The History of Kuta Kingdom

Kuta Kingdom is the historical Owu-Kuta that was established in the Mid-15th Century after their migration from Orile-Owu, the ancestral headquarters of all Owus led by its founder, the Great Akindele Anlugbua who won several wars with tremendous success at the undefeatable protector of his people


Akindele was one of the sons of the first Olowu of Owu-Ipole, HRM Oba Ajibosin Asukungbade whose mother was Olawumi Iyanude, daughter of Oduduwa of Old Ife dynasty.


Princess Iyanude is the mother of Owu Kingdom. She was the first child among the seven children of Ojodu. Akindele's only son was Morolahun who became the first Olowu of Kuta (1457-1552).


The Olowu of Kuta became officially recognised as a First-Class King since 1966. The Kuta Kingdom has 24 Bales and 23 villages, four (4) of which have expanded into towns namely: Ikoyi-Kuta, Aiyedade, Railway Station and Konkon. Till date, the four Ruling Houses of Kuta emerged from the four male sons of Morolahun.


Kuta, which now has an estimated population of about ninety-thousand is served by many villages which include among others Konko, Olodu the Railway Station, Kejo, Arugbode, Egan Aro, Aba Owu, and Alagba. Kuta exists along with an adjoining community of Ikoyi which has a separate population and a ruler (the Olukoyi) who is also a member of Kuta Traditional Council. The town has numerous compounds, three Primary Schools, two Nursery Schools, one Arabic School and two secondary Grammar Schools. It also has a Post Office, a Community Bank, a Dispensary, a Maternity Centre and a State Hospital. The three main religions of Islam, Christianity, and Traditional worships are practiced freely. Farming is the major occupation of the people. However, trading, blacksmithing, dyeing and carpentry are also engaged in.


TRANSFORMING THE KINGDOM

According to the Quoran,"that which God writes on the forehead, thou will come to it". Whatever maybe the final verdict of history, there is a sacred conviction that the Olowu has come to the throne of Owu-Kuta Kingdom at a young age; saw the intrigues and problems that overwhemed soe of his predecessors; he took the bull by the horn and subdued them. On ascedndin the throne of his forefathers, he has united all the four (4) ruling houses together; a mission considered impossible in the past; and extended a Royal hand of fellowship to other illustrious Princes of the Ruling Houses. Having enhanced the progress of the Kingdom and given its stability, character and DIRECTION. He is indeed, the architect of innovation.


A King with great vision who created in his mind, the image of a modern Owu-Kuta Kingdom.

The Kingdom is benefiting more under his reign with great achievements. A notable developmental monument he initiated and achieved is the "Lt. Gen. TY Buratai Bailey Bridge" at Kuta, across Osun River, linking Ede.

He has receieved so many commendations with impressive testimonies of the impact and height he has attained.

Oba Makama

Oba Makama

Reigns of Obas

The following Obas were known to have ruled over the community since its foundation, i.e from 1487 till date:

  • Oba Morolahun            1457-1552
  • Oba Tegbosun I             1552-1602
  • Oba Delumo             1602-1642
  • Oba Adeyi I               1642-1647
  • Oba Lanloye             1647-1772
  • Oba Omoni I             1772-1912
  • Oba Adekigbe Delumo II         1912-1937
  • Oba Oyelude Tegbosun II       1938-1962
  • Oba Akinloye              1965-1979
  • Oba Olalekan Omoni II         1980-1991
  • Oba Shittu Bamgbade Delumo III     1998-2011
  • Current Oba Adekunle HAmmed Adekunle Oyelude Makama Tegbosun III

DERIVATION OF THE NAME KUTA

The name Kuta according to oral tradition was derived from an incident that happened to Akindele and his wife. It was said before Akindele left Ipole in search of his domain with his wife and all instruments of an Oba, there was a terrible internal war among the people of Ipole during which so many brave Owus lost their lives. It was from this war that Akindele managed to escape alongside his pregnant wife. He thereafter congratulated himself by saying “Iku-Ta-Miti” which means “I escaped death”. this was later abbreviated to “Kuta”.


UNIQUENESS OF THE SHRINE OF ANLUGBUA

The shrine of Anlugbua at the forest of Anlugbua at Kuta, that is the spot where Anlugbua descended into the ground now has a mediumistic marble-rock-like monument or tombstone called ‘Apere’ with a chain coming out of the ground beside the tombstone. This chain could be pulled up to a reasonable distance while Anlugbua usually respond by pulling it back. This is normally done during his annual worship when necessary rights shall be performed at the shrine.


Anlugbua also astonishingly climbed up the standing tree at the shrine with the footmarks of the horse being indelibly appearing on the tree from the bottom to its apex where he hanged the “Gaari” the instrument with which he used to climb and control his horse before descending into the ground. Unfortunately the historical tree was not preserved by our people. Anlugbua also has a separate spot (shrine) for the worship of ‘Ogun’ (the god of iron) located very close to the tombstone. In a nut shell, the non-preservation of the historic ‘tree’ not withstanding, the shrine of Anlugbua is still very worthy of a modern tourist attraction.

There are four ruling houses at Kuta viz:


In this respect, there is a government ‘Declaration’ approved by the Governor in Council on 20th July, 1965 and subsequently registered on 21st July, 1965.

The four ruling houses in the town present candidates in rotation to fill the vacant stool of the Olowu of Kuta. The Ruling House whose turn it is to provide a candidate shall nominate a candidate or candidates at their family meeting and this/these candidate/candidates is/are presented to the kingmakers.

A representative of the Local Government is usually present at meetings of the Ruling House in the presence of the law enforcement agents and a representative of the Local Government. The name of the candidate that has the highest number of votes shall be declared Oba-elect and this would be forwarded by the Local Government to the State Government for ratification before the Oba-elect goes to the conclave tagged “Ipebi”.


KINGMAKERS AT KUTA

There are six kingmakers as hereunder listed:


The most elderly male person among members of the Ruling Houses is usually appointed as the Mogaji of the ruling houses.

Kuta which now has an estimated population of about ninety-thousand is served by many villages which includes amongst others Konko, Olodu the Railway Station, Kejo, Arugbode, Egan Aro, Aba Owu, and Alagba. Kuta exists along with an adjoining community of Ikoyi which has a separate population and a ruler (the Olukoyi) who is also a member of Kuta Traditional Council.

The town has numerous compounds, three Primary Schools, two Nursery Schools, one Arabic School and two secondary Grammar Schools. It also has a Post Office, a Community Bank, a Dispensary, a Maternity Centre and a State Hospital. The three main religions of Islam, Christianity, and Traditional worships are practiced freely. Farming is the major occupation of the people. However, trading, blacksmithing, dyeing and carpentry are also engaged in.

Past Obas

Oba Ibraheem Alabi Oyelude (Tegbosun II)


Prince Oyebayo Oyelude
(Father of HRM Makama)

Oba Tijani Olalekan Abidoye (Omoni III)


Oba Emmanuel Ademola Akinloye (Deyioye I)

Oba Shittu Bamgbade (Delumo III)


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