History of Papalanto

Papalanto is a major town situated along the Lagos – Abeokuta Road at its intersection with the Sagamu – Ilaro Road in the Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State. It commands a vantage point for trade, transportation and communication, and falls under the sovereignty of the Olowu of Owu Abeokuta, who installed its Oba, the Onipapa of Papalanto.


Papalanto as presently constituted both geographically and ethnically was founded by a brave hunter called Adeitan, an Owu man in the 18th century. Adeitan according to history left Owu in Abeokuta as divined by Ifa Oracle that he should go and find a town where the road leads to the four cardinal point. Apparently, when he got to where today is calleel Papalanto, he consulted Ifa oracle and he was told to stay there.

For a few years, Adeitan and his wife, Olaito, resided in this town without any siblings nor relatives. The first person to join them then was known as Famuyiwa Adegoyinbo who came from Amororo Compound, Totoro Abeokuta, one of the prominent ruling houses in Owu Kingdom. After some years of Famuyiwa’s stay with Adeitan and Olaito he was adopted as their son because of their childlessness and he inherited all their properties and Papalanto.


Olaito, wife of Adeitan was a food seller. Many hunters and travelers stopped by to have a taste of her delicious and tasty meals.
This went on for many years, and many of those who eat at Olaito’s canteen never had the opportunity of seeing her husband, Adeitan, physically because he was always on hunting spree from one forest to another.
As a result of her popularity, the area was referenced as Papa Olaito (Olaito’s village) which was later corrupted to PAPALANTO, a name it has retained till today


Papalanto was first established at a place called Oju-Oja, now Isale Alfa. As many people migrated to Papalanto and there is need for a leader, Adeitan the founder automatically became the first Baale of Papalanto; starting from its first day in the 18th century. It is noteworthy that Adeitan and Olaito loved themselves so much, but the most surprising thing was that they both disappeared at the same time, no single person knows where to till this day.

After their demise so to say, Famuyiwa Adegoyinbo their only adopted son became the second Baale for many years. Some of the earliest families that settled down at Papalanto after Famuyiwa are: Ajigbayin Akinola from Ago-Owu Memunu Compound; Sadiku Liasu Family from Oke-Ago Owu Compound Shoyinka Family from Ago-Owu Ala Compound all in Owu Kingdom, Abeokuta.

Traditionally, administrative system as it was then was; the Baale (community Head). As at the last count, a total of eleven Baales from the 18th century – 2005 have ruled in Papalanto. The last Baale was late Chief Musulumi Olatoye Jinadu who was also the first coronet Oba to be crowned by his royal majesty Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, in Papalanto and whose reign only lasted for a brief period of twelve months (January 2006 – December 2006).


Initially, Papalanto has a total of twenty-five villages under its control. It was after the introduction of the new traditional ruling system of Coronet Obas that it was reduced to twelve. However, Papalanto shares her boundary with Gudugba village from the Lagos axis; Ajobiewe Iyana Egbado from the Abeokuta axis, Abule Ododo Wasinmi Alaafia from the New Ilaro Road axis, and Ishofin and Oke-Lemo from old Ilaro Road. All these viliages have in one way or the other enjoyed a lot of physical development through the vantage position of proximity to Papalanto town.


In the 18th Century down to 19th Century, the only tribe in Papalanto are Yorubas most especially, the Owus, Gbaguras, Ijaiyes and others, the construction of New Lagos-Abeokuta express road led to the mass migration of many tribes to Papalanto which brought physical development to places like Ori-Ogbo, Araromi, Ajegunle, Fowowawo (now cailed Sawniill) and many other areas after places like Oju-Oja Isale Alfa, Alagbede compound, Ago-Ika and Ago-Ijaiye compound.

Today, other tribes like the Hausa, Igbos, Egun, Idoma, Igedes, and many other tribes now trade, reside and earn their living with ease in Papalanto. Up till today as it was then, Papalanto has remained a land of peace, love and unity.


In the 18th century down to 19th century the major occupation was farming and hunting. Today, many occupational activities and businesses have sprung up. It’s noteworthy at this junction to say that the planting of sugarcane that had been in existence since the 18th century has never been relegated into the background, rather the patronage has steadily been on the increase to the extent that other tribes such as the Hausa, Igedes now earn their living through the sales of sugarcane.


Right from 19th century, the indigene of Papalanto and its environs took the issue of education seriously; little wonder that many indigenes of Papalanto and it neighbouring villages enrolled at United Anglican Primary School, which was founded in 1945 and arguably the first primary school within Papalanto and its environs.

However, it was during the tenure of Chief Safaru Shodehinde as Councilor for Papalanto Ward that Papalanto High School was founded in 1980. Similarly, the primary Health Centre was founded and commissioned during his tenure; this brought new lease of life to Papalanto and its environs.


