Otta Awori

10th centuries

Our History

That Aro of Otta play a significant role in Otta Kingdom and a key role in it's traditional heritage

The Aro works with the Odota to perform traditional rites for an Olota's inauguration. The Aro dresses the incoming Olota in his traditional dress. The Aro also wears the Olota's traditional dress when he himself is inaugurated.

He also performs traditional rites when an Olota goes.[Home] The Aro is chosen from the Aro family of Ilata. The head of the family brings the candidates before a group of seven Kingmakers: .

  • The Okikotun of Otun
  • The Odota
  • The Odofin
  • The Oluwo
  • The Apena
  • The Balogun of Otun
  • The Olori of Otun

Ota, Ogun State

Ota (alternatively spelled Otta') is a town in Ogun State, Nigeria with an estimated 163,783 residents. Ota is the capital of the Ado–Odo/Ota Local Government Area. The traditional leader of Ota is the Olota of Ota, Oba Adeyemi AbdulKabir Obalanlege. Historically, Ota is the capital of the Awori Yoruba tribe.

The Ota in Histroy

OTA is a very ancient and foremost Awori kingdom whose existence dated back several millenniums ago. The town, no doubt, is acknowledged to be the first kingdom in the entire Awori land, a sub- Yoruba ethnic group, known as the Awori Kingdom Of "Ota" and equally ranks as one of the earliest or oldest kingdoms in Yoruba land. As an enviable and great kingdom of note, it has very strong, sacred, and, of course, fortress traditions of origin, custom, culture, history and anthropology spiced with ethnological settlements and certified prudence spanning several centuries

Concentration of industries in Nigeria

As of 1999, Ota has the third largest concentration of industries in Nigeria. It also possesses a large market and an important road junction, found just north of the tollgate on the Lagos – Abeokuta Expressway. Ota is well known because it is home to Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited belonging to the former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo. Ota is also the location of Canaanland which is the campus of the megachurch Winners' Chapel, as well as home to the Africa Leadership Forum.

Otta is known as the home of some Yoruba ancient deities and festivals. Some of the festivals usually celebrated in Otta includes Egungun festival, Iganmode Cultural Festival, Gelede Festival, etc

The Ancestral Root of Many Ancient Towns or Kingdoms


The Awori Kingdom

Also, the town, no doubt, is the ancestral root of many ancient towns or kingdoms within the present Ogun State and outside the state, such as; Lagos state, Oyo state, Osun state, nay, Nigeria, and sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, this historic milestone laced with ancient historical landmarks has been kept intact for thousands of years of both recorded and unrecorded history with verifiable claims succinctly supported by archeological studies and social anthropology. Of course, as an historical monumental entity, several kings (Traditional rulers) had reigned in this most ancient and revered kingdom before the 10th to 16th centuries.


HISTORICALLY, OTA’S existence dates back to at least the period of Orunmila (a contemporaneous with the Orunmila) as an established and organized human habitation or community with Obaship institution that no one could ascribe any specific date thus since the BC era. There were very few settlements then what is known as Yorubaland today. Apart from Ile-ife, the first place or source, OTA is a very, very ancient city ranking behind Ile-Ife only that ORUNMILA first visited. Other few places Orunmila visited after OTA for one reason or the other, were such towns as Ado-Ekiti, Irun Akoko, Ilawe and Ifon. No doubt, Orunmila visited Ota at least on three occasions as confirmed by Ifa-Irete Olota (Owonrin) Corpus and Odu Osa Meji (Odu Eleye)

There had been Awori before Awori, and Ota stands the first long before arrival or emergence of Ogunfunminire and his Group between 15th and 17th centuries.
Aworis are many, not all the Aworis are children or descendants of Ogunfunminire or Olofin of Iseri Olofin. We had Olofins in Ota whose periods of migrations to Ota from Ife predated Iseri Olofin and others.
The earliest Ota people set a fetish bowl according to Ifa divination on then river or stream, and sank on a river at Ota when others had not existed including Ogunfunminire, the progenitor of Isheri people but not the entire Aworiland because some Aworis denied vehemently the suggestion that their ancestors got to Isheri before moving to their present settlements.

The traditional institution in Ota dates back to the ife Oodaye period several millenniums ago as Orunmila, the great Ifa prophet met a woman named “IYARIGIMOKO” titled OLOTA ODO, OBA ARODEDEWOMI during his (Orunmila) visit to OTA at that material time. Thus, IYARIGIMOKO was the first OBA (Olota) in history which dated back to the BC era as confirmed by the ODU IFA ORUNMILA titled; IRETE OLOTA (OWONRIN) and OSA MEJI ELEYE. She was, however, succeeded by ATELE OLODE MERO, ERELU AFINJU OLOJA EKUN, otherwise Known as OLOTA ELEGBEJE OJA and OLOTA OLOFIN ARAOYE, a male ruler was the fourth OLOTA, whilst the traditional rulers reigned in OTA without any specific date.

There are other several Obas (Traditional rulers) in Ota whose names and dynasties had been mowed down by the sickle of time; and/or, could not be remembered due to the mist of time but quite a few of them are still remembered.

(There is a popular saying in yoruba language thus " Oburu ju aje Ota lo" meaning more wicked than the Ota witch)

Ota today have grown from the ancient settlement founded by the Terrestrial mothers commonly known as witches-Eleye or Iyami Osoronga into an Industrial City, a thriving Economic hub in Ogun state and Nigeria. Ota began to grow into the industrial city it is today due to the economic development planning and lobbying by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Chief Bisi Onabanjo, former governor of Ogun State. This led to the official designation of Ota as an industrial town, and the state government began to encourage industries to locate in and around the city

Historical Landmark in Otta

The Old

Place of Olota Of Ota

Okemale Mosque

The First Mosque in Ota

St James Primary School

Established in 1843 one of the first schools in Nigeria

St James Anglican Church Cathedral Vicarage Ipate Oyinbo, Osi Ota

Second Storey Building in Nigeria buit in 1842

St James Cathedral

St James Cathedral first established 1842

Odo Ijamido

Acient stream that fortified