IFE-OLUKOTUN HISTORY AND CELEBRATION


                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 HRH OBA (ALH.) S.A. MOHAMMED OF IFE-OLUKOTUN

IFE-OLUKOTUN HISTORY BY MURAINA MUYHIDEEN ROTIMI

THE TOWN - IFE-OLUKOTUN LOCATION IFE-OLUKOTUN is in Yagba East Local Government Area of Kogi State, Nigeria. STATUS/POPULATION "It is the Headquarters of South-East Yagba District. It has a population of 13,877 (1996 Projection). It is a tropical town within the latitudes of 7°N and 8°N of the Equator and Longitudes 5°E and 6°E of the Greenwich meridian. It is a nodial town with four major roads - Mopa-llai-Road, Ijowa-jege-Ponyan-Ife Road, Omuo-lgbagun-Alu-Oranre-Ife Road, and Ekinrin-Ohun-Ife Road. The town is on a high plain surrounded by hills most of which provide covers during the popular Nupe wars. The hills are dissected by several rivers and streams" among which are shown on page 35. ORIGIN Like most major Yoruba towns, Ife-Olukotun is one of the most popular ancient towns, in Okunland with strong historical linkage with lle-lfe in Osun State, Nigeria. People believe and rightly too, that Ife-Olukotun migrated from lle-lfe. lle-lfe is a Yoruba town in the then Western Region of Nigeria now Osun State, "lle-lfe is believed to be religions centre of the Yorubas. Some believed that the Yorubas came from Mecca and that their father, Lamurudu was then King of Mecca. Others believe that the father (ancestor) of the Yorubas was sent down from heaven by God to lle-lfe. Oduduwa was the son of Lamarudu, the King of Mecca. Lamurudu was killed when he refused to become a Muslim. Oduduwa then ran away from Mecca, travelled across the desert and came to settle at lle-lfe where he met an Ifa priest called Agbonniregun. Oduduwa then had seven children - 5 boys and 2 girls. These were: 1. The Olowu o fOwu 2. The Onisabe of Sabe 3. The Oniropo of Popo 4. The Oba of Benin 5. The Orangun of lla 6. The Alaketu of Ketu 7. The Alaofin of Oyo "2 "Historical records have it that the first settler in Ife Yagba was a man and his wife who came from lle-lfe following some misunderstanding with his people. He left lle-lfe by tearing-through the fence. (Oya Ogba) and finally settled at Awoyo in Agbala Area of Ife Yagba (now Ife-Olukotun). The man's wife, was nicknamed lyewoyo -"the Old woman of Awoyo". Their three sons later left Awoyo and settled at different places - One at Ife Yagba (now Ife-Olukotun) the 2nd at Ejuku and the third at Takete-lsao."3 The founding of towns by lle-lfe people (in those days by warriors, hunters or adventurers} are not peculiar to Ife-Yagba in Kogi State. Other towns founded by lle-lfe warriors/adventurers recorded in historical publications and different authors, include Ife Odan in Oyo State, Ife Ijebu in Ogun State; Ife-Abejukolo in Igala land in Kogi State; Ife-Wara in Osun State and many others with "Ife" as their prefix word. IFE-OLUKOTUN AND ITS CLANS/COMPOUNDS Historical records show that Ife-Olukotun is broadly divided into THREE major Clans, viz: (1)OTUN (2) ONA (3)OHI Each of these clans is sub-divided into compounds viz: (1) OTUN is made up of: 1) Ere 2) Ogbo 3) Ero 4} Ilero 5) Oke Aga 6) Epo 7) Okefe (2)ONA comprise of: 1) Igbowa 2) lyahin 3) llaga (3) OHI consists of: 1) Euta 2) Etie 3) Abudo 4) Obere  Each compound is further divided into group as below:- ERE Ere is made up of OKEMETA, viz: i) OKERE ii) ILOHUN iii) ODOE/KOROWO These are further sub-divided thus: a) OKERE is made up of: 1) Okeganmo 2) Aofin 3) Odo-Alade 4) Orowa(Ainoun) 5) Okoogba 6) Odoe 7) Korowo 8} Okagbede 9) Ere Tuntun - Those who moved from Okere to Ere Tuntun in Petesi. b) ILOHUN consists of: 1) Okoyo- consists of: a) Olumohaya b) llegbuhi c) Ipinmidu 2) Abudo 3) Odo-Akuro 4) Oke-Aofin 5) Itagun 2. OKEFE Okefe is made of: 1) Aira-Oke(AROKE)-comprising of: i) Odo-Alade ii) Oke-Okuta iii) Oke-ldioro 2) Aira Odo (Aroke) 3) Iliha 4) Ijemu 5) Iholo 6) Idau 7) Ayingbede 8) Idofin Historically, Aira Oke and Aira Odo are brothers - Senior and Junior. 