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OGBOMOSO


Festivals: Egungun festival
State: Oyo State
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The Ogbomoso is the area comprising the local Government Areas of Ogbomosland which remained a single Local Government council until 1989, when there was a boundary adjustment between Oyo and Ogbomoso following the supreme court Judgment of June 1984 which ceded more land from Oyo to Ogbomoso after a protracted boundary dispute.

There is considerable agreement base on the historical oral traditions of Ogbomosoland which ascribe the founding of the town to five personalities who came to settle in the area from different part of what is known as Nigeria. The first mentioned was called Aale, described as a Nupe hunter from the area of the Niger. His family became the Baale Okelerin chieftaincy family which indicated its desire to change its title from Baale Okelerin to Aale very recently.

Another early settler and co-founder in the area was ohunsile, described as an Awori Prince from the area of Ota in present-Day Ogun State. His is the present chieftaincy family of Baale Ijeru.

Orisatolu, the Progenitor of the present Baale Isapa, was reported to have come from Ibariba area. He was a famous Ifa priest and a farmer. His quarters derived its name from the type of vegetable locally called Isapa-which Orisatolu was cultivating on a large scale.

Another early settler and co-founder of Ogbomoso was Akandie. He also preceded the family of Soun the area of Ogbomoso. His family retained the title of Baale Akandie, in Isale Afon Ward, until family became extinct.

Ogunlola, the fifth settler and co-founder of Ogbomoso gave rise to the present Soun ruling dynasty of Ogbomoso. He was reported to have come from Ibabriba area. Ike orisatolu. Ogunlola eventually emerged as the leader of the founding fathers by consensus, through the agency of a local club named Alongo Society. Tradition has it that each of the often named four early settlers was requested to lead the group but declined the offer. Even, the Olugbon, who was the representative of the Alafin, and a kind of superior coordinator to all the five early settlers in Ogbomoso, refused to accept the leadership of Alongo facilitated by his cheerful wife who readily provided food and drinks for the comfort of the members of the Alongo society. The foundation of Ogbomoso cannot be precisely dated. The process might have taken place between the end of the seventeenth century and early eighteenth century.At this point, it may be illuminating to comment on the emphasis being placed on the origin of the early leaders, sometimes to disparage their descendants. There is nothing derogatory in identifying the historical origins or antecedents of anybody. The place of origin of the ruler does not necessarily determine the ethnic stock of the ruled. As earlier observed, the acceptance of the role of the leader of the Alongo Club by Ogunlola, to which the other settlers in Ogbomoso subscribed gave Ogunlola a head start. Meetings were held in his camp-idi Ajagbon- and the place became a central point attracting other travelers and traders. At this early period the supervisory authority of the Olugbon as the representative of the Alafin was still accepted by the settlers, in the area.


PAST and PRESENT SOUN OF OGBOMOSOLAND

1. OBA OLABANJO OGUNLOLA OGUNDIRAN - 1659 – 1714
2. OBA ERINSABA ALAMU JOGIORO - 1741 – 1770
3. OBA IKUMOYEDE AJAO - 1770 – 1797
4. OBA TOYEJE AKANNI (Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland) - 1797 – 1825
5. OBA OLUWUSI AREMU - 1826 – 1840
6. OBA JAIYEOLA ARE AROLOFIN ALAO - 1840 – 1842
7. OBA IDOWU BOLANTA ADIGUN - 1842 – 1845
8. OBA OGUNLABI ODUNARO - 1845 – 1860
9. OBA OJO ABURUMAKU ADIO (Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland) - 1860 – 1869
10. OBA GBAGUNGBOYE AJAMASA AJAGUNGBADE I - 1869 – 1871
11. OBA LAOYE ATANDA ORUMOGEGE - 1871 – 1901
12. OBA MAJENGBASAN ELEPO ARAN I - 1901– 1907
13. OBA ADEGOKE ATANDA LAYODE I - 1907 – 1914
14. OBA ITABIYI OLAREWAJU ANDE - 1914 – 1916
15. OBA BELLO AFOLABI OYEWUMI AJAGUNGBADE II - 1916 – 1940
16. OBA LAWANI OKE LANIPEKUN - 1944 – 1952
17. OBA OLATUNJI ALAO ELEPO ARAN II - 22-7-1952 –7-1-1966
18. OBA OLAJIDE OLAYODE, II - 6-4-1966 –6-2- 1969
19. OBA SALAMI AJIBOYE ITABIYI - 1972 –1973
20. ROYAL MAJESTY ALAYELUWA OBA JIMOH OLADUNI OYEWUMI AJAGUNGBADE III - 1973–Till date




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