…40 acres of land allocated for development
The Olowu of Orile-Owu in Irewolede Local Government of Osun State, Oba Dau’d Ajolola Akinfalabi, has called on all Owu people whose pedigrees were dispersed from Owu Ipole two centuries ago consequent upon the intra-clannish war, should return to Orile Owu to rebuild their ancestral homes.
It is recalled that a little skimarsh between an Ijebu trader and his Owu customer at Apomu international market in 1821 escalated to a war which destroyed several ancient Yoruba settlements. The outcome of the war also marked a defined narrative about the foundation of modern several townships including Abeokuta and Ibadan where the Egbas and other Yoruba clans including the Owu people, share neighbourhood.
But Sunday July 19 marked a turning point as a reconciliation and meeting of Owu Obas and people from their different settlements held t Olowu’s palace in Orile Owu,State of Osun .
At the meeting held to change the narrative of the dispersal to different parts of Nigeria, their joy knew no bounds, particularly, as the host Olowu announced an allocation of over 40 acres of land, in the first phase of resettling the Owu people, who, like the Israelites, had scattered to many parts of Nigeria in the course of the devastating war in their domain, if they want to return home.
The meeting chaired by Olowu of Orile Owu, Oba Dau’d Ajolola Akinfalabi, was laden with emotion as attendees were refreshed with the horrors of war that dispersed their pedigrees from Owu Ipole, now Orile Owu, exactly 200 years ago. Oba Ajolola told the meeting which was to prepare for the national convention of Owu people in December that whatever yoke placed by adversaries to inhibit resettlement in Orile Owu, had been broken by the collective spirits of the ancestors.
The President of the Royal Union of Owu People (RUOP) and convener of the meeting, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade expressed the gratitude of all Owu people outside the homestead to Olowu and the Owu people at the home for their hospitality and willingness to re-accommodate their brethren who had been dispersed two centuries ago.
He announced that at the forthcoming national convention of the Owu people in December, the RUOP would lay the foundation of its national secretariat on the site allocated at Orile Owu, calling also for other allottees of land at Orile Owu to do same without delay.