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History of Omu-Aran - ORDER OF ARRIVAL IN Igbomina Land

The Igbomina people arrived Igbomina Land in batches and at different times. They came mainly from three sources. These were Ife , Oyo and Ketu (now in the Republic of Benin).

Adisa Onikoko in A History of Ilorin Emirate, however, traces the roots of the Igbomina race to four sources, which according to him were Ila-Orangun, Nupe, Kemberi and Apai. By this view point, Omu-Aran was of Ila origin; Ajase, Igbaja and Oke-Ode were of Nupe; the Eku Mesan Oro or the Oro group (nine of them) were Kemberi; while Oro-Ago and Isanlu Isin were traceable to Apai. It would appear that Onikoko was, more than anything else, anxious to establish that a greater part of Igbomina was actually of northern origin. This is absolute fallacy. It is an established fact that Ilorin settled on parts of Igbomina Land and since River Asa serves as boundary between Shao and Igbomina. It is also known that it was the Olupo that gave out the land over which the Ilorin railway station stands to the then colonial government. Even Ojo Isekuse, the founder of Ilorin was believed to be of Igbomina origin.

The more acceptable tradition in Igbomina Land is the Ife , Oyo and Ketu groupings. The Ogbo after which the Igbomina people have taken their name also has the same origin as the terra cottas of Ile Ife. Of all the groups, Olomu-Aperan and his party, who constituted the first set of Ife group, were first arrivals on the land.

Two gazetteers of Ilorin Province , K.V. Elphinstone (1921) and Herman-Hodge (1929), assert that Omu-Aran and her leader, Olomu Aperan, were the first Igbomina people to settle in Igbomina Land. The 1954 Administrative Reforms of Ilorin Province, otherwise known as the Mickey Report, affirms that the Ife group was first batch to arrive on the land.

Afterward came the Oyo group led by the Elese of Igbaja who hailed from Oko in Oyo State as clearly borne out in their Oriki, in this group were the Olora of Ora near Oke-Ode, the Oniwo of Iwo, and the Oba of Ikosun. Their leader, Elese, inherited Omolojuegungun, a spear and an Ifa bowl. All were related to the Alaafin one way of the other. They also all came to their new settlements with Sango and the Egungun Elewe cults. Later, the Aran party arrived, led by Alaran Orii from Oyo, who was also related to the Alaafin and who also came with the Sango and Egungun Elewe cults.

The other batch of migrants was led by the founder of the Oloro dynasty in Oro Ago. They came from Ketu in the western Yoruba country, now in the Republic of Benin .

In order of arrivals, therefore, Omu-Aran commands the right of the first-born.
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