GIVING YOU THE BEST INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IKENNE REMO PEOPLE...............
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF IKENNE REMO
IKENNE REMO is a local government area in Ogun state, Nigeria. Its headquarters is in the town of Ikenne at 6°52'N 3°43'E. Ikenne is a town after Sagamu and before Odogbolu and near Ilisan-Remo. It has an area of 144km2 and a population of 118,735 at the 2006 census. The Postal code of the area is 121. Ikenne Local Government as a whole is a semi-urban, comprising of five major towns namely Iperu, Ilisan, Ogere, Irolu and Ikenne, the headquarters. Ikenne Local Government Area is endowed with good Weather, typical of rainforest. The climate and geographical location of the Local Government Area is supportive of the wide range of economic activities such as agriculture, industrial and commercial activities and also one of the Thirty-Three Remo Traditional towns and town-lets. There are two communities in Ikenne Remo which are Ikenne and Idotun. The name Ikenne Remo embraces the two communities; however, the two communities are independent of each other. Ikenne is a few kilometers from Sagamu through the old Sagamu-Ijebu Ode road. Its Northern boundary is Odogbolu, the Capital of Odogbolu Local Government. Odogbolu is a few kilometres to Ikenne. Its Eastern boundary is Ayepe. To the West of Ikenne is Ilisan township. The Sagamu-Benin Express Road is the dividing line between Ikenne and Ilisan. Ikenne and Ilisan are almost the same community today if not for a little bush separation especially towards the Northern part. Around the De Labo Hotel of Ilisan and Ikenne there is no borderline as both towns have common boundary with the Sagamu - Benin Express Road. Within the next few years, Ikenne and Ilisan Township will have no serious dividing lines as buildings both right and left of the Sagamu-Benin Express Road would have been all in position.
Remo towns are so much adjacent to one another. They are all within short distances of one another except Emuren which is far away. Ilisan, Idotun and Ikenne are almost connected and strangers can have the belief that the three towns are one but indigenes know their boundaries and they can demarcate the three towns without hitch or hindrance. The surrounding towns are almost equidistant with an average of five kilometers. Ikenne is on a knoll. You descend the knoll while driving out of Ikenne on all sides and you climb the knoll while driving into Ikenne township. The knoll is a good advantage to Ikenne as it has very good drainage system. It cannot be compared with Iperu which is on a table-land and is affected by serious erosion problem. To the North of Ikenne is the Uren stream which serves the town with its drinking water. The Uren stream is very close to the Ikenne township. It is approached from many areas for the collection of their drinking water.
Almost all Remo towns claim their ancestral leanings to the ancient town of Ile Ife. Ikenne is not an exemption among the claimants. It is asserted that the founders of Ikenne came from Ile Ife. Research could not give the name or the names of the leaders that brought Ikenne Township into existence.There are varied assertions about the history of Ikenne as regards the origin, migration, partial settlement and final settlement. The various assertions should be looked into critically and one can deduce from the varied assertions the one that is suitable to hold if it stands the test of history. The present generations do not know when their ancestors came, settled and started the township developments. It is from the various assertions that we picked what we have as the history of the community. It is asserted that the present Ikenne, Irolu and Emuren took off together from Ile Ife at an unspecified year and time, but probably about 100 B. C.
SOCIAL AND POLICAL HISTORY OF
The social and polical history of
Ikenne Remo by Messrs A. Akinsanya and Oyesanya Sofule” (1892 to 1960) has the
following on the origin, migration and settlement of Ikenne. I quote:“The
people of Ikenne came from Ile Ife. They first settled at Eesu where many
houses were built. But because of war and incessant fire out-break, the people
had to move away from the site otherwise known as Orule (Ikenne homestead).
Ogbodo who was a Babalawo and Obara, a hunter had already settled on the
present site of Ikenne. When the people of Ikenne left Orule, they passed the
settlement in this place known as Yawa. Their settlement in this place was
short-lived due to out-break of a deadly disease that claimed many lives,
especially those of children. The people, therefore, decided to move and settle
with Ogbodo who had been living happily without problem. They therefore moved
from Yawa and settled at the third and present site very near Ogbodo. Ifa
oracle was consulted by the people at Ogbodo's hut and it spoke well of the
place. Thereafter, the people decided to settle with Ogbodo”.
