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Ìlàje is a Local Government Area in Ondo State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Igbokoda. The Ilajes are a distinct migratory coastal linguistic group of Yoruba peoples spread along the coastal belts of Ondo, Ogun, Lagos and Delta states, and originally made up of four geo-political entities namely: Ode Ugbo, Ode Mahin, Ode Etikan and Aheri. While most towns and villages in the Mahin kingdom (Ode Mahin) are distributed on arable lands, the towns and villages in the other three geo-polities of Ugbo, Aheri and Etikan kingdoms are spread out along the beaches and swampy terrains of the Atlantic Ocean coast.

Origins

Some Ilajes were said to have left Ile Ife, their original ancestral home in the 10th century. They mainly occupy the Atlantic coastline of Ondo State of Nigeria while a large population of them settles on land in the hinterland. The area they occupy today is Ondo State, an outlet to the sea.

Geography

Ilaje land has an area of 1,318 km2 (509 sq mi) and a population of 290,615 at the 2006 census although the population can be said to have been under enumerated due to the riverine nature of the area, and lack of accessibility by road/land. Towards the western reaches, the Aheri and Etikan share border with the Ijebus. The Ikale to the north bound the Mahins, the Itsekiri people who the Ilajes consider their cousins, share the eastern border with the Ugbos, the Yoruba speaking Apoi and Arogbo Ijaws are located to the north east in Ese Odo LGA, and the Atlantic Ocean is situated on the southern boundary.[2] The Ilajes are one of the most dynamic and enterprising people in Nigeria. Their aquatic skill, coupled with their ability to adapt enabled them to conquer their harsh geographical environment and turn it to their advantage. Consequently, they were able to build large communities like Ugbonla, Aiyetoro, Zion PePe and Orioke. Aiyetoro for example in its hey-days had the highest per capita income in the whole of Africa due to its early discovery of crude petroleum, and attracted visitors, tourists and researchers from all over the world.

Apart from petroleum found in the area, other mineral raw materials available in Ilajeland include glass sand, salt, Tar sand/Bitumen, quartz and clay. Agricultural products include: Fish, Poultry, piggery, Maize, Palm oil, Vegetables, Timber, Rafia, Poultry, Copra, cocoyam, Bananas and Cassava. The natural environment of Ilajeland is particularly suitable for the development of large scale rice plantations and the salt industry. The occupational activities of the Ilajes include fishing, canoe making, lumbering, net making, mat making, launch building, farming and trading. Fishing however remains the major agricultural preoccupation of the Ilaje. This is underscored by the fact that the Ilaje's geographical sphere has one of the longest coastlines in Nigeria. Ilaje's fishing dexterity is underlined by a popular saying among the Ilaje that:

Ubo eri pa to, Ilaje gwa to rin meaning: Wherever the river current runs through, there you will find the Ilaje.

thousands of migrant Ilaje fishermen can be found in many other coastal communities all over Nigeria in places like Epe, Escravos, Warri, Badagry, Brass and Nembe.

Igbokoda, the Ilaje local government headquarters is fast becoming an international trade center as its popular market attracts traders not only from other part of Nigeria, but, also from other African countries especially Togo, Benin, Ghana, Cameroon and Gabon. Ilajeland is only about 75 kilometers from Lagos and its aquatic environment present the area as a suitable environment for tourism. It is hoped that the Ondo State government and the government of Nigeria will help develop it into a world class tourist attraction. In the past the entire area suffered serious neglect and marginalization in the hands of the government. However, it appears that the Ondo State government has come to realize the importance of Ilajeland not only because it is her only outlet to the sea but also because it is her economic power house. The state is now constructing a network of roads linking the area with the hinterland and has promised to provide basic social amenities including electricity and drinking water systems.

The highlight of the Ondo State's recent development efforts is the acquisition of about 200 hectares of land to be developed and built as a satellite town for the people displayed from their homes in towns and villages on the Atlantic coastline as a result of petroleum drilling and exploratory activities. No doubt, there is a big future for the area especially with the Olokola Development project by Ondo and Ogun State Governments.

