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.

IN THE BEGINNING:-

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.

THE NAME 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

ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM:-

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).

NEIGHBOURING VILLAGES:-

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.

ETHNIC TRIBES:-

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.

OCCUPATIONAL ACTIVITIES:-

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.

EDUCATION:-

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.

PROMINENT INDIGENES:-

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.

PAST BAALES:-

  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

THE PAST OBA:-

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

LIST OF BAALES/VILLAGES UNDER PAPALANTO:-

  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.

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Apomu – The Early Settlers

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Apomu

-The Early Settlers, (culled from ‘ANCESTORAL QUEST – The Osanyinjobi Story‘, by Olufemi F. Osanyinjobi, which was launched by The Olowu of Owu, Oba Adisa Odeleye on 24th November 2001 @ Apomu Village).

…the pioneer settler of that region, a man named Sangojimi who was a rather ruthless hunter, warrior and slave dealer. Sangojimi’s reputation was fearsome among the Aworis of Otta who used to shiver and seek for protective shelter at the mere mention of his name.

Sangojimi is also reputed to have influenced the settlement of Arigbajo village by granting his friend and fellow hunter, Gbajo lease of his land so that the latter who came after him could also settle near him.

It is told that when Sangojimi embarked on one of his lengthy slave raiding expedition of the Aworis, Gbajo who was now settled with him started granting land lease to new pilgrims without due authorization. On arrival from his expedition, Sangojimi was disturbed by the undue advantage taken of him by his bossom friend. He was now faced with the unfavorable choices of either continuing to live with Gbajo in a strained relationship or staging a confrontation against him, but in the true tradition of a honorable warrior, he resisted both challenges and moved on, sent himself on a permanent exile, turning his back on the incidence while swearing never to return again!

On his outward journey back in the direction of Abeokuta, he encountered Madam Lanto, a popular and influential food seller to travelers who was located at the site of the present Papa-Lanto (named after her). The food-seller who had always been fascinated by the exploits of Sangojimi, a favourite client of hers, persuaded the warrior not to journey far and led him to a piece of virgin fertile land nourished by a pure flowing stream called Gudugba where Sangojimi agreed to pitch camp and once again settle as the pioneer.

In this context, it is not improper to accredit pioneering status to Sangojimi for the villages of Apomu, Arigbajo and Gudugba, all within the same geographical environ.

After the arrival of Sangojimi in Apomu came his junior brother, who later departed for Ekundayo village to resettle after selling all his land to the newly wealthy and influential Osanyin High Priest, Osanyinjobi.

The third settler to arrive Apomu was Ajayi Oreigbe of the Ejemu family. Sangojimi gave his junior sister to this new settler for his second bride. She then gave birth to Akinleye, Adebodun and Akintobi. Lesi was the first child of Oreigbe born of his first wife. (It is noteworthy that the Ejemu family make claim to Ajayi Oreigbe, their ancestor as the first settler of Apomu village)

In the claims and counter claims of pioneering status between Sangojimi and Oreigbe, certain pointers are worthy of mention, namely;

  1. All early settlers have their allotted farms adjoining the Elueri stream.
  2. Sangojimi,s farm has the singular exception of having the Elueri Shrine built within its perimeters.
  3. His pioneering activities are well acknowledged in the adjourning Arigbajo and Gudugba.
  4. Sangojimi’s farm also marks the boundary of the landed properties of Apomu and Arigbajo villagers: – His farm shares a common boundary with that of Aina of Arigbajo.

After Ajayi Oreigbe, came Abu (4th settler), and Odewuyi (5th settler). Next came Osanyinjobi as the 6th settler to Apomu village.

It is also worthy of mention here that all the previous settlers to Apomu village had their roots and origin from the Apomu Township of present Oyo State, situated about 20 kilometers from the ancient Kingdom of Orile-Owu, thus forming the basis for the name of the new village settlement. Osanyinjobi was the first exception owing his own origin and ancestory to the royalty of the old mighty kingdom itself!

Probably as a result of his influence in the new Apomu settlement, the next settler and the 7th to this village was Osanyinjobi’s kith and kin, Biobaku, also of Molashin ancestory (Molashin Isale). He represents the last of the early settlers that had the distinction of having their farms situated adjoining the Elueri stream.

PS. – Sangojimi Gudugba is reported to be the first Balogun of Apomu-Owu in Abeokuta (1834), and hails from the Jilafin Compound of Ago-Apomu.

Apomu-Owu Township adjourns Oke Ago Owu in Abeokuta. This historical account is about the rural settlement of Apomuland (Apomu village) where many of the early settlers from the ancient city-market of Apomu, near Orile-Owu proceeded to due to space constraints at Ago-Apomu in Abeokuta.

Traditional Administration of Apomu -:

Council of Chiefs (Apomu-Owu):

Chief Simeon O. Oshunbiyi                       > Balogun-Apomu of Owu Kingdom

Chief Ezekiel O.A. Keyede                         > Otun-Apomu of Owu Kingdom

Chief Folorunso O. Babs Fakeye             > Osi-Apomu of Owu Kingdom

Chief Victor Olusegun Adebodun         > Olori Parakoyi-Apomu of Owu Kingdom

Chief Olufemi F. Osanyinjobi                   > Asiwaju-Apomu of Owu Kingdom

Chief Hussein Taiwo Lawal                       > Seriki-Apomu of Owu Kingdom

Chief Abidemi J. Oshunbiyi                     > AareAgo-Apomu of Owu Kingdom

Chief (Mrs) Grace Titilade Wilkey         > Otun Iyalode-Apomu of Owu  Kingdom

Chief (Mrs) Remi Opere                             > Osi Iyalode-Apomu of Owu Kingdom

Council of Chiefs – Apomuland (Rural Apomu):

Chief Julius Durojaiye Osanyinjobi          > Baale of Apomuland

Chief Faniyi Fatusi                                          > Balogun-Baale Apomuland

Chief Oladimeji Gbadamosi                         > Otun-Baale Apomuland

Chief S.O. Oyebade                                         > Osi-Baale Apomuland

Chief Olusanjo Akinremi                               > Ekerin-Baale Apomuland

Chief Tajudeen Adejoju                                > Asiwaju-Baale Apomuland

Chief Femi Adeosun                                       > Seriki-Baale Apomuland

Chief Lamina Towobola                                > Aare-Baale Apomuland