Ibokun

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Coordinates: 7°47′00″N 4°43′00″E / 7.7833°N 4.7167°E / 7.7833; 4.7167

Ibokun
LGA and Town
Nickname(s): Obokun Local Government Area Hqts
Ibokun is located in Nigeria
Ibokun
Ibokun
Coordinates: 7°46′6″N 4°43′0″E / 7.76833°N 4.71667°E / 7.76833; 4.71667
Country  Nigeria
State Osun State
Government
 • Governor of State of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola
 • The Oba of Ibokun - Alademure of Ibokun HRH Festus Awogboro
Area
 • Total 527 km2 (203 sq mi)
Population (2006 Census)
 • Total 116,511
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
3-digit postal code prefix 233
ISO 3166 code NG.OS.OB

About Ibokun[edit]

Ibokun (Ibokun) is a populated place (class P - Populated Place) in Osun State (Nigeria, Nigeria (Africa) with the region font code of Africa/Middle East. It is located at an elevation of 416 meters above sea level. Ibokun is the headquarters of Obokun Local Government Area, Osun State. Obokun is a Local Government Area in Osun State, Nigeria. Obokun LGA has an area of 527 km² and a population of 116,511 at the 2006 census. The postal code of the area is 233. Other towns include Imesi-Ile, Esa-Oke and Ora.

Its coordinates are 7°46'6" N and 4°43'0" E in DMS (Degrees Minutes Seconds) or 7.78333 and 4.71667 (in decimal degrees). Its UTM position is FJ86 and its Joint Operation Graphics reference is NB31-04. The Timezone in Ibokun is Africa/Lagos Sunrise at 06:22 and Sunset at 18:54. It's light (Africa/Lagos UTC/GMT+1).

History of Ibokun[edit]

Ibokun previously known as Ilemure was named after the warrior that delivered the town from slavery of the neighborhood warriors such as Alare- the paramount ruler of the then Ilare town. It was believed that Obokun migrated from Ife as the youngest son of Oduduwa. He, alone of all Oduduwa sons, volunteered to go and fetch sea water to cure his father's blindness of old age which translated to Obokun in Yoruba language that is someone who fetches okun- sea water. On his return he was told his father was dead, and he asked for his "portion" of his inheritances. He was told that all inheritances including crowns were given to his elder brothers. Instead he was given a sword–Ida Ajase (sword of conquest) and told to seize his heritage from his elder brothers. On his conquest tours, he got to Ilemure now Ibokun where he met Ita on ground during one of the festive periods, Obokun was ceremoniously welcomed and he requested the host should extend the celebration with drums and dancing which was against the rules of the land- Ibokun by the neighbour "super master. The host danced to the tunes of Obokun's instruction which eventually led to several wars and Obokun conquered. The victory made him the ruler of the community as the host-Ita offered this kind gesture to him as the new master who can deliver the land from future wars.

Occupation[edit]

The people of Ibokun were predominantly farmers who specialised in growing food crops such as Yam, Cassava, Maize, Rice and so on as well as Cash crops such as Cocoa, Kolanut and so on. However, the thrust of commerce is central to their activities and they participate in trading activities mostly across the Western and the Northern part of Nigeria.

Politics and personalities[edit]

The town belongs to the Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency of Osun State. It commands special respect in the politics of Osun State as a whole due to its strategic positioning. Ibokun is the home of the icon Dr. F.A Ajayi SAN former Attorney General of the old Oyo State and other notable figures. It also boasts of businessmen, entrepreneurs, teachers, lovers, and past and present political position holders.

Cities, Towns, Localities & Places Close to Ibokun[edit]

  • Ilase 3.7 km / 2.3 miles
  • Ipetu 4.1 km / 2.6 miles
  • Iponda 5.6 km / 3.5 miles
  • Ilare 7.6 km / 4.7 miles
  • Otan Ile 8.2 km / 5.1 miles
  • Idoko 8.3 km / 5.1 miles
  • Eisun 8.3 km / 5.1 miles
  • Ibala 9.4 km / 5.9 miles
  • Ere 10.4 km / 6.5 miles
  • Ilekete 11.3 km / 7 miles
  • Idominasi 11.3 km / 7 miles
  • Iregun 11.3 km / 7 miles
  • Esa Odo 11.6 km / 7.2 miles
  • Adeshiyan 12.4 km / 7.7 miles
  • Ijaregbe 12.4 km / 7.7 miles
  • Ada 13 km / 8.1 miles
  • Agba 13.1 km / 8.1 miles
  • Iragbiji 13.5 km / 8.4 miles
  • Iree 16.7 km / 10.4 miles

Major Cities Close to Ibokun[edit]

  • Oshogbo 17.2 km / 10.7 miles
  • Ilesha 18.4 km / 11.4 miles
  • Ede 31.7 km / 19.7 miles
  • Iwo 61 km / 37.9 miles
  • Ikire 75.1 km / 46.7 miles
  • Ondo 77 km / 47.9 miles
  • Akure 79.3 km / 49.3 miles
  • Ilorin 81 km / 50.3 miles
  • Oyo 86.3 km / 53.6 miles
  • Ijebu Ode 86.3 km / 53.6 miles
  • Ife 94.1 km / 58.5 miles
  • Ibadan 98 km / 60.9 miles
  • Owo 116.5 km / 72.4 miles
  • Iseyin 124.6 km / 77.4 miles
  • Shagamu 157.7 km / 98 miles
  • Abeokuta 165.9 km / 103.1 miles
  • Okene 169 km / 105 miles
  • Ikorodu 187.8 km / 116.7 miles
  • Benin 189.3 km / 117.6 miles
  • Lagos 207.5 km / 128.9 miles
  • Warri 276.5 km / 171.8 miles
  • Minna 286 km / 177.7 miles
  • Onitsha 291.8 km / 181.3 miles
  • Cotonou 297.9 km / 185.1 miles

Schools in Ibokun[edit]

  • Ibokun Grammar School, Ibokun
  • L.A Secondary School, Ibokun
  • Christ Model College, Ibokun
  • St. Peter's Pry School, Ibokun
  • St. Michael's Pry School, Ibokun
  • Methodist Primary School, Ibokun
  • NUD Primary School, Ibokun
  • Omo Obokun School. Ibokun
  • Ibikunle Group of Schools, Ibokun
  • Mustard Seed Group of Schools, Ibokun
  • Tolkbu Primary School, Ibokun

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