Coordinates: 8°1′0″N 4°54′0″E / 8.01667°N
4.90000°E / 8.01667; 4.90000
Coordinates: 8°1′N 4°54′E / 8.017°N 4.900°E / 8.017;
Ìlá Òràngún (or Ila, or Ila-Orogun) is an ancient city in Osun
State, Nigeria, that was capital of an ancient city-state of the same
name in the
Igbomina area of Yorubaland in south-western Nigeria.
Ìlá Òràngún is the more populous sister-city (and sister-kingdom)
of Òkè-Ìlá Òràngún, located about 7.5 miles (12 km) to the
It is the headquarters of the Ila Local Government Area.
The people of Ila speak the distinctive dialect of the Yoruba language
Igbomina (or Ogbonna). A common traditional profession of the
indigenes of the town is palm-wine tapping. This profession is
referenced in one of the most popular songs and common sayings about
the town of Ila. The proverb Ila 'o l'oogun, emu l'oogun Ila means:
"Ila has no special medicine or magical preparations other than
palm-wine". A folk song also says Ila ni mi, ise mi o le/ti mo ba wa
l'orun ope bi 'ofusia' ni i ri, which translates into English as: "I
am a citizen of Ila, my profession is very easy; if I am on top of a
palm tree, I feel like I am upstairs in a multi-storey building."
Ila-Orangun is the home of the Oyo (now Osun) State College of
Education. The African Heritage Research Library was established in
Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun". Osun State
College of Education. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
^ "African Libraries and Archives". Africa South of the Sahara. USA:
Stanford University. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
State capital: Osogbo
Local Government Areas
among the town's prominent sons are chief bisi akande former governor
of osun state during the first tenure of chief olusegun obasanjo, tafa
balogun former inspector general of the Nige