Who Are the Igbomina? by Comrade Olusan Idris Olamilekan (Diesel)

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Igbomina is a name fabricated from ogbomona in the ancient days due to civilization. They are largely hardworking and humble in disposition. They are considered the largest sub ethnic yoruba people of west african (nigeria)and they form the largest single population in kwara state and are considered heterogenous{because from history they are associated with more than a source in which they originated from}. Based on some evidence they are said to have originated from ile ife {orisun i.e source of the yorubas} and in some other hand from oyo empire and migrated to osun state before now settling down at kwara state and some pheripheral areas such as ekiti ,ijesha and kogi {yagba}. They occupy two local government in osun state which are the ila and ifedayo and three local government in kwara state which are ifelodun , irepodun and isin.

ORIGIN OF IGBOMINA

Their history started after the referendum held by all the yorubas at ita ajero in ile ife.The referendum was held to decide how to decongest the over populated ile-ife then{the craddle of yoruba land}. The outcome leads to the migration of all prince and princess to find places of abode given a crown and symbol which later turn to authority. These people were given cutlass called “ada ogbo”which is believed it was given to orangun of ila and which posses spiritual power I.E it acted as pathfinder during the itinerary from ile-ife to present day igbomina land. The roles plays by the cutlass as pathfinding and route detecting lead to the name “ogbo mi mona”{my cutlass is capable of showing me the way}later shorten to ogbomona then due to civilization to igbomina. This what makes the hrm orangun of ila the royal father of igbomina land.

Geographical review

Igbomina land is adjoined on west and north west by major neighbors such as the  oyo yoruba-region, on the south and southwest by the ijesha yoruba-region and on south and south-east by ekiti-yoruba region and on east by yagba-yoruba region and on north by non-yoruba region nupe region south of river niger. Other minor neigbours of igbomina are the ibolo sub group of the cities of offa, oyan and okuku in the west. They spread across eastern kwara state and northern osun state about 90% of these people live in kwara state while the remaining occupy osun state. They are alligned into sixteen adminstrative parts in kwara state. The areas are omu aran, omupo, saare, oke-ode, oro-ago, ile-ire, ora, oko, ola, esie, idofian and idofin and known with few compartments towns and villages in few other local government of kwara state including apado in iponri area,jeba in lanwa district,apa-ole joromu, fufu etc in akanbi district and ogbondoroko in afon area.They cover above 1500km in kwara state I.E the land they occupy. They consist of 158 town or villages in ifelodun local government and 45 in isin local government and also 50 in irepodun local government and few towns such as oke ila-orangun, ora and ila-orangun in the local government they occupy in osun state.

Culture and Tradition of the Igbomina

The cords that firmly holds the clan together exhibits in inseperable dialect ,origin,values,culture,institution and history. Their main language is igbonna. They are grouped into two {igbomina mosan and igbomina moye} the moye group include oke-ode, oro-ago, ora, oke-ola, idofin and agunjin district. The mosan group comprises area such as idofian,omu-aran,ajase,igbaja,isin,oro,share,omupo and ila-orangun. They enjoyed egungun elewe, layewu, and apa festivals and other festivals associated with each towns or villages under them. The food associated with them is ewu-iyan and oka-idagbona {these food are a remake of overnight leftover of amala and iyan a delicacy that add refreshinly new flavours of delicious taste and aromas to the meals} and also eko-eda.
Tourist centres associated with them

  • First national museum in nigeria located at esie.
  • Standard zoological garden at share.
  • Ayikunugba water fall at oke-ila.
  • Owu fall at owa-kajola.
  • Gegele hill in igbaja and so on.

Occupation and impact on national development

In the olden days they are renowned merchants together with olden day works such as farming, hunting, wood-carving, cloth weaving and leather arts.Modern day igbomina thrive in trading still, they seem to be at the way top of wealth distribution in yorubaland and nigeria going by their renowned traits. They are industrious, selfless, full of agility and are often driven by willingness to succed. An average igbomina is second to none in enterprenuership and small scale bussinesses. They start small (kiosk stall) and end big. Hhaving said that, they are also now known to be university graduates and even professors and professional footballers. There are uncountable igbomina who are medical doctors, lawyers, engineers and so forth they are found in all aspects of nigerian economy, including bankingand finance, industry and commerce, shipping and freighting, transportation, international trade, management and in government adminstrations.They are the main liberator of kwara state economy and brought about means of civilization in kwara state and can never be sideline in means of generating revenue e.G kam wire industry and some highly notable institutions such as al-hikmah university, landmark university,covenant universityand also own the first indigineous radio station in nigeria and so on. And they also have upto 60% and above impact on lagos state sources of income through their trading skills since the year 1300 through the means of trade by barter during the colonial era with the britainsby exchanging their wares they are selling for something else in exchange till now through their trading and business traits and they can be found in most areas in lagos state such as ijora, orile, agege, lagos island, ebute-metta, ketu, subiri and so on and also most parts of nigeria and also in diaspora.

  • FIRST CLASS KINGS IN IGBOMINA LAND:-
    ORANGUN OF ILA-ORANGUN :OBA WAHAB OYEDOTUN BIBIRE.
  • OLUPO OF AJASE-IPO :OBA SIKIRU ATANDA SANNI.
  • ELEESE OF IGBAJA :OBA ALH HAMMED AWUNI BABALOLA.
  • OLUSIN OF ISANLU-ISIN :OBA SOLOMON OLUWAGBEMIGA OLOYEDE.
  • OLUPAKO OF SAARE :OBA ABUBAKAR ADELODUN
  • OLOMU OF OMU-ARAN :LATE OBA CHARLES OLADELE IBITOYE
  • ORANGUN OF OKE-ILLA :OBA ADEDOKUN ABOLANRIN

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Note;- Attached At The Back Is List Of Towns Under Igbomina

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