include Enurin, Saade, Sakete, Osuta and Odogun.

(v) IYEDI Three major families emerged from Iyedi. They are Eisamude Yemisi and Alaate, Eisamode hailed from Ijelu. The second family is Yemisi whose mother hailed from Ikote. The following sub-families, according to oral evidence were entitled to olojudo’s stool – Abalogun, Olumo, Onikun, Olosan, Olupetu, Alapo, Elemu, Elero, Onigo and Olofi, Alaatala inclusive. But this arrangement had been re-structured by the past traditional rulers. Alaate family hailed from Ilaatala. He was one of the Abakuta’s children. He was also aggrieved for his failure to be installed as the king as his junior brother was enthroned instead.