3. OGBO Ogbo consists of: 1} lyankeja-lleloke.llelodo, Oke-lyankeja 2) Aofin-Odoldigba,Okeldigba 3) Ijoa 4) Akodi(Ainoun) 4. ERO Ero comprises of: 1) llaro 2) Takete 3) Ijihun 4) Aofin(Ainoun) 5. EPO 6. ILERO llero is made up of: 1) Odo Aye 2) Oke Ilero 3) Ainoun 4) Aofin 7. OKE-AGA Oke-Aga comprises of: 1) lyankeja 2) Oke-Okuta 3) Aofin 4) Ododohan 8. ONA Ona consists of: 1) Igbowa = Aofin, Oke-Okuta and Okedisin 2) lyahin = Okejoa, Aofin and Odokorowo 3) llaga = llotin, Aaye, Igbolemo, Igbolodo 9. OHI Ohi is made up of: 1) Euta =Akete, Oge, igboeruku, Orokin Auhi etc. 2) Obere=-Obere lle,Obere Oroke 3) lgbo Alahin = Okura, Egbore 4) Abudo = Oketegboro, Idiro, Okebopa 5) Etie =Epo = now in Otun NB: The list is not arranged in any seniority order, please. IFE-OLUKOTUN IN SOUTH-EAST YAGBA DISTRICT IFE-OLUKOTUN is the Headquarters of South-East Yagba District. 'History has it that it was the administrative Headquarter of the North and South East Yagba District from 1905 to 1928. By 1929, history also confirmed that "the District was grouped into two by our colonial masters, viz: 1. IFE GROUP, made up of: 1. Ife-Olukotun 2. Ponyan 3. Alu -including Gbele now Igbo Ero and Odo Amu 4. Igbagun 5. Oranre 6. llai 7. Ohun 2. EJUKU GROUP made up of: 1. Ejuku 2. Jege 3. Ogbom 4. Takete-lsao 5. Oke-Agi 6. Imela 7. Aginmi"5 Ife-Olukotun became the District Headquarter of South-East Yagba District on 3rd August, 1976 when 74 Districts were created by Kwara State Local Government Reform. SOUTH-EAST YAGBA DISTRICT is made up of fourteen (14) towns and villages, listed in Groups 1 and 2 above. However, following the creation of Mopa-Arnuro Local Government, llai, Oke-Agi and llemo were excised from South-East Yagba District and merged with Mopa-Amuro Local Government. CREATION OF NEW LOCAL GOVTS. IN KOGI STATE In 1991 -On Thursday, February 21, 2002 under Prince Abubakar Audu, as the Executive Governor of Kogi State, 25 new Local Governments were created, one of which was South-East Yagba Local Government with Headquarter at Ife-Olukotun - see the list on page 9-10. The creation was signed into Law by the Governor, Prince Abubakar Audu, publicly at Lokoja Stadium on Friday, 15th March, 2002. Prior to that time, Kogi State had 21 Local Governments -see the List on page 10. This Governments in Kogi State to 46. Engineer Olatunji Osanusi from appointed the Caretaker Chairman for Local Government and was sworn in Caretaker Chairmen on that Friday, 15th March, 2002. On Tuesday, 19th March, 2002, he resumed duty at the, Local Government Secretariat, Ife-Olukotun. NB: The  Federal Government, under President Olusegun Obasanjo, did not honour the 25 new Local Governments and the State Government under Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, refused to recognize them. THE 25 NEW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS created on Thursday, February 21, 2002 by Prince Abubakar Audu, the Executive Governor of Kogi State: S/N NAMES HEADQUARTER 1. Adavi East Kuroko 2. Ajaokuta East Ajaokuta 3. Biraidu Abocho 