Ajasse-Ipo is an ancient town in Igbomina-Yoruba land of Kwara State. Ajase Ipo is sometimes spelt as Ajase-Ipo and is also known as Ajasse or Ajasepo. It is one of the prominent towns in Irepodun Local Government Area of the Kwara State and also, serves as the Headquarter of Kwara South Senatorial District. Ajasse Ipo is situated in the northeastern part of Yoruba land in northcentral Nigeria and consists of other different villages such as Eleyoka, Amberi, Falokun, Araromi etc. The present ruler of Ajasse Ipo also referred to as Olupo, is Oba Muhammed Yahaya Atoloye Alebiosu chairman Igbomina Ekiti traditional rulers
Ajasse Ipo is located at Latitude: 8° 13' 60 N Longitude: 4° 49' 0 E as displayed on world map, coordinates and short location facts. The town serves as major junction for all other major cities and towns in Kwara State, Nigeria including Ilorin (Kwara State capital), Omu-Aran (Irepodun LG Headquarter), Offa and Igbaja.
Ajase-Ipo welcomes visitor from all languages and tribes, [and] with her mixed religion system, has almost equal number of Muslims and Christians, with quite a number of traditional worshipers.
Ajase-Ipo also houses the popular Ajase Kara Market, which is a popular cattle market among the people of the south-western Nigeria. Market day is every 5 days.
Places to Visit Ita oba: A festival to behold as it attracts almost all the indigenes of Ajasse Ipo with various activities such as traditional dance, competitions and relaxation
Odo Osin (River) which was thought to have been a fat pretty woman before she turns to a river in Ila Orangun when she was insulted for her bareness, she flows from Ila Orangun, to Ajasse Ipo, Ilala and many other places. River Osin, which runs from Ila - Orangun right into the River Niger practically encircles all the Igbomina people with the exception of only two or three communities.
Oba Igba: A man who did not die but reduce to a day-old baby size. Kept in a calabash, no one should look inside the calabash till date.Odu Ajasse Ipo
Central Ifa temple OLUPO DESCENDANT OF ALAFIN OYO Olupo is a direct descendant of Alafin of Oyo, the supreme head of Kings, Princes and Princesses of Yoruba land in Nigeria and Dahomey. Alaafin Aganju was the fifth Alaafin of Oyo Empire who reigned at the second half of the 14th century at Katunga - 1350 A.D. Alaafin Aganju gave his daughter by name OYINOLA IYA-IYUN in marriage to Priest Iganna Ologbomona during his reign in 1380 A.D. Princess Oyinola Iya-Iyun has two sons by name SEJE OGAN and SEJI OGAN for her husband at Ganmo, which is the present Onikanga Hill G.R.A. Ilorin.
ALAFIN AGANJU ANOINTED THE FIRST OLUPO OF IGBOMINA-EKITI IN 1400 A.D. Alaafin Aganju anointed the first Olupo of Igbomina-Ekiti by name Olupo SEJE and made him as the first head of IPON-IJESHA-EKITI land. That is the land where Ijesha and Ekiti warriors battled the Nupe warriors who always invaded Ijesha Ekiti people at the Lower Niger River in Oke-Asa area (present Igbomina Ekiti land) (Ori ile ibiti Ijesha, Ekiti pelu omo ogun Tapa fi n para wan) On the land where Ijesha, Ekiti and Nupe warriors were killing themselves.
PRINCE SEJE BECAME THE FIRST OLUPO OF IGBOMINA EKITI AROUND 1400 A.D. Alafin Aganju anointed Olupo Seje and blessed him at Oyo-Ile (Katunga) as a young Oba. After Olupo Seje was anointed and blessed at Oyo-Ile, his parents and Olupo returned to Ganmo, where he grew up and became the first ina Ekiti from 1400 – 1460 A.D. Olupo Seje had three sons, namely, Princes Semu, Agboluaye and Abidolu.