Towns

Ugbo Kingdom

  • Abetobo zion
  • Abokiti
  • Ago Alufa
  • Ago nati
  • Ajegunle
  • Alagbom zion
  • Alagbon
  • Amehin
  • Apata ilaje
  • Asumaga
  • Awoye
  • Ayetoro
  • Bijimi
  • Bowoto
  • Eke atiye
  • Eke baale
  • Eke didi
  • Eke ilutitun
  • Eke itiola
  • Eke maha
  • Eke moki
  • Eke nla
  • Eke ofolajetan
  • Eke yonren
  • Ernna ogbeni
  • Erunna
  • Erunna lagbe
  • Gbagara
  • Idi-ogba
  • Idogun
  • Idogun ayadi
  • Idogun ehinmore
  • Ikorigho
  • Ilepete
  • Ilowo
  • Ilowo ayetoro
  • Ilowo Nla
  • Ilowo ogunsemore
  • Iluabo
  • Imoluwa
  • Jirinwo
  • Lepe
  • Molutehin
  • Obe Adun
  • Obe akingboye
  • Obe apata
  • Obe Arenewo
  • Obe Dapo
  • Obe Enikanselu
  • Obe ifenla
  • Obe Iji
  • Obe Jedo
  • Obe Magbe
  • Obe Nla
  • Obe Ogbaro
  • Obe Olomore
  • Obe Orisabinone
  • Obe Rebimino
  • Obe Rewoye
  • Obe Sedara
  • Odofado
  • Odonla
  • Odonla meduoye
  • Odun Ogungbeje
  • Odun ojabireni
  • Odun oriretan
  • Odun Oyinbo
  • Odun Yonren
  • Ogbongboro
  • Ogboti
  • Oghoye
  • Ojumole
  • Okun ipin
  • Olotu
  • Olotu kuwo
  • Olotu niye
  • Olotu yara
  • Orioke Harama
  • Oroto
  • Otumara
  • Otumare se- side
  • Owoleba
  • Saheyi
  • Uba Korigho
  • Ubale
  • Ubale kekere
  • Ubale nla
  • Ugbage
  • Ugbo
  • Ugbonla
  • Womitenren
  • Yaye
  • Zion Ikerigho
  • Zion Iluabo

Mahin Kingdom

  • Abealala
  • Abereke
  • Aboto
  • Ago Doroh
  • Ago Ikuebolati
  • Ago Lulu
  • Ago Olomidegun
  • Akata
  • Alagbede
  • Aruwayo
  • Asisa
  • Atijere
  • Betiegbofo
  • Broke Camp
  • Ebute Ipare
  • Ehin - Os

    Some Ilajes were said to have left Ile Ife, their original ancestral home in the 10th century. They mainly occupy the Atlantic coastline of Ondo State of Nigeria while a large population of them settles on land in the hinterland. The area they occupy today is Ondo State, an outlet to the sea.

    Geography

    Ilaje land has an area of 1,318 km2 (509 sq mi) and a population of 290,615 at the 2006 census although the population can be said to have been under enumerated due to the riverine nature of the area, and lack of accessibility by road/land. Towards the western reaches, the Aheri and Etikan share border with the Ijebus. The Ikale to the north bound the Mahins, the Itsekiri people who the Ilajes consider their cousins, share the eastern border with the Ugbos, the Yoruba speaking Apoi and Arogbo Ijaws are located to the north east in Ese Odo LGA, and the Atlantic Ocean is situated on the southern boundary.[2] The Ilajes are one of the most dynamic and enterprising people in Nigeria. Their aquatic skill, coupled with their ability to adapt enabled them to conquer their harsh geographical environment and turn it to their advantage. Consequently, they were able to build large communities like Ugbonla, Aiyetoro, Zion PePe and Orioke. Aiyetoro for example in its hey-days had the highest per capita income in the whole of Africa due to its early discovery of crude petroleum, and attracted visitors, tourists and researchers from all over the world.

