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Saturday Tribune by Ebenezer Adurokiya
Environment, at the instance of a concerned individual, was invited to Oja-Oba, the heart of the indigenous section of Ibadan, Oyo State, believed to have been originally occupied by war refugees in the 19th century, to behold the bad state of facilities in the ancient market. Ebenezer Adurokiya, Olapeju Ibrahim and Opeyemi Oyelola report the situation.
History has it that Oja Oba or Oja’ba was repopulated around 1820 by warriors comprising Egbas, Ijebus, Ifes and the Oyos. Maye Okunade, from Ife, became the Baale and was assisted by Labosinde as Baba-Isale and Lakanle as leader of the Oyo group.
Famous Oja’ba (King’s Market) is a massive market of small stalls, sprawling with commodities emanating from all nooks and crannies of the nation. The famous market adjourning Orita Merin Market spreads from Mapo Hill which hosts the gigantic municipal city hall. Ranking among the biggest foodstuff markets in Ibadan, Oja’ba plays host to largely market women, young and aged load carriers, able-bodied and destitute beggars, truck pushers and transporters.
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