4. Bunu lluke 5. Egbe Egbe 6. Esiomi Upogo 7. Enjema Ofugo 8. Gbede Ibito 9. Gboloko Gboloko 10. Girinya Gegu-Beki 11. Ibaji East Enweli 12. Igalogba Alloma 13. Ihima Obeiba 14. Imane Imane 15. Itobe Itobe 16. Ike Abugi 17. Mozun Mozun 18. Odane Ogbonicha 19. Odolu Odolu 20. Ogugu Ogugu 21. Ojoku Okaba 22. Okengwen Ageba 23. Okura Egume 24. Ola Ogodu 25. South-East Yagba Ife-Olokotun LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS AND THEIR HEADQUARTERS 1. Adavi Ogaminana 2. Ajaokuta Adogo 3. Ankpa Ankpa 4. Bassa Oguma 5. Dekina Dekina 6. Ibaji Onyedega 7. Idah Idah 8. Igalamela/Odolu Ajaka 9. Ijumu Iyara 10. Kabba/Bunu Kabba 11. Kogi Koton-Karfe 12. Lokoja Lokoja 13. Mopamuro Mopa 14. Ofu Ugwolawo 15. Ogori/Magongo Akpafa 16. Okehi Obangede 17. Okene Okene 18. Olamaboro Okpo 19. Omala Abejukolo 20. Yagba East Isanlu 21. Yagba West Odo-Ere NB: Above are the Local Governments currently in use by Kogi State/Federal Governments as at the time of this publication. CHIEFTAINCY THRONES IN IFE-OLUKOTUN It is pertinent to say few things about the Chieftaincy thrones in Ife-Olukotun. 1. "AJALORUN - (A crowned Chieftaincy Title) was the FIRST ruler of lfe-Yagba"5 The actual number of Ajalorun that reigned was subject of controversy due to lack of written records. However, this controversy was settled by Ife-Olukotun Community at its meeting held on Saturday, 6th June, 1998 at the Video Centre, Ife-Olukotun, where the actual figure was given as Eleven (11) as shown below, before the name was changed to OLUKOTUN. As confirmed at various I.O.D.U. meetings and testified to by available history (both written and oral), "Oba of Ife-Olukotun (formerly Ife-Yagba), was first called "AJALORUN". This name was taken after the Ajalorun of lle-lfe; Ife-Olukotun having descended from lle-lfe, where Ajalorun was an Oba"6. "The Eleven (11) Ajaloruns that were confirmed as having ascended the throne, before the name was unanimously changed to Olukotun were: 1st - H.R.H. Ajalorun, Oba Fagbamila- From Igbowa (Ona) 2nd- H.R.H. Ajalorun, Oba Osadare-From Igbowa (Ona) 3rd- H.R.H. Ajalorun, Oba Fasoba-From Igbowa (Ona) 4th - H.R.H. Ajalorun, Oba Osasona-From Igbowa (Ona) 5th- H.R.H. Ajalorun, Oba Ampitan-From Igbowa (Ona) 6th - H.R.H. Ajalorun, Oba Ogungbemi-From Igbowa (Ona) 7th - H.R.H. Ajalorun, Oba Osagbemi-From Igbowa (Ona) 8th - H.R.H. Ajalorun, Oba Ikusagba- From Igbowa (Ona) 9th- H.R.H. Ajalorun, Oba Fasua- From Igbowa (Ona) 10th- H.R.H. Ajalorun, Oba Okoda- From Okefe(Otun) 11th - H.R.H. Ajalorun, Oba Aiyedona Temori (a.k.a.Ajokolewoyafirifiri) " Oke-Aga (Otun}"6 History had it that Oba Aiyedona Temori vacated the Ajalorun's Palace (Oroke Ahinkan) for his personal house at Oke-Aga. He was said to have lasted about 9 years on the throne -the longest reigned Ajalorun. 2) "OKOTUN was the highest Chief in Otun and also the Head of Otun Clan. When the last Ajalorun, His Highness, Aiyedona Temori from Oke-Aga died, the reigning Okotun at that time, Okotun Asaja from Ogbo in Otun was appointed as the Oba, having met the necessary requirements for the Ajalorun's stool, He then requested from the Community that he be allowed to rule as the Oba, retaining his Okotun Chieftaincy title instead of Ajalorun. His request was based on various reasons, which include the traditional coronation demands of Ajalorun titles and the lives of any such Oba Ajalorun that never lasted. The traditional demands of Ajalorun included 200 bags each of all items of food stuffs, 200 heads of all domestic animals etc. The