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AN EXTRACT OF THE FOUNDING OF IGBAJO AND ITS PEOPLE
Igbajo, as it implies, is “Agbajo Eniyan “ meaning “Assembly of people”. The town according to some records , cited by Ademola Fasiku was founded around 300 AD.
In the book, “IGBAJO, CITADEL OF THE GRAVE”, Professor Tugbiyele claimed that Igbajo was first founded by one one Esidale who has its’s origin from the Oduduwa’s ancestry , reported to be the migrant to the present site of Igbajo from ile-ife, during the Oduduwa period .
As an adventurer of the Oduduwa prince who failed to return to Ile-ife was declared missing by his father to Oduduwa. Hence , the saying : “Esi dale l’ o ni Igbajo “ . Esindale’s foot-prints were soon retraced to Igbajo through Ifa-Oracle .
In addition , information has it that a group of ten princes ( the Orangun of Ila , the Oloyan of Oyan , the Alara of Aramoko, the Alaye of Efun Alaye , the Owa of Igbajo amongst others ), migrated to the present site of Igbajo . Later they departed to their different destinations leaving behind the ten sacred stones on the spot of their meeting. These ten stones are still in the land of Igbajo till date.
Meanwhile , Igbajo Polytechnic , from time immemorial came into limelight as a result of the establishment of one of the secondary schools in Osun western Region of Nigeria , Kiriji Memorial College , Igbajo in 1952.
This great feat is contained in both publications of Late. Chief Oladipupo Oladitan , Professor Akande Tugbiyele and 100 years of Baptist Mission in Igbajo written by Deacon Ojo. As cited by “ Ademola Fasiku “ in his second edition “ IGBAJO AND ITS PEOPLE”, he affirmed that Chief Oladitan in his publication ,“ The Patriarch and the crown”, that the Igbajo people built the Igbajo -Ikirun road, Igbajo -Iresi road, Igbajo -Koro road , all through communal efforts which they built schools for the education of their children , this was the unrelenting thought of these peasants.
This also gave a pictorial representation of the establishment of Kiriji Memorial College in 1952, and the establishment of IGBAJO POLYTECHNIC IN 2005 as all hands were on deck towards the cause as stated above.
THE FUTURE PROSPECT OF IGBAJO POLYTECHNIC
Having traced the historical settlement of Igbajo town , its people , we intend to inform the general public about the future prospect (s) of Igbajo town:
Source: “IGBAJO AND IT’s PEOPLE” BY : ADEMOLA FASIKU
Extracted by : Mr. BAMIGBOLA TIMILEHIN .A ( P.R.O, IGBAJO POLYTECHNIC)