Ikorodu is a city in Lagos State, Nigeria.[1] Located North East of Lagos State along the Lagos Lagoon, it shares a boundary with Ogun State. As of the 2006 Census Ikorodu had an enumerated population of 535,619.

Ikorodu is situated at a distance of approximately 36 km north of Lagos. The town is bounded on the South by the Lagoon. In the north, Ikorodu shares common boundary with Ogun State. While in the East, it has common boundary with Agbowa-Ikosi, a town in Epe Division of Lagos State.

In identifying some of which are today called ‘Itun’. Each Itun has an exact boundary. There are about Sixteen or seventeen ‘Ituns’ in Ikorodu. Examples are: ‘Itunmaja is inhabited by people mainly from Idowa, an important Ijebu town. Itunwaiye ‘was occupied by people from ‘Iraiye’ (Iwaiye) in Ogun State, Remo’ and people of Itun Ojoru, are from Igbein, of Egba etc.

There are three principals in Ikorodu i) ISHEI ii) IJOMU iii) AGA The Ituns: ( minor areas). The Itas (squares)

Ikorodu in the last 40 years or so, did not extend beyond the inner circular route: Ojubode, Etunrenren, Epadi, (Ayangbunren Road) Oju Ogbe, Ireshe, Eluku Street, Ojubode Street Ojubode Orere Garage (Oriwu Hotel) Lagos Road, Ikorodu Township has now metamorphosed into a Metropolis over a million people. Therefore, extended to Aga Titun, Agbele, Erunwen, Solomade, Eyita, Agbala, Lowa, Gbasemo, Oke Ota Ona etc.

It has again extended to greater Ikorodu by the creation of Ikorodu West Development Council Area, Owutu as the headquarters which includes Ipakodo, Majidun, Otowolo, Oriokuta, Ajaguro, Ogolonto, Araromi-Solebo etc. and Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area, that includes Isiwu, Odogunyan, Odonla, Odokekere, Okegbegun, Rofo, Lasunwon, Agbede, Losi Oba, Erikorodo, Araromi, Mojoda, Oke Ogbodo, Laiyeode/Akaun, Liadi, Maya, Parafa, Adamo, Aleke etc.

Surrounding major towns that make up Ikorodu Divisions are Imota, Ijede and Igbogbo and all these major towns constitute their own Local Council Development Area with their respective traditional rulers (Obas). Main occupations of Ikorodu people are trading (commerce) and farming. Industry:

Ikorodu Division has a large Industrial area containing many factories. In Ikorodu township alone, half of the twenty-five (25) registered banks by the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) have branch offices in Ikorodu.

Ikorodu’s relative closeness to sprawling Lagos conurbation makes it the fastest growing exurb near Lagos metropolis. There is influx of people from Ikorodu’s surrounding towns and villages and also from Lagos metropolis.

The history of Ikorodu is as rich as the enviable track record of its sons and daughters who have not only excelled in their chosen careers, but have also left their footprints on virtually all the strata of our national history for posterity to see. It is the history of a people whose ancestors, according to available history, descended from the Remo stock of Yoruba tribe who came settle on a plateau and named it Ikorodu, a shortened word from-Oko Odu-which literally means Odu farm. Odu now in extinct vegetables specie used for cloth dying, grew luxuriantly on this plateau, hence the early settlers for want of a better name, found it convenient to name their new found settlement after this abundant vegetable.

With time, Okorodu changed to Ikorodu. The fact of the history seems to tilt in favour of Oga as the founder of Ikorodu. This by extension, confirms the Remo link in the origin of Ikorodu. The males among the early settlers in Ikorodu had facial tribal marks found among the Remo. The late Oba Adenaike Alagbe had such tribal marks.

The new settlement in the heart of a massive forest was first used by the sons of Akarigbo, Koyelu of Orile Offin Shagamu-Oga, Lasuwon, Rademo, Anoko, Osonusi (alias Ogbonyari) Igimisoje, Otutubiosun, Kilaro, Oladepo and Seku made. The extended area now known as Ikorodu was used by these sons of Akarigbo of Ijebu-Remo for hunting and farming. As to the time of founding of the first settlement, we found it convenient to repeat ‘Igbogbo E Ko Do, KI Pakodo I do, KI Koodu I do.’

Soon after, some large contingent of Benin migrants came by land through Iki in Ogun state (where almost the whole land belongs to the Olisa family of Ikorodu) to the area now known as Ikorodu.

