Ejigbo is a prominent town in Yoruba Land in South West Nigeria, and the headquarters of Ejigbo Local Government Area, one of the oldest local government areas of Osun State. The population is around 140,000.
The average elevation is 426 metres (1,398 ft).
Ejigbo is an ancient settlement, which, according to oral history, was founded by Akinjole Ogiyan right after the old Oyo. Ogiyan has a rich pedigree, as a descendant of Oduduwa and the ruling family of Ile-Ife. Together with his brothers, particularly the Akire - the founder of Ikire-Ile, Ogiyan left Ile-Ife to establish their own town. The fact that the Ogiyan is from Ile-Ife, is confirmed by "Ejigbo Mekun," the name of a market in Ile-Ife. Akinjole was the paramount ruler and prescribed authority over many other small villages that settled around settlement.
Over time, Ejigbo has become subsumed in the Greater Lagos metropolitan area.
The indigenes of Ejigbo are a well-travelled people. They have a long history of international emigration, predominantly to Cote d'Ivoire. This has been drastically affecting the population of Ejigbo township due to continuous migration of her people to some neighbouring West African countries, notably: Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Niger Republic, and Togo. This has resulted in the many varieties of languages spoken in the town. Apart from Ejigbo peoples' mother tongue (which is the Yoruba language), and the Nigeria's official language (English), some of the other foreign languages spoken today in Ejigbo include: French (second to Yoruba), Dioula (brought down from Mali), Ewe (brought down from Togo), and Asante from Ghana.
Ejigbo is about 35 km (22 mi) north-east of Iwo, 30 km (19 mi) from Ogbomosho in the north and 24 km (15 mi) from Ede in the south-east. It is about 40 km (25 mi) north-west of Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, and about 95 km (59 mi) north-east of Ibadan.
See and do
The town is home to several traditional events.
- Ogiyan Festival. The festival of Orisa Ogiyan is still the most spectacular annual event in the town. During the festival, the Ogiyan, the ruler of the town is confined to his home for three months. The Orisa Ogiyan festival is held at the beginning of the harvest of new yams, usually in the rainy season. The Orisa is fed with new yam and epo pupa (palm oil). An important aspect of the festival is Ewo, the practice in which the people of the town divide themselves into two groups: the Isale Osolo and the Oke Mapo. The two groups face each other in a daylong whipping fights, as though in real battle.
All major mobile phone service networks are available in Ejigbo but with varying degree of reliability and usability. Often times, it is customary to experience network outage for all or some of the mobile phone service providers. Such situation is particularly common in some remote areas of the city. And it is also common for different networks to be more stable and reliable in different locations of the city at different times.
It is preferable if you are planning a visit to this city to have multiple SIM cards that cut across all the mobile service providers as you can't tell which will be more stable and reliable at a time in your location during your visit. And if you will risk not having any of them, you might be better off not risking the MTN network, because,from indications, its seems to perform well than the others, though its rates may be high and its offers and services might be stringent, but you might be more assured of seamless voice and data connection. While 4G network might not be widespread in city, you could be assured of a fairly stable 2G and 3Gs broadband cellular networks.
Glo (Globacom) boasts of fast network speed for internet browsing activities, but that might only be enjoyable in limited locations. Airtel is fairly satisfactory for all you might need to connect to the world, including rates and network stability. As for 9mobile, they also perform well in internet browsing speed but not without locational limitations.