Brief History of Chieftaincy System in Ibadan  


The history of chieftaincy system in Ibadanland is dated back to the reign of Maye Okunade (1810-1831), soon after the second break-up of the settlement. Maye became the generalissimo; Labosinde became the Baba Isale while Lakanle became the leader of the Oyos.

    However an open inter-class struggle in 1801 between Ifes and Oyo-Yoruba escalated into war between the Ifes who attracted support from Edun-abon and Ipetumodu, and the Yoruba who also received assistance from Ijaiye, Ede and Iwo, where there otrher pockets of refugees resided.              
    The Oyo-Yoruba won, and Ibadan then became Oyo-Yoruba. It was after this war to as (Gbanamu war) in 1833 that the warlords resolved to make Ibadan their home and arranged for a settled government and took titles. Oluyedun the son of Afonja became the Bale and he was given the title of Are-Ona-Kakanfo of Yorubaland.

    However, a republican system of Obaship did not start until 1842 when Oluyole took over the leadership of Ibadan.

The innovation became a regular feature whereby there evolved two separate chieftaincy lines, namely Bale Line and Balogun-Seriki Line. The Bale title gave the holder mainly civic responsibilities while the Balogun-seriki line comprising war chiefs, held purely military titles.

    Further recognition of two lines was strengthened during the formation of Ibadan Traditional Council (Egbe Igbimo Ilu) in 1879 by Resident F.C. Further. The council was made up of 11 senior chiefs, five chiefs from Bale line and six chiefs from Balogun line. Principal additional titles were introduced by Fijabi 1 (Bale 1893-1895): Fajimi (Bale 1897-1902); and Apapa (Bale 1907-19120). A few of the present junior titles have been created since 1910. 

    Besides the two main line of obaship, the younger and unproven warriors had their own line that was headed by <strong>Seriki</strong> (a young warrior of distinction). 

    A fourth line was created to represent the women folk. The women line was civil and headed by <strong>Iyalode</strong>. Once a family had a chief of any importance, that family will acquire some sort of prestige in the society. 
    The chief’s successor (which as a rule in pertained) is recognized as <strong>Mogaji</strong>, a Hausa word meaning heir. 

    The Mogaji needs not be the first son of the late Mogaji, more often the eldest man in the family is chosen, but ability and character are usually considered.  

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CELEBRATE A TEACHER| International Teacher’s Day


I am Adejoke Rafiat Adetoro and I want to #CelebrateMyTeachers.
I find it so hard to name a teacher among the beautiful souls who have tutored and nurtured me up to this moment. I am ever grateful to all my teachers right from kindergarten to my first degree.
Mr Adepoju my primary class teacher even when I prized myself as the best student in school and was overturned by a classmate (Iyabo), you taught me to be resilient that it shouldn’t happen more than just once, I thought I had finally lost it, ‘you have to regain your place’- those are your words. I have learnt not to let go of my pride, I have to fight for my place with hard work and perseverance. I will forever be grateful sir.
Abu Aishah you are also a teacher I appreciate you taught me the nitty gritty of reading a comprehension passage especially the usage of the stop signs (punctuation). Thank you sir.

Miss Ajao at the age of 9 I learnt a great lesson from you which is part of what is shaping my life today. Even though the day you sang this song to me ada nikan je, ada nikan mu, ada nikan gbe nu parlour bi eranko I was very crossed I vowed to hate you forever all because you scolded me for keeping my Yoruba text to myself being the only person that had it. That day you made me realized that I couldn’t live my life alone, you isolated me so that I can also feel the pain in not sharing with people, ever since ; #teacher I have become a better me because I took the lesson that the world is not meant for those who have today, but you can also find yourself wanting. Aunty Shaki you chased out the spirit of SELFISHNESS in me out like a demon. Thank you Ma.

Mrs Kariola my ever conscious senior class teacher. She was a complete teacher, apart from the normal class work, your teachings on morals and prizing yourself high as a girl child are something never to be forgotten. I must say all the teachers at #SaintAnnesSchool with no exception; can never be found wanting in the area of girl child training. Mrs Kariola you were exceptional though, when I taught as a Muslim I wouldn’t need to go to Christian Religious Studies class, you told me it won’t hurt me to add to the wealth of my knowledge since Islamic Studies was not taught in the school, I’m a better me because I can correlate the teaching of the two religions and choose  which step to follow. Thank you.

Mrs Morakinyo (mama do your work) my hostel guardian, school mother and teacher. Mummy you were wicked, hmmm! That is what I think about you then but today. I say a big thank you for been wicked then. Though am still yet to know why I got that great early morning spanking in SSS2. You still remain a wonderful teacher who taught me to make use of my resources judiciously.
I #CelebrateMyTeachers

Being a student of History at the University of Ilorin can be dutiful. Yeah but my #teachers made it easy in the sense that as they expect much from you, you are being taught that life doesn’t come easy you just have to mould your path. You learn to multi task and know that a way is not a way. Some want it short, some want it long. Thank you my teachers Olaitan Bashir Ibrahim Aghalino Samuel Dr Adebayo P F, Dr Omoiya Saad, Dr Ayedun, Professor Olaoye, Mrs M A Y Lewu Dr L Odey Dr I A Jawondo Ibrahim; Dr Adebola and others

Jawondo Ibrahim (the scholar) my coach, my supervisor thank you for broadening my knowledge of research. Thank you for all your support. Thank you for awakening my residual knowledge and urging me to yearn to add to it. I am eternally grateful.

To all my #Teachers who didn’t sit me down in the four walls of the classroom but have taught me in one way or the other Professor E K Ogundowole ( Unilag), Mr O Sanni, Mr M A Tomori, Professor Y O Imam (Unilorin) Dr Balogun (Unilorin) Dr R O Badru ( Lead City University) Brad Fels PhD CPCU (lead Historian at The History Rhyme) Mr Adegoke (Saint Annes School)
Today as the world #Celebrateateacher I #CelebrateMyTeachers

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