Ilupeju profile

The Holy Bible in Matthew 5:14b quoted the word of Lord Jesus Christ that “…a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden”. This quoted word best described the location and circumstances of the Town. Ilupeju Ekti is in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State with an estimated population of about 82,000 people. It is situated on a plateau on Latitude 8” North of the Equator and Longitude 5: East of Greenwich Meridian; hence the Town is generally referred to as the “Plateau Town of Ekitiland”.
Ilupeju- Ekiti is also the largest and most developed of the sixteen formidable towns that constituted the present Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State. Politically, Ilupeju Ekiti is in Ekiti North Senatorial District and Ekiti North Federal Constituency 11 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As a matter of fact, during the 19th century internecine Yoruba wars, Fajemibola later becomes High Chief Olugbosun (a son of Ilupeju Ekiti) representing Eseta/Egosi .The two towns that merged to become Ilupeju Ekiti in 1970} led the Oye contingent to the Ekitiparapo war of 1877-1893 where he fought gallantly side by side with other war heroes like Ogedengbe agbogungboro of Ijeshaland and Fabunmi of Okemesi. The purposeful and dynamic leadership of Ilupeju Ekiti within and outside ye Local Government Area has been an ongoing affair. In the current dispensation, the town has notable sons and daughters in responsible leadership positions in every sphere of human endeavors. Ilupeju Ekiti sons and Daughters are noted for entrepreneurship, excellent spirit, efficient administrators goal pursuing, visionary, dynamic and resourcefulness. They are hardworking, very loya and dedicated to every reasonable purpose meant for the upliftment of mankind. They hardly eat bread of idleness. Fruits of progressive abounds all-over the town. As a matter of fact, during the 19th century internecine Yoruba wars, Fajemibola later becomes High Chief Olugbosun (a son of Ilupeju Ekiti) representing Eseta/Egosi The two towns that merged to become Ilupeju Ekiti in 1970} led the Oye contingent to the Ekitiparapo war of 1877-1893 where he fought gallantly side by side with other war heroes like Ogedengbe agbogungboro of Ijeshaland and Fabunmi of Okemesi. The purposeful and dynamic leadership of Ilupeju Ekiti within and outside ye Local Government Area has been an ongoing affair. In the current dispensation, the town has notable sons and daughters in responsible leadership positions in every sphere of human endeavors. Ilupeju Ekiti sons and Daughters are noted for entrepreneurship, excellent spirit, efficient administrators goal pursuing, visionary, dynamic and resourcefulness. They are hardworking, very loya and dedicated to every reasonable purpose meant for the upliftment of mankind. They hardly eat bread of idleness. Fruits of progressive abounds all-over the town.

As a matter of fact, during the 19th century internecine Yoruba wars, Fajemibola later becomes High Chief Olugbosun (a son of Ilupeju Ekiti) representing Eseta/Egosi {The two towns that merged to become Ilupeju Ekiti in 1970} led the Oye contingent to the Ekitiparapo war of 1877-1893 where he fought gallantly side by side with other war heroes like Ogedengbe agbogungboro of Ijeshaland and Fabunmi of Okemesi.
The purposeful and dynamic leadership of Ilupeju Ekiti within and outside ye Local Government Area has been an ongoing affair. In the current dispensation, the town has notable sons and daughters in responsible leadership positions in every sphere of human endeavors.
Ilupeju Ekiti sons and Daughters are noted for entrepreneurship, excellent spirit, efficient administrators goal pursuing, visionary, dynamic and resourcefulness. They are hardworking, very loya and dedicated to every reasonable purpose meant for the upliftment of mankind. They hardly eat bread of idleness. Fruits of progressive abounds all-over the town.

History

The progenitor if Ilupeju Ekiti are great grandson of Ooni Ile-Ife, who migrated from both Lukosi quarters and Orota quarters in Ile-Ife, hence the former name of Egosi and Eseta respectively. Ilupeju Ekiti has tow ruling houses i.e AKINGBADE Ruling house that consisted of Odudu and Ogunlusi branch and IJADUOLA Ruling house that consisted if Adase, Omowaye, Ayimora and Oniyelu branch, where the current Apeju of Ilupeju Ekiti emerged from. The Apeju does not rule alone, he is ably assisted by Obanla, a prince from Akingbade Ruling house. At the demise of a reigning Apeju, the Obanla automatically become Apeju which is the official title of the Traditional ruler.

Oroke Ewo War Centre, Ilupeju-Ekiti

 

Orioke Ewo War Center Ilupeju

 

Legend has it that the armies of Ilorin attempted to invade Egosi kingdom in Ekiti during the 18th century, and the mysterious outcome of the war made the site of battle an historical point of reference today – in fact, a tourist attraction.

According to legend, Ali was the warlord of the Ilorin people; but he met his match in Olayagba, Oloseru, and Elewere among others who led the Ekiti people. The Ekiti warlords used their magical powers to turn Ali into a stone called Odidi mode, with his big drum and camel and seat all turning into various stones that can still be seen today. These are said to have been preserved at the site of battle, and tourists can see these stone-figures by themselves if they visit Ilupeju-Ekiti.