"KUNTU" A GIANT THAT FELL

"KUNTU" A GIANT THAT FELL

 

                             


      

Once upon a time, a brave Islamic scholar left the shore of Mali via the Futa Djalon and entered Nigeria through the Northern axis. Together with his brother Umar and other servants, they arrived in Nigeria in the late seventeen century.

Umar as a person is an entrepreneur who engaged himself in weaving Arabian after wear (alkimba or abaya) and was a successful business man even after relocating to Nigeria. His elder brother Adam is a well respected Islamic scholar who had an undiluted fear of God and excellent human relations. On their way from Mali to Nigeria, Adam and his people met another great scholar named sheikh Soliu Alimi Janta whose descendants are the Emirs in the city of Ilorin till this moment. Together they both left for the city known as the present day Ilorin.

On getting to Ilorin, the first place they settled was on a cliff called "Oke Sunna" where other Islamic scholars from neighbouring environments were meant to have settled and which Sholagberu was the leader prior to their arrival. Immediately they arrived, they noted the scholarship of both new comers and eventually made sheikh Soliu Alimi Janta the new leader.

In the quest to spread Islam, they were faced with many wars and battles. Adam as a brave man partook immensely in all these wars and just like any other people, he was compensated with lands located both in the present day Kwara State and the neighbouring Oyo State. After few years, Alimi and Adam relocated to where is known as the present day Emir's road due to the death of some prominent members who welcomed them at Oke Sunna. At the Emir's road, both were into teaching and preaching the words of God.

Later Adam and his people moved away from Emir's road (following approval by his friend) to a new place known as the present day "KUNTU" ("meaning it would not be destroyed by death"). This name was coined as a result of what got them dispersed (death) from Oke Sunna and considering the fact that the two places are close in proximity. Adam became the leader of this upcoming community and always welcomed and allocated land to newcomers who were willing to leave under his leadership. As time went by, more and more people came to settle in Ilorin from different places within and outside the present day Nigeria. Alimi as the leader was then given the mantle of Emirship at the early 18th century. Other four prominent persons especially those representing the major races within this new city were made " BALOGUN" i.e war leaders. Adam has a person who participated in these wars was also nominated but he declined sighting that in the future it may become something intoxicating to the bearer of the title and instead agreed to become the "MAGAJI" of Kuntu. As a Magaji he was given the mandate of looking after everything happening in his community and to report to a Balogun who will eventually report to the Emir, he performed his duity diligently and was loved by many members of the community. Being as it may, his actions and inactions had drawn the community backward and made it less significant within the city of Ilorin.

As one of the foremost communities in Ilorin, Kuntu is supposed to be a very powerful authority but instead has been ridiculed to as less as a lion drawn in a paper because the founding father failed to give it the power it needed to strive. Although it was written that Magaji Kuntu title supposed to be a Balogun dynasty according to a book written by L.A.K Jimoh, yet the polarity of the present day situations would not allow that to work easily and therefore appeared as a lost opportunity. From a community full of hopes and development, Kuntu has degraded to almost zero level until the last decade. The decadence was so evident that people were scared to marry to or from this community. Don't forget that this was a community founded on love for one another, enthusiasm for knowledge and welcoming new ideas and visitors. Since inception, Kuntu had been a community blessed with natural and human resources but almost lost  it due to negligence. The community started celebrating things that are of no use and abolished building human resources. Young ones could not Learn anything that would be of help from their elders because they lack it too. All thanks to the University community that sprouted at the source (Oke Sunna) and influenced and impacted my community positively. Till today the impacts are still with us and we are building on it even though we are still battling to rise again.

 

 

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