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Ilesa is located in Nigeria
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 7°37?0?N 4°43?0?E / 7.61667°N 4.71667°E / 7.61667; 4.71667
CountryFlag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria
StateOsun State
 o Total305.480
 o Estimate 
 (metropolitan area)

Ilesa (Yoruba: Ilé?à) is a city located in the Osun State, south west Nigeria; it is also the name of a historic kingdom (also known as Ijesha or Ijesa) centered on that city.[1] The state was ruled by a monarch bearing the title of Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland.[2] The state of Ilesa consisted of Ilesa itself and a number of smaller surrounding cities.[3]

The Ijesa, a term also denoting the people of the state of Ilesa, are part of the present Osun State of Nigeria, Osun State was part of old Oyo state.[4] Some of the popular towns of the Ijesa are Ibokun, Erin Ijesa, Ijeda-Ijesa, Ipetu Jesa, Ijebu-Jesa, Esa-Oke, Ipole, Ifewara,Iloko, Iwara, Iperindo, Erinmo, Iwaraja, Idominasi, Ilase, Igangan ijesa, Imo, Eti-oni,Ibokun, Inila, Ibala Ijesa, Idominasi, Ilowa, Ibodi and many others.[5]

The Ilesa Monarchs

The state of Ilesa (Ile ti a sa which means a homeland we chose), Traditional Headquarters of Ijesaland and the capital of the first Local Council in Nigeria (Ijesa/Ekiti Parapo Council) named by the British Colonial Administrator on 21 June 1900 comprising the present day Ondo and Ekiti States of Nigeria. Founded c. 1600 by Owaluse, a descendant of Ajibogun Ajaka (Ubiquitous Warrior)Owa Obokun Onida Arara, the most accomplished son of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race of South-Western Nigeria and Benin Republic. (Contradiction of lineage of king in the chart below)

The city is described by Rev. Williams Howard Clark in 1854 as: For its cleanliness, regularity in breath and width, and the straightness of its streets, the ancient city of Ilesa far surpasses any native town I have seen in black Africa. Ilesa is known for its deposits of gold.[6]


There are four royal houses amongst which accession to the throne is supposed to be rotated: Biladu, Bilagbayo, Bilaro and Bilayirere. Rulers have been as follows:

Rulers title ( Owa Obokun Adimula)
Owa Ajibogun -
Owa Owaka Okile
Owa Obarabara Olokun Eshin
Owa Owari 1466 - 1522
Owa Owaluse 1522 - 1526
Owa Atakumosa
Yeyelagagba 1588 - 1590
Yeyegunrogbo 1588 - 1590
Owa Biladu I 1652 - 1653
Owa Biladu II 1653 - 1681
Yeyewaji 1681 -
Owa Bilaro 1681 - 1690
Owa Bilayiarere 1691 - 1692
Owa Bilagbayo 1713 - 1733
Yeyeori 1734 - 1749
Ori Abejoye 17.. - ...
Owa Bilajagodo "Arijelesin" ... - ...
Owa Bilatutu "Otutu bi Osin" 1772 - 1776
Owa Bilasa "Asa abodofunfun" 1776 - 1788
Owa Akesan 1788 - 1795
Owa Bilajara 1... - 1807
Ogbagba 1807-1813
Obara "Bilajila" 1813-1828
Owa Odundun 1828-1833
Gbegbaaje 1833-1839
Ariyasunle (1st time) -Regent 1839
Owa Ofokutu 1839-1853
Ariyasunle (2nd time) -Regent 1853
Owa Aponlose 1858 -1867
Owa Alobe 1867-1868
Owa Agunlejika I 1868 - 1869
1871 Vacant 4 Jun 1870 -
Owa Oweweniye(1st time) 1871-1873
Vacant 1873
Oweweniye (2nd time) 1873-1875
Owa Adimula Agunloye-bi-Oyinbo "Bepolonun 1875 - 1893
Owa Alowolodu Mar 1893 - Nov 1894
Vacant Nov 1894 - Apr 1896
Owa Ajimoko I Apr 1896 - Sep 1901
Owa Ataiyero [Atayero] 1901-1920
Owa Aromolaran 1920-1942
Ajimoko "Haastrup" -Regent 1942 - 10 Sep 1942
Ajimoko II "Fidipote" 10 Sep 1942 - 18 Oct 1956
J. E. Awodiya -Regent 18 Oct 1956 - 1957
Owa Biladu III "Fiwajoye" Ogunmokun 1957 - Jul 1963
... -Regent Jul 1963 - 1966
Owa Agunlejika II 1966-1981
Owa Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran II 1982 - ?

Notable people

Coordinates: 7°37?N 4°44?E / 7.617°N 4.733°E / 7.617; 4.733

  • Israel Olatunde Adedeji-Orolugbagbe, St. Andrew's College, Oyo; JP, BA University of London; Historian & Linguist,(Erudite Scholar & Renowned Educationist) Naming only a few: {Tutor Christ School, Ado-Ekiti, St. Luke's College, Ibadan, Ilesa Grammar School, Ilesa,The Divisional Teachers Training College, Ilesa. Member, Ijesa Union, Ibadan, Ijesa Progressive Circle,(now Ijesa Progressive Council) Ijesa Improvement Society (Egbe Atunluse Ile-Ijesa)}
  • Alhaji Asaolu Oladiran (A renowned politician in Obokun/Oriade Federal Constitueny)


  1. ^ "Osun 2014: Ijesa North Traditional Rulers Declare Support for Aregbesola". Archived from the original on 6 February 2015.
  2. ^ "From Ancient to Modern Cities". Archived from the original on 6 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Ajayi Emerges New King of Erinmo-Ijesha". Archived from the original on 6 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Osun 2014: The Battle for Aregbesola's Job". Archived from the original on 6 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Yoruba Hometowns".
  6. ^ "Ilesha". Litcaf. 16 February 2017. Retrieved 2017.

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