sacrifice of human being (slave). History also had it that none of the Ajaloruns lasted more than 3-Syears before they died. A guardian cobra - python, usually swallowed them at night and vomit them before the day break. And anytime the Python succeeded in swallowing the Oba fully, (from toe to neck), the Oba would die within few weeks. The request to retain Okotun as the Oba of Ife-Olukotun was therefore granted by the Community" 8 . That 'was how the change of name from Ajalorun to Olukotun came to be. OLUKOTUN The list of the Olukotuns that reigned in Ife-Olukotun so far, are listed below: "1st- H.R.H, Olukotun Oba Aseja from Ogbo- (Otun) 2nd- H.R.H, Olukotun Oba Okik from Ogbo- (Otun) 3rd- H.R.H, Olukotun Oba Obutagbagogo from Ogbo-(Otun) 4th - H.R.H, Olukotun Oba Atabanu from Epo- 5th - H.R.H, Olukotun Oba Botaru from Ogbo Ere 6th- H.R.H, Olukotun Oba Adegba Lowo Orisa from Ogbo Ere 7th - H.R.H, Olukotun Oba Ajibola Asejogba I from Ere (1897-14,1928)- Otun 8th- H.R.H. Olukotun Qba Aso Olumja- (a.k.a. Omo Erin) 1929-1/9/45 from Ere-Otun 9th - H.R.H. Olukotun Qba Aso Olumja - Usman Atobatele - Ogbo (Otun) (14/6/46-5/8/80) 10th- H.R.H. Olukotun Qba Aso Olumja- Alhaji Abdulsalami Ajibola-Asejogba ll (22/11/80 - 5/9/97) from Ere" 9 Alhaji Salami Ajibola, Asejogba II, reigned between 22nd Nov., 1980 and 5th September, 1997, he rested on 5th September, 1997 at Ul. Teaching Hospital Ibadan, and later brought home for normal burial. He was one of the luckiest Obas of Ife-Olukotun. The staff of Office lost in 1975, was returned to the Community during his time in Dec., 1991. The stool was also upgraded FOR THE FIRST TIME TO A 2ND CLASS during his tenure on 1st September, 1993. LUCKY Oba. May His soul rest in perfect peace (Amen). Shortly after the death of Alh. S.A. Olukotun, five contestants emerged-Alhaji S.A. Bello, (Ogbo), Alhaji Isa Adeboye (Oke-Aga), Alh. Moh. A.A. (a.k.a. Ambassador) Ona, Hon. M.O. Aliyu (Okefe) and Mr. Stanley O. Ibrahim (Ilero). 11th-H.R.H. - Alhaji Sunmonu A. Bello- Ogbo He was appointed the Olukotun of Ife-Olukotun by the Military Governor. Meanwhile, Ambassador A.A. Mohammed died. Hon. M.O. Aliyu and Mr. Stanley O. Ibrahim became disinterested. The appointment of Alh. S.A. Bello was withdrawn along with others who were appointed within that time by Prince ' Abubakar Audu, Governor of Kogi State who took over from Col Aniebo. Alhaji S.A. Bello became sick and died later on 19th January, 2000. 12th-H.R.H. - Alhaji Oba Shaibu Aiyeqbajeje Mohammed (from Ogbo) (a.k.a. S.A. Long) He was later appointed by Kogi State Government as the Olukotun of Ife-Olukotun - inheriting the 2nd Class Chief status left by his predecessor via letter No. DGO/LGCA/CHI/S/P/122/3 of 23rd May, 2003. However, the appointment was revoked via letter No. DGO/LGCA/CHI/S/P/122/VOL.1/45 of Saturday. 24th June, 2006. Oba S.A. Mohammed challenged the revocation in the Court of Law and after 3 years of legal battle, during which the town was in serious crisis, the Court in Kabba ref. case No. KGS/IHC/1/1/2006 of 30th July, 2009, declared Government action as illegal, null and void. And by letter Ref. No. DGO/LGCA/CHI/S/P/123/VOL.1/93 OF 26TH August, 2009, the Government reinstated his appointment fully. His reinstatement letter was handed over to him on Friday, 4th September, 2009 at exactly 11.15a.m. by the Commissioner for Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. T. J. Faniyi, in his office, on behalf of the State Government. OBASHIP CRISIS The crisis that occurred during the