Ijebu Igbo is one of the most popular towns in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria. It is the headquarters of Ijebu North LGA of the ‘Gateway State’.
It is the second largest town in Ogun State and the largest among Ijebus in terms of landmass, there is arable land for farming.
The town was founded by Onayelu, who was a great hunter who hunted the northern parts of Odo-Oluiwa; the present Ijebu Ode, where he was a prince. He later migrated to settle permanently on the large expanse of land where he had been hunting and known today as Ijebu Igbo.
The people speak the Ijebu dialect (which is slightly different from the Yoruba language) like other Ijebus in the state.
The town’s primary economic activities are timber, cocoa, exploitation of mineral resources and it is home to many sawmills and also a developed quarry.
Ijebu Igbo is divided into five clans; Oke-Sopin, Oke-Agbo, Ojowo, Atikori, and Japara. Each clan is headed by a king (Oba) who all submit to the headship of the Orimolusi of Ijebu-Igbo. The Orimolusi is a first-class and he is the supreme head of Ijebu-Igbo.
The town is the political headquarter as well as the commercial nerve centre of Ijebu North local government with many of its indigenes playing actively on the national political stage. Some of the famous names from the town include Dr. Mike Adenuga, Abraham Adesanya, Hon. Dimeji Bankole, Senator Buruji Kashamu, Sefiu Gbenga Kaka, and so on.
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Ijebu Igbo forest reserve which is called the Omo forest reserve is among the 12 biggest forest reserves in Nigeria.