THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF IJARE TOWN IN ONDO STATE

THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF IJARE TOWN IN ONDO STATE

 


Ijare kingdom is one of the ancient towns of Ifedore local government areas of Ondo state, Nigeria. It lies around 20km North Northeast of the city Akure. They are traditionally Yoruba speaking area. Ijare is ruled by a ceremonial ruler called Olujare of Ijare. They are people noted to have retained their core traditional value, since its migration from Ilare in Ile – Ife

The town is sparsely populated, although it has two secondary school, post office, a community bank, health centres and public water supply system.

The town is known for growing and preservation of kolanuts. They also grow other crops like yam, cassava and vegetables. 

It has a sacred hill known as ‘oke owa’. This hill is a sacred place that can only be visited by the king and some chiefs of the land. They visit the hill once in a year, during the celebration of the new year festival to perform some rituals.

Apart from the new year festival, the Ijare people also celebrate a festival known as ‘Eleeru’. They will journey to the heart of the town where there is a cave called ‘Aba Eleeru’. The cave contains ancestral artifacts and a dwelling of a deity. They normally kill two pregnant goats at the entrance of the cave as sacrifice to the deity.

For the fact that the Ijare is a town in Ondo, it has some similar cultural values with other town in Ondo. Some of those values are traditional marriage styles, dressing, food, the way they build their houses, some profession like fishing, faming and hunting.

In terms of fashion/dressing styles, they wear what is known as ‘agbada and Sokoto for males. The females wear ‘iro’ and ‘buba’. This cloth can be made with ‘aso oke’ or ‘ofi’.

They eat ‘pupu’ and ‘efo riro’. They also like soup called ‘eweta’ a black soup. Pounded yam and ‘egusi’ soup can never be absent in their food with bush meat. They eat groundnut and corn as a snack

Ijare people are generally peaceful people. They like hunting, faming and fishing. Their women likes dancing during special occasions such as celebration of new yams and so on

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