THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE PEOPLE OF ADO-EKITI

THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE PEOPLE OF ADO-EKITI

 

THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE PEOPLE OF ADO-EKITI

The city of Adoekiti was founded by an Ife prince, Awamaro popularly known as the "restless one."According to myth he had a brother called Oranmiyan. He and Oranmiyan went to Ita Orogun and Benin after staying briefly in Akure.



Myth has it that Ewi of Ado-Ekiti and Oba of Benin settled in Benin forests before disputes among their people caused them to separate and the Ewi got a new home at Utamodi (Oke Papa). The Ewi of Adoekiti then, Ewi Biritiokun and his son reigned there. However Ewi Awamaro, "the restless one"  moved to Ilesun which is now Ado-Ekiti after settling briefly at Ido Ani and Agbado during the long trek.



Ewi Awamaro left Agbado, while the elders stayed behind to rest and named the settlement "Agba Ado," that is Agbado-Ekiti as the town is known today. They were properly welcomed by the people Ilesun and assisted them to build their homestead Oke-Ibon in Odo Ijigbo.



The great Ewi and his popular  people eventually overthrew the existing political arrangements, conquered Ulesun community, deposed Elesun, who was it ruler and established  a new town.

Ewi Awamaro attacked Elesun with the support of Odolofin after he had settled down at Oke Ibon which is currently known as Odo Ijigbo. He eventually conquered Ulesun and changed the town to Ado or Ado-Ewi.



The deposed King of Ilesun, Elesun, before been conquered, ruled over Ukere (now Ikere), Isinla, Ulamoji, Agidimo, and Ikewo which is now known as Ado-Ekiti before the emergence of Ewi of Ado-Ekiti.



Ewi recruited some of Elesun’s chiefs into his chieftain. Odolofin and Asao were recruited as Chiefs after Awamaro' conquest. The Elegemo remained the chief priest, and custodian of charms. While Akogun, Oloja Ese, Eleyinmi and Egbedi were the palace security chiefs.

When Ilesun was conquered, the king of Ilesun was beheaded. Ewi Awamaro named the city Ado which means "here we camp."



Ewi Awamaro and his successors conquered villages in the neighbourhood, and replaced their rulers with scions of the royal family. The important persons among these conquered communities were relocated in Ado.



Ewi Awamaro ensured that Elesun’s Chiefs who among the chieftain took paths took oaths. Ewi Awamaro' successors expanded the kingdom by conquest and gave these territories to those of the royal families. These royal families assumed hereditary titles.


The city of Ado-Ekiti expandedover 400 years. During this expansion the people of Adoekiti became accustomed to some culture. These cultural practices include, cleanliness. There was also folk traditions with fond references to Ewi’s relationship with some other traditional rulers Ekiti.


The Ewi’s antecedents include: Elempe Ekiti "mightiest man in Ekiti," which portray the towering position of Ado-

Ekiti. In the first place, Ado-Ekiti is situated at the heartland of Ekiti and is thus less exposed to cross-border attacks or non-Ekiti influences.

Over the years people have migrated to Adoekiti and it's surrounding communities. Most of these migrants left their homestead in various parts of Ekiti. Some were as well captive of war who were brought in. Thus the city of Adoekiti was populated.



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