Today, Papalanto has a lot of indigenes spread across the length and breadth of Nigeria, but the story of Papalanto will be incomplete if the names of those who brought a lot of changes and development to Papalanto are not mentioned, most especially in the area of electricity. These inciude Late Chief Tomori Sholanke, Hon. (Alhaji) Afeez Olawoyin, and the then Mr Rasaq Ishola Jimoh (now the Onipapa of Papalanto). They all worked tirelessly for the success of electricity in Papalantb. Also, it was during the tenure of Hon. Adeolu Adekanmbi as Councilor for Papalanto Ward that the Papalanto Market was constructed and commissioned.

Similarly, there are many prominent families who voluntarily released large parcels of their family land for the construction of the Primary Health Centre, Papalanto High School, Papalanto Market and many other projects. Families like – Famuyiwa, Adeosun and Adekanmbi Families.


  1. Chief Adeitan
  2. Chief Famuyiwa
  3. Chief Shoyinka Amodu
  4. Chief Ajigbayin
  5. Chief Sadiku Liasu
  6. Chief Olatoye Jinadu
  7. Chief Samuel Shoyinka
  8. Chief Amodu Ige 1966 – 1967
  9. Chief Sanmi Adekunle 1967 – 1975
  10. Chief Sikiru Olawoyin 1981 – 1992
  11. Chief Musulimi O. Jimadu 1994 – 2005


  1. H.R.M. Musulimi O. Jinadu Jan 2006 – Dec. 2006.


  1. Chief Prince S.O. Kehinde Ishofin
  2. Chief Lamina Ibikunle Gudugba
  3. Chief Musiliu O. Akingbata Abule Odo
  4. Chief Samson Sokeye Ayepe Station
  5. Chief Alfred A.O. Jolaso Ayepe Ogunro
  6. Chief Augustus Akinola Oko-Lemo
  7. Chief Ebun Rashidi Akinbo
  8. Chief ]oshua Oniyitan Iyana Egbado
  9. Chief Ajobiewe Olukoya Ajobiewe
    10.Chief Elkanah A. Adesanya Wasinmi Alafia
    11.Chief Satari Lawal Ewekoro Iporo
    12.Chief Suraju Adebowale Ewekoro Land
    13.Chief Johnson Akinrinade Akirikan

Written by:
H.R.M. Oba Rasaki Jimoh Famuyiwa .
Onipapa of Papalanto.
Amororo 1, Ilufemiloye 1,
Owu Kingdom.

Investment Opportunities In Owu Kingdom

The following are some of the primary areas of investment in the Owu Kingdom areas of Abeokuta:

1.         Limestone Extraction/ Cement Production

2.         Granite Extraction & Quarrying

3.         Laterite Extraction

4.         Agricultural Industries (Cassava, Corn, Maize, Rice)

5.         Hospitality & Tourism Development

6.         Textile Industry

7.         Cotton Production & Ginnery

8.         Small Scale Manufacturing & Cottage Industries

9.         Independent Power Generation

10.       Wood Processing

11.       Ceramics

12.       Phosphate

13.       Feldspar

14.       Kaolin

15.       Fish Farming


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The Creation Of Owu Townships:



Once again August of another year has come. You all have heeded our clarion call to come home to Owu, Abeokuta. You are WELCOME. God bless you as you come to the 3rd Owu-Day Festival Celebrations.

Billboard of Oba Odeleye at Sokori Township, Abeokuta

When we ascended the exulted, throne of Owu Abeokuta in October 1993, our one prayer wish was that God should mercifully renew OWU KINGDOM and its people, in all its ramifications. How God was going to do it, we did not know, but we had the deep and implicit faith that our prayer had already been answered at the “inner realm”. We give all glory and adoration to our God of love and light.

The previous two Festivals in the years 2000 and 2001 were very successful and rewarding. This 3rd Festival has surpassed the previous ones. For this we are grateful to God, and to you beautiful sons and daughters of Owu, and our numerous friends and well-wishers.

We pray that the grace and blessings of God will be your double portion, in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


On our ascension to the throne nine year ago, we were saddened and dismayed that many family houses and compounds were desolated, dilapidated and overgrown with weeds. Many young and able-bodied persons had deserted Owu Abeokuta for Lagos, Ibadan, Kano and other major cities of Nigeria, either in search of employment opportunities or in fear of the myth of being killed by wicked or envious neighbors. The resulting desolation was awesome and pitiful.

