Ikorodu lies on a plateau’ that assertion by my teacher holds good today. Ikorodu town is 5.3sq Kilometres from North to South. It stretches from Gbasemo (Aga) and Oriya stream in south to Agbala/tokin road in the north. It is bounded in the west by the Majidun River and in the cast by a straight line that connects Itamaga to Abel Abu factory on Igbogbo-Ipakodo road.


The top of the plateau is gently undulating. The most important streams are Apeka, Etunrenren, Erikorodo, Melegoke, Yewa, Eri-Ijomu, Ota Ona, Ota-Igbo and Erunwen. Most of these streams have now been savagely polluted by environmental resultants or modernity.


These streams were the sources of cool, smooth potable water to Ikorodu of yesteryears. Ikorodu town lies 30 30’ East of Greenwich and 6075 "North of the equator. Glimpses of what it used to be in the past could be seen at present day "Oro groves"-Igboti. Ikorodu lies a few kilometres north of the Lagos Lagoon and, in actual fact, less than 10 kilometres North of the Atlantic Ocean (the bright of Benin). I remember that when I was young, after rainstorms, especially in the quiet hours of early morning, on my bed at Aga. I used to hear, loudly and clearly, the rumbling and roaring noise made by the breaking of waves on the Atlantic shores.


This was before the noise pollution of these days as a result of the invasion of electronic sound gadgets. How I wish we could sleep in Ikorodu and have the refreshing and sublime quiet of those days!


Our fathers were rain forests farmers and hunters. Their Arabic crops were mainly yams-different varieties-Akosu, Obisu (Ewura) and Isu alo, Maize and vegetables, beans (Ewapupa)- which I believe is almost extinct now Ewa ewuje and popondo. They also grew melons. They also cultivated cassava which was used to make garri and a large quality of which were reserve for the feeding of animals especially goats which were very many within the town. They had paw-paw, oranges, plantains and the native banana (Ogede Omini) but most of these fruits were never harvested because of the absence of markets and sales outlets for them. They were mainly left to rot away on the trees or were consumed by birds and animals.


The first settlement around here was Igbogbo, then followed by Ipakodo and lastly, Ikorodu’. It is interesting to note that ‘Ewu-Elepe’ is even older than Igbogbo in age. The chronological sequence of the four settlements is almost exactly the reverse of their present day size. -‘The first shall be last, and the last first.’


1. Ita Efulase- this is still our popular "Ita-Efulase O, kero wa wejina Olokobo, Ita-Efulase, kero wa wejina Olokobo".This is Ajina the venue of all traditional festivals – the amphitheatre of traditional display, dancing and drumming. The hub of the ton’s social and religious activities.


2. Obun Ale: The only night market of those days and it is still in existence today. One important thing to note is that, socially, Obun Ale provided the venue where young men and women met in order to profess their love for one another than at any other venue. An unmarried would be full of expectations of meeting a suitor at Obun Ale.


3. Obun Oke: This is still an extant market. However one recollects that there were some " Aba trees", about six of them, dotting over the landscape of the market. These trees had disappeared. Their role was to announce the death of any traditional chief because of such an occasion; the trees had the most expensive ‘Aso-Oke’ tied around them for upwards 14 days to signify woven cloths were never stolen. Go and try such for 10 hours today. They will disappear into thin air.


4. Ita Aro: Ita Aro is a minor daily market for food items only.


5. Ita Elewa: This was a water logged open space. There were two very tall, coconut trees at one end and a very tall Akoko trees on a spot now opposite the entrance of the present day Methodist Church. Later, Ita Elewa was transform into a children’s playing ground before it yielded place to a motor part on the completion and commissioning of the Lagos Ikorodu road in 1954.Ita Elewa had the reputation of harbouring ‘Elegbere’ (spirits) in those days and only the most courageous and daring would pass by that area at night.


6. Early Morning Markets; These were markets that were held between 5.00am to 7.00am. They were located at Ojubode, Ota Ona and Oju-baba (opposite the present salvation army church Itumaja). These early morning markets enabled those who were going to the farms to buy food they would consume on the farms. Main commodities were ‘dipon’ (Adaluewa), Igbalo (robo) and Igbalo Elewe, gari offered in small measures, smoked fish, etc. These markets have naturally by now become extinct.


7. Native Authority Prison; There was a native authority prison on the site on which you have ‘Exclusive Club House’ today. The prison was closed down around 1938. We were told the prison got closed down because the inmates mutinied and incarcerated their warder.

Native Court; The assessors were Oba Adenaike Algbe, Oba Ogunlewa and Balogun Jaiyesimi. Of the trio, Oba Ogunlewa, Oloja of Igbogbo was literate. He was a product of Methodists Boys’ High School, Lagos.

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