Wednesday, 30 January 2019

OLODO - A COMMUNITY WITH A UNIQUE NAME FOR HER UNIQUE PEOPLE

Dr Raphael James with his own Odo (Mortar)

It was my friend Hon Adewale Adeogun’s birthday and I was invited as a special guest, little did I know it was going to be BIG. Some months earlier he had requested for books from me to set up a library and I donated some books to him.  On Saturday January 5, 2019, in the comfort of my staff, Jane Longe, my son Ikemsinachukwu, who is my photographer and my driver Mr Fatai, we left for Olodo in Ogun State. It was a journey of about 3 hours to celebrate a birthday and witness the graduation of students from Hon Adewale’s ICT and Entrepreneurial Centre.


His Royal Majesty, Oba Ebenezer Babatunde Adeosun,
the Olu of Olodo and Keesi Kingdom

We arrived at Olodo community, an ancient town in Ilugun Local Council Development Area of  Abeokuta of Ogun State. It is situated in Odeda, Ogun, Nigeria, its geographical coordinates are 7° 18' 0" North, 3° 37' 0" East. 

Dr Raphael James with 
            His Royal Majesty, Oba Ebenezer Babatunde Adeosun, 
                     the Olu of Olodo and Keesi Kingdom


On arrival at Olodo Kingdom, I did the rightful thing, I drove straight with my team of Mr Fatai, Madam Jane and Master Ikemsinachukwu to pay a courtesy visit to the traditional ruler of the Olodo Community, Olu of Olodo, His Royal Highness, Oba Ebenezer Babatunde Adeosun and through Mr Fatai who stood in as my interpreter, I addressed the King and his Chiefs, I pledged to the King that I will continue to give my support since one of the sons of the kingdom is my friend and brother, Hon Adewale Adeogun. The King was full of praises, that all the way from Abia State, I still support the young kids of his kingdom in Ogun State. I interviewed him to the get the history of the community.

The Balles of Olodo Community who came to welcome me 

 He told me how the town derived her name from Pa Olujobi, an Egba man. Pa Olujobi was gifted with the act of carving mortars. He was a farmer and wood carver who migrated to Olodo over 100 years ago, after one of the wars of the Oyo Empire with the Dahomey. What is today Olodo,  was like a market settlement, with people from different area settling down there. 

Dr Raphael James with His Royal Highness, Oba David Ishola Olorunnishola GBADEWOLU 1, the Olu of Odeda Kingdom and His Royal Majesty, Oba Ebenezer Babatunde Adeosun, the Olu of Olodo and Keesi Kingdom, with Hon Adawale

The name Olodo as used here have no link to the other Yoruba word “OLODO” which means a brainless person. The people of Olodo are leaned and well to do in the society.

Dr Raphael James with Jane Longe and Mr Fatai (my Interpreter) during the interview of  
His Royal Majesty, Oba Ebenezer Babatunde Adeosun, the Olu of Olodo and Keesi Kingdom

After he settled along what was a major road leading to Ibadan from Abeokuta, other business merchants who noticed him from towns like Ake, Owu, Oke Ona and Gbagura also joined him there and with time as the population increased there was the need for them to take a name and among themselves they asked what name shall we take to be identified with. Some people suggested that the settlement be name after the first settler Pa Olujobi, but the man refused and the people agreed that since they deal in the business of producing and selling mortars ‘Odo’ they should be known and address as Olodo. That was how the name Olodo came to be, the king explained to me that the original owners are the Keesi people. The Community is friendly and presently host people from different other tribes like the Igbos, the Hausas doing business there and living in peace and harmony with them. 
Dr Raphael James at new railway station under construction


Olodo is going to be a stopover railway station for the new railway line under construction from Lagos, this means that Olodo will have more visitors visiting and stopping over, more hotels will spring up in the community and the people of Olodo will make extra income.

Dr Raphael James receive an award from His Royal Majesty, Oba Ebenezer Babatunde Adeosun,
 the Olu of Olodo and Keesi Kingdom

I was also presented with what became my Award number 121; “POSITIVE IMPARCT AWARD” by Olodo Entrepreneurship and Computer Training Institute, Olodo town. The award according to Hon Adewale Adeogun - the Amuludun of Olodo, was to appreciate my contribution to the community in setting up a free public library and ICT Center. 

Sandwiched between two KINGS (Obas), on my right is His Royal Highness, Oba David Ishola Olorunnishola GBADEWOLU 1, the Olu of Odeda Kingdom and my left is His Royal Majesty, Oba Ebenezer Babatunde Adeosun, the Olu of Olodo and Keesi Kingdom


The present king has been on the throne for about 8 years, before then he served as a Bale (Chief). The Community has had three Adeosun’s as rulers over the years. The people are farmers who deal in yam, tomatoes, cashew, corn, cola nuts, oranges, pepper, palm kernel nuts and oil. 


Dr Raphael James with ‘Wara’ local cheese bought at Olodo

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