We decided to establish a non-religious, but all embracing socio-cultural gathering that can attract our sons and daughters back home every year:-

i. To engender and promote fellowship;

ii. To encourage the rehabilitation or reconstruction of family houses and compounds;

iii. To encourage the establishment of cottage and small-scale industrial ventures;

iv. To promote the expansion of commerce and business activities;

v. To alleviated the pervading level of poverty through family support and encouragement; and VI To engender, re-kindle, and promote civic pride in the advancement ofOwu nation and people.


Olowu Odeleye

Olowu Adisa Odeleye

Our people’s response to our clarion call has exceeded our imagination and expectation. Owu people all over Nigeria and the diaspora have responded with glee. They come from Lagos, Ibadan, Warri, Port Harcourt, Kano, Sokoto, Benue, Benin Republic; indeed from everywhere including London and Texas in the United States of America. The response this year is obviously greater.

Also, the rehabilitation and reconstruction of dilapidated family houses or compounds have commenced in earnest. A typical case in point worthy of emulation is the complete rehabilitation and expoansion of the Latasu Family Compound at Owu Ogbe Town, Abeokuta by Olootu Gbolahan Ogo-Oluwa Bankole, of Premier Paint fame. Several other eminent sons and daughters are renovating, rehabilitating or expanding their family houses to contemporary modem standards.

We are pleased indeed for this enthusiastic response to our call to RENEW OWU physically, morally and spiritually.


An essential step forward in the renewal of Owu Abeokuta and its people is the physical and administrative restructuring of Owu Townships.

When we arrived Abeokuta 168 years ago (in 1834), we were classified as 3 Townships; VIZ: Owu, Erunmu and Apomu. Over the years, this classification gave the wrong impression that we are the smallest group of the federating units. There were two fallacies in this conception:

  1. Because we were the last to arrive, only a comparatively small space was available for our teeming contingent and a larger majority of Owu People found space in the numerous towns and villages established far and near from Abeokuta;
  2. Because the Owu people are largely homogenous, no cognizance was taken of the number amidst of Owu family compounds among which there was family differentiations. Owu was therefore wrongly assumed to be one township.

Whereas the family compounds making up units of many Egba Townships were

Akin-Olugbade Social Center, Abeokuta

Akin-Olugbade Social Center, Abeokuta

relatively few’ (often  ranging between 10-20), in Owu there are over 300 compounds, in Erunmu 19 and in Apomu 8.

Surely, this anomaly calls for a re-structuring to correct previous mis-representation, and to allow for proper decentralization of the administration of urban infrastructures and facilities, and social units.

This re-structuring exercise had engaged our attention for the past two years culminating in the intensive efforts of the Owu Central Committee charged with the actualization of the project. This, Central Committee, working for the past nine months has produced a re-structuring plan indicating 19 Townships for Owu, 1 for Erunmu Owu, and 1 for Apomu Owu. This gives a total of 21 Townships for the Owu section of Abeokuta urban area. See Appendix A for the list of the new structure.

All Owu villages and towns in the Abeokuta North Local Government, Ewekoro Local Government, Ifo Local Government, and Ado-Odo/Otta Local Government areas can trace their family compounds to these 21 Towns in Abeokuta.

Today, we thank God that an anomaly, which had persisted for 168 years is now being corrected for the proper edification and development of the Owu domain in Egbaland. Now that the administration of the Owu people in Egbaland is being decentralized by the appointment of leaders and Chiefs for each of the 21 Townships in Owu, we expect a rapid transformation of our domain for the economic, social and physical benefit of our people.

Long live the 21 Township, Long live Owuland.


Another effort at the Renewal of Owu is the desire for Economic Enhancement.

Last year we made an effort to Launch a Development Fund for the Construction of Owu Central Market at Ita-Iyalode, Owu, Abeokuta. Obviously, a project of this magnitude cannot be started and completed with funds raised at only one launching activity.

Some of the N3.5 million (Three Million Five Hundred Naira Only) realized last year is being expended towards the acquisition of the site, and the preliminary preparation of the project’s technical documentation.

We have proposed a project estimate of some N100million (One Hundred Million Naira only) for the phase one of the CENTRAL MARKET. You will all help us to actualize this dream if you donate generously towards the project fund. It is my earnest hope that nobody leaves this arena without honouring us with a donation, however little.

We pray that God will abundantly reward you for you thoughtful, kind and generous contribution to the Fund.

I again heartily bid you WELCOME and wish you a happy and enjoyable OWllJ DAY FESTIVAL, and at the end travelling mercies home.

God Bless You All

His Majesty


The Olowu of Owu, Abeokuta.

An address by Olowu Lagbedu 1 on the occasion of the 3rd Owu-Day Festival Celebration on 24th August 2002 at the Coronation Ground, Ita-Iyalode, Owu, Abeokuta.