•As OLOWU Of ODOLOWU, AIYEPE IJEBU Gets New KING!
There are so many great towns in Ijebuland. One of it is Aiyepe-Ijebu, a sleepy town very close to Ijebu-Ode. And one significant thing about that town is the fact that it is governed by 6 traditional rulers namely:
As you read this, Odolowu in Aiyepe Ijebu has just had a new Oba. The coronation and installation ceremonies took place last week Saturday, 24th November, 2018. The new Oba is His Royal Majesty, Alaiyeluwa Oba Abdul Wasiu Ademola Sobowale (Erin J’ogun Ola, Aiyegbajeje 1). He is the new Olowu of Odolowu, Aiyepe Ijebu. The Chief Host was His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (FCA, CON) the Executive Governor, Ogun State, while the host was Chief Jide Ojuko, the Hon Commissioner for Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs, Ogun State. The venue of the coronation was Aiyepe Comprehensive High School, Aiyepe Ijebu, Ogun State.
To ensure that rancour does not tear apart the Aiyepe Traditional Rulers Council to which all the Obas belong the chairmanship is not permanent. The council’s meeting is held periodically and chaired in rotation by the six Obas.
As at last week, the stools of two of the Obas were vacant after the immediate past Obas joined their ancestors, between a few years ago. The selection processes to fill the vacant stools are said to be in top gear. The two affected stools are Olowu of
The other 4 traditional rulers are the Alakan of Ilakan of Aiyepe, Oba Adeyemi Adelaja, Obiri of Aiyepe, Oba Ezekiel Ademola Oreniyi J.P, Alaiye Aba of Aiyepe, Oba Emmanuel Adeyemi Alaba Dehinbo Shobowale. 11 and Akalako of Aiyepe, Oba B.A Ogunnuga.
The amalgam of 6 Obas in just one town dated back about 2 centuries when Aiyepe was founded. Specifically, in 1800, six homesteads – Aba,
Odolowu and Idobusanwa
Basically, their decision to live together was informed by the internecine wars and the regular disappearance of their folks particularly women and children at the time. Around this period, there were incessant civil wars in Yorubaland and many homesteads were raided where people were killed or capture. To stop incursions into their territories, the six Obas met over how to ward off the enemies and find a lasting solution to the incessant attacks. The out-come was a resolution to amalgamate, so to speak, with a view to provide a formidable community.
Corroborating the peaceful co-existence of the six Obas since 1800, the Alakan of Aiyepe and Secretary of the Aiyepe Traditional Rulers Council, Oba Adeyemi Adelaia said that their forefathers had a
Tracing the history of Ilakan, Oba Adelaja said his people left Ile-Ife in the 14th century and first settled at Imota in the present Lagos State. They consulted the oracle, which directed them to proceed forward. However, they left some of their children in Imota who now reign as Alakan in Imota. They proceeded and settled near Shagamu from where they joined others to found Aiyepe.
The 71-year old Oba who was enthroned over 25 years ago said that the 6 Obas in the town regard themselves as equals and so meetings are held and presided over in rotation. Although his palace is’ the secretariat of the town’s ruler’s council, a meeting is held in the palace or the convener. Oba Adelaia said the 6 quarters, do things in common. “We have one big Central Mosque for the Jumat service on a vast expanse of land and a mighty, Anglican Cathedral Church for the people of Aiyepe”, he enthused.
Theclaim of untainted rapport was corroborated by the Alaiye Aba of Aiyepe, ObaAlaba Dehinbo. He said the 6 Obas dine together and have more than 5 dressesthey bought together. The noted that the Obas and the people have always seenthemselves as one and solved their problems mutually. The Aba people, he said,came from Ile- Ife and settled near Shagamu. the invasion of parts of Remolandby the Egbas spurred them into joining the Aiyepe union. He was happy that theyhave never regretted coming together as one people.