    Apart from petroleum found in the area, other mineral raw materials available in Ilajeland include glass sand, salt, Tar sand/Bitumen, quartz and clay. Agricultural products include: Fish, Poultry, piggery, Maize, Palm oil, Vegetables, Timber, Rafia, Poultry, Copra, cocoyam, Bananas and Cassava. The natural environment of Ilaje

    Ilaje land has an area of 1,318 km2 (509 sq mi) and a population of 290,615 at the 2006 census although the population can be said to have been under enumerated due to the riverine nature of the area, and lack of accessibility by road/land. Towards the western reaches, the Aheri and Etikan share border with the Ijebus. The Ikale to the north bound the Mahins, the Itsekiri people who the Ilajes consider their cousins, share the eastern border with the Ugbos, the Yoruba speaking Apoi and Arogbo Ijaws are located to the north east in Ese Odo LGA, and the Atlantic Ocean is situated on the southern boundary.[2] The Ilajes are one of the most dynamic and enterprising people in Nigeria. Their aquatic skill, coupled with their ability to adapt enabled them to conquer their harsh geographical environment and turn it to their advantage. Consequently, they were able to build large communities like Ugbonla, Aiyetoro, Zion PePe and Orioke. Aiyetoro for example in its hey-days had the highest per capita income in the whole of Africa due to its early discovery of crude petroleum, and attracted visitors, tourists and researchers from all over the world.

    Apart from petroleum found in the area, other mineral raw materials available in Ilajeland include glass sand, salt, Tar sand/Apart from petroleum found in the area, other mineral raw materials available in Ilajeland include glass sand, salt, Tar sand/Bitumen, quartz and clay. Agricultural products include: Fish, Poultry, piggery, Maize, Palm oil, Vegetables, Timber, Rafia, Poultry, Copra, cocoyam, Bananas and Cassava. The natural environment of Ilajeland is particularly suitable for the development of large scale rice plantations and the salt industry. The occupational activities of the Ilajes include fishing, canoe making, lumbering, net making, mat making, launch building, farming and trading. Fishing however remains the major agricultural preoccupation of the Ilaje. This is underscored by the fact that the Ilaje's geographical sphere has one of the longest coastlines in Nigeria. Ilaje's fishing dexterity is underlined by a popular saying among the Ilaje that:

    Ubo eri pa to, Ilaje gwa to rin meaning: Wherever the river current runs through, there you will find the Ilaje.

    thousands of migrant Ilaje fishermen can be found in many other coastal communities all over Nigeria in places like Epe, Escravos, Warri, Badagry, Brass and Nembe.

    Igbokoda, the Ilaje local government headquarters is fast becoming an international trade center as its popular market attracts traders not only from other part of Nigeria, but, also from other African countries especially Togo, Benin, Ghana, Cameroon and Gabon. Ilajeland is only about 75 kilometers from Lagos and its aquatic environment present the area as a suitable environment for tourism. It is hoped that the Ondo State government and the government of Nigeria will help develop it into a world class tourist attraction. In the past the entire area suffered serious neglect and marginalization in the hands of the government. However, it appears that the Ondo State government has come to realize the importance of Ilajeland not only because it is her only outlet to the sea but also because it is her economic power house. The state is now constructing a network of roads linking the area with the hinterland and has promised to provide basic social amenities including electricity and drinking water systems.

    The highlight of the Ondo State's recent development efforts is the acquisition of about 200 hectares of land to be developed and built as a satellite town for the people displayed from their homes in towns and villages on the Atlantic coastline as a result of petroleum drilling and exploratory activities. No doubt, there is a big future for the area especially with the Olokola Development project by Ondo and Ogun State Governments.

    Ugbo Kingdom

    • Abetobo zion
    • Abokiti
    • Ago Alufa
    • Ago nati
    • Ajegunle
    • Alagbom zion
    • Alagbon
    • Amehin
    • Apata

