Abridged Historical Background Of Elepe Town In Lagos Territory.
Elepe Townpopularly called EWU-ELEPE was founded by IJAOLU the son KATOYE IKA-ADE. KATOYE IKA was the uncle of OSHIN ADE the AKARIGBO OF REMO LAND of today SHAGAMU dated back more than 500 years ago.
Both Katoye Ika-Ade and Osinbade were the sons of LAMURUDU of Ile-Ife ( The cradle of Yoruba land), the father of Okanbi who begot IREMO.
IREMO begot (1) Oyepekan (2)Katoye Ika-Ade (3) Oshinade Osoeye. Both Katoye and Ika-Ade settled at Orile-Ofin. They both brought back wives from Ile-Ife namely, Osewu for Oshinade and Imode wife of Ika-Ade.
As prince, when Orile-Offin grew in population and commercial activities, they went back to bring crown and on their way back to Orile-Offin, their base, they got to YEMULE near IJEBU-ODE, Katoye developed stomach problem and gave the crown to his younger brother Oshinade to ease himself. Before he knows, his brotherhad ran away with the crown to Orile-Offin and he was consequently crowned.
When Katoye eventually arrived, he was told that his brother had been crowned. His children set for fight , but he forbade them. He told them ARAN-MUJA (i.e the stomach trouble had settled the dispute). He went back to Ile-Ife where he narrated his ordeal to their father. The father told him that he knew his brother (Oshinade) to be a traitor and cunning. He was then given a bigger and more prestigious crown with prayer:
‘’Oyee opee (Elepe) with oriki
Pele omo igbanla jobi
Omo orun tobi loke
Omo amosha komo agbe eni to mo agbe wa lorun alakeji
Omo arira marinu
Go in peace it shall be well with you.
Accompanied him and the crown were two Ifa priests, namely (1) Onire Agogo Koyadi and (2) Danu KotoDafa
When he came back to Orile-Offin, his achievements brought envy among the two families. Ika-Ade being an elder, would not have anything to do with violence and said to his wife and supporters; Aran-Muje-Epe (i.e the running stomach has brought fortunes).
Dueto constant friction between these two sons of Oba Lamurudu, Katode Ika-Ade called his son Ijaolu to go and settle at a distance far off. Ijaolu then left Orile-Offin in consonant with the instruction from his father to where is now presently known as EWU-ELEPE. On Ijaolu’s way to EWU-ELEPE, many servants and assistants were given to him as a prince and along their way, many wars were fought and captives apprehended. Historically, some of the names of the servants/assistants that left Orile-Offin with Ijaolu to Ewu-Elepe were: 1. OGOTA 2. LARA 3. MOGBE 4.MOYE 5. SUWA 6.SEBE 7.EYO 8. OSIN OKIRI (Later called Osinbokunren) 9.DEMEKE 10.AGODA 11.GONU 12.ABEKESE 13.DEDI OMELE. Others are Lairun the, son of Ere. 14.OGUDU-EMUOPEYE 15.OGBOGBO 16.SOGBON 17.ABODERINMADEBI 18. OJUDEE 19.OGBONINI 20.TUYE 21.OMIDUN 22.OTO 23.MAGBE 24.AJELE 25.OMOSI 26.APANPA 27.ADEYI 28.OGEMUDE and 2 Ifa priests, who are 1. ONIRE AGOGO KOYADI and 2. DANU KOTO DAFA with crown.
His brothers Menolu, Talako, and Gusenomo, later joined him at Ewu-Elepe.
On Ijaolu’s wayto Elepe with his team, they passed Oke-Bere near Iraye where the Ifa priest after consulting his oracle said he should settle where exists three streams and Mofo called Abule Agbaku (Village) now.
When Ijaolu got to Ewu-Elepe, where he discovered the three streams namely; 1. Oluweri Mogbo Ojo 2. Shonleand 3.Obeso, he was convinced and got settled.
