Omu-Aran is a town in Kwara State, North Central Nigeria, and it is the Head Post of the Igbomina land. It is the local government headquarters of Irepodun local government.
Omu-Aran is a community that was founded due to the migration of people from Ile-Ife. According to folktales, there was said to be a drought in Ile-Ife, which necessitated some of the inhabitants to leave the town, as that was the recommended solution by the oracle consulted, claiming that the source of the problem was the overcrowded condition in the town. As a result, some princes were selected to migrate and establish in other places and were given the symbol of authority. One of the selected princes was Olomu-Aperan who was eventually the founder of Omu-Aran.
Omu-Aran is made up of people from different backgrounds that migrated to the present site of the town. The people of Omu-Aran are predominately farmers, but they are also famous for hand crafts like basket weaving and blacksmith works.
See & do
The town is home to several traditional events.
- Egungun Festival. This is a common festival in the Yorubalands. The different varieties, which are named differently, includes àgbà, egungun pàràká, egungun ode (láyèwú), and egungun eléwe and they basically feature dancing and parading activities. Egungun festival is usually held once every two years in Omu-Aran and environs in remembrance of the ancestors.
- Ogbo Festival. This is an openly held annual festival in Omu-Aran to pay homage to Ologbomona (Olomu Aperan) and to his goddess mother popularly called Omutoto (also known as "Ìyá Ògbó" or "Ìyá Àgbà"). This festival is popularly held in Omu-Aran (Igbomina Capital) on behalf of the entire Igbomina-Yoruba land
- Epa and Angere Festival. This is also held in Omu-Aran within an interval of two years except at special occasions when Angere comes out to entertain the people.
- Alata Festival. A traditional festivals that holds every one to two years, Alata is a kind of masquerade made with palm fronds and ashes. Alata runs in the streets, holding with him a cane and pursues after some selected runners that dare it. Beating with canes is part of the festival (in which individuals present at the venue will engage each other in beating with the slash of a cane).
All major mobile phone service networks are available in Omu-Aran 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 town. 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 town 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 dropping the MTN network, because,from indications, It seem 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. Not sure of a 4G network in the town but there are 2G and 3G broadband cellular network available include.
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.