This group of Benin people was led by a wealthy and powerful man called Eregbouwa (now called Rebugbawa in Ikorodu) from the ancient royal family of Oliha of Benin City. In Benin language, Ere means king and Uwa means peace and prosperity, hence Eregbuwa mean king of peace and prosperity. The Benin people settled down amicably with the children of Akarigbo and the farm started to grow into a large settlement. This was about 1630. The institution of Obaship was conceded to the line of Akarigbo while the institution of Olisaship was conceded to the Benin settlers. In effect the Oba became the reigning monarch while the Olisa became the Kingmaker and the prima minister of the city-state.

This high position of the Olisa as the next in rank to the Oba in the city state was borne out in his attribute or cogno men in the Yoruba metaphor: AJUWE Akoye Orulu egbin o ru’lamuren a worun meaning – a noble gentlemen who administers the town. This of course, is done subject to the authority of the Oba and it presupposes that the cordiality between the Oba and the Olisa should be impenetrable. This was the tradition arrangement. The institutions and deities such as the Osugbo, the Awo Opa, the Inomu and the Eluku were designed for the good administration and peace of the town.

Prior to the advent of the Benin people, Oga was the head of the establishment. He and Lasunwon lived in a hamlec called Agbele at the presence site of NITEL. Agbele was also called Egure and so Oga became the Elegure of Egure. Lasunwon was Odofin of Shagamu.

But when the Binis came and Oga died. Lasunwon was installed the first Oloja of Ikorodu by Olisa Rebugbawe, the first Olisa of Ikorodu. Lasuwon and Eregbouwa (Rebugbawe) were therefore the first Oloja (Oba) and the first Olisa of Ikorodu respectively. There are two Ruling Houses for the Obaship namely Lasunwon and Rademo Ruling Houses.

Traditionally Ikorodu is divided broadly into three for ease of representative democracy. These divisions are Ijomu, Aga, and Isele, which are represented, in Osugbo-the highest administrative organ in the town headed by the Olisa as chairman of Iwerefa (while Oluwo is administrative head). The smaller divisions called itun in the town are subsumed in the three major larger divisions.

With this arrangement, the emerging administrative structure of Ikorodu ensured that the Obaship and Olisaship belong to the two primordial families of Oba (Lasunwon and Rademo) and the Olisa respectively. They are traditional and hereditable titles.

As the settlement grew with influx of more migrants, city wall sprang up top provide buffer zones against intruders. The city wall which modernity had wiped out, ran through present day Ireshe road to Ota-ona, right through Eluku street/Alhaji street, to Owolowo street and back to Ireshe road. The near spherical settlement within the wall was the totality of the old Ikorodo.

The early town grew around a nucleus of settlement referred to as Itun, which covers a specific location with boundary.

There is Itun layeodo, people by migrant from Ode-Remo, Itunsoku is said to be people by migrants from Isokun quarters in Shagamu; Itagbodo was originally peopled by settlers from Oke-Gbodo, Itun Elepe is said to be the quarter started by people of Elepe stock in Shagamu; Itunwaiye was originally the quarter of people from Iwaya in Ogun State; Itunsoku was originally peopled by migrants whose roots were traced to Isokun quarters in Shagamu; Itunojoru was the quarters people by migrant of Egba origin in Abeokuta.

The cosmopolitan outlook of the emerging settlement became the catalyst for development. Apart from farming, the early settlers were astute traders, who developed coastal market at Ebute. The flourishing trade in cloth dying, fishing farm produce attracted traders from far-flung.

Religion Activities in Ikorodu

All the three main religions co-exists in Ikorodu. Ikorodu is very rich in culture and hospitable in nature.

In 1892 Christianity made an advent into Ikorodu. Late chief Aina Odukanmade (the 1st Mosene) an Iwarefa and one of the most popular and wealthy chiefs with four others welcomed the early missionaries and hoisted the British flag on the soil of Ikorodu. With the backing of the Oloja of Ikorodu, Aina Odubote, Balogun Jaiyesimi and Odukanmade the Lisa of Ikorodu, Christianity started on a good footing. The first church in Ikorodu was the C.M.S. Church, Obun Ale. When the building finally gave way to the evening market, it resurrected on its present location at Ijomu.

The coming of Islam to Ikorodu is not unconnected with the history of slavery in the West African sub-region. The year Samuel Ajayi Crowther regained his freedom from the bondage of slavery, marked a turning point in the history of Ikorodu. Alli who was one of the freed slaves brought the torch of Islam into Ikorodu.

