The Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Akinruntan, has stated that his kingdom, Ilaje Ugbo are the founders of the ancient civilisation of Ife .
According to the controversial monarch who has continued to harp on the numero uno status of his kingdom in yorubaland. “I must elucidate that we, Ilaje Ugbo are the founders of the ancient civilisation of Ife for which Herodutus, the father of history, who lived between 484 and 424 BC acknowledged and wrote, ‘According to History, there were five ancient cities in Africa between 3000 and 1000 BC of which one of them was Ife.’ By divination of Ifa and Ohanyin, my ancestors were directed to migrate from Ife to found a new confederacy which now occupies the entire coastal stretch of Ondo State from Oghoye to Abetobo, called Ugboland, the land of Peace, Prosperity and Power. On this note, I welcome everyone here present, to Ode-Ugbo, the ancestral home of Ilaje-Ugbo, where Oghonne Osangangan Obamakin, Oronmakin, Olowoyitufewa, Malokun Ogbolu, Atata Bi Okun Liri, the son of Oranfe, settled to found Erunomi Ilaje, the great confederacy which has grown to cover the entire globe till today.
“Also, it is important to state that Ilero, the aboriginal palace of ancient Ife, adjudged as the first palace of Ugbomokun, from where Osangangan Obamakin, my direct ancestor ruled before he received Oduduwa into Ife, is still in existence along Iremo road in present day Ile-Ife. The eternal resting place of Oranfe, Onile Ina, the owner of Ife, and indeed the entire world, is in Ilero till this day. The quarters of my forefathers, where my kith and kin (who undertake principal roles in the leadership of Ile-Ife) reside are in existence till today. The most sacred part of the modern palace in Ile-Ife today is called Ile-Ugbo, and the most ancient markets in Ife, Oja Aiyegbaju/Oja Oranfe and Oja Eji-Ugbomekun/Oja Osangangan Obamakin (Oja Ife) were founded by my ancestors, Oranfe and Osangangan Obamakin respectively. For the avoidance of doubt, my ancestors instituted the Aje Diety of wealth, prosperity and commerce in Yorubaland, and they migrated to the Coastal parts of Ondo State, Nigeria, and not to the South Eastern parts of Nigeria.
“The entire oral and academic reference (relating to the founding of Ife, the institution of the Aje Deity, the Moremi episode, the powers of Malokun Deity and the migration to found a new confederacy as directed by Ifa and Ohanyin) is to Ugboland in Ondo State, and not to Igboland in South-East Nigeria.
“Furthermore, I have opened an empirical/scientific phase in Yoruba history and I have made available over 2000 carefully researched historical, cultural and scientific evidences (Archaeology and Anthropology, Linguistics, Ethnography, BioTech/DNA, Ifa Corpus, Festivals and Rituals, Songs and Folklores, Totems and Cognomen etc) available to academic historians and researchers. The body of facts have given indisputable credence to the antiquity of the stool of the Olugbo of Ugboland, and the aboriginality of the people of Ilaje-Ugbo in Ife, and by implication in Yorubaland.
“In addition, Ilaje-Ugbo is endowed with the greatest fishing, marine and port facility capacity in Nigeria. Ugboland had the earliest incursion into Yorubaland by the Europeans (Portuguese, Germans, Dutch and later British) who berthed at the ports of Erunona, Ugbo for Trade and Commerce. Our Salt (Odoro) was globally traded by the Europeans, and our Treaty of Friendship, Trade and Commerce with the British dates back to 1884. In the same vein, Ugboland, adjudged consistently as the most peaceful part of the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria is endowed with crude oil in super commercial quantity and Ugboland is the index of Ondo State in the Niger-Delta. Aside the fact that Ugboland has the largest fresh and salt water fishing capability in Nigeria as well as phenomenal offshore and onshore crude oil deposits, Ugboland has the highest marine and port facility capability in Nigeria, and I am elated that Ondo State government has commenced projects in that direction ‘’.