A Short History of Modakeke

Modakeke is a town in Osun State, South West Nigeria, with a population of close to three hundred thousand people.The Modakekes are also known as the “Akoraye” and have a history of valor at war and are prosperous farmers.

With the fall of the Oyo Empire to the Fulani, the Yoruba kingdom was thrown into confusion and the inhabitants of the Old Oyo were dispersed and started new settlements all around Yoruba land.Fleeing southwards in search of new abodes after the fall of the Oyo Empire, the Oyos started settling among the Ifes in 1834. As the Romans of old, they were soldier-farmers. They were hardy as soldiers and industrious as farmers. Having lost all their possessions in their hasty flight, they started life in Ife by doing menial jobs to enable them eke out a living. The reigning Ooni of Ife, Oba Akinmoyero was said to have received them well. They started growing and producing different types of food crops on farmlands given to them by their hosts. A good number of them got recruited into Ife’s weak army and it was through their gallantry that Ife had its territory extended to Alakowe, its present boundary with Ilesa. Prior to the arrival of the Oyos, Ijesha land extended to the present location of the Palace of the Ooni of Ife. This is why the Palace area is known as Enuwa (Enu Owa) until today.
Ooni Akinmoyero gave the displaced Oyo an expanse of land to stay outside the walls of Ife,the place given to the Modakekes was home to a species of bird called Ako (Stork), Hence the origin of the appellation AKORAYE(The stork has a place). It was also customary for the storks at the location to chirp and sing the rhyme “Mo-da-ke-ke-ke-ke” which was most of the time heard by the Ifes and it was decided that the new settlement would be called MODAKEKE.

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2 thoughts on “A Short History of Modakeke

  1. what is the source of this history… Owa in Yoruba simply means Oba and not just an Ijesa world. The palace of Ife is right at the centre of the city like every other yoruba town where the settlements are formed around the palace. Hence even right inside the city before you get to ENUWA Ile-Ife (where Ile Oodua, the palace of Ife) from any part of IJESA are ancient traditional quarters of Ife such as More and Ilode with their traditional rulers who are major Ife kingmakers. Many Ife Royal families are located within More and Ilode Quarters including Agbedegbede Royal Family. Find out from those who know the geography of Ife. Are these traditional quarters parts of Ijesha or are they new settlements. Please your version of the history of “Enuwa” is only fit for the waste bin.

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