Monthly Archives: July 2017

Queen Elizabeth’s First Visit to Nigeria (Photos and Video)

Queen Elizabeth in Nigeria,1956
Queen Elizabeth II in Nigeria,1956

​The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, visited Nigeria for the first time on the 28th of January, 1956, four years to Nigeria’s independence, and stayed for 20 days. She was welcomed at the Ikeja Airport, Lagos, with a military parade and by dignitaries such as the then Governor-General, Sir James Robertson, his wife, the Minister of Labour, Festus Okotie-Eboh and the Oba of Benin, Oba Akenzua II. Continue reading Queen Elizabeth’s First Visit to Nigeria (Photos and Video)

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Obaledo and the beauty-thief monster | Nigerian Folktale

Obaledo Nigerian folktales

There was a time in an Igbo village when monsters torment little children and teenagers at night. The villagers tried to capture and kill these monsters but all their efforts ended up in vain. In this same village, a beautiful girl named Obaledo lived with her parents. She was very beautiful that princes from faraway lands competed to win her heart. Continue reading Obaledo and the beauty-thief monster | Nigerian Folktale

The Man Called Adegoke Adelabu ‘Penkelemesi’

Adegoke Adelabu Penkelemesi
Adegoke Adelabu Penkelemesi

Joseph Gbadamosi Adegoke Adelabu alias Adelabu Penkelemesi was a colossal in the political arena of Ibadan and the then Western Region before the independence of Nigeria in 1960. He was born in Oke-Oluokun, Ibadan, on September 3, 1915 to Mr. Sanusi Ashiyanbi Adelabu and Mrs. Awujola Adelabu. At the tender age of five, Adegoke Adelabu lost his mother and then lived with his paternal aunt. Adegoke Adelabu attended St. David’s C.M.S School in Kudeti, Ibadan from 1925 to 1929; CMS Central School, Mapo, Ibadan in 1930 and Government College, where he was a head boy, from 1931 to 1936. In 1936, Continue reading The Man Called Adegoke Adelabu ‘Penkelemesi’

Jalumi War of 1878 (Battle of Ikirun)

Sketch plan of 1878 Jalumi War aka Battle of Ikirun
Sketch plan of 1878 Jalumi War aka Battle of Ikirun

The Jalumi war, also known as Ogun Jalumi or Battle of Ikirun was a bloody war fought by Ibadan on the side of Ikirun against the allied forces of Ilorin, Ila, Ekiti and Ijesha on November 1, 1878 in the northeastern part of modern day Osun State. The Jalumi war was among the devastating civil wars that plagued the Yoruba nation in the 19th century. Others are, Osogbo war, Ekiti parapo/Kiriji war, Ibadan-Ijaye war e.t.c. Continue reading Jalumi War of 1878 (Battle of Ikirun)

Oriki Oyo (Panegyric of Oyo)

Oriki Oyo

Below is the Oríkì (panegyric, also praise poetry) of Ọ̀yọ́

A ki rọ’ ba fin la lẹ de Ọyo
O ya ẹ jẹ a lo ree ki Alaafin
Ọmọ a jowu yọ kọ lẹnu
A bi Ila tọ-tọ lẹhin
Pan-du-ku bi soo ro Continue reading Oriki Oyo (Panegyric of Oyo)

Tortoise (Ijapa) and the Elephant | Nigerian Folktale

Ijapa ati Erin tortoise and elephant

Long ago in the animal kingdom of Agodo, animals lived in peace and harmony, and they could all talk like human beings. The kingdom was ruled by the lion and the animals so much loved his reign. But there was a time the lion fell sick. The sickness was so bad that Karatu, the great herbalist that lived in the jungle, had to be consulted. Karatu said the king could only get well if he drink a concoction made from elephant body parts.
Continue reading Tortoise (Ijapa) and the Elephant | Nigerian Folktale

List of Radio Stations in Ondo State and their frequencies, locations and phones

Radio Stations in Nigeria

Below is the list of all radio stations in Ondo State as well as its capital, Akure with their frequencies, locations and phone numbers.

StationFrequencyLocation (Phone Number)

* Orange FM – 94.5 – Federal Housing Estate, Akure (08164595404)

* Positive FM (FRCN) – 102.5 – Information Village, Ondo Road, Akure (08037181720)

* Adaba FM – 88.9 – Km 4 Akure-Ilesa Expressway, Akure (08033039876) Continue reading List of Radio Stations in Ondo State and their frequencies, locations and phones

Merits and Demerits of Macpherson Constitution of 1951

Macpherson constitution of 1951

Read the full details and features of the Macpherson constitution here.

Below are the merits/advantages and demerits/disadvantages of the Macpherson constitution of 1951

Merits/Advantages of Macpherson Constitution

1. It improved on Richards constitution of 1946 by consulting Nigerians during the drafting process.

2. It created the post of a minister. Continue reading Merits and Demerits of Macpherson Constitution of 1951

Merits and Demerits of Richards constitution of 1946

Sir Arthur Richards
Sir Arthur Richards
Read the full details and features of the Richards constitution here.

Below are the merits and demerits (advantages and disadvantages) of the Richards constitution of 1946

Merits/advantages of Richards constitution

1. It brought about regionalism which served as a bedrock for federalism in Nigeria

2. Unlike the Clifford constitution of 1922, the people were consulted (though not really) in the drafting of Richards constitution. Continue reading Merits and Demerits of Richards constitution of 1946

Why the sun and moon live in the sky | Nigerian Folktale

Why the sun and moon live in the sky

Once upon a very long time, sun and water were very close friends and both lived on the earth. Sun used to visit water very often but water never visited sun. So, one day, the curious sun asked water why he had never visited him in his house, and water replied, “If I visit you my friend, I will drive you out of your house because I go everywhere with my large family“. Sun insisted that water should visit him with his large family, and water therefore warned sun to build a very large compound that can accommodate him and his enormous family. Continue reading Why the sun and moon live in the sky | Nigerian Folktale

Why Bats fly at night | Nigerian Folktale

Why bats fly at night

The bat and the squirrel were very good friends and both lived in a village near Idin forest. There came a time that the bat became jealous of the squirrel because he was good looking and he, the bat, was ugly. Continue reading Why Bats fly at night | Nigerian Folktale

Oke’badan festival in the heart of Ibadan

Oke'badan Festival

The Oke’badan festival is one of the many colourful and glamorous festivals celebrated in the city of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State and the third largest city in Africa. Oke’badan festival is held annually to celebrate the founding of Ibadan and show gratitude to its founders as well; and also to unite the sons and daughters of Ibadan at home and in the diaspora.

Continue reading Oke’badan festival in the heart of Ibadan

Oloolu- The Father of all masquerades in Ibadan

Oloolu masquerade in Ibadan
Oloolu masquerade | Abiyamo

Egungun (masquerade) is a popular practice found in the cultures of the Yourba people who dwell in the south western part of Nigeria. It is a means of connecting the people to their long gone ancestors who appear in form of human-spirit to give warnings or shower their blessings on the land. Oloolu is a very powerful Egungun/ eegun (masquerade) in the Yoruba city of Ibadan. The name Oloolu is not in any way new to the ears of any Ibadan indigene or dweller. At the mention of Oloolu, Ibadan people, women especially, shiver in cold and fear which ascertain the claim that Oloolu is the most feared masquerade in Ibadan and one of the most revered in the entire Yorubaland and Africa.

Continue reading Oloolu- The Father of all masquerades in Ibadan