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Home of Peace
|• Type||Local Government Council and Headquarters|
|• Caretaker Chairman||Hon. Mr. Omo Oba Abayomi Adesanya (APC)|
|• Total||310 sq mi (803 km2)|
| • Estimate |
|Time zone||UTC+1 (WAT)|
Ikale or Old Ikale Local government is part of the Yoruba tribe of Ondo state in Nigeria which was originally a combination of the present Okitipupa Local Government and Irele Local Government before the two Local Governments were split into two namely: Irele Local Government and Okitipupa local government. Okitipupa is a Local Government Area in Nigeria and part of Ikale speaking nation in Ondo State. Okitipupa Local Government headquarters is located in Okitipupa township with a university, Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) which commenced academic session in year 2010/2011.
Okitipupa town was formerly known as Ode-Idepe. The name Okitipupa originated from the elevation of the town, migration of the people to virgin area and the red colour of the soil which means ‘pupa’in Ikale and Yoruba dialects while ‘Okiti means hilly land. Okiti-pupa is derived from Ikale Yoruba language Okiti(Hilly) and Pupa(Red) which became a word and a name being used by the people travelling from other communities to trade in the central market of the town (Okitipupa). Today, the inhabitants use the names of Okitipupa and Idepe interchangeably.
Okitipupa has always been the central town for the inhabitants of Ondo South senatorial district of Ondo state, comprising okitipupa, Irele, Ilaje, Ese-Odo, Odigbo and Ile-oluji/Oke-Igbo local governments respectively due to the presence of basic amenities. Okitipupa town is the administrative headquarters of Okitipupa local government with neighbouring communities such as: Ode-Erinje, Ikoya, Ode-Aye, Igbotako, Ilutitun, Igbodigo, Iju- Odo, Erekiti, Iju- Oke, Omotosho, Akinfosile, Okunomo, Igodan, Ayeka and many others, just to mention a few. It was a district in the colonial days before Nigeria's independence in 1960. It has a university, a specialist hospital, several private hospitals, a Magistrate court, a High court, Nigerian Police Force Area command, an Army barrack, commercial banks, a telephone exchange, and numerous primary and secondary schools.
Natives of Ikale are predominantly farmers. The major cash crops being cultivated in the area are oil-palm, rubber and cassava. They also cultivate yams, beans, Okro, Pepper, Melon and Vegetables. Staple food inclusive but not limited to baked cassava popularly known as Pupuru, yam, rice, yam flour and cassava flakes (Garri) among others.
It has a market that has been a major shopping centre for traders from all Yoruba land and beyond since pre-colonial. A modern market was built by the administration of Chief Herbert Kuewumi in 1979 when he was the executive chairman of the Old Okitipupa Local government before the administration of the then governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state rebuilt the market in 2009. A larger percentage of the roads in the town were constructed by the administration of Olusegun Kokumo Agagu when he was governor of Ondo state.
Major industries located in the town include the Okitipupa Oil Palm Plc and Oluwa Glass Factory (both of which were listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange). Palm-oil and rubber plantations litter the landscape.
It has an area of 803 km² and a population of 233,565 as at 2006 census. Notable people:
- Akintude Aduwo – Former Governor Western region, Navy Vice Admiral
- Olu Bajowa – Army General
- Olu Akinfosile – Former Minister of Communication
- Olusegu Agagu – Former Governor of Ondo state
- Dr Reuben Akinwalere -Founder Of The Gospel Faith Mission
- Elijah Olusheye -Pastor/Former Christ Apostolic Church *president/General Overseas
- Olu Ewuola -Pastor/Former Assistance General Overseas The *Gospel Faith Mission
- Afolabi Iyantan Former Deputy Governor Ondo state
- Asiwaju Benson Akindeju -Media Concept
- Prince Dayo Faduyile President of Medical Doctors
- Bode Ojajuni ACP
- Adeolu Ijose General Manager/Regional Bank Head UBA Bank
- Daramola Omoyele Claudius -Professor/Former minister
- Akinlo Anthony -Professor/VC Redeemer university
- Igbekele Ajibefun -Professor/ VC AAUA
- Olu Tewe -Professor/ Former Senate Council of AAUA
- Ayesan - Professor
- Ayenogun- Professor
- Adegbehin -Professor
- Akinnawonu Benson -Professor
- Late Hon. Oye Alademehin, a renowned politician in Ondo State before his demise.
- Late Hon. Kayode Iwakun, a politician of repute in Ondo State.
- Late High Chief Josiah Akinrinlola Nejo, the PETU of Aye kingdom, next in command in Aye Kingdom and the prime minister of the town according to the culture and tradition of the community. Late High chief J.A Nejo was renowned in his lifetime for his bravery and Solomonic wisdom especially in adjudicating on communal cases and land disputes. He was appointed the president of then customary court in Ode Aye during the reign of late chief Obafemi Awolowo as premier of western region. Oral History said that non of his judgment on any case or dispute has ever been upturned by any competent court in Nigeria even 10 years after his demise. The late Petu of Aye, High Chief Josiah Akinrinlola Nejo, was also renowned for leading some of the Ikale land-dispute cases in court between other tribes or local government in his lifetime. Before he stepped aside from leading Ikale cases due to old age before his death, Oral History recorded that he never lose any court case he led on behalf of the Ikale speaking nation during his lifetime. He died in April 12, 2010.
- Traditional rulers of Ikale kingdom
- Oba Abodi Of Ikale land Paramount Rulers of Ikale land
- Oba Rebuja Of Osooro Paramount Rulers of Osooro
- Oba Jegun Of Idepe-okitipupa
- Oba Halu/Lapoki Of Ode-Aye
- Oba Orungberuwa of Ode-Erinje
- Oba Lumure Of Ayeka
- Oba Olura of Igbinsin-oloto
- Oba Obagberume Of Igbodigo
- Oba Olu Of Igodan-Lisa
- Oba Orofun of Iju-odo
- [[Oba Majuwa Of Moribod-Ilutitun]
- Oloja Odofin Of IjuOke
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