      Mahin Kingdom

      • Abealala
      • Abereke
      • Aboto
      • Ago Doroh
      • Ago Ikuebolati
      • Ago Lulu
      • Ago Olomidegun
      • Akata
      • Alagbede
      • Aruwayo
      • Asisa
      • Atijere
      • Betiegbofo
      • Broke Camp
      • Ebute Ipare
      • Ehin - Osa
      • Elegboro
      • Ereke
      • Ereke Majofodun
      • Ereke Makuleyi
      • Etigho
      • Gbabijo
      • Ibila
      • Idigho
      • Igbegunrin
      • Igbo - Okuta
      • Igbobi
      • Igbokoda
      • Igbolomi
      • Ikale Camp
      • Iloro
      • Ilu Sosi
      • Imoluwa
      • Ita - Age
      • Italita Camp
      • Itebukunmi
      • Job Camp
      • Korolo
      • Kugbonre
      • Kurugbene
      • Legha
      • Lerenren
      • Logede Camp
      • Madagbayi
      • Magbehinwa
      • Magbojuri
      • Mahin
      • Mahintedo
      • Maran
      • Moferere
      • Mogunyanje
      • Motiala
      • Motoro
      • Odun Oloja
      • Odun Oluma
      • Odun Oroyo
      • Odunmogun
      • Ogorogo
      • Ohaketa Camp
      • Ojan
      • Oke Etigho
      • Okishilo
      • Okoga
      • Okunniyi
      • Olosunmeta
      • Opolo
      • Orere - Ara
      • Oribero
      • Orimoloye
      • Orioke Iwamimo
      • Oriranyin
      • Orofin Camp
      • Oropo Zion
      • Oroyomi
      • Pete-Inu
      • Piawo
      • Ramasilo
      • Seja Odo
      • Seja Oke
      • Seluwa
      • Tedo Camp
      • Tomoloju
      • Tomoloju Camp
      • Ugbaha
      • Zion Gbabijo
      • Zion Igbokoda
      • Zion Mahintedo
      • Zion Ogogoro

      Etikan Kingdom

        Etikan Kingdom

        • Agba Gana
        • Ago Apeja
        • Ago Buli
        • Ago Egun
        • Ago Festus
        • Ago Gbobaniyi
        • Ago Ijebu
        • Ago Ikumapayi
        • Ago Iwabi
        • Ago Lubi
        • Ago Oluji
        • Aiyetitun
        • Araromi Etikan
        • Igbobi
        • Ikaji Etikan
        • Moborode
        • Obalende Etikan
        • Ode Etikan
        • Oja Igo Etikan
        • Oja oje
        • Oja Osho
        • Oja Temidire
        • Oke Harama
        • Okonla
        • Okun Eikan
        • Ramasilo Etikan
        • Uba Agba
        • Uba Akobi
        • Uba Domi
        • Uba Etikan
        • Uba Kalebari
        • Uba Oke Kelian
        • Uba Ropeda
        • Uba Yellow

        Aheri Kingdom

        • Agbala Obi
        • Agbala Olope Meji
        • Agerige Town
        • Agerige Zion
        • Aheri Camp
        • Ajebamidele
        • Akata
        • Ako Ira-Oba
        • Alape Junction
        • Araromi Sea-side
        • Enu-Ama
        • Ideghele
        • Idigbengbin
        • Igogun
        • Ihapen
        • Ilefunfun
        • Ipare
        • Ipepe
        • Mofehintokun
        • Okesiri
        • Olopo
        • Ramasilo
        • Temidire
        • Ubalogun
        • Zion pepe

        Igbotu

        • Aboromeji
        • Aboto Camp
        • Ago
        • Ago-Ogele
        • Ago-Yellow
        • Amayetigba
        • Araromi
        • Arigbe Camp
        • B

          Aheri Kingdom

          • Agbala Obi
          • Agbala Olope Meji
          • Agerige Town
          • Agerige Zion
          • Aheri Camp
          • Ajebamidele
          • Akata
          • Ako Ira-Oba
          • Alape Junction
          • Araromi Sea-side
          • Enu-Ama
          • Ideghele
          • Idigbengbin
          • Igogun
          • Ihapen
          • Ilefunfun
          • Ipare
          • Ipepe
          • Mofehintokun
          • Okesiri
          • Olopo
          • Ramasilo
          • Temidire
          • Ubalogun
          • Zion pepe

