THE First Year Coronation Anniversary of Oba Nureni Alani Akinremi (Ilufemiloye) Kubeyibu 1 the Onijegun of Ijegun Land kicked off with fanfair two weeks ago. The palace has been playing host to drummers and praise singers from far and near to celebrate with Oba Akinremi. Dignitaries from all walks of life have been pouring into the place to felicitate with the Oba Akinremi who is the first to ascend to the throne of his father from the Kudeyibu Family. Moslem and Christian faithfuls also joined in the celebration as they joined hands in praying for long life and a prosperous reign for Oba Akinremi… a man of the people.
Close to the palace is also a football pitch where matches have been ongoing between the 28 clubs from Ijegun and its environs who are participating in the ‘Oba Nureni Alani Akinremi Soccer Championship’. The winner will go home with a trophy. The first runner-up will be given 30,000 and second runner-up 20,000 on June 4. On Thursday, there was the conferment of chieftaincy titles on indigenes while others bagged honorary titles.
Today Juju maestro, King Waheed Osupa will play to entertain guests for the occasion at Ijegun Muslim Praying Ground from 10.am.
According to Oba Akinremi, like most ancient Yoruba towns, the original early history of Ijegun Town is carefully recorded in oral history and handed down by the surviving great sons of the founders of Ijegun Town.
“The Kudeyibu family history is dates back to well over 350years ago. Ijegun Town was founded by Ajagun, Kudeyibu, and Oshoboja,” the Kabiyesi disclosed.
What is known as Ijegun today, he said, is the combination of three separate settlements by three different settlers known as Ajagun, Kudoru and Adeosu.
“These three settlers were the ancestral fathers of Ajagun, Omo Obeku and Oshoboja. Ajagun later begat Rawa, Omo Obeku begat Kudeyibu, Adeosun begat Oshoboja.
Copyright, Blaise APLOGAN, 2010,© Bienvenu sur Babilown
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