About Igbara-oke Youth Empowerment Summit
Igbara-oke Youth Empowerment Summit is the largest youth gathering in Igbara-oke addressing major issues of development through new thinking and paradigm shifting in Academics, Career, Business, Destiny, Relationship, Leadership, Personal Discovery / Development, Global Alignment/Networking.
Igbara-Oke Youth Empowerment Summit is a platform geared towards helping youths to create opportunities and develop their potentials. I-YES is geared towards stimulating and challenging our thought process so that we can recognize the opportunities available to us and know the steps we ought to take in utilizing them.
The thought behind I-YES was borne out of a desire to create an avenue through which young people can access information and knowledge that will make them enterprising, self dependent, expert thinkers and visionary leaders.
The world is changing and it is therefore necessary to renew the minds of the young people and awaken them to the new possibilities that are emerging.
And also show them how to build systems and structures to make the society better, and unleashing their entrepreneurial spirits.
The focus of the Igbara-Oke Youth Empowerment Summit is therefore educational and we intend from this edition to propel it to greater heights, creating additional channels to express our intent.
Igbara-oke Youth Empowerment Summit is not just an event; it is a movement, a radical opposition to Ignorance, backwardness and mediocrity, a movement against poverty and bad governance, a solutions platform, where everyone’s voice will count.
The sessions are always thought provoking and action-oriented; we have selected speakers from all walks of life equipped and ready to deliver key insights. True change in this country must begin in the minds of the people.
The greatest investment we can make is investing in our thinking level.
Welcome to Igbara-Oke Youth Empowerment Summit (I-YES)
Igbara-Oke is the headquarters of Ifedore Local Government Council. The total population figure for the local government area was 176,372 as at 2006 (National Population Commission, 2009). Igbara-Oke is a Yoruba town and the inhabitants are largely engaged in Agriculture. The first Primary School in Akure Kingdom was established in Igbara-Oke in 1935. It is St Paul’s Anglican Primary School attached to the St. Paul’s Anglican Church that established the ‘First Akure Company of the Boy’s Brigade’. Anglican Grammar School was the first Secondary School in Ifedore Local Government Area and it was established in 1958 (NPC,2005). Igbara-Ok is the town of Chief August Adebayo; a seasoned Public Administrator and former Head of Service and Secretary to the Western State government of Nigeria between 1973 and 1975; and the town of Professor Julius Olujimi, the first Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in Ondo State, Nigeria.
References National Population Commission (NPC) 2009 2006 National Population Census Figure, NPC Office. Abuja. National Population Commission (2005) Landmarks Historical Events in the South West Geo-Political Zone of Nigeria 1940-2006.NPC Office, Abuja.
Historical Account of Igbara-Oke
Igbara-Oke people migrated from Ile-Ife under the able leadership of Arajaka. They left Ile-Ife with a crown given by Obanifon, as well as the sword of Olua, Alayere, Igba-Ifa, guns and farm implements.
The people stopped and stayed for a while in a number of places before reaching the present day Igbara-Oke. Amongst the places they stopped were the present day Ilesa, Alaaye, Igbo Onigbagbara, Onikolo; they later settled temporarily at Olowinrin for thirteen years. At Olowinrin, Arajaka, the leader of the group gave birth to twins, Alarelu and Adeyigba. The people also suffered a great disaster at Olowinrin. A small-pox epidemic broke out and claimed the lives of Arajaka and other people. This epidemic forced the people to leave Olowinrin in two groups in two different directions.
While Alarelu group departed south-westwards of Olowinrin to Odo-Oko, which later became to be known as Igbara-Odo. Adeyigba group went east-wards to Oke-Oko, which later became to be known as Igbara-Oke. Adeyigba later became the first king of Igbara-Oke. He divided the town into six quarters, with a principal chief as the head of each of the quarters. The six principal chief also have minor chiefs under them who were given responsibilities for conflict resolutions, peace, security, sacrifices to the gods and welfare matters.
Igbara-Oke was involved in many Yoruba internecine wars against the Ibadan, Ijesa and EkitiParapo. Igbara-Oke rebuffed the Ogedengba warriors and was victorious at the Akurin and Oboto wars. However, by the middle of the 19th century, Igbara-Oke was defeated by Benin forces, thereby subjecting the town to Benin administration.
Christianity was first introduced to Igbara-Oke in 1884. By 1911, the first primary school was established at Igbara-Oke. In 1958, Igbara-Oke became the first town to have a secondary school in the environ. Records show that after Ado-Ekiti, Igbara-Oke was next to have standard six class in the entire Ekiti land, comprising the present Ekiti and Akure areas. In 1939, the first Ekiti Company of the Boys Brigade of Nigeria was formed in Igbara-Oke by Late Rev. (later Bishop) I. O. S. Okusanya.
Igbara-Oke currently serves as the headquarters of Ifedore Local Government, a similar position she held in 1954 during the administration of Ifedore District Council. The Olowa of Igbara-Oke is a member of the Ondo State Council of Obas.
The ascension to the throne of Olowa of Igbara-Oke is in succession among three ruling houses of Oberubese, Aruogbon and Ogidi. The present Oba, His Royal Highness Oba J. A. Adepoju is from the Oberubese ruling house.