          Igbotu

          • Aboromeji
          • Aboto Camp
          • AgoIgbotu

            • Aboromeji
            • Aboto Camp
            • Ago
            • Ago-Ogele
            • Ago-Yellow
            • Amayetigba
            • Araromi
            • Arigbe Camp
            • Baale Camp
            • Bisewe Golote
            • Ebidlo
            • Ekohebo Camp
            • Enikorogha
            • Epewe
            • Eredase Camp
            • Esenoko Camp
            • Gbabijo
            • Gunmagun Camp
            • Hamidifa
            • Idigba Camp
            • Igbebomi Iyara
            • Igbobini
            • Igbolani-Arubenghan
            • Igbotu
            • Igbotu-AtijoIlaje Local Government was created out of the defunct Ilaje/Ese-Odo Local Government Area on October 1, 1996 by the federal government. It consists of over four hundred towns and villages, covering an area of 3,000 square kilometers. It shares boundary in the North with Okitipupa Local Government, the south by Atlantic Ocean, in the West by Ogun State and in the East by Delta State. It is covered by troughs and undulating low land surfaces. The extreme South is covered by silt, and mud and superficial sedimentary deposits.

              There is sand formation at the Western part of the Local Government extending from the Lekki peninsula in Lagos State to Araromi Sea-side and Zion pepe, Agba to Etugbo and Ipare all, Mahin and Ugbonla the Eastern part of the Local Government Area can boast of the largest coconut plantation in West Africa. Ilaje Local Government is the largest local Government in Ondo State in terms of its landmass. According to the 1991 National Population Census, the Local Government is one of the most populated in Ondo State, with a population figure of two hundred and sevevty seven thousand and thirty four (277,034. it has a shoreline covering about 180 km thereby making Ondo State, a state with the longest coastline in Nigeria, Crude oil, which is the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. Traditionally, it is grouped into 8 kingdoms namely: Mahin land under His Royal Majesty, Amapetu of Mahin, Ugboland which is under His Royal Majesty Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom. Aheri land under the Maporure and Etikan land under the Onikan of Etikan, Odonla land under the Alagho of Odonla, Obenla land under the Olubo of Obenla, Obe Ogbaro land under the Odoka of Obe Ogbaro, Igbokoda under the Olu of Iggbokoda and Igboegunrin under the Odede of Igboegunrin.

              Educational institutions

              The Local Government Area has a total of 117 institutions

              There is sand formation at the Western part of the Local Government extending from the Lekki peninsula in Lagos State to Araromi Sea-side and Zion pepe, Agba to Etugbo and Ipare all, Mahin and Ugbonla the Eastern part of the Local Government Area can boast of the largest coconut plantation in West Africa. Ilaje Local Government is the largest local Government in Ondo State in terms of its landmass. According to the 1991 National Population Census, the Local Government is one of the most populated in Ondo State, with a population figure of two hundred and sevevty seven thousand and thirty four (277,034. it has a shoreline covering about 180 km thereby making Ondo State, a state with the longest coastline in Nigeria, Crude oil, which is the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. Traditionally, it is grouped into 8 kingdoms namely: Mahin land under His Royal Majesty, Amapetu of Mahin, Ugboland which is under His Royal Majesty Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom. Aheri land under the Maporure and Etikan land under the Onikan of Etikan, Odonla land under the Alagho of Odonla, Obenla land under the Olubo of Obenla, Obe Ogbaro land under the Odoka of Obe Ogbaro, Igbokoda under the Olu of Iggbokoda and Igboegunrin under the Odede of Igboegunrin.

              The Local Government Area has a total of 117 institutions of learning. This comprises 96 primary schools; 20 secondary schools and Technical College at Ayetoro, established by the community itself and the university of science and technology okitipupa established by the ousted governor Olusegun Agagu

              Economy

              Oluwa Glass Company Plc, Igbokoda. This industry made use of the abundance of high quality silica sand that could be found in various parts of the Local Government. The sand account not less than 75% of the raw materials for manufacturing glasses sheet and could be dug in large quantity in Agerige, Akata, Olopemeji, Araromi Sea-side, Zion Pepe, Ode Etikan, Igbokoda Zion, Aboto and Orereara. Only the one at Igbokoda for now solely feeds the Oluwa Glass Factory. Oluwa Glass Company can produce for both export and local consumption and the production should be a veritable source of inspiration to potential investors. Allied industries to the factory can also be established.

