Òkè-Ìlá Òràngún (often abbreviated as Òkè-Ìlá) is an ancient town that was the capital of an ancient city-state of the same name in the Igbomina area of Yorubaland in south-western Nigeria. It is located in Osun State and situated in the northeastern part of Yorubaland in southwestern Nigeria. Its sister-kingdom Ìlá Òràngún is about 12 kilometres to the northwest. It is the current headquarter of Ifedayo Local Government Area of Ọsun State.

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The present Òkè-Ìlá Òràngún and Ìlá Òràngún constituted the original kingdom of Ìlá-Yàrà, a city-state founded, according to legend, by Oduduwa's fourth son, named Fagbamila and nicknamed Òràngún. Both towns was reported to have split centuries ago after a dispute, resulting to their fragmentation.

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The native tongue of the people of Òkè-Ìlá Òràngún kingdom is called Igbomina (or Ogbonna), a distinctive dialect of the Yoruba language. Most of the people engage in agrarian occupation but there are several significant number of artisans, traders, hunters of wild game, school-teachers and other professionals as well.

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Òkè-Ìlá Òràngún is famous for the energetic dancing and acrobatic skills of its Elewe, the region's primary dancing masquerade ensemble representing the ancestors during various traditional festivals. The Egungun Elewe is unique to the Igbomina Yoruba subgroup. There are other less popular but unique and peculiar Egungun in the kingdom.

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  • 1 Ayikunnugba Waterfalls. situated in a cliffed gorge, and its associated caves with underground passages. The Ayikunugba (or Ayikunnugba) Waterfalls is located southwest of the town, along the north-trending ridge-and-gorge series of the Oke-Ila Ridge complex.
  • 2 Omi-Ogan Waterfalls. located in the valley off the northern road that leads to the town. The waterfall flows down two main mounds and collects into a pool at the bottom, feeding the westward flowing river the Omi-Ogan River.

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  • 3 Oke Lanfo Peak. located southeast of Òkè-Ìlá Òràngún, from the top of which a panoramic view of the surrounding towns within about 50 kilometers radius can be seen. The ridges and gorges consist of the geologically defined Oke-Ila Quartzites.

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Oke Ila Orangun has all major mobile phone service networks available but with varying degree of reliability and usability. Often times, it is customary to experience network outage for all or some of the mobile phone service providers. Such situation is particularly common in some remote areas of the city. And it is also common for different networks to be more stable and reliable in different locations of the city at different times.

It is preferable if you are planning a visit to this city to have multiple SIM cards that cut across all the mobile service providers as you can't tell which will be more stable and reliable at a time in your location during your visit. And if you will risk not having any of them, you might be better off not dropping the MTN network, because,from indications, they seem to perform well than the others, though their rates may be high and their offers and services might be stringent, but you might be more assured of seamless voice and data connection. The various broadband cellular network available include 2G, 3G, and 4G networks, but the coverage of the 4G network is not widespread

Glo (Globacom) boasts of fast network speed for internet browsing activities, but that might only be enjoyable in limited locations. Airtel is fairly satisfactory for all you might need to connect to the world, including rates and network stability. As for 9mobile, they also perform well in internet browsing speed but not without locational limitations.

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