The first settler and founder was chief Sunbu Mobee of Boeko, Badagry. The village was founded in about 1860 A.D Chief Sunbu Mobee was a great hunter, farmer and a powerful man of repute in Badagry. Despite his engagement as the traditional head of Boeko, he still took joy in hunting expenditions. Notable among his expenditions was his trip through the lagoon surf to Ipokia in about 1859. The king of Ipokia settled him at a place named Banigbe because he was persuaded to stay at this outskirt of Ipokia -Banigbe-ahin.
It was at Banigbe he consulted his personal deities thavino and kenmenu through his oracles and he was directed to move eastward through the surf. He crossed to a place he stayed a while and named it Gbetoko. He further advanced through this terrible mangrove forest to a placed he called ROPOJI. It was at Ropoji he discovered bitter-kola (orogbo) trees with riped fruits two kilometers away from Ropoji this small mangrove Island. He further consulted his oracle which directed that he should advance to the promised land that had been prepared for him.
He took to this directive and thus advanced further and got to this bitter-cola haven on GU-ZAN-GBE (Tuesday) during the rainy season of that year – 1860.He plucked some of the bitter kola – orogbo and appeased his deities. He thus built a tent there and named it Ahowegba, meaning Ira-orogbo. Chief Sunbu Mobee was faced with a lot of problems at this settlement. The most difficult was the extermination of the wild animals. He invoked his personal deities that performed this feat for him. Animals such as lions, tigers, etc took to their heels and stubborn ones died in the process. He was in this set-up before the coming of Agbojo.
Agbojo was the king of Ado-odo at this time. He came on hunting expendition and met chief Sunbu Mobee at IRAGBO settlement. He was later advised to settle Northward where he discovered bitter-kola but in a small quantity in a heavy forest he called Iragon.
Agbojo decided to go back to Ado-odo but he brought his in-law Iroko who was later called Tono. Iroko Tono who preferred to live nearer the bitter-kola trees in this thick forest which he called Igbo-eji. The people belong to Idobarun ruling house in Ado-odo, ogun state. They are Aworis.
The need for additional hands in order to give this new settlement a face-lift became more important. Chief Sunbu Mobee however, left for Boeko through the surf. On his arrival at Iragbo he brought some of his slaves In order to do the much need job, accompanying him and his slaves were Nuho, his first son, Gbose, kole, zannu and his young twins Sosu and Sosi. They were all his children and they worshiped Dagbe (god of snakes whose worshippers don’t feed on rams) and other gods such as thavino and kenmenu .
The slaves that were taken to Iragbo for labour were kolomeje,Towenu, Seji, Hunkanyin, Hunton and Agiagbayi. Huts were built and the slaves constructed the bush path-way to Boeko which made the contact with Badagry easier.
POLITICAL LIFE OF THE PEOPLE:
Iragbo first experienced what could be called an organised political system under Nuho the first son of Chief Sunbu Mobee in 1890 when his father actually entrusted the land of Iragbo on to him being the first child. At this period, Sunbu was aged and Nuho got control of both political and cultural life of the people.
When Mobee died in 1893, Nuho Mobee the heir to the throne of Boeko could not cope with the shuttling between Boeko and Iragbo. However, he appointed Dadi Agbenuko, his in-law, as the headman to oversee the welfare of his people. It was after the death of Dadi Agbenukon the late Toyon of Boeko appointed Job Fiyakola to oversee the welfare of the village in the early part of 1960s.
THE MISSIONARY VISIT TO IRAGBO:
The Roman catholic missionaries (RCM) entered Nigeria in 1845 but came to Iragbo early 20th century. When they came, they started preaching the gospel and established a church (Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church) at Iragbo and after so many years, they established a school (Saint Patrick’s Primary School at Iragbo) mainly for the purpose of teaching the members how to read the bible and also how to read and write.
But later when everywhere was civilized and there was a teeming population of pupils in the school, there was a need for employment of more teachers and a need for the government to educate the citizenry and because of all these, the school was handed over to the government.
Thus, Iragbo was founded in the year 1860 and has continued to exist till today but with a slow development and it’s my fervent prayers that the light of God’s countenance shine upon it and it’s glory and beauty shall be revealed.
Ajadi Abiola Bernard © 2020