SEJI BECAME THE SECOND OLUPO IN 1460 After Olupo Seje passed away in 1460, his younger brother Prince Seji became Olupo and went to Oyo-Ile with his family for anointment. Prince Seji was anointed and blessed by Alafin Oluaso and returned to Ganmo. Olupo Seji’s reign was very peaceful, but in the middle of the reign, Olupo Seji moved to Apaketi with his people, while some of his people remained at Ganmo.
OLUPO SOJOURNED AND REIGNED IN GBAGEDE IGBOMINA LAND at Pateki, all the children of the first Olupo Seje and second Olupo Seji reigned in turn at their different locations of Olu-Ipo-Ijesha-Ekiti-Igbomina land, namely, Ganmo, Apateki, present Ganmo, Gbagede-Ile, Idofian, Aro-Ipo (between Igbo-Owu, Koko and Sulu), Obaloyan, Oke-Ipo (between present Apata-Kajola and Igbaja on the bank of river Osin), Apere near Apata-Kajola and present Igbaja Town, Gbagede-Ipo near present Eggi-Oyo-Ipo and finally at Ajase-Ipo in 1750 A.D.
NUPE WARRIORS ATTACKED AT THE MIDDLE OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY – 1550A.D.Olupo Oba-loyan moved his people from Obaloyan Village near present Omu-Ipo to Oke-Ipo upper river Osin between present Igbaja and Apata-Kajola and settled down. As soon as Olupo and his people settled at Oke-Ipo, the Nupe warriors attacked them again and Olupo’s people fled to Apere near Apata-Kajola and Okeya-Ipo. Some Olupos reigned at Apere. They were Olupo Adeolu, Aderinoye, Oyadolu, and others. After the attack of Nupe warriors, some of Olupo’s family returned to Apere before settling down to present Okeya Ipo.
AJASE OF OLD OYO KINGDOM In 1550 A.D. Old Oyo was attacked by Nupe marauders again and they succeeded in expelling Alafin Onigbogi from Oyo-Ile. Some villages around old Oyo were attacked too and Ajase Village was one of those villages that Nupe warriors attacked. Ajase village is there today. Oluawo Ogudu was one of the Ifa priests whom his fore-fathers came with Alafin Oranmiyan to stay at old Oyo from Ile-Ife and lived at Ajase village near old Oyo-Ile Katunga.
Oluawo Ogudu left Oyo-Ile during the reign of Alafin Onigbogi when Nupe marauders attacked old Oyo and Oluawo Ogudu and his people fled to the eastern parts of Oyo-Ile. During the sojourn of Oluawo Ogudu and his people, they paid homage to Olupo Okinbaloye of Igbomina-Ekiti at Idofian and took permission from Olupo Okinbaloye to stay anywhere on his land. Olupo Okinbaloye agreed for Oluawo Ogudu to sojourn on his land. That was the common thing any visitor in Gbagede Ipo land would always do to get from any Olupo of that time before staying in Olupo’s land (Gbagede-Ipo).
Oluawo Ogudu and his people sojourn to many places and finally arrived at OGBOLI near the present backyard of Omu-Ipo. Oluawo Ogudu died at Ogboli and was succeeded by his son Oluawo AWIFA-GANHIN. SANGO DARE ODOFIN AND ONE OTHER FAMILY JOINED OLUAWO OGUDU FAMILY AT OGBOLI. At Ogboli, Sango Dare who was the fore-father of Odofin Family, who came from Oyo-Ile too with his family and with one unknown family joined Oluawo Ogudu family and lived together. Oluawo Awifa-Ganhin and Sango Dare and the unknown family moved from Ogboli to Agbomole which is now Araromi-Ipo. Oluawo Awifa-Ganhin and others met priest Agbe-mole Sogun, the founder of Agbomole (now Araromi-Ipo).
