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IJEBU IGBO: Brief History, Culture and Tradition



Ijebu Igbo Talking Drum
Photo Credit: Emotan

Ijebu Igbo (Yoruba: pronounced Ìjẹ̀bú-Igbó) is a town in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria, with geographical coordinates latitude 6° 58′ 0″ North, and longitude 4° 0′ 0″ East. It is about a 15-minute drive north of Ijebu-Ode.

Ijebu Igbo is parted into 5 clans: Oke-Sopen, Oke-Agbo, Ojowo, Atikori, and Japara. An Oba is enthroned to control each of these clans. These Obas are classified as “Third-class” and they all submit to the headship of the Orimolusi of Ijebu-Igbo. The Orimolusi is a First-class and he is the supreme head of Ijebu-Igbo. The last Orimolusi of Ijebu-Igbo was Late Oba Samuel Adetayo (Ikupakude IV), who joined his ancestors in 1994.


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