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Okitipupa Community And Their Ways Of Life In Ondo State

The name "Okitipupa" is originated from the elevation of the town, migration of the people to the virgin area and the red colour of the soil (pupain Ikale and Yoruba dialects). Okiti means "hilly land".

Okitipupa is a Local Government Area in Nigeria and part of the Ikale speaking nation in Ondo State. Okitipupa Local Government headquarters is located in Okitipupa township with a university, Ondo State University Of Science And Technology (OSUSTECH) which commenced academic sessions in 2010–11.

In about 1502, there was a development in Benin Kingdom, Oba Esigie was on the throne and since succession to the throne was from father to son, he was worried that he had no male child to ascend the throne after his death. He married many wives so as to produce a male child.

Ikale occupies a large area along the southwestern part of Ondo state and, sharing land borders with Ollie Local Government to the south; Edo State to the east Ogun state the west; and Ondo Local Government to the north. It has an area of 803 km2 (310 sq mi) and a population of 233,565 as at 2006 census. The postal code of the area is 350

The premonition was that some forces were behind his not having male children. One of his wives conceived and went into hiding. He gave birth to a male child in the morning but at that time, many people had gone to their places of work. Automatically, the male child should reign after him. Before he could make an Oba, certain rites were to be performed. They put all the things: crown, sekere, horsetail, beads as a mark of an Oba before the child.

Towards evening, when people were returning from their various places of work, another wife of the Oba gave birth to a male child and people were happy, and started jubilating to herald in the new Oba. News now came that a male child had been given birth to the Oba in the morning but kept in secrecy Abodi.

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Benin Kingdom Ikale Nigeria Oba Esigie Okitipupa


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