Getting here from Mapo Hall was kinda tricky, but thanks to an old lady on the road and Google Maps, we managed to find our way. Truthfully, we were all a bit confused when we got there. It definitely doesn't look anything like a palace. There were a bunch of people outside and a wedding introduction happening inside.
|Someone said this is black soap.|
Dolapo had to speak with the [acting] ruler, and although he was surprised by our visit, he was very excited and welcomed us warmly.He proceeded to tell us about himself (former military man, had to fight in court to take his rightful place in the palace). He also mentioned that the palace was over 200 years old, and that the Irefins were former warriors. But he talked about how the government and family members have allowed the palace to go to disrepair. I personally feel that such places should be national treasures or heritage sites, and maintained for future generations to see.
Theo asked him what Ibadan means, and he said it comes from Eba-Odan, which means "by the road, or on the way," because people usually stopped there on the way to somewhere else. I asked him how many people live in the palace and he claimed that up to 2000 people lived there at a point (I highly doubt it). He was also asked about the ruling process in Ibadan. He said the ruler of Ibadan (Olubadan) is achieved in 23 steps... which caused a later argument between me and Cakes. Cakes said he meant there are 23 families and the ruler is chosen on a rotational basis. I said he meant that a prospective ruler has to go through 23 things to become Olubadan. Somebody please help us and tell us who's right.
Dolapo asked him one final question: What advice do you have for us, the younger generation? His answer was long, but it left me feeling teary-eyed. I mentioned earlier that he said he had to fight in court to assume his rightful place in the palace. He said the only way he was able to win his case was because he knew his history and had kept documents from the past. He showed us notes and notebooks from as far back at 1921!!! He told us that too many young people are neglecting their roots, traditions, history, and more. How do we expect to have something to show and tell our children and grandchildren, if we don't know where we come from ourselves?
Because of the event going on inside, we weren't able to really look around. I was fine with that since there were goats coming in and out of rooms everywhere. At a point I froze and refused to move cos there was a goat lying in front of the doorway. Yeah yeah, I'm afraid of animals that move :(
|Yup, a well. It'd be so cool to have a collection of Wishing Well photos!|
Okay, so that's Irefin Palace. I'll post the Agodi Garden pictures and our lunch in a later post :)