THE IMOSE VILLAGE

THE IMOSE VILLAGE

 


Imose is a small village in the southern part of Ogun state. The name was given as such, named after its founder, who was part of a group of hunters venturing into the wild forests of the state, in ancient times. Today, Imose has come to be recognized as a home for people of different ethnic backgrounds, settling from the urban communities.

Imose village is not isolated to itself. It shares boundaries with other villages. Being located on a hill, the village boasts of a valley which leads down to a river, westwards. The river is quite large in expanse and its depth is really alarming. The water isn’t clear and this makes it feel dangerous whenever one sails over it. With thick trees and creeping plants covering the surface of the water, some parts are not accessible.

The southern side shares boundary with Totowu, a village that slopes down to the river. This village covers the entire part of the south of the region, creating a boundary with Imose village, such that one would have to voyage through Totowu to get to Imose. This is because the larger part of the river that is accessible for transportation, connects Totowu and the urban city of Lagos.

Going northwards from Imose, is another village whose name is Ikpatire. This village is higher in altitude than Imose and quite difficult to ride to. The eastern side is dissected by a major unconstructed road which marks off other communities.

The language of the villagers in Imose is the typical Yoruba language and is more of their identity. Except for the migrants from the urban cities, there would have been no traces of other dialects in the region.

Imose, like other villages in the region, is sparsely populated and there is not much of an activity other than farming at both commercial and subsistence levels.

The village is blessed with fertile loamy soil which is suitable for variety of crops. The dry season can be harsh on the soil, however there’s plenty of rain fall during the wet season. This makes cultivation easier as most farmers would cultivate their crops at the start of the rains, and never have to worry about watering the crops. Crops such as maize, cassava, yam, leafy vegetables and others are commonly seen everywhere.

Apart from farming, many of the young men are engaged with skilled labour ranging from masonry, carpentry, blacksmith, fishing, block moulding, plumbing, electrical works and other minors. These skills become employable when migrants or tourist from the urban cities move in and decides to have a settlement. At some other times, these young men would go across to the urban cities to find jobs.

The village, though small, has much more to offer in regards to food production and settlement. As more people make tours to view these places, infrastructural development would be the next big thing.

Being sparsely populated, development seems slow. The major reason responsible for this is the inaccessibility problems associated with the region, especially when touring in from the urban cities. Most people wouldn’t like water transportation, especially when the vehicle used is a wooden canoe with mounted engines. It is worth knowing at this point that the fastest means of entry into the region, from Lagos, is across the river.

The major ethnic groups found here are the Yoruba people. There are traces of other tribes such as the Hausa, the Igbo and some Fulani settlement. Religion is factioned into the Traditionalist, the Islam and Christianity.

With regards to the rate of migration trooping in from the urban cities, development of the entire region will likely be considered by the local and state governments, with special consideration given to accessibility between the region and the urban cities.

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