It was on record that he killed all the lions, lionesses and elephants at Elepe and its environs, namely Emuren which was the only village around. He built 3 Ile-Iba (Hunter’s hut) at Idiroko along Laga road, Abule Talako which is today known as Ewu-Oliwo (Talako is junior brother to ODU-IJAOLU) and the third hut was built at Oke-Afa Menolu which is today known as Igbogbo.
RELIGION: When he finally settled, he built Alau shrine. Alau deity, is anAGEMO which was annually celebrated with Ogun because of his hunting spree and worshipping of OLUWERI MAGBO OJO ( god of water).
He became a king as a result of the crown given to him by his father .
He built ILEDI OSUGBO and made his brother TALAKO the first Oluwo.
He made Gushennomo the first Apena.
Menolu the first Olotu Iwarefa.
Oshin the first Ogbeni Odi.
Furthermore, he made Magbee the first Olotu Asipa with 17th days (ITADOGUN) intervals observations of Osee-osugbo.
One day, Oshin stole four (4) Okun Oshugbo (ROPES) and ran to ILEBA-KE-AFA and settled there. He hunts with Akatanipo (a weapon made of bamboo tree). When they could not locate him, Baba called Eyo, one of his servants, to look for Oshin, but he was not found. Baba then sent for his friend, ATOPAJA, from Orile-Ipara. This man owned a deity called MERI TOBANU (TOBASONU) popularly called MERI today in Igbogbo Town.
Before the arrival of Atopaja, Eyo had found Oshin at Ileba-Oke-Afa. He came back to inform baba. He was then sent back with able body men to bring him back. When they got to Ileba, they did not meet him but they hidthemselves around the location for his arrival. He eventually came with an animal called EHON, a big Obo (Monkey). On his arrival, he was held and manhandled. He lamented and shouted ‘EMI NI GBOGBO YIN WA MU BAYI (his lamentation resulted in what is today known as Igbogbo Town) Eyo yomi sile, emi Oshin, okun yi ni ma ba rin.
He was brought back back to Elepe. His colleagues proclaimed that he should be sacrificed to OGUN for his disloyalty to Baba and serve as a deterrent to others. But Baba tampered with justice with mercy and said ‘’ODE O GBODO PODE JAIYE’’ and released him.
RULERSHIP — OBA
(1) OBA IJAOLU – FOUNDER
(2) OBA GUSHENNOMO KATOYE
(3) OBA OYELEKO SHORINMADE (UPAWO OBA-LINEAGE)
RULERSHIP — BAALE
- IKULAMOJU OLUGBELE
- ISAAC ADESANYA ALOMONOWO
- FAKOYA OGUNNOWO (1872-1980)
- CHHIEF GANIYU OMOTAYO – INCUBENT (OLU OF ELEPE)
ESTABLISHMENT OF IGBOGBO TOWN
After the Oshin saga, Baba took his son MAGBAGBODUN to Ileba-Oke-Afa and accompanied him there. On the fourteenth day, he called on his Ifa priests who accompanied his father from Ife, Onire Agogo Koyadi and Danu Koto Dafa. Onire was the chief priest then, proclaimed that the land would be prosperous and urged Baba to offer ERAN NLA (Cattle family) for sacrifice. This was brought from EWU-ELEPE. The people ate and buried the remnants.
Hence, the place was known and called ITUN NLA (ITA ERAN NLA). After the ceremony, the people were mocking and mimicking Oshin— EMI NI GBOGBO YIN MU BAYI. (IGBOGBO INFERENCE). Emi Oshin okun yi ni ma ba rin (OSHIN BOKUREN).
BAYEKU: Ifa priest- Onire proclaimed that it was revealed to him, that he should not go back toEwu- Elepe. He therefore, sought Baba’s permission to establish his own dynasty after his son’s kingdom. This was granted. He established two settlements on the left side when going to what is today known as Bayeku called Ire Meji. But alas! The settlements were not fruitful. After consulting his Ifa, he then moved further and met water (Sea). He was amazed and said; IBI TAIYE KU SI RE. (BAIYEKU).
