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39 Facts You Need to Know About Ijebu People

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39 Facts You Need to Know About Ijebu People

1. Ijebus were the first to settle in Lagos and Ibadan.

2. Ijebus were the first people to have contact with the Europeans in the 14th century.

3. Ijebus were the first to be educated through Western education.

4. Ijebu is the largest ethnic group in Nigeria (wow!!!)

5. First people to manufacture gears of war in Nigeria.

6. First people to contend the slavery extortion in their region.

7. The first people to invent money made from cowry shells, later made Coins called “PANDORO”, which became acceptable through Africa and Europe.

8. Ijebu is the only tribe in Nigeria that has its origin from the Biblical days.

9. According to the Biblical account; the Jebusites were a Canaanite tribe who inhabited and built Jerusalem prior to its conquest by King David.

10. Ijebu was the first indigenous CLERK to the European Missionaries.

11. The European observers found Ijebus more intelligent than other groups in Nigeria.

12. When Oduduwa was blind, an Ijebu King (fifth Awujale) was the one to provide a remedy to restore his sight.

13. Ijebus are known as socialites, people of high integrity and hard work.

14. Ijebus were the ones to raise agitation for emancipation from Colonialism.

15. Ijebu King (Orimolusi) was the second Oba appointed by the Colonial Masters for the London conference in 1957 to negotiate the Nigerian Independence.

16. Chief Obafemi Awolowo was the first individual in the modern era to be named Leader of the Yorubas (Asiwaju Omo Oodua)

17. The richest black woman in the world, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija, is an Ijebu woman from Ikorodu, Lagos (waterside Ijebu).

18. An Ijebu man was the first Nigerian to play in the English Premier League in the early 60s.

19. Ijebus are famous with Egungun, Agemo, Jigbo, Ileya festivals etc.

20. Mike Adenuga, an Ijebu man from Ijebu-Igbo, was the first Nigerian to single-handedly own Oil, Mining and Telecommunication (GLO).

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21. An Ijebu man, late Haruna Ishola, was the first musician to perform outside the shores of Nigeria.

22. These Ijebu men, Chief S. O. Shonibare & Chief Shakirudeen Olarewaju Kazeem (Shokas) were the first Nigerians to own private individual housing estates (called Shonibare estate in Lagos. And Shokas Estate/Bobagunwa Castle) of about 40 mansions in Ijebu-Igbo.

23. An Ijebu man, late Chief Kuti (Abusi Odumare) from Ijebu-Igbo was the first Nigerian to be banned from building further houses in Lagos having owned about 100-storey buildings in Shomolu and Ebute Meta!

24. Also, an Ijebu man, Chief Isamosta Ashiru from Ijebu-Igbo, was banned from building further houses in Ibadan having owned 99% of houses on Ososami Street, Ibadan (left and right)!

25. Ijebu man, late Chief Abayomi Adeyemi also from Ijebu-Igbo, was the first Nigerian contractor to build about seven housing estates for the Federal Government. He has about 60 personal houses in Lagos alone!

26. Unbelievable, a man of Ijebu origin was enthroned as Olubadan of Ibadan land, Ijebu l’oko Ibadan

27. An Ijebu woman (a potter), Bilikisu Significant was traced to the Biblical Queen of Sheba as wife to King Pharaoh.


28. Ijebu has a major farm settlement that generates hundreds of millions of naira through palm oil processing (Apoje Farm settlement in Ijebu-Igbo) for the government.

29. Ijebu has produced so many musical icons like Haruna Ishola (Ijebu-Igbo), Y.K. Ajadi (Ijebu-Igbo), Popular Jingo (Ijebu-Igbo), Batuli Alake (Ijebu-Igbo), Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, K1 (Ijebu-Ode), Adewale Ayuba (Ikenne), Musiliu Haruna Ishola (Ijebu-Igbo), Kolade Onanuga (Ijebu-Ode), Salawa Abeni (Ijebu-Ode),
Wale Thomson (Ijebu-Igbo), etc.

30. The first black man to publish an indigenous Bible with dictionary and concordance was an Ijebu man (Rev. Dr Basil Kayode Balogun ) from Ijebu-Igbo.

31. The Doyen of Theatre, Late Chief Hubert Adedeji Ogunde, was an Ijebu man from Ososa

32. The Ijebu nation has more than 15 tertiary institutions which include OOU, TASUED, BABCOCK, HALLMARK, SOUTH-WEST, KINSTON (Universities), Grace, AAP, Gaposa, Oscotech, Pogil (Polytechnics), Tasce (Coll of Edu.), etc.

33. Do you know that Ijebu land(Ijagun) hosts the 1st university of education in Nigeria?

34. Do you know that the Ijebu nation shares one- third of the entire Lagos state starting from Ikorodu to Ketu, Somolu, Palmgrove, Oshodi, Yaba, Epe, Ikeja, etc.

35. Do you know that the Itshekiris (Delta State of Nigeria) are Ijebus?

36. The regional capital is Ijebu Ode!!

37. The Commercial capital is Sagamu!!!

38. The Spiritual capital is Ijebu Igbo!!!!

39. The Paramount ruler & Awujale of Ijebu land is the longest reigning traditional ruler in the history of Nigeria—-57 years, 06 months (still counting).

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