History of Emure Kingdom














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The Royal Palace at Emure Kingdom



The ancestors of today's Emure Ijaloke can be traced to Ile-Ife, the cradle of the Yorubas. Oral history has it that the present day Emure-Ekiti once had a homestead in a place called Ilare, in Ile-Ife around 1290AD and were there for well over two centuries. The first of the rulers to reign over the people at Ilare was known by name Obele. Obele was believed to be the direct son of Oranmiyan who himself was the last son of Okanbi, the only son of Oduduwa.
 
Between 1290 and 1291 AD, one of the sons of obele by name Fagbamila Oduduwa decided to relocate from Ilare to another place and before leaving, he demanded for his rights of honor as a Prince to serve as the insignia of the Royal Family to enable him rule over the people in the new domain he would found for himself. As a sign of the acceptance of his move, the entire Oduduwa family blessed him.
 
In addition to the royal blessing, Prince Fagbamila was presented with a number of parting gifts which represented the paraphernalia of the Royal family.
 
The gifts included a Beaded Crown, a Sword of victory, Fern leaves, Akoko leaves, Atorin (Cane) and a giant leather fan made of Tiger skin. With these, Prince Fagbamila set forth on his journey with his people, after consulting the Ifa Oracle. The Ifa Oracle directed them to a place called Ilamoye, meaning "a place where the sun arises". Prince Fagamila then took the title "Emure" to reflect the Fern leaves presented to him by the Royal family at Ilare. The Fern plant in Yoruba land means "IMU". The name "Emure" was said to have originated from what he was told when the Fern leaves were handed over to him. "Imu re re O" (These are your Fern leaves). When abbreviated, it becomes Imure which was later modernized to "Emure" the present name of the kingdom.
 
Prince Fagbamila journeyed to Oba after consulting the Ifa oracle and settled there for nine years as a temporary abode. Oba-Ile, near Akure, the Ondo State capital, thus became another Emure transit too as some people were left behind by Prince Fagbamila, when he moved to settle at Igbo-Owa.
 
Igbo Owa means "the Forest of the King." He finally arrived and settled in Igbo-Owa in the years 1300 AD for about four decades. The descendants of Prince Fagbamila remained in Igbo-Owa town. Records showed that Emure people lived abundant lives and were prosperous in Igbo- Owa kingdom. However, after its tremendous expansion, between 1300 and 1771 AD, the Igbo-Owa Kingdom began to experience a decline. The surrounding towns and villages over which they wiedled power and dominion became too pwerful for the central kingdom to control.
 
The Princes were deployed as administrators over subordinate towns and villages to help in collection royalties and maintaining law and order.
 
The central administration became weak and eventually in 1779, the Emure Kingdom in Ogbo-Owa collapsed. Notable ones among Igbo-Owa towns and villages under Emure kingdom were Irun, Odo-Emure, (now known as OdoEmure Agbado), Ado-Ani, Oba  and Ikun to mention just a few.
 
The cracks on the walls of the Igbo-Owa kingdom in 1770 led to the disintegration of Emure Kingdom as some of the people decided to leave the central kingdom to found a new place of abode. During the journey to a new settlement, a few of the elderly persons could not go further due to tiredness hence they declared that "they had reached home" which in Yoruba parlance means "ati de le." The place where they settled then is the present Emure Ile.
 
Emure kingdom had been governed under a code referred to as the Native Law and customs and it was a well structured administration in place that emphasized dividion of power.
 
At the head of the administration in the kingdom was the King who was regarded as the lord of the community. The chiefs make up the judiciary council, headed by the King.
 
There was also the military that protected the kingdom from invasion and was  responsible for presecuting wars for the expansion of the kingdom.
 
The administrative headquarters of the town was the Palace of the King which is located centrally in the community.
 
 
EMURE TRADITIONS, CULTURE AND FESTIVALS
Emure kingdom takes after Yoruba traditions, culture and festivals as can be witnessed in the race. There are particular times of the year when certain festivals and traditional practices are observed; few amongst these traditions include:
 
a)   ILUYONWA: His Royal Majesty's Yam festival marking the beginning of our calendar year celebrated in September.
b)   AIREGBE: Maiden group dance marking the glorious transformation to puberty stage.
c)   ILEODUN: Annual festival for only male indigenous adults to observe.
d)   ERO: Festival celebrated to mark graduation from (Gbamo) age group to adulthood.
e)   OPA-OGURU: An exercise to correct misconduct in the society.
f)   IPON: Used to detect mysteries.
g)   ETINTIN: Females' celebration with white clothes carrying small native pots of water from Aro brook holding pealed whips.
h)   OGUN: Festival celebrated in honor of ogun, the god of iron.
i)   EGUNGUN: Festival celebrated in the month of April every year to honor the king by all the quarters.
 
 
DEVELOPMENTS IN EMURE KINGDOM
Emure kingdom continues to witness tremendous changes within the last few decades of our settlement at the present site. These changes are results of the people's determination and hardwork. Emure Ekiti which is the main town and Headquarters of Emure Local Government Area, there are 98 villages and settlements within the domain.
 
At the present time, the schools are in dire need of being rebuilt and several infrastructure must be set in place to enable our children an opportunity for self improvement.
 
The tourist attractions for visitors are the historic Ose and Oguru hills.

                     






























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