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Before the reign of Oba Ofiran Oye, the 9th Awujale of Ijebu-Ode, five personalities from different royal households in Ijebu-Ode came to these parts now known as Ijebu-Igbo for game hunting. One of the five personalities was Tanrin Larinkoye a.k.a. Kegbo, the founder of Atikori.

Tanrin Larinkoye was such a powerful and influential personality that he was described as "Kegbo, e ni gba, ke gba, e ni sese". This appellation stands till today. The five friends established five separate game hunting camps. Tanrin has his camp north of the town. Because of the perculiar hut he made, the place was called Atikuwo describing the style of entering his hut. The name Atikuwo with times, change to Atikori. The camps that were built by the five friends soon grew into towns. Each town has its market both day and night and Iledi Osugbo.

According to oral history, before the arrival of Tanrin Larinkoye and his party, people have inhabited this part of the town. No wonder, Tarin Larinkoye met a woman also of powerful character known as Maje. The got married. It was further revealed that one day, while Maje was in the forest to gather leaves with which to wrap the corn porridge (eko) she sighted an elephant. Quickly and quietly, she returned home to call her husband. On receiving the news, Tanrin went to the spot and shot at the elephant at a place called eri Osun and the elephant finally fell at a place called ojogun, now Bagije.



  • 1946

    Religious Institution

    The people of Atikori believe in the existence of spiritual forces that influence the lives of mankind. They believe that the origin of the world is traceable to a Supreme Being generally known as God or Olodumare. Before the advent of colonialism, the indigenes of Atikori worshipped many deities that served as direct intermediaries between them and God or Olodumare. Some of those traditional religious practices existing till today are ogun, egungun, oro, sango, orisanla and many others.

    At the inception of Christianity and Islam in Ijebu land, Atikori people warmly embraced the two religions. The first organized Church was built beside the Atikori Market (Ram and Goat Sections) now the present site of St. James School ground, Atikori, Ijebu-Igbo. Ven (Later Bishop S. O. Phillips) laid the foundation of the Church on November 30, 1932, The Church was dedicated on May 9, 1946 by Bishops A. B. Akinyele and S. C. Phillips and Ven. J. O. Lucas aided by thirty-nine clergymen. Similarly, the first mosque was built at Itamosugbo in Atikori and the first Chief Imam of Ijebu-Igbo Central Mosque was Imam Aliyu also from Atikori Town.

  • 1987


    Atikori Town's main occupation is farming and trading. The people farm in the villages througout the week and return to the town during the week-end to rest and also for celebrations. One of such villages, Abeku was very popular. It was named ekefa igbo by the late Orimolusi, Oba Sami Adetayo (Kupakude IV) when he visited the Village in 1987.

    Atikori town has more than on hundred villages. Most of the villages have primary schools, churches and mosques.

  • 1984


    Atikori Town benefited from early missionary education. Atikori has about fifteen public and private Nursery and Primary Schools and one Comprehensive High School, Kegbo. A Government Technical College was established in Atikori in 1984. The Local Government Secretariat of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) now housed the Technical College. The former site of the Technical College has given place to Ijebu-Igbo Polytechnic (later names Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic) that was inaugurated on the 26th September 2006 by the Visitor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel (Former Governor of Ogun State).

    Today, Atikori Town has the highest number of Professors in Ijebu-Igbo. One of them is Professor Olufemi Bamiro was the immediate Past Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan (2005-2010). Professor Wale Are Olaitan also from Atikori was appointed the Vice Chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University (formerly Ogun State University) in 2010. The legendary Professor of Agricultural Economics, Professor Bisi Ogunfowora is also a son of Atikori.

  • 1901

    Social Groups

    Social and cultural groups like Atikori Community Development Committee (formerly Atikori Development Council), Atikori Foundation, Atikori Club and other several Clubs and trade associations are in the vanguard of promoting social and developmental activities in the town. The age-grade groups (regbe-regbe) are being resuscitated among the old and young people of Atikori.