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Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria

Ijebu-Ode is a Local Government Area and city located in South-West Nigeria, close to the A121 highway. The city is located 110 km by road north-east of Lagos; it is within 100 km of the Atlantic Ocean in the eastern part of Ogun State and possesses a warm tropical climate.

With an estimated population of 222,653 (2007), Ijebu-Ode has 39 Public Primary Schools, 14 Public Junior Secondary school, 13 public Senior Secondary Schools, 110 approved Private Nursery and Primary Schools and 22 approved Private Secondary Schools. It is the second largest city in Ogun State after Abeokuta.

Since pre-colonial times it has been the capital of the Ijebu kingdom.

The LGA has an area of 192 km² and a population of 154,032 at the 2006 census.

The postal code of the area is 120.

The largest city inhabited by the Ijebus, a sub-group of the Yoruba ethnic group who speak the Ijebu dialect of Yoruba, it is historically and culturally the headquarters of Ijebuland. Today, however, due to migration, civilisation and inter-tribal marriage, Ijebu-Ode is now composed of a mixed people who majorly speak the general Yoruba language, as opposed to the local dialect.

The ruler of Ijebu Kingdom, Oba S.K. Sikiru Kayode Adetona is known as the Awujale of Ijebuland resides in Ijebu-Ode.[3] He is regarded as the paramount ruler of Ijebu land, encompassing every town that is originally an Ijebu domain, including Ago-Iwoye, Ijebu-Igbo, Oru, Awa, Remo, Ijebu-Isiwo,Odogbolu, Aiyepe, Epe, and other Ijebu territories. The Awujale is highly revered by natives and residents of these towns.

Ijebu Ode has a local television station affiliated with the government’s NTA network and is the trade center of a farming region where yam, cassava, grain, tobacco and cotton are grown.

Adjacent to Ijebu Ode are several smaller towns and villages. They are mostly referred to as Egure “this way to”; some of them include Odo-Agamegi, Ogbo, Italupe (a neighbourhood within Ijebu-Ode), Ososa, Imomo, Imawen, Odo Ogbun, Apa(Mesan), Okelamuren, Abapawa, Erunwon, Apunren, Isonyin, Imoru, Oke-Eri, Imagbon, Ijebu-Isiwo, Odo-lewu, Odo-Arawa, Idowa, Iworo, Ala, Atiba and Ibefun among others. Ijebu-Ode is made up of three parts – Iwade, Ijasi and Porogun. Italupe is a ward in Iwade, not an Egure of Ijebu Ode.

Agemo is the unity of Ijebus. There are 16 Agemos in various part of Ijebu. They come out every July and they all meet at Ijebu-Ode before moving to Imodi Mosan, where the Agemo Festival takes place. The Agemo of Ijebu-Isiwo is the leader of all Agemo in Ijebu land. Agemo festival has masquerades and is a performing art of the Yoruba religion. Women are forbidden from seeing the Agemo on their way to Ijebu-Ode. A public announcement is made on radio and television to inform everyone the exact time Agemo will be moving. The Ojude Oba festival of Ijebu-Ode is usually held two days after the Ileya festival while the Ojude Oba festival of Ijebu-Isiwo is usually held three days after the Ileya. It is a festival whose main purpose is for the people of Ijebu to come together as one to honor their king and is regarded as one of the biggest in West Africa.

Notable People

Chief Victor Olabisi Onabanjo : Former Governor of Ogun state between 1979-1983
Professor Justus A. Sokefun: Professor and Dean of Law, National Open University of Nigeria; founder, Beulah Ministries; private legal practitioner and prolific author.
Professor Adebayo Adedeji, CFR, Nigerian politician.
Kola Onadipe (1922–1988), Nigerian children’s author.
Sunday Adelaja, the founder and senior pastor of the Embassy of God church in Kiev
Prince Kayode Badru, U.S Navy/USA Jr. Table Tennis USATT/USOC.
Harold Olusegun Demuren, Aeronautical Engineer, Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
Alhaji Hassan Namaco, First Rental Owner In Nigeria.
Adebayo Onanuga, Co-Founder and MD of ICNL, publishers of The News Magazine and PM News
Ladi Balogun Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer First City Group.
Subomi Balogun Founder First City Group.
Chief Sunny KUKU – Co- founder Eko hospital.
Engineer Adebisi Adetola-Bob Retired Permanent Secretary.
Abayomi Rotimi Mighty African Youth Spokesperson at the OAU Summit at age 16 and legend of youth development in Nigeria.
Oluwatosin Onanuga – CEO of mobileXcetera, a leading VAS and Mobile Applications Development Company to run first cross-network service in Nigeria
Prof. Lasun Gbadamosi – Professor of Educational Planning & Policy at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye in Nigeria.
Pastor Enoch O Badamosi – Ex- Head of Legal Lagos State Task Force, RCCG Pastor, U.S.A. based Administrator,LL.M Widener Law School,DE, PhD Law & Public Policy candidate at Walden,MN
Chief Bayo Kuku: Ogbeni Oja of Ijebu Ode, Bobajiro of Ijebuland. He was a former President, Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE), former Vice Chairman, Mobil Oil Nigeria Ltd, former board member, FBN Merchant Bank and former board member, NNPC.

Dr Moses Alatishe Private Hospital Canada

Alhaji Balogun Gbogboigba: First cross country haulage company owner. Major transporter of goods and services from in Ijebu-ode

References; Wikipedia

Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria

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