Ilara-mokin community is in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State. It’s estimated population is about forty-five thousand (45,000) people. Living in a nuclear cluster settlement based on families and kinship .Their family structure is the traditional form with the Husband as the head of the family and his wife giving support. The King is the most superior Head, Spokesman and conflict resolution, his Chiefs and the High Chief Lisa Olamiloun II of Ilara-Mokin Kingdom (Dr Ayo Ojo) supports the King.
The people of Ilara-Mokin living in Nigeria and the Diaspora have attained Educational Qualifications at the Highest Levels Globally with a Majority of the population having the ability to read and write.
The traditional setting of ilara-Mokin is as old as its History.
The history of Ilara-Mokin is closely tied with the history of the Yoruba people who for certain reason (political, expansionistic and adventurist) migrated from Ife at a point in the time and settled in different locations. The Ilara Mokin people eventually got to the present site. This movement was as early as the major Yoruba movements from Ife caused by Yoruba intra-tribal wars coupled with a search for greener pastures or to permanent water- source and free-land occupancy. Historical reports and artifact’s supported the ancient ties and relationship with Ile-Ife, such records includes the name of ‘ILARA’ with a street in the ancient Ife-ILARA; the worship of similar deities Olofin, Ore and Obanfon and some of the principal deities in Ife tradition. The historical exhibits – Obe Ipanya , the Great Oduduwa sharing a knife and ancient crowns inherited from Ife and the unsusal self –crowning nature of the ALARA, peculiar to only the ALARA as the only Oduduwa property-sharer of the ancient tune bear witness to the origin of Ilara-mokin people.
However, during the migration and subsequent settlements, a sort of traditional organization was evolved which gradually developed into locally recognized system of administration or governance up till date. The ALARA remained the paramount traditional head of the migrant peoples with those met on the journey and mixed with by either marriage or other conveniences or both. The name ILARA and how it came about is still subject to historical research. It is believed that the composition of the community of different sub-groups from different towns and other settlements laid credence to the giving of the name as the land or community of Ara people Ile Ara. These different communities who settled amicably together included among others- the Uatis, the Urishis, the Ujeros, the Efons, the Uses, the Ujesas, the Erinmos, the Ujados, the Upetus, the Usaruns, the Ubules and the othe smaller groups already eaten up and susbsequently unrecognized any more today and mixed up with the main streams of the paramount migrants. However, they all evolved a common tradition, language, custom, dressing, food and the same set of cultural and social problems. The oral tradition of the people says that the migration or the people’s movement continued until middle of 19th century when eventually the people under their paramount ruler ALARA Agunoye eventually settled at the present site with adequate sources of water,physical defence and enough farming land around the never dry brooks Eruku, Usokun and Olotin streams.
The physical boundaries of the present community settlements are to East, the land and boundaries with Akure of the Oralapo with some interspersed settlements of Ibule, Ipinsa and Ikota to the north, Ilara mokin shared boundaries with Ogotun by either migration or land expansion. To the South, an Ipogun settlement stands between Ilara Mokin and the Idanres on the present Ondo Highway. At this juncture, it should be on record that the present Igbara Oke people did not belong to Igbara-Oke. The Igbaras were recent migrants from Igbara-Od.The Igbaras decided to move away from their old site Igbara-Odo settlement over a dispute on traditional leadership. History says that the Igbara Oke under their leader referred to as Owa, a hunter, settled on Ilara/Isarun piece of land approved on friendly basis by both Aarun and Alara. As a cultural evidence, the roc-inscription on the land by the Ilara people depicting the artistic and religious work of the Ilara people can still be found on a piece of land near the present site of Igbara Oke Grammar School. This rock inspiration was a symbol of the royal sword artifact of authority which the Alara always offered to his traditional chiefs to dance with at the chef’s coronation. It is a leaf-like shaped with Ifa Inscription.