The first tribes to have arrived at Ajegunle were the Itsekiris, the Ijaws and the Urhobos in the 1920s and 1930s respectively; all South South sojourners. Their fishing profession was said to be largely responsible for the choice to settle in Ajegunle because the city is surrounded by water. Also, the tribes of stars that have emerged so far from Ajegunle is seen my many as relic of former ancestors. Larger percent of stars that have emerged from Ajegunle are either South South or South East. Presently, tribes outside the Yoruba dominated Ajegunle.
In the early 1970’s, Ajegunle was referred to as a mini Nigeria by the then Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon in his speech during his visit to the city. In truth, Ajegunle is more than a mini Nigeria as nationals across ECOWAS are found there. Not only does Ajegunle consist of tribes in Nigeria, but also people from West African cities.
Boundary in Ajegunle
Sixty eight years old Festus Ezeobi, an indigene of Anambra state, who said he has lived in Ajegunle for over fifty years, says that the reason a particular place is call boundary in Ajegunle was because it served as demarcation between Western Region and Lagos Colony. According to him, Ebubedike, the first non-indigene to win a seat in the Western House of Assembly was raised in Ajegunle, he beats Obasi the Ankra to the seat.
Ajegunle is a big city that comprises many tribes. That is why it’s call jungle city. Gone are the days when there used to be fighting here. We co-exist here now peacefully. Government should come and develop Ajegunle because we have produced great stars for the country. The government should try to ensure the current peace in the area is sustained”, he said.
The neglect of Ajegunle by successive government Ajegunle, according to some elders, has survived attempts of being wiped out through negligence of those in position to direct its resources to its development. However, fortune seemed to have smiled on the city when it was named as the headquarters of Ajeromi- Ifelodun Local Government Area which was created in 1996. Some of the traders and residents of the community complained of being over-taxed in the name of generating internal revenue in order to meet-up with developmental projects in the area. They alleged that in many cases, traders and artisans are forced to pay 3 to 4 different taxes and more, such as trade permit, lock-up shop permit and radio/TV license.
Cletus Nwachukwu-The Guardian Newspaper
Late Amadi Ogbonnaya (Entertainment Editor Vanguard Newspapers)
Chukwuma okparaocha of tribuneonlineng.com