HISTORY OF SAINT SAVIOUR'S
ANGLICAN CHURCH IKENNE REMO
A Comprehensive History of Saint
Saviour's Anglican Church Ikenne Remo by Chief John Olubanjo Soriyan has this
on record. I quote.
(“When the Ikenne, Irolu and
Emuren groups of immigrants reached the area later known as Irolu, they could
not find the ingredients for existence and development to satisfy the three
group as a whole at the place. Ikenne and Emuren groups moved out but the Irolu
group stopped there to await the rest families before proceeding to meet their
kith and kin, the Ikenne and Emuren immigrants. They pleaded among themselves,
“E je k'a ro ara eni lu nibe k'a ra la bo won” meaning,’Let us collect
ourselves together here before going to meet them”. When those expected
eventually came, those waiting had temporarily settled down. They pleaded with
the new arrivals to join them to settle down permanently there in the following
words, “E je k'a juku ro lu si be” meaning” Let us just settle here together”.
It was from the adverbial phrase “Ro lu”, (settle together) the town’s name was
The first and second assertion
corroborated, Irolu, Ikenne and Emuren migrating together. The historical
inaccuracies in the first and second assertion are that neither Irolu nor
Emuren admitted migrating together with Ikenne. The leadership and routes of
migration of Emuren were kilometres apart from that of Ikenne. There was no
link in any form.
It is asserted that Ikenne took
off from the ancient town of Ile Ife like many other Yoruba towns. In some
cases, the leaders of the immigrants are mentioned when they are not out of
their memories. The routes and stop overs are mentioned if they can be
remembered. In the case of Ikenne, the leadership or the originators of their
migration are not mentioned and there is the need to know them.
The Patriarchs must not be left
out or forgotten. The Patriarchs, the time of movement from Ile Ife, the
routes, the partial settlements are all left out until they got to the place
now known as Irolu. More research work will unfold the missing points in the
The three communities, Irolu,
Ikenne and Emuren according to the assertion were together up to the present
site of Irolu. At the present site of Irolu, there was separation; Ikenne and
Emuren continued together their migration exercise. The two communities, Ikenne
and Emuren got to a place called ORITA -'DO. Orita-Do is very close to the
present site of the Mayflower School, Ikenne. Orita-Do is also not far from the
Uren stream. The Ikenne people settled down. The name of the place where they
settled was called Eesu. The Ikenne community settled down between Orita-Do and
the Uren stream permanently for the first time as determined by their history
and the place was called Eesu. The people abandoned Eesu their first permanent
place of abode because of pestilential problems which claimed several lives of
This plague caused the loss of
several lives among the two communities, for fear of total annihilation the
Ikenne group packed their belongings and crossed the Uren river to the present
site of Ikenne. Here they came across a large extensive land overgrown with
tall grasses called “Iken”. They settled down and abandoned Eesu. They named
the new settlement Yawa. The Eesu settlement is now a farmland.
The Emuren group seeing the
attitude of their people of Ikenne also moved out of Eesu. They did not follow
the Ikenne people but wandered into the unknown until they came to the present
Emuren site and settled down. This is at variance with Emuren history.
The Ikenne people were
comfortable at their new settlement called Yawa. The long grass “Iken” was very
good for feeding their goats and sheep. The land was good for arable
cultivation. Not quite long, the plague that drove them out of Eesu surfaced
again claiming the lives of the people.
The epidemic forced them to look
for another alternative site. Hence, they sited a place which had been occupied
by an Ifa priest in the name of Ogbodo, and his people. Ogbodo consulted his
Ifa digits, he interpreted the Odu Ifa which is Eturupon Balufon. There was
good omen, hence, the Ikenne community moved out of Yawa to co-exist with
Ogbodo and his people. The Ikenne people and the aboriginal inhabitants fused
together as a single community in the traditional name “IKENNE”. Another
historical assertion says that Ogbodo and Obara were members of the Ikenne
group from Ile Ife, however, may be there was settlement separation after
arriving at Eesu.
The Ikenne community did not take
a name until they settled down at the present site of Ikenne. The name Ikenne
was derived from the word “Iken” meaning “We have plenty of Iken” In all
indications, all Remo towns and town-lets did not take off from Ile Ife with a
name. Their names were derived from prevailing situations and circumstances
where they settle in Remoland.
