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Ajowa-Akoko: Town with 8 Kings

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Going by the above-named title and bearing in mind the popular Yoruba adage, which says “Oba meji ki gbe ninu ilu kan,” meaning no town can be ruled over by two kings, one’s mind begins to run riot about this strange town called Ajowa-Akoko. Indeed, Ajowa-Akoko is a strange town because it boasts of eight kings. The eight communities came together to form the town and they are all cohabiting without any crisis thus far. Ajowa-Akoko is a town in Akoko Division of Ondo State. It is the boundary town between Ondo and Kogi states. Communal crises have ravaged some other Yoruba towns, claiming many lives and properties over who controls the land, but this is not so with Ajowa. In 2014 alone, the town could boast of two serving Major-Generals, a member of the State House of Assembly and seven professors at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and University of Ibadan as some of its prominent indigenes within the eight communities. It has a privately-owned College of Education and the city is rich with its cultural heritage. WESTERN POST’s TEMITOPE ADEDEJI went on a trip to the town to dig into the historical background of Ajowa town, what makes the town thick and the secret behind its peaceful co-existence. His report…

Ondo State Map.
Ondo State Map.

Historical Background

The town called Ajowa is a peculiar community of eight towns in the Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State. Many in the town refer to Ajowa as an amalgam cobbled together by God Himself. Sixteen towns and villages came together to form for the ‘amalgamation,’ the same way Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria were brought together by the colonial masters to form one Nigeria in 1914. The 16 communities namely: Akunnu, Ase, Daja, Efifa, Eriti, Esuku, Ibaram, Iboropa, Ijasi, Ikaram, Kakimo, Ojo, Ora, Oso, Uro and a number of other smaller units within that circle were contacted to have a common union. There was this fear by the smaller villages that they might be swallowed by the larger ones. According to history, there were concessions and negotiations and re-alignments, which eventually led to the birth of Ajowa as presently constituted.

The amalgamation of the eight towns that agreed to be under one umbrella came to being in 1955 was facilitated by P. A. R.F. Olisa, who happened to be the representative of the area at an Ibadan Conference in 1954. He thought that the coming together of these towns would enhance and better their lots mostly when making any demand before the then government of the old Western Region. For the government too, the strongest pull factor at the time was the desire to access the nooks and crannies of the land with their developmental programmes. It was felt that it was easier and cheaper for government to reach one large site than eight scattered ones. And thus, Ajowa, which literally translates to “We Come Together” that is (A-We, Jo-Together, and Wa – Come) was born. The first sod was turned on 10th December, 1995. Thus, the pull factor is no less important and relevant today than it was at that time. If anything, it has become more relevant today in the pursuit of a successful and meaningful impacting of the fruits of democracy into the lives of the people of Ajowa.

Educationally Blessed

Educationally, the town Ajowa is blessed. It has many public primary and secondary schools, with a few private ones running from kindergarten through the primary to the secondary levels. The population of each town belong mainly to Christianity and Islam vestiges of the traditional religion practices that have been brought over from different backgrounds.

In Iludotun, where Oba Kayode Olisa, the Chairman Council of Obas among the remaining seven, reigns, the town is known for only Christianity and Islam, which are practiced as their official religions. And the Christians are split among denominations.

Each Community Keeps its Culture, Way of Life

Though, the eight towns are made up of distinctive kingdoms, moved to site at the same time, settling at the nearest point of entry. What was unanimously agreed to is that each town would not be subsumed or swallowed by the whole or any part thereof. This is why each came as an entity of a kingdom, remaining so till today. It is such that each monarch retained his rule over his own town, maintaining its cultures and ways of life without any interference or imposition by the other. It was collectively agreed to give absolute mutual respect for the ways of life and cultures and tradition of each entity and most importantly, each town maintaining its original land holdings in the area of tenancy and land use.

Ajowa Formed on Love- State House of Assembly Member Banso

Hon. Adeyinka Banso, a member of the state House of Assembly and an illustrious son of the town, said Ajowa was formed on a platform of love and oneness. He also emphasized solely on the fact that foundation is the principal thing in whatever we do which has really helped the town from time immemorial till date.