struggle for the stool of the last Oba Olukotun of Ife-Olukotun, was unprecedented and fierceful that it cannot be left undocumented. The Appointment of HRH. Oba S.A. Mohammed as the Olukotun of Ife-Olukotun was revoked by Kogi State Government, via letter dated Saturday, 24th June, 2006. Oba S.A. Mohammed challenged the action in the Court of Law. While the case was on-going in the court, the town got divided behind the two contestants - some behind Alhaji Isa Adeboye and the other behind Mal. S.A. Mohammed. The situation in the town became very tense, to the extent that Odua Peoples' Congress was involved. On the spot report, had it that there were physical attacks on some people. People had to run away into neighbouring towns, like Oranre, Alu, Igbagun, Ejuku and even far away places like Ibadan. Others ran away to their farms, staying there for days. Few compounds like Okeaga, Ero, were almost empty. The crisis, according to eye witness, claimed some lives - Mr. Jeremiah Kashim of Okelero and Mallam Jamiu Ige of Ero compound, were said to be involved. On 26th September, 2006, some Yagba Obas came to Ife-Olukotun to hold meeting with the warring contestants and their supporters at the Video Centre, but were dispersed by angry youths that thought they have come to install Alhaji Isa Adeboye. As the situation got worsened, the State Government, invited the warring contestants to Lokoja on 20th November, 2009. They were asked to bring along with them four people to sign undertaking to make peace, failure which they would be held liable. Those who signed the undertaking are: 1. Oba S.A.Mohammed - Ogbo 2. Chief Suleiman Yakubu - Ona 3. Chief Daniel Ibiteye - Euta 4. Alhaji Nuhu O. Ibrahim - Okefe 5. Alhaji IsaAdeboye - Okeaga 6. Hon.ObedOnibiyo - Euta-lyahin 7. Dr.J.K.Shaibu - Ero 8. Mallam IdrisO.Teidi - Ero The undertaking was signed in the presence of: The Deputy Governor, Chief Philips Salau, the representative of the Police, the State Security Services (SSS) and some Government officials. A Truth and Reconciliatory Committee" was set up by the town under the Chairmanship of Chief J.S. Adeyemi, the then Vice Chairman of our Local Government, to reconcile the warring factions. The Committee, did not do much when on 30th July, 2009, the Court delivered its judgement in favour of HRH Oba S.A. Mohammed. And so, the warring and struggling gradually fizzled out and the town started witnessing peace, once again. Glory be to Almighty God. FUNCTIONS AND STATUS OF OLUKOTUN OF IFE-OLUKOTUN (ITS UPS AND DOWNS) "The functions and status of the Olukotun of Ife-Olukotun have changed a lot since the earliest time of Local Government administration in Kabba Province, Northern Region, Kwara State. Kabba Division, Oyi Local Government and Yagba East Local Government. The watersheds are as follows:- 1905 - Group Head for the whole Yagbaland. 1912 - Paramount Chief and District Head for Yagba. 1918 - 1928-3rd Class Paramount Chief and District Head Yagbaland. LOST THE 3RD CLASS IN 1928 when the Oba died. 1929 - 1954 Paramount Chief for South-East Yagba. 1955-1959 Group Head of Ife-Yagba. Group Administration and member of East Yagba N.A. Council of Chiefs. 1972 - 3RD CLASS restored by Military Governor of Kwara State, Col. David L. Bamigboye. 1972 - August, 1975-3rd Class Paramount Chief and District Head of South- East Yagba under the title "Chief of South-East Yagba". 