On account of his pioneering role in the propagation of Islam, Alli became the first chief Imam of Ikorodu. The first mosque erected in Ikorodu was located at Isele where it stands till today.

During the Agbala war between Ikorodu and the Egbas, Tairu a fiery soldier-scholar versed in the holy, Quran was invited by the people of Ikorodu through Alli Tairu succeeded Alias as chief Imam then.

The current Chief Imams of Ikorodu are

Chief Imam (Alhaji) Sayfiudeen Olowooribi, Grand Chief Imam, Ikorodu Divison & Ikorodu Central Mosque
Chief Imam (Alhaji) Yahya Oshoala, Oriwu Central Mosque, Ikorodu

More historical facts of Ikorodu City
Professor Awojobi was awarded Doctor of Science degree by Imperial College in U.K. in 1974 at the age of 37. He died in September 1984 at the age of 47.

ADENIJI Babatunde Adebayo (Justice) was born in Ikorodu in 1937. He was appointed a judge in 1984.

ADEYINKA Fatai Afolabi (Justice) was born in Ikorodu on 2 July 1939. He was appointed Judge of the High Court of Justice, Lagos in 1984.

ADEGBOLA Anthony Afolabi (Professor) was born in Ibadan on 7 November 1934. Bagged PhD in 1965. Became a professor in 1968.

ABIRU Mudashiru Akanbi (Hon Justice) who became a judge of the LAGOS high Court in 1983 was the first Ikorodu son to be elected into the Federal Senate in August 1079. As Senator, he spearheaded the reduction of the Oriya Hill (Ikorodu) gradient. He was born in Ikorodu on September 23, 1932.

ADEDIPE Nurudeen Olorunnimbe (Professor), born in Ikorodu on December 20, 1940, became the first Ikorodu son to become a university vice chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

ALOGBA Muse Oladega (Chief) Chairman Construction One Nigeria Limited and Baba Adinni of Ikorodu was the Chief Launcher at the official commissioning of ultra-modern Ikorodu Town Hall that took place on Sunday December 18, 1994.

BENSON Theophilus Owolabi SAN (Otunba), born in 1917 in Ikorodu and first Ikorodu lawyer (1947) was elected member Western House of Assembly in 1951, elected to the Federal House of Representatives in 1954. He became the first indigenous Ikorodu Federal Government Minister of Information in 1960.

BENSON Babatunde Olusola SAN (Chief), born in Ikrodu on July 4, 1932, a legal luminary became the second Ikorodu son to become president of the Nigeria Bar Association (1978-1980) and second to be Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1983, and first chairman of Ikorodu Oga Day organising Committee.

BASORUN Rueben Olorunfunmi became the first indigene of Ikorodu Division to become Secretary to the Lagos State Government (1979-1983).

BANWO Emmanuel Ibikunle Adesanya (Chief) was the first Ikorodu indigene to become the Principal of Oriwu College Ikorodu, March 1957.

BAMIMOSU Tanimowo Rufai, businessman, frontline politician and community leader was installed Odofin of Ipakodo in 1981 and died October 27, 1984.

CESSION of Ikorodu to British Government by the Akarigbo of Ijebu-Remo in 1892. Signatories to the cession document were the then Akarigbo, the then Olisa of Ikorodu (Olomu), the Mosene of Ikorodu, (Chief Aina Odukanmade), the then Balogun of Ikorodu (Chief Akin Jaiyesimi) and Sir G.T.Carter, Governor of LAGOS colony.

DAWODU Owen Sanya died in 1930.

DOSUNMU B.M. was installed Fusigbuwa of Ikorodu in 1942.

EGBA – Ikorodu war broke out in 1864, with Ikorodu emerging victorious.

EGBEWUNMI Amodu Rufia was installed in Olori Ebi Sekunmade, Ipakodo in 1929: The title was changed to Baale in 1939 by the then District Officer. He died in 1942.

Additional Historical facts of Ikorodu City
ELECTRICITY was commissioned in Ikorodu in 1958.

THE EXCLUSIVES Ikorodu inaugurated in 1965 with Dr. Bolaji Sanni Ajenifuja as first chairman.

ETI-OSA Local Council was separated from Ikorodu District Council in 1972.

ERUJA Saka Adeniyi Olatunji, the great traditional singer, entertainer and social reformer, born in Ikorodu in 1899 and died on Sunday August 2, 1953 at the age of 54.

GLOVER J.H.Governor of Lagos reconciled Ikorodu with then Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Ademuyewo Fidipote in 1865.