              Petroleum exploration

              Crude oil, which is the major source of income in Nigeria, is found in Ilaje Local Government. There are oil wells and fields spread all over the Local Government Area both onshore and offshore, Oil Companies such as Shell, Chevron, Texaco Nigeria Ltd and Consolidated Oil,

              Crude oil, which is the major source of income in Nigeria, is found in Ilaje Local Government. There are oil wells and fields spread all over the Local Government Area both onshore and offshore, Oil Companies such as Shell, Chevron, Texaco Nigeria Ltd and Consolidated Oil, Express Petroleum and Gas Company, Atlas Oil Company, Allied Energy Oil Company, Cavendish Oil Company, Esso-Mobil were at a time already operating in the Local Government Area.

              However, crude oil was first discovered at Araromi Sea-side in 1908 and later at Ogogoro in 1952 even before it was discovered in River State in 1956. recently, the disputed on shore Oil wells formerly credited to Delta state have just been returned to Ondo State. They are as follows: Opuekepa, Omuro, Ojumole, Malu, Eko, Parabe, M

              However, crude oil was first discovered at Araromi Sea-side in 1908 and later at Ogogoro in 1952 even before it was discovered in River State in 1956. recently, the disputed on shore Oil wells formerly credited to Delta state have just been returned to Ondo State. They are as follows: Opuekepa, Omuro, Ojumole, Malu, Eko, Parabe, Minna, Bella, Obe, Esan, Ewa, Opolo, Opuama and Isekelwu oil fields.

              Bitumen which will soon become the second world mineral resources after Crude Oil is found in large quantity in Ilaje Local Government Area e.g. Mahintedo, Igbo egunrin, Igbobi, Agerige, Araromi Sea-Side host of other communities. However, the proposed seaport and exchange zone to be cited at Araromi Sea-Side will serve as a means of exporting the product and its products to other parts of the world.

              Fishing terminal, Igbokoda

              Apart from the Boat yard at Igbokoda, the first Dockyard

              Apart from the Boat yard at Igbokoda, the first Dockyard was at Ayetoro and later Orike Iwamimo,Olotu kuwo. A few other towns engage in boat building and essentially through cooperative efforts. The need for the supply of more boats since about 75% of the Local Government is Riverine. There is also need for improved technology in the business of boat building in order to boast productivity. This is a vacuum that could be filled by potential investors.

              Other industries

              [original research?] Lekki Peninsula in Lagos State to Ilaje Local Government along the Atlantic Coast is about 30kilometres when proposes coastal road from Lagos is completed. On road, Igbokoda to Lagos is less than three hours drive through part of Benin. Shagamu and later Lagos Ibadan expressways. It is possible to supervise business in Igbokoda while resident in Lagos.[original research?] Visitors to the main beach of the Local Government Headquarters (Igbokoda) reveals a sculpture of a fisherman.[citation needed] Also present at the main beach are hundreds of decorated ferry boats as though preparing for a boat race frusta.[

              Numerous developments in water transportation and house construction on partially or completely flooded areas are also veritable tourist attraction.[original research?] Lekki Peninsula in Lagos State to Ilaje Local Government along the Atlantic Coast is about 30kilometres when proposes coastal road from Lagos is completed. On road, Igbokoda to Lagos is less than three hours drive through part of Benin. Shagamu and later Lagos Ibadan expressways. It is possible to supervise business in Igbokoda while resident in Lagos.[original research?] Visitors to the main beach of the Local Government Headquarters (Igbokoda) reveals a sculpture of a fisherman.[citation needed] Also present at the main beach are hundreds of decorated ferry boats as though preparing for a boat race frusta.[citation needed]

              Numerous cultural/traditional activities and mementos abound in the Local Government Area. For instance the Ayelala Shrine, which exist at a river junction called “It a Ayelala”, is only a few kilometers from the Local Government Headquarters. Ayelala is a powerful and widely respected goddess because of its capacity and wizards caught up in the clutches of Ayelala are known to confess their sins in the open.[citation needed]