In a society where we are oblivious to the changing world that we are in, it is inevitable that unresolved land ownership disputes will keep people hostile to their neighbours until they burst.
Vandalism is another consequences of violence that I just do not agree with because it only shows one thing – ignorance. Destroying properties just do not make any sense given most involved are farmers and worked hard to own any property at all.
Growing up with my royal family, I am well aware that disputes over land ownership affect quite a lot of small towns around those clustered around Ile Ife, however, Modakeke is most affected as they have bigger population and closer to the Ifes than other surrounding towns.
Now, for years Ipetumodu and Asipa have been disputing over land ownership, there are impending court case on many of their lands. Several years ago, they were near burst but it was curtailed, now last week the veil was uncovered – burning buildings, damaging properties leaving communities deserted, for what? – Because the king wants more land.
Traditionally, we have local markets that operate on rota, this must have been agreed by traders long ago for ease of farm produce trading, so market day don’t clash. People in my village usually trade between Famia, Akinlalu, Asipa and Gbongan, there is always something unique with each market – life is a bliss.
Two years ago, a new market was created by the Ipetumodu at Akinola Junction and the date that this market operates was deliberately fixed so it coincides with Asipa market. To an outsider, this should be no big deal however, to locals it is a very big issue because Akinola is situated on Ibadan Express road making it more accessible to traders than Asipa market and so basically ‘snatch’ traders from Asipa market.
In this case chiefs and kings playing mind games for no other reason than to provoke reactions. Beggar believe how they arrive at being crowned.
For those who believed Modakeke and Ife land dispute over land ownership is isolated, well, now we can all see interwoven idiosyncrasies that is our tale.
This short clip says it all. Nothing more to it. One side says, “I am the original owner” the other says “It’s my father’s” As if that is not embarrassing enough, among these two people was a king! That we are supposed to listen to.
We might as well have feudal system. Incredible the number of kings we have in Yorubaland today. When I was little, I knew about five within 30 miles radius, today the numbers have quadrupled and with zero accountability.
By the turn of the century, every street will have a king, heaven knows who I will end up paying homage to.