GOLLMER C.A, headed a church Missionary Society delegation to Ikorodu in 1851.

GBADAMOSI Sule Oyesola (Chief), born on December 23, 1910, business tycoon and politician was elected Ikorodu member of the Western House of Assembly in 1951, he was re-elected in 1956, he died at his alternative residence in Ode-Remo on February 5, 1993.

GBADAMOSI Rasheed (Chief), playwright/economist was appointed Lagos State Commissioner for Establishment and Economic Development in 1973.

GOWON YAKUBU (Rtd. General), Head of State visited Ikorodu in April 1973.

HAMZAT Moshood Adio was elected honourable member of the Federal House of Representatives (1979-1983) representing Ikorodu Division.

IKORODU Central Mosque, situated at Itun-Nla Street had its foundation laid on January 12, 1933. The ceremony was performed by Lemomu Buraimoh of Ikorodu.

IKORODU Rest House was built on Beach Road in 1937.

IKORODU became a separate Division from Ikeja in 1968.

IKORODU Post Office was opened in February 23, 1953.

Chief Arthur Prest, Minister of Communication through Radio Communication from Lagos, performed the ceremony. Minister of Communication through Radio Communication from Lagos.

IKORODU was emerged with Western Nigeria by the McPherson Constitution of 1954.

IKORODU Maternity Centre was opened in December 1950.

The ceremony was presided by Major J.C. Allen, the then British Deputy Commissioner for the Colony.

IKORODU Water Works located at Oya-Ona was commissioned on July 21, 1983 by the then Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande.

IKORODU General Hospital on Beach was commissioned on July 21, 1983.

IKORODU Provident News (now Ikorodu News), the first newspaper published in Ikorodu Division and the first community newspaper in Nigeria was launched at the Exclusive Club House, Ikorodu in August 1983 with Mr. Ganny Awobajo as editor.

IKORODU Oga Day Celebration was first held on November 20 and 21, 1992.

IKORODU Star was established in Ikorodu in 1993 with Alhaji Musiliu Lawal-Animashaun as publisher.

IKORODU High Court, Olubi Street, Ikorodu was commissioned on April 20, 1993. The then Governor of Lagos State, Sir Michael Agbolade Otedola performed the ceremony.

IKORODU Town Hall an ultra modern edifice was completed in 1992 and formally opened on Sunday December 18, 1994. The late Arc. Micheal Olutasen Onafowokan designed the building.

IKORODU Community Bank began operations on June 6, 1993.

ITA-ELEWA Recreation Park, built by the Rotary Club of Ikorodu was commissioned on February 5, 1991 by the then chairman of Ikorodu Local Government, Mr. Mathew Ayodele Awolesi.

IMMIGRATION Office was re-established in Ikorodu in 1987.

IDOWU Bolaji (Professor), a renowned clergyman, author and first indigene of Ikorodu to head the Methodist Church of Nigeria (1972-1982) was born on September 28, 1913.

JIMBO Hassan Olughenga Omobowale Lasisi (Oba) was presented his staff of Office as Sekunmade of Ipakodo on October 18, 1981.

KAMSON. S.O. (Chief), a renowned business tycoon and philanthropist died in 1977 at the age of 67.

LONGE, Eniola Folorunsho (Justice) was born in Ikorodu on 20 April 1937. He was appointed judge of the High Court of Lagos in 1983.

LAGOS-Ikorodu Road was opened in 1953.

LAGOS-Ikorodu Road dualisation contract was signed in Lagos on November 26, 1987. Dr. Olusegun Onafowokan, the Lagos State Commissioner for works and Transport signed for Lagos State Government.

MABUNMI Lawani was installed Apena of Ikorodu in 19944.

MUSLIM School, Isele, Ikorodu was opened in 1947.

MAJIDUN Bridge was completed in 1951

MUDASHIRU Gbolahan (Rtd Air Conmdr) became the first Ikorodu indigene to become Governor of Lagos State.

NATIVE Authority was established in Ikorodu in 1938.

NATIONAL Bank of Nigeria opened branch in Ikorodu in 1972.

NIGERIAN Port Authority built a lighter Terminal in Ipakodo, Ikorodu in 1974.

ODUKANMADE Aina (Chief), the first Mosene of Ikorodu died in 1896.

ODUKAN Bakare, a renowned Muslim was installed Chief Imam of Ikorodu Central mosque in 1907 and died in 1923.

OLUDA Sadiku Agbaku (Chief), a businessman but more popularly known as Magbo singer, drummer and social critic died in Ikorodu in 1936.