They met each other through the sign of smoke of fire in the area. Priest Agbe-mole Sogun who was an Ekiti man welcome his friend Awifa-Ganhin and his people to Agbemole village and Priest Agbe-mole advised his friend to go to Gbagede-Ipo to get permission from Olupo of Gbagede. Olupo Olarinoye permitted Oluawo Awifa Ganhin and his people to sojourned in his Kingdom (Gbagede-Ipo). On returning from Olupo Olarinoye of Gbagede-Ipo, Priest Agbe-mole Sogun permitted Oluawo Awifa-Ganhin to stay at the other side of river Osin called, Ile-Igbo which is now Ajase-Ipo.
Between 1600 – 1750 A.D., some Olupo reigned at Gbagede-Eggi. They were, Olupo Olamuaso Oyerinola, Wuraola, Erikitola, Olarinoye and Ikumeja Kako Dalla II. In 1749, Olupo Ikumejaa-Kako Dalla II was attacked and killed by Nupe warriors who killed many people, and destroyed their homes. The people fled to Ajase, Ilala and Okeya villages in 1750. The war was called, ‘Blood flowed to the river’ (Eje san wo odo) Olupo Ikumeja-Kako Dalla II was the 64th Olupo who reigned at Gbagede-Ipo when he was killed during the Nupe raid. OLUPOSHIP PART II Prince Igboru Dalla, his junior brothers and their family fled to Ajase after the Nupe war called (Eje san wo odo) where they were received by a priest called Oluawo Agaku at Ile-Igbo (now Ajase) Olupo Igboru Dalla III settled down at Ajase and three Olupos ruled Ajase in one year. They were: Olupo Igboru Dalla III, Olupo Okusa Dalla IV and Olupo Adeoba Dalla. Olupo Adeoba Dalla V appointed Baale for Ajase by name of Akango and added Ipo to Ajase –
Different compounds/families in Ajasse Ipo have different apellation (Oriki). Examples of oriki for the royal families of Ajasse ipo include:
Showing you the front part of the OBA palace's
Ajase Ipo is an ancient town in Igbomina-Yoruba land of Kwara State. Ajasse Ipo is sometimes spelt as Ajase-Ipo and is also known as Ajasse or Ajasepo. It is one of the prominent towns in Irepodun Local Government Area of the Kwara State. Ajasse Ipo is situated in the northeastern part of Yoruba land in northcentral Nigeria and consists of other different villages such as Eleyoka, Amberi, Falokun, Araromi etc.
……… residents & indigenes of Ajase – Ipo who are far and near or, even in diaspora gather to celebrate with OLUPO of Ajase – Ipo HRM Alh. (Barr.) Ismail Abolaji Atoloye Alebiosu. You are all invited
“HRM Alh. (Barr.) Ismail Abolaji Muhammed Atoloye Alebiosu, has been appointed as the new Olupo of Ajase-ipo by Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. ”
The King of Ajase-Ipo
“The Olupo became vacant after Oba Sikiru Atanda Sanni Woleola II passed away on February 21, 2021, following a brief illness. The Kwara State Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs, and Social Development handed over its workers during a brief ceremony this morning that was conducted by Arch. Aliyu Muhammed Saifudeen, the Ministry's Commissioner ”
The King of Ajase-Ipo
“The following Olupo from the Alebiosu ruling house was born on February 11th, 1980. He graduated with a second-class upper division in 2003 from the University of Ilorin. He holds a master's degree as well. ”
The King of Ajase-Ipo
OLUPO DESCENDANT OF ALAFIN OYO Olupo is a direct descendant of Alafin of Oyo, the supreme head of Kings, Princes and Princesses of Yoruba land in Nigeria and Dahomey. Alaafin Aganju was the fifth Alaafin of Oyo Empire who reigned at the second half of the 14th century at Katunga - 1350 A.D. Alaafin Aganju gave his daughter by name OYINOLA IYA-IYUN in marriage to Priest Iganna Ologbomona during his reign in 1380 A.D. Princess Oyinola Iya-Iyun has two sons by name SEJE OGAN and SEJI OGAN for her husband at Ganmo, which is the present Onikanga Hill G.R.A. Ilorin.
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