Today, after over five hundred years of existence. Ondo Kingdom has evolved and carved for itself a compelling stage not only on the Yoruba landscape but in the national and indeed in the final analysis, on the global horizon.
An average Ondo man is very proud of his heritage. In a sense, what drives him is an undiluted focus to continue to lift the Ekimogun banner of the great Ondo Kingdom. The Ondo man is not just proud of his source, he is confident that the fact speaks for itself (res ipsa loquitur). A venture into any field of human intellectual endeavour brings you face-to-face with the Ondo person.
There they are, more often than not, at the very peak. The first Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in the old Ondo Province, now Ondo and Ekiti States, Chief Frank Akinrele, is an Ondo man. Ondo is the only town in the whole of Nigeria where three Nigerian National Merit Award winners, Professor O.S. Adegoke, Professor Ifedayo Oladapo, and Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe, have emerged.
Ondo Boys High School, ‘the oldest community grammar school in Africa south of the Sahara which was founded in January 1919, is one of the 12 oldest secondary schools in Nigeria’ (Ogunsulie, 2006). As Ambassador Tayo Ogunsulie (2006) noted, ‘Ondo was the nerve centre of commercial, cultural and educational activities in the old Ondo Province. It was the undisputed leader in matters of culture, architecture and fashion, thanks to its excellent schools and the high level of enlightenment of its citizens’. Major European commercial conglomerates like CFAO, GB Olivant, UAC, and Anglo-Guinea, John Holt, Flionis Brothers, SCOA Thamapolous, MC Silver, UTC and Miller Brothers had their operatonal outlets in Ondo several years ago (Ibid).read more