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Ikirun is a town and the headquarter of the Ifelodun Local Government Area in Osun State, South West Nigeria. It is an historical city that derived its name from the first ruler of the town called Akinorun.

Iragbiji (also Ira-gba-iji) is a neighbouring town that is the capital of Boripe Local Government Area. It is inhabited by the Yoruba people. The population of Iragbiji people is about 164,000.



The first settler and founder of the present-day Ikirun was a hunter, whose name was Basetan. In one of his hunting expeditions, he came across another settlement nearby in Igbo Irele headed by Akinorun. Basetan convinced Akinorun to join him in present-day Ikirun. However, because Basetan used to go on long hunting sprees, the day-to-day administration of the settlement was left in the care of Akinorun. As a result, the rulership was progressively ceded to Akinorun and his descendants, while Basetan and his descendants, up to the present time, acted as the Eesa (deputy). In recognition of this arrangement, every newly installed Akinrun mandatorily spends sometime in the Eesa's palace as the Eesa's guest (his original landlord) before moving into his palace.

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  • Shared car. Shared cars found in different terminals all over the country. From Lagos, a shared car costs ₦3,500-4,000 per person.
  • Mini-bus (Danfo). These are the main form of transportation around metropolis and cost fare depends on distance covered. Usually carry passengers numbering 10-15, depending on how big the bus is. ₦50-100.
  • Tricycle (Keke Napep, Marwa). This option not so rampant and exclusive to some areas. ₦50-100.
  • Motorcycle (Okada). This is one of the fastest and most common means of moving around Ile-Ife coverage in all areas. Motorcyclists usually very careful. ₦50-100.


Iragbiji has a number of natural tourist sites that tourist will love visiting, some of which are as follows: Okanyilule (Double hills), Ile-Ona Museum of Art and Archival materials (collection of M.O.), the Palace Museum, Igbodu place/Cave Ori Oke, Ayeye (mythical stream), Alagaso water source, Alagaso cave, Oke Moori, Okuta Odo (Motar) hill, Osun shrine, Obatala shrine, Igbo Igbale, Isikan hill, Ile Nla (Antiquated palace building), Ota Igun hill, Gbanla/Oso Osi site, Ojolukoko shrine, Oba Ogunmolu shrine, Isanpa, Traditional war fence (Earth), Traditional stone wall fence, Sanpona shrine Oke Agbo and Ira Tree site.


The town is home to several traditional events.

  • Ikirun Egungun Festival. This is a common festival in the Yorubalands. There are different varieties, which are named differently, and they basically feature dancing and parading activities.



  • Oja Oba Market. Daily, as early as 7AM until 10PM.
  • Oja Oba Adeyemi Market. Attended once every Thursday. Situated along Oke Afo-Express junction road.
  • Oja Oba Adedeji Market. Available every Monday in front of Akinorun Grammar School, Railway Station Road. Items sold and hours of the market are similar to that of the Thursday market.
  • 1 Shopping Complex Oba, Aagba, Iragbiji-Ibokun Oja Oba Jct Rd, 231108, Iragbiji. Shopping mall in Iragbiji.
  • 2 Market, Iragbiji. Traditional market in Iragbiji.


  • 1 Afribuka Restaurant, 22 Ikirun Rd, +234 703 073 5442. They offer local delicacies ,quite affordable.
  • 2 Anuoluwapo Food Canteen, Near Alhaji Abdul Raheem Baba Jebba Compounnd.


  • 1 Olf Nifaji Club House, Oshogbo - Ikirun Rd, Ikirun.
  • 2 Oluode Fekete, Bread Shop, Ikirun. Night club in Ikirun.


  • 1 Sebtrol Continental Hotel Limited, Moboreje Area, +2347089516258.
  • 2 De-Marvellous Guest House, Iragbiji Road.
  • 3 Folabee Global Hotel, Oba Adedeji Housing Estate Behind High Court. This is a hotel equipped with a swimming pool, restaurant, gym, lounge, and a rooftop terrace. From $12.
  • 4 Fortune Exclusive Hotel, 5-6 Fortune Cl, 231119, Ota (east of the town in Otan Ayegbaju), +234 803 688 2371.


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