OGOJOORE-ILESE MY VILLAGE

OGOJOORE-ILESE MY VILLAGE

 



OGOJOORE-ILESE MY VILLAGE


Ogojoore community is my village located at the Eastern side of Ijebu-Ode Township. Ogojoore is situated within longitude 3 degree and 4 degree and latitude 6 degree of the globe. My village, Ogojoore is bounded in the south by Lagos/Benin Express road, in the East by Odomolasa-Ilese, in the North by Tiradana/Rasonwa villages and in the East by Ilese main town.

Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu-Imushin road traversed the village from West to East and within Ijebu North-East Local Government in Ogun State of Nigeria.

 

The village was founded by a famous farmer/hunter called Onanuga. Late Chief Onanuga was the first Baale in 1680 A.D. He had four wives with many children while other settlers inhabited the village as the said head of the village was very accommodating and friendly. Ogojoore by the interpretation means a secluded area where dangerous charms were kept from the reach of children and female adults and which could be picked whenever there was war or dangerous attack by enemies. The founder was a Yoruba man by tribe, who was a warrior, farmer and hunter. The early settlers had an ancestral bonds worshipping idols like Ogun (god of iron), Obaluwaye-Sango (god of thunders), ifa oracle to mention but a few. These settlers were later converted to Christianity as the advent of the British Colonizers who spread Christianity outside Lagos lagoon and environs.


The major occupations of the indigenes were farming and petty trading, while some engaged in hunting and fishing for their living. As the British encroached northwards to River Niger, slavery took a major toll in the lives of the settlers that many great and strong men were carted away across the Atlantic as slaves. As the British spread the gospel of Christ, they Introduced education whereby schools were sited in Ilese town and St. Paul’s Anglican School became the first primary School attended by the indigenes. There are some traditionalist who still worship Ogun, the god of iron, Obaluwaye, god of thunder, etc. but due to the spread of Christianity, we could by now, notice a few in the neighborhood churches and mosques have been built such that could model the morality of the indigenes whose major festivals are now Christmas, new year celebration, Ed-el-fitri and Easter celebration. As development came many private schools abound in my village, the first to be established was Olayinka Nursery and Primary school (1993) but by now many more private schools exists in the village. A notable Tertiary Institution-Ogun State College of Health Technology was founded within Ogojoore community land and many students from different parts of Nigeria enjoyed the facilities provided by the community.


Basically, the indigenes are Yorubas by tribe but the Ijebu form the majority. Other tribes like Igedes, Igbos, Hausas and Fulanis cohabit with the indigenes, living peacefully together without discrimination. The total population of my village is about Two Million people making up “ward 8” within the ten wards in Ijebu-North-East Local Government Area of Ogun State. Majority of the male adults are traders, civil servants, artisans, farmers while majority of the female adults were petty traders and civil servants. There is a popular market for the traders to trade their wares while the farmers produce Cassava, Yam, Beans, Coconut, Kolanuts, fruits and vegetables. The major staple food being Ikokore, Eba and Jollof rice.


There is a Police headquarters in the village to cater for maintenance of peace and tranquility in the area while the Health Centre within the community environment administers health standards among the rank and file of citizens-children, male adults and female adults. The Baale of the community administers the issues of minor misunderstandings among the citizens as there has not been and tribal issue arising among citizenry.

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