1st September, 1975 - The Staff of Office of all 3rd, 4th and 5th Class Chiefs graded after 1970 were withdrawn by the Military Governor of Kwara State Col. Taiwo. Dec. 1991 - 3RD CLASS STAFF OF OFFICE Restored by His Excellency, Col. Danladi Zakari, the Military Administrator of Kogi State. Ist Sept., 1993 - 2ND CLASS CHIEF as: a) Paramount Chief and District Head of South-East Yagba; b) Chairman of Yagba East Council of Chiefs; c) Automatic member of Kogi State Council of Chiefs." 8 CLASSIFICATION OF CHIEFS IN IFE-OLUKOTUN Historical classification of Chiefs in Ife-Olukotun has been given as follows:- Group l. - IHARAJE 2. - HARAFE – deals directly with the Oba e.g. Elesolfe.Obamlalfe.Alaira Ife, etc. 3. - IHARALE - Heads of Compounds (now Baale) referred to as OLOTITA 4 - EREBA 5 - OMOLOGUN MODE OF DRESSING Long Red Cap, plus Long Beads, Horse Tail and Hand Beads Short Red Cap, plus Spear and Whip/Cane TRADITIONAL TITLES There are many Traditional Titles that are conferred on people by each Clan/Compound or the town itself. Here, we would concern ourselves with some Traditional Titles such as: 1. IHARAJE These are Chiefs that are expected to hold regular meetings with the Oba and later disseminate decisions and information back to their compounds, through the lesser chiefs. The chiefs that fall under this category are:- 1. HRH. The Olukotun of lfe-Olukotun - Chairman 2. The Akogun (Shaba) of Ife-Olukolun - Member 3. The Olu of Ere 4. The AgbanaLelaofOna 5. The Okohi Lela 2. IHAREFA 3. IHARELE (OLOTITAS) - HEADS OF COMPOUNDS (now BAALES): 1. The Obaro of Okefe - Head of Aroke 2. The Obahun of llohun- Head of llohun 3. The Oba Ogbo of Ogbo - Head of Ogbo 4. The Obalero of Hero - Head of Ilero 5. The Eleo/Baroof Ero - Head of Ero 6. Elepo etc. Head of Epo C) EREBA D) OMOLOGUN HONOURARY CHIEFTAINCY TITLE HOLDERS IN IFE-OLUKOTUN The following people, who have contributed one way or the other to the progress and development of Ife-Olukotun and were found worthy of Chieftaincy Titles, were honoured with Honourary Chieftaincy Titles by Ife-Olukotun Community:- Alhaji Isa Adeboye - THE BOBAJIRO OF Ife-Olukotun -conferred on him by the late Oba, His Royal Highness Alhaji Salami AjibolaAsejegba II. It was first announced in 1994 by the Oba at Yidi Praying Ground, Ife-Olukotun and later at the Central Mosque, Okefe, Ife-Olukotun. 1st IFE DAY HELD ON SATURDAY. 1ST JULY. 1995 The late Oba, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Salami Asejogba II, in conjunction with the IODU Executive and on behalf of the entire people of Ife-Olukotun conferred Hon. Chieftaincy titles on the following personalities for their contributions to development of Ife-Olukotun. Title Conferred 1. Chief Alh. Funsho Ganiyu Ibrahim The Otunba of Ife-Olukotun 2. Chief Alh. A. A. Mohammed (Ambassador) The Alaofin Ife-Olukotun The following people {though non-indigenes), who contributed immensely to the progress and development of Ife-Olukotun, were also honoured:- 3. Chief Sunmonu Asani The Maiyegun of Ife-Olukotun 4. Prof. Ade M. Obayemi (Late) The Gbaiyegun of Ife-Olukotun 5. Dr. Rowland A. Adeleye The Olutaiyese of Ife-Olukotun 6. Chief Adewale Bello The Ariwajoye of Ife-Olukotun 7. Chief Olusegun Bolaji The Bobagunwa of Ife-Olukotun 8. Chief Friday Jide Omokore The Bashorun of Ife-Olukotun MUSLIM: In 1995, the Muslim Community of Ife-Olukotun also conferred titles on the following personalities: 1. Hon. Mohammed Olarewaju Aliyu (Chief) as GIWA ADINNI of Ife-Olukotun-now Alhaji (2011 Hajj). 2. Chief Jimoh S. Adeyemi as SARAKI ADINNI of Ife- Olukotun. He is now Alhaji-(2010Hajj).
Written By MURAINA MUYHIDEEN ROTIMI




