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Title :

The Use of Oral Tradition in the Reconstruction of the History of Igbonna People

Authors :

Taofiki Aminu

The need to re?construct the history of Igbonna has become a double necessity through documenta_on of extant literatures and abound oral evidence like Alo (Folklores), Ijala (Chant), antiquities,old songs and Oriki (cognomen). It was rightly contended by oral tradition of history that Agoh was the founder of Igbonna in the 16th Century, his military disposition and radiant in the realm of the Alafin's polity were recounted in the cognomen. This makes the quest for oral traditon imperative in the realization of objective reality inherent in historical documentation. The etymology of the name was radically deduced from Alafin's pronouncement ?ejeki agbon wonnu? meaning ?Let us desert them? a?er several entrea_es to bring them back to Oyo kingdom was failed. The pronouncement has become a common epithet in praising Igbonna people up till date. Today, the Igbonna people are found in the present day Oyun Local Government of Kwara State. However, the study of historical evolution of this area has been le? unexplored probably due to its remoteness to center of studies or lack of adequate written materials or did not arouse the interests of writers. The oral available information spurred us to comprehend the people through the local chant or epithet of which they are bestowed from old Oyo Empire. It is against this backdrop that the paper endeavour to re?construct the traditions of the origin of Igbonna people through their cognomen as far as this study is concerned within the purview of oral traditions.