The Odogunyan Industrial Estate housed many Industrial firms such as Spintex, PZ Industries, Ocean Fisheries, Super Engineering, Lucky Fibres and hosts of other smaller factories. Nichemtex Industries is another large employer of Labour within the ambit of Ikorodu town.
Ikorodu had more than its fair share of Political leadership in Nigeria, especially during the 1st and 2nd Republic. At the regional or state level, Alhaji Chief S.O.Gbadamosi was a factor to be reckoned with among those who formed the inner-most caucus of the defunct Action Group (AG) and Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) of the 2nd republic. Chief O. I. Alokolaro, Architect Allison, Mr. Olorunfunmi Basorun, Chief Reverend Jameson Abimbola, Odunlami, Dr. Sesan Onafowokan, Mr. Dosu Oshinowo, Mr. Ayodele Elesho, Mrs. Wonu Folami, Prince Taju Odofin, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, Otunba Yomi Oshikoya were political office holders at the state level at one time or the other. Mr. Kaoli Olusanya and Arch. Kayode Anibaba served in Governor Bola Tinubu’s cabinet as Commissioners.
We cannot have an exhaustive list of Political Leaders at the local level. We, however, can place on record the political achievements of the Late Chief Kayode Alison, Late Chief Olukoga, both of the Action Group / Unity Party of Nigeria, Chief N.O. Alowonle of the NCN and Nigeria People Party. We must recognise also the two leaders of the new grassroots Political parties who was sacked from office, Mr. S.O.Alogba of the Social Democratic Party and Mr. Ogunfile of the National Republican Convention. Alhaji Mufutau Ajisebutu, a Political activist and former Chairman of Ikorodu Local Government.
It is not just for fun that the other appellation of Ikorodu is ‘Ilu kekere Oko ilu bantanbatan’. Ikorodu sons and daughters that have achieved eminent positions in their fields of endeavour run into hundreds. Ikorodu produced quite a few numbers of University Professors, including the Vice Chancellor of a Federal University, as well as a former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Ikorodu also produced good numbers of top grade Legal luminaries, which include, High Court Judges, 5 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), amongst them, a woman. The first Patriarch of Methodist Church, Nigeria and a University Professor Emeritus was a son of Ikorodu.
Ikorodu sons and daughters had excelled in many Professional spheres, this includes Doctors, Engineers, Chartered Accounts, Media Executives, Sportsmen and women in International fame such as Joe Rufus and Modupe Osikoya and so on.
Ikorodu has a string of achievers dating back to more than a century. Research has shown that the mother of late Bishop Oluwole hailed from Ikorodu. The Late J.S. Odulate alias Alabukun, famous in Abeokuta, was a son of Mosene in Ikorodu. His son was the first Ikorodu Medical Doctor, just as Otunba T.O.S.Benson was the first Ikorodu Lawyer. Late Chief M.O. Onafowokan was the first Nigerian graduate Town planner.
Also, one Mr. Parker, a freed slave from Sierra Leone and an indigene of Ikorodu was the first Christian Religious Leader in Ikorodu. He was a catechist left behind by Reverend Collimer of the CMS in Ikorodu in 1842.
We must recognise the contributions of the following highly admired late artists Sadiku Agbaku Onida, Saka Eruja, Ekine Goloba (The Master Drummer), Muse, son of Agbaku, Bombata (Senior), Bombata (Nuru), Nosiru Atuwon, Baba Bello, Baba Olukoya and Baba Olorin. Similarity, we cannot but remember such characters as Owoje (reputed to be devil incarnate of Magbo festivals). There was a man known as “Kelebe Bale Diramu”