PONYAN in brief


The village called Ponyan (earlier called Kponyan by the missionaries in the early 20th century i.e. 1908-1960) is located in Yagba East Local Goernment of Kogi State, Nigeria. This village is situated in the tropical rain forest of nigeria. Ponyan, Nigeria. It is on Latitude, 7.9833333, Longitude, 5.7, Altitude (feet), 1315, Lat (DMS), 7° 58' 60N, Long (DMS), 5° 42' 0E. The population of Ponyan according to 1991 Nigerian census was 7500. Ponyan is integrated into two communities, Odo Ponyan and Oke Ponyan.

An SIM (now ECWA) primary school was founded in 1938 at the centre of the town. Several other public and private primary schools are found in the village including a Baptist primary school. A.

secondary school (Oke Oyi Secondary school, now Oke-Oyi Science School) was established in 1969 by the catholic missionaries. Another secondary school (Ponyan Comprehensive High School) was established in 1982 just at the back of the ancient ECWA primary school



















LATE CHIEF IMAM OF IFE-OLUKOTUN OF OLUKOTUN LAND

On 12th December 2012 our Chief of Ife-olukotun died yesterday and many Imam Came and Recite Holy Quran, Dua  before he give up. May Him Soul Rest in perfect Peace Insha Allahu. (AMEEN). Kogi state of CHIEF IMAM OF IFE-OLUKOTUN DIED YESTERDAY MAY ALLAH ACCEPT OUR DUA UPON HIM (AMEEN)

There is no God except Allah the Generous and Patient There is no God except Allah the Almighty and All-Wise. Pure is that Allah Who is Creator of the seven heavens and the seven earths and all that is in them and between them; He is the Lord of all these things and the Arsh and all praise is due to Allah Who is the Lords of all the worlds.

LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAAHUL H'ALEEMUL KAREEM.. LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAAHUL A'LIYYUL A'Z'EEM. SUBH'AANALLAAHI RABBIS SAMAAWAATIS SAB-I' WA RABBIL ARZ''EENAS SAB-I' WA MAA BAYNAHUMAA WA RABBIL A'R SHIL A'Z'EEM WAL-H'AMDU LILLAAHI RABBIL A'ALAMEEN. ALLAH FORGIVE AND PUT HIM ALUJANA WITH PROPHET MOHAMMED ( SAW) CHIEF IMAM OF IFE-OLUKOTUN YAGBA EAST PROUD OF D WORLD OF IMAM, VERY KIND.

POSTED ON 12/12/12 ALIU OJO ROTIMI



Saturday, October 6, 2012 will remain indelible in the minds of the people Ife-Olukotun, a community in South East Yagba local government area of Kogi State. On that day, people of the area came out to celebrate the ‘Ife Day’, which was last celebrated in 2003, owing to community crisis.

Many of the indigenes at the event said the day was unique in many respects to the community, not just for the merriment it offered, but for the fact that sons and daughters of the community gathered to celebrate peace after a turbulent contest for about nine years for the stool of Olukotun of Ife- Olukotun.

The occasion, they added, was therefore the beginning of a rebuilding process for the development of the community.

It was also a day the community launched 500 million naira appeal fund to carry out developmental projects and to award a traditional title of Banitanse (the eradicator of a perennial need) of Ife -Olukotun to the former governor of Kogi State Alhaji Ibrahim Idris for the construct



PONYAN in brief

The village called Ponyan (earlier called Kponyan by the missionaries in the early 20th century i.e. 1908-1960) is located in Yagba East Local Goernment of Kogi State, Nigeria. This village is situated in the tropical rain forest of nigeria. Ponyan, Nigeria. It is on Latitude, 7.9833333, Longitude, 5.7, Altitude (feet), 1315, Lat (DMS), 7° 58' 60N, Long (DMS), 5° 42' 0E. The population of Ponyan according to 1991 Nigerian census was 7500. Ponyan is integrated into two communities, Odo Ponyan and Oke Ponyan.

An SIM (now ECWA) primary school was founded in 1938 at the centre of the town. Several other public and private primary schools are found in the village including a Baptist primary school. A.

 

 

 secondary school (Oke Oyi Secondary school, now Oke-Oyi Science School) was established in 1969 by the catholic missionaries. Another secondary school (Ponyan Comprehensive High School) was established in 1982 just at the back of the ancient ECWA primary school

 



































Baba je omo bibi ilu Ife-Olukotun
Ni ipin Kogi State. Adugbo Ilosun ERE
OJADE NI LE AIYE NI ODUN DIE, ODUN 2003
OJO ETI NI AGOGO MEJILA OSUN NI WON FI AIYE
SILE.
KI OLORUN OBA KOBA MI TEWON SI AFEFE
RE .
KOBA (S.A.W) MOHAMMED WON LE OLA WON LE OLA
ALLAHU KO SE AFOMO FUN BABA MI
IKE ATI OLA KO BAWON NI NU SARE ATI ALIKIAO
MO.
WON (S.A.W) ANABI WA MOHAMMUD KO FUNWON SI
ALUJANA ONI DERA .
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