Another resident of the town who refused to give his name corroborated Banso’s position, saying the amalgamation was involuntary. “It was not forced. The larger and smaller units agreed to come together. They knew together they are stronger and they continue to maintain their separate identity. It’s an arrangement political scientists would call confederalism today.”

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38 COMMENTS

  1. Good job but your reporter needed to do a thorough job. He/she just brushed the story of Ajowa. Not so in-depth.

  2. Some of the names were misspelt but all the same good job. The progenitor of Ajowa was Pa R.A Olusa and not Olisa.

  3. I am proud being an indegene of Ajowa. And I will call Ajowa’s motto: peace, love, unity and progress. May God bless Ajowa. AMEN.

  4. A privately owned polytechnic has just been established to compliment the developmental activities in the town. It is named EDOLA POLY. Ajowa Akoko

  5. Permt me to use this medium to call on the leadership of this Country to take go to Ajowa Akoko and learn from its leadership the modality for mutual understanding and corporate coexistence.
    Both the leadership of the Senate n the House of Reps should unglove their hands of pride and haughtiness and come to Ajowa Akoko to learn more on governance. Learning is a continuous process and must be embraced by all.
    It is well with Ajowa Akoko , it is well with Nigeria

  6. Am a proud son of the soil representing Daja the original LANDLORD before the amalgamation in 1954. What seems impossible has been made possible in that great town. God bless Ajowa Akoko.

    • I’m from Daja too but I don’t know much about the place. It’s disheartening but I love to see people from my place, it gladdens my heart.

  7. The story is true about Ajowa. It is a land of peace. No fear of domination from any quarter. The 8 different quarters are: Efifa, Ojo, Daja, Uro, Oso, Ora, Esuku and Iludotun. Ajowa land was donated by Efifa quarter. When armed robbers are terrorising neighbouring villages, whenever they enter Ajowa, they are likely to be caught.

  8. Am proud to b part of Ajowa Akoko Indigene, May almighty Allah bless all d sons and daughters of my town. Allahumoh amin

  9. God bless this my man who says “Permt me to use this medium to call on the leadership of this Country to take go to Ajowa Akoko and learn from its leadership the modality for mutual understanding and corporate coexistence.
    Both the leadership of the Senate n the House of Reps should unglove their hands of pride and haughtiness and come to Ajowa Akoko to learn more on governance. Learning is a continuous process and must be embraced by all.
    It is well with Ajowa Akoko , it is well with Nigeria”

  10. For waring communities, the remarkable example of AJOWA is instructive. Unfortunately, successive governments have failed to reward the community for unity and understanding which have been exhibited and which has brought peace and tranquility to the town. Ajowa, forward ever!!!

  11. It’s an honor to have a brief history of our city not village called Ajowa…….the fact is all about love,becouse been looking at it we speaks different languages still yet we’r all in good accordance.
    May Almighty ALLAH continue to bless all the people of my city particularly my people of ORA nation!!! $_$.
    Cheers IDRIS.

  12. Proudly Ajowa🙌🙌🙌
    Pls who knows the full oriki of Daja oyagi?
    God bless the writer.
    All comment especially the man who said “govt should learn from our blessed town” are so heartwarming.
    Pls help.

  13. My wife has been wanting me to be at ajowa one day. She came from ajowa but she has not been there for once . I think I have to let her come and meet his people.

  14. I am proud to come from a town like this ,
    A town with unity, love and progress not noly that , am a real son of the soil born from a Royalhood family.
    Okon ninu awonOmo Oba ni ajowa township.
    Good work.

  15. Efifa, my land of nativity. You(Efifa) provided an accommodating, hospitable safe haven for all. May the PEACE of God continue to reign and rule in Ajowa.
    I’m from ODIDA Clan, the High Chief Alaofin(the Afobaje of Efifa land) lineage.
    God bless Ajowa
    God bless Akoko North West
    God bless Ondo State
    God bless Nigeria 🙏

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