In Remo central towns, there are
eight towns. Only Ogere starts its name with the letter “O”, all the other
towns take off with letter “I”. Explanation was sought for these names but
unfortunately nobody was competent enough to explain why these towns, Idena,
Idarika, Iperu, Ilisan, Irolu, Idotun and Ikenne take off with the letter “I”.
There are certain peculiarities
among all the individual Remo towns. Unfortunately today, there are no elders
or historians to explain all the peculiarities and show how and why they are
like that to the current generation. Perhaps it was because they all hailed
from the same quarter in Ile - Ife.
There is the usual discussion
that there are two communities in Ikenne, Ikenne and Idotun. It must be
highlighted that there is another community in Ikenne that people do not
recognise or know. This is a part of Oko community of Sagamu. When Oko
community was moving to Sagamu, only two third of the community left for
Sagamu. The remaining third moved to Ikenne and co-exist with them. This is
known to only very few people. The Oko people in Ikenne do not show themselves
as a community. They acted in line with Ilara, Egudu, Iworu of Ilisan. Oko
exists in Ikenne but as they do not pronounce themselves as a community, it is
not my duty to publicise the Oko people there. The only historical fact is that
there are people that are of Oko descendants in Ikenne. One of the ruling
houses of Oko in Sagamu is from the part of the Oko community of Ikenne. The
current Aminisan of Oko is from the Ikenne Oko group. The issue of selecting an
Oba for Oko community of Sagamu is not surprising. Batoro of Sagamu has a
ruling house in Ikorodu and whenever it is their turn to be on the throne, the
Oba - elect moves to Sagamu for his royal appointment.
Ikenne and Idotun co-exist
together. If you were anywhere outside Ikenne, you talk about Ikenne not
minding that there are two communities there. There is nothing extra-ordinary
in this since Sagamu with its thirteen traditional communities is regarded as
one community outside and inside the township except on special cases. Many
traditional and communal activities are done together in Ikenne. There is the
Ikenne Development Association (I.D.A) an umbilical cord which binds every
member of the Ikenne community together. The human resources in Ikenne are
equally regarded as one. The whole community is administered together in a unit
form. This gives a rapid extension and expansion of the community.
The Ikenne people are skilled
crafts men. This is because the land use in Ikenne is very small. They do not
have large span of land like some other Remo towns. In actual fact Ikenne is
not the only town in Remo that do not have large span of land, Iperu, Idena,
Idarika, Ode Remo, Iraye, Eposo, Ogunmogbo, Are and Ilisan are in the same
boat. Many of the Ikenne people of old were skilled craftsmen. The small
resources of land available to them was well utilized. They were known very
well for cocoyams and groundnuts.
ECONOMIC, EDUCATIONAL, PERSONALITY
AND EVENT IN IKENNE REMO
The Ikenne Local Government host
many industrial / commercial establishments which include Ona’s pure water
company, Ona’s foam and mattress, Babakawo computer and internet services,
channel one beer parlor, A to Z beer parlor, Sky Entertainment, Twins Berger,
Dee Brother and Ariya to name a few, while agriculture and allied activities
also contribute the most important economy activities of the people living in
Ikenne Remo some of the government and private company that are into agric
business are as follows IART, Agro service, IITA, master meat, Amco farm and
Kola agroproduct etc there service include planting of food crop like maize,
cassava, melon and cash crop like kolanut, oil palm trees, rubber, timber and
also selling of fertilizers, manual and chemical for killing weeds on the farms
. Different type of livestock are also reared this include cow, goat, chicken,
turkey, snail, pig etc. Ikenne is also knows for its educational values
starting from primary to tertiary level. This school includes O and A primary
and secondary school, Mayflower primary school, Mayflower Junior and senior
school, community junior and secondary school, Ogun state model school, Olabisi
Onabanjo School of health science ,Classic Computer school, Babakawo Computer
Engineering and Internet Service Limited, Faith More Computer School etc. Also
Ikenne is known to be the origin of some powerful and highly place personality
in the country. This person include Late Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo,
Kehinde Sofola (Senior Advocate of Nigeria), H.I.D Awolowo, Doctor Adewale
Ayuba (musician) etc to name a few. Ikenne has Ikenne Development Association
committees and youth president who is Tomiwa and the pass one is Morris, The
Team take active work towards the development of the youth and the community in
general. Ikenne is known to celebrate the annual EREKE fiesta which comes up with
a lot of activity such like dancing completion, marathon race, beauty pageant
and so much more.