OWUJEBE Ajayi (Oba), Oloja of Ikorodu was installed in 1896 and died on October 9, 1928.

OLD Afin (Palace) at Ajina, Ikorodu was rebuilt in 1932.

OWODE Market (Ikorodu) was opened in 1936.

OGUNTADE Suberu was installed Odofin of Ikorodu in 1937 and died in 1951.

OSHUNTOWE (Madam) was installed Iyalode of Ikorodu in 1941.

ORIWU College, the first secondary school was opened in Ikorodu in 1949.

ODULATE Jacob alias (Alabukun) was installed Odogunloye of Ikorodu in 1959.

OGUNSANYA Adeniran SAN (Otunba) became Federal Minister of Housing and Survey 1965, was elected to the Federal House of Representatives in 1954, and became Attorney General of Lagos State in 1968.

ODESANYA Michael Adeyinka (Hon. Justice) became the first Ikorodu indigene to be appointed judge of Lagos High Court in 1967.

OYEFUSI Salaudeen Afolabi Adekoya (Oba), born on July 8, 1931, was installed Ayangburen of Ikorodu in September 1971.

ORIWU Club Ikorodu was inaugurated in 1972 with Mr. Shomi Jaiyesimi as first president.

OSHIKABALA Bombata (Chief), the controversial cultural singer died in 1979 at the age of 70. He started singing in 1934.

OSHISANYA Suberu Sule Obasanya (Chief) alias ESSOFES, the Are of Ikorodu and Chairman of Central Mosque Management Committee, died on October 6, 1981 at the age of 71.

OGA Statue, (the royal prince from Shagamu) believe to be the founder of Ikorodu in the mid 17th century, was unveiled on February 2, 1991.

OLUKOGA Adekoya, Otunba Fuwagbade of Odonla, Ikorodu and prominent community leader in Ikorodu Division died on April 4, 1990 at the age of 77.

OGUNLEYE Kayode (Chief) was installed Odofin of Ikorodu on January 19, 1993.

ORIWU SUN, Ikorodu’s second newspaper was established in April 1985 with Chief Monzor Olowosago as publisher and editor.

OTEJU Afolabi (Chief) was installed Odofin of Ikorodu on January 19, 1993.

OGUNSANYA Adebayo SAN (Chief), a renowned legal practitioner passed away on May 7, 1993 at the age of 71.

ONAFOWOKAN Michael Olutusen, a prominent indigene of Ikorodu and Nigeria’s first Architect was born on December 1, 1912 in Ikorodu.

OSHINOWO Oladosu (Chief) became the first Ikorodu indigene to be elected Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly. (1979 – 1983)

OGBARA Lamidi Abudu, a renowned Muslim business tycoon, community leader, philanthropist and first treasurer of Ikorodu Town Hall project, was born in Ikorodu in 1917.

Ragolis waters Limited opened its pure natural water factory on Lagos Road, Ikorodu on February 25, 1984.

ROTARY Club of Ikorodu was inaugurated in October 1983. It received its charter from Rotary international in February 1984 with Rotarian Layi Adegbola as charter president.

SALVATION Army School, Ikorodu opened in 1936.

SHOBOWALE S.B. was installed Olisa of Ikorodu in 1948.

SHOGBAMU Yakubu (Chief), born in Ikorodu on January 22, 1922 was installed Mosene of Ikorodu on November 10, 1979. He died on May 19, 1999.

SHOKUNBI Rashaki (Chief) was installed the head of Rademo House on April 3, 1983.

SOLANKE Folake SAN became the first female State commissioner in 1972, first female chairman of Western Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation; and first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1981.

SANNI, Sikitru Adebayo (Professor) was born in Ikorodu on February 1938. He first Department of Charter Engineering in Nigeria between 1968 and 1970 at M.I.T. He was promoted Professor in 1977.

TAX Office, Ikorodu converted to Ikorodu Law Court in 1937.

TRANSMITTING Station of the Voice of Nigeria was installed in Ipakodo Ikorodu in 1962.

VICTORIA Efun was installed Iyalode of Ikorodu in 1919 and died 1945.

WAHAB Kunle (Professor) became the foundation Dean of Department of Estate Management, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife in 1982. He was appointed chairman committee of Dean 1987.

WILLOUGHBY W. was the first Post Master in Ikorodu.

WOMEN Training Centre at 46, Oriwu Road, Ikorodu was opened on May 25, 1985.

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