10 things you might not know about Ogbomoso Land

Ogbomoso is a city in Oyo State, South western Nigeria. It is also the second largest city in Oyo State after the capital city, Ibadan.

The population of Ogbomoso is approximately 705,800 and majority are of Yoruba tribe though it also as  inhabitant for the hausas.

However, below are 10 things you might not know about ogbomoso city;

1. The name of Ogbomoso was initially, "Ido Eni ti o gb' elemoso", meaning "settlement of him who beheaded Elemaso". It was later contracted to Ogbomoso.

2. Ogunlola who was a powerful  hunter from the old Oyo empire who was of ibariba descent and his fellow hunters founded Ogbomoso.

3. The crown title "SOHUN", was bestowed upon Ogunlola by the Alaafin of Oyo to reflect the former request to the later.

Ogunlola was said to have told Alaafin, "Ejeki Ma se ohun" meaning "let me stay yonder".

4. Ogunlola was the first Soun of Ogbomoso, the current soun of Ogbomoso is Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III who is 92 years of age

5. The city houses Nigeria's best state University, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), BOWEN University Teaching Hospital (BUTH), The Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary and other private institutes of Education.

6.  The late premier of the Western Nigeria, Samuel Ladoke Akintola (SLA) is one of the notable Indigenes of Ogbomoso.

7. They are two radio stations ; Ajilete FM and Parrot FM with a television station; Nigeria Television Authority NTA Ogbomoso.

8. Late Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola (SLA) became the third Aare-Ona Kakanfo after Soun TOYEJE AKANNI  and Soun OJO ABURUMAKU

9. The palace of Soun of Ogbomoso land houses an acclaimed oldest animal, Alaagba.

Alaagba is a 330 years old tortoise whose existence was dated by to the 16th century and his existence has a tourist attractions to foreigners.

10. The major activity of Ogbomoso Indigenes is Agriculture. Ogbomoso is widely known for its cassava and cashew plantations.

Foreigners especially Indians come to Ogbomoso to buy cashew nuts for processing.

Apart from Cashew and Cassava, Mango, Rearing of sheeps and cattle, trading and hawking are means of livelihood to Ogbomoso citizens.

The above article was written by Aderogba Adedotun. Aderogba Adedotun is a social commentator and journalist who lives in Lagos.

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