Ogidi, Kogi State
Location and history
It has deep historical ties with the northern and western part of Nigeria. The people of this town endured raids from and eventually defeated the Nupe imperialists in late 19th century thus sealing their access to the western part of the country. Administratively, it was under the Northern Region with Kaduna as the capital; then Kwara State with Ilorin as the capital and now Kogi State with Lokoja as the capital. It shares boundaries with Kabba in Kabba/Bunnu LGA, and three towns in Ijumu LGA: Ayere, Iyara (the headquarters of Ijumu LGA) and Ogale. Currently in Ijumu Local Government Area, It occupies the seat of the rotational Olujumu I - the traditional ruler of Ijumu people.
Language and people
The language spoken in Ogidi is the Okun dialect of Yoruba. The men are traditionally farmers and hunters, and the women are renowned for arts, craft and trading.
The vegetation is a mix of forest and savannah. Coffee, cocoa, cassava, cashew, yam, maize, sweet potato, groundnut and kola are some of the popular produce from the town. Livestock–cattle, goats, sheep, poultry and their products–are also available in Ogidi.
Religion and tradition
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Ogidians traditionally are stone worshippers; this may not be surprising, considering the abundance of igneous mountains and caves, and the reliance on them to ward off invaders. Ogidians defeated the Nupe imperialists who were Muslims; however, they accepted Islam later through peaceful means–trade and interaction. Christianity came much later with British colonialism. The town is traditionally ruled by an Oba like other communities in Ijumu Local Government on a rotational basis between the two ruling houses of Itaji and Okelare. The current king, Alhaji Rabiu Oladimeji Sule is from the Okelare ruling house in accordance with the tradition of the forebears, which is duly recognized by the government of the country. In line with this it is known that the next king in line would be from Itaji ruling house.
Ogidi is the home town of Nike Davies Okundaye, the renowned batik artist. Sunday Bada, Olympic sprinter, is from the town. Artist and musician, Twins Seven Seven, spent his early years there, as his mother was from the town. Chief S.A Ajayi OFR, a federal minister of the first republic.
- Olayemi Akinwumi, The Okun Yoruba and the Nineteenth Century Crisis in Nigeria, University of Texas
- Nigerian Field Society account with photographs
- Tourist account with photographs
- Paintings by Twins Seven Seven
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