LAAGA; After the establishment of Igbogbo, Ijaolu then instructed Atopaja, the master of Oro deity called Meri, to leave with Menolu his younger brother. Menolu settled very close to Ewu-Elepe, there Atopaja lived with his Oro deity with the attendance sacrifices. He usually gives half of the animal used for sacrifice to the Oba Ijaolu.
As the years gone by, Menolu became old. One day, there was no firewood, and the people around were not willing to fetch him firewood in the bush. Menolu as an old man peep through the window and saw a tree dancing; he then enquired about the tree that was dancing, the people answered that it is AGAA TREE. Menolu then retorted E LA AGA KA FI DANA. This was how LAAGA came into being. After this episode, Atopaja begged Ijaolu to allow him to live with his son, Magbagbodun at Ileba-Oke-Afa called Igbogbo. His request was granted. This was how Meri-Oro deity came back to Igbogbo.
ELEPE FAMILY TREE —IJAOLU
- MAGBAGBODUN — SON
- OLU TEMOWO — DAUGHTER
- OYEE – KADE —-DAUGHTER
- ADEKUNYE- UPAWO OBA — DAUGHTER (Short Nick name)
MENOLU WAS THE YOUNGER BROTHER OF IJAOLU
IJAOLU WIFE—IJABOLUREN OMO AJAYI OLAGBEGU—LOWU—EGBA.
- MAGBAGBODUN became the 1st King in Igbogbo, he begot no child (Childless)
- OLUTEMOWO—Begot three children, namely;
- Talabi –Matee
- Oyekade —Begot two children
- Adekunye Upawo Oba—Begot three children
- Emugoriade— Begot three children
- Menolu was the younger brother of Ijaolu, he begot three children.
Banjoko became one of the Obas of Igbogbo.
OSHOTA: The history of Elepe in the Federal territory would be incomplete if reference is not made transpiredIJAOLU (ELEPE) and a great hunter; OSHO ARA OTTA.
It happened during the reign of Oba Ijaolu in Elepe.
A very dangerous and wild animal called Koriko (A wild gorilla) kills Elepe children often. Prominent among them was a princess killed during the moon at the eve of her marriage. This was touchy. Hence, the king then sent for his friend OSHO from Otta now in Ogun State, whom he met during his hunting spree. At this time of the ugly incident, Ijaolu suffered from eyes defect which limited his hunting prowess. When Osho came,the king narrated his ordeals. They set for the abode of the animal- KORIKO.
As a king, Ijaolu stool was carried by a man called YONKETE-EGBA. He was a good hunter himself. After all the necessary sacrifices and tradition had been performed, OSHO went into the KORIKO hole with a rope called IJARA tied round his waist. As a result of the sacrifices and incantations employed, he met both animals, male and female asleep. He struck them with a weapon called EGBEREN and killed both of them. The place where both animals were bisected is called UTI OSHITA (Sacred land for ORO Oracle).
Having achieved and completed his assignment, Osho Ara Otta, then decided to go back to Otta but Ijaolu persuaded him to stay. In appreciation of this lofty and laudable achievement, Ijaolu gave Osho Ara Otta a portion of land which is today known as OSHOTA. Furthermore, Ijaolu made pronouncement (Covenant) that “none of my children should contest the ownership of this land with your children nor should your children contest my own land with my children.” This was how OSHOTA VILLAGE came into being.
This story was narrated by;
1st NARRATOR:PA. FAKOYA OGUNNOWO
BORN IN THE YEAR 1872 from OLUTEMOWO LINEAGE
2nd NARRATOR: PA. SAMUEL ANOMO FAKOYA
BORN IN THE YEAR 1922
FROM OLUTEMOWO LINEAGE
WRITTEN BYKHALIPHAT ABDUL RASAQ ANIFOWOSHE
FROM ADEKUNLE UPAWO OBA LINEAGE