Genealogy of the Monarchy
The great Elegushi Royal Family, according to the family tradition began with Kusenla, reputedly a descendant of King Olofin of Iddo, whose other descendants became known in history as the Idejo chiefs, erstwhile autonomous rulers of their respective territories. They were, and still are, the dukes or landowners of Lagos and its surrounding districts
An interesting discovery of a document on the Elegushi genealogy was stumbled upon from a file in the Nigerian Archives. It was attached to a petition by Momodu Sanni Elegushi in 1942, addressed to the Commissioner of the Colony, reporting the action of Chief Oniru to his people at Ilado. Contained in this document was a genealogical table of the Elegushi family titled “STORY OF LEGUSHI FAMILY” . Though dates were not recorded, references to political and social events in the period traced the origin of the monarchy to Kusenla 1 (son of the Olofin of Iddo) who reigned over 300 years ago.
According to history, Kusenla 1 was given land at Egbere where a certain type of tree grew extensively in the flat swampy bushland. These trees were called Ikate, hence Kusenla was known as the owner of Ikate – Elegushi of Ikate. It was said that Elegushi land extends from Ojota (near Shangojimi in Omi Akoto) to the north, Idi-Oro to Odo Aden crossing Ilado Creek and shares common boundaries with Moba linking Ojomu territory near Osapa to the east. Today the composition of IkateKingdom include: Ikate, Igbokushu, Gbara, Maiyegun, Ilasan, Iroko-Awe, Itedo, Ologolo, Olube A & B (The coastal road has separated this community), Aro, Mosafejo, Lafiaji Kekete, Okun Lasan, Ogoyo, Igbara, Alaguntan
Kusenla I reigned from 1606 to 1632, while Obo the only one of his many children that was referenced, succeeded him and reigned thereafter for only 10 years.
slave trade was introduced into the Kingdom during the reign of Abiona, the third Legushi, who reigned for about 27 years. It was during his time that the Awori people (from Benin) were sold as slaves to Europeans and carried away in boats. The Egun people, from then Dahomey, would go into Awurin land to kidnap people to be sold off at Gerefe in Widah as slaves. As a result of this, children were hidden in bushes during the dry season, while spies were sent out to look for strangers who were kidnappers.
In the marathon story, during the reign of the fourth Legushi Abisoro, another son of Obo, the Awori people from Ado came in large numbers to settle in parts of Eko, near Idumota. Abisoro reigned for about 21 years before he died and was succeeded by his brother Odiyan. Whose mother was an Awori woman (whose name cannot be remembered) reigned for only 14 years.
After Odiyan came Olorunisola, the youngest son of Obo and the sixth Elegushi of Ikate. It is claimed that he ascended the throne the same year as his friend, King Akinsemoyin of Lagos, and ruled for about 45 years.
The seventh Elegushi was Erufa, son of Abiona. His reign lasted for about 31 years. And he was succeeded by Babalola who was on the throne for 19 years.
The ninth Elegushi was Idewu, who then passed the mantle to Akin Idunfa son of Olorunsola, who reigned for 24 years. Eruifa’s son, Babalaide held the title for 17 years and was succeeded by Bamgbala in about 1860 as the twelfth Elegushi. He was a grandchild of Eruifa, through his mother, Fatosa and was credited with a long reign of 37 years. The most notable from the records in the period, was the court evidence he gave during the land dispute between the Ojomu Sateru and Olumegbon Kalefo over their common boundary at Ajah. It is also stated that he was in the deputation which waited on the Governor Sir Gilbert Carter over the removal of Olofin shrine from Iddo to Lagos Island in 1896.
From the reign of Bamgbala, that proper record keeping of events and activities was established. Ayigoro, Ojulari, Osuro, Otaiku, Akin and Bakare came after and each ruled for less than 10 years respectively.. Dauda Fasanya the nineteenth Elegushi started another reign era long and ruled for 45 years. He was succeeded by Oba Yekini Adeniyi Elegushi Kusenla II, the twentieth Elegushi of Ikate. He was the first crowned Oba of Ikate Kingdom. Prior to this he was one of the Idejo white cap class chiefs, who were landowners. He was first installed a white cap chief on November 1st, 1990, then elevated to the class of Obas (Kings) and was crowned on February 4, 1993 as Oba Yekini Adeniyi Elegushi, Kusenla II. Based on the laws of the land, Ikate is a Kingdom and therefore it was bestowed the full rights of a Kingdom in Lagos State. This also paved the way for other white cap chiefs who were entitled to being crowned as Kings. He ruled for 19 peaceful and progressive years.
On April 27 2010, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Kusenla III, ascended the throne as the twenty first Elegushi of Ikate Kingdom.