Ojaja is an humble king and he has displayed that even in his submission on this matter. He wasn’t offended and obviously unperturbed. He’s above the bad belle MOPOL officer turned Oba Isale Eko.He is a king like no other, so unique in approach!
That said, Oba Adeyeye was not the only one wronged, he may be quick to forgive but the stool of Ooni was desecrated by the ill mannered man.
The whole Yoruba race was embarrassed by his indiscretion and nauseating acts and he need be brought to book, and that’s exactly the point we will continue to propagate until Oba Akiolu behaves like a true born Yoruba and retract his steps. Even the Adimula Oonirisa cannot stop us from fighting a cause for our race.
Long may you live, Olori Alade Gbogbo, Alaka omo Apaara, Omo Afidi P’otemole, Alase Orisa, Kabioosi Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.
May the Lord bless them that bless you, may He curse them that curse you Adeyeye.
Iwo ni mo ji ri loni o Oba to ju awon oba lo.
By Femi SHODUNKE
NIGERIA: DEAR respected Nigerians, particularly those of Yoruba ancestral root, how many of you have seen the video trending now on the Facebook and Whatsapp over the “scornful” behaviour of Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi?
IN the video, Oba Akiolu, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, shunned (or disgraced) Oba Ogunwusi, who bowed in deference (a sign of respect to an elderly person) to the Oba Lagos to greet him at a public function in Lagos where there were many traditional rulers in attendance. This happened after Ooni had greeted and was embraced by the Obi of Onitsha, who sat beside Oba Akiolu.
A quick look at the video will, no doubt, give the impression that the action of Oba Akiolu was deliberate, probably due to factor(s) only known to him.
HOWEVER, you’ll recall that recently (March 28, 2017), I initiated a post, on my Facebook wall, titled “Oba Rilwan Akiolu: Kabiyesi Beware!” In the post, I advised the Kabiyesi on his utterances. Oba Akiolu had said then that there’s no vacancy at Alausa in 2019. The implication of that statement is that the current first term Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, would automatically run for second term, even two years before the race would commence.
Do you still recall Oba Akiolu’s rancorous statement before the 2015 election in which he was alleged to have told the Ibos in Lagos to jump into the lagoon if they would not support Ambode, the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, to win the governorship election?
WHILE I’ll wait for the defence of Oba Akiolu on his “rude” action to Oba Ogunwusi, but from antecedents, based on my personal experience over the years, I can say without hesitation (though I may be wrong) that the Lagos monarch acted deliberately.
OBA Akiolu is too impetuous. I’ve seen him display uncomplimentary attitudes at a public function. In 2005, at the 90thbirthday thanksgiving service of the late Alake of Egbaland, Oba Oyebade Lipede, at St. Peter Cathedral, Ake, Abeokuta, the Oba of Lagos shunned the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuawade. Oba Akiolu, who got to the church late and was in angry look, refused to greet Ooni. But funnily enough, he exchanged pleasantry with Oba Lipede who sat close to Ooni Sijuwade.
I wish my eyes can play out what I saw that day between Ooni Sijuade and Oba Akiolu.
THERE was another ugly incident that day involving Oba Akiolu when he elbowed Otunba Kunle Ojora almost pushing him down in the church while going to the altar for Oba Lipede’s blessing by the Bishop of Egba Diocese. Indeed, it was Olori ‘Bimpe Lipede that came to the rescue of Chief Ojora. I was the ONLY newspaper journalist that saw it and reported that angle in my medium, The Comet newspaper, the edition which I still have in my library till today. I wish I can scan and
I wrote: “The 80th birthday church service of the Alake of……was nearly marred yesterday when Oba Akiolu elbowed….”
FUNNY enough my report caused uproar that during a discussion on it at the Island Club in Lagos my cousin called in the NIGHT to alert me on the anger of Oba Akiolu and some club members. He even joked that I shouldn’t visit Lagos because I’ve been declared “wanted.”
HISTORICALLY, less than a year after the incident I was with an Egba Prince to visit Oba Akiolu in his palace, the first in my life inside Iga Idunganran.
WITHOUT knowing that I was the writer of the Ake scenario Oba Akiolu made reference to it. He expressed bitterness on the publication and justified his action against Chief Ojora (his account is still fresh in my memory with him making reference to the late Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele).
I didn’t disclose I was the journalist and without him knowing, I recorded ALL his conversations with us that day on tape (which I hide under my cloth): how a newspaper reported him with his picture on the front page during the ascension to the throne of Oba Adeyinka (or so), which made him determined to become Oba of Lagos, life in the police, etc. Indeed, he was a good historian by his account that day despite been a University of Lagos graduate of Law.
DEFINITELY, from the above I can say that the action of Oba Akiolu to Ooni Ogunwusi could be deliberate, probably to the “Ooni stool” (not to the person of the King) due to his frequent impetuous behaviors.
OR could Oba Akiolu be looking at Ooni Ogunwusi’s age, as a “boy” he could be his father? But, if so, Ooni’s stool goes beyond age. At least, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is now 80 years and six years senior to Oba of Lagos, prostrated for Ooni Ogunwusi when he visited his palace shortly after his installation. So, what is the big deal in respecting culture? At least, some others who are senior to Oba Akiolu still bow and prostrate for him due to his exalted throne.
WITHOUT doubt, Oba Akiolu must stand up for Governor Ambode at a public function, despite the fact that less than 10 years ago when Ambode was a Permanent Secretary in Lagos State, he must have prostrated to greet the King whenever he visited his palace. But today, will the same Ambode prostrate for Oba Akiolu?
ABOVE all, Oba Akiolu needs to watch his behaviours before he would become public embarrassment not only to himself, but the good people of Eko, his admirers, Yoruba race and indeed Nigeria.
MY appeal is that fellow traditional rulers should wade into the unbecoming attitude of Oba Akiolu (to counsel him appropriately) to prevent him from being attacked by overzealous followers of Ooni, disgraced or become public opprobrium in the eyes of those who should not only always respect but honour him.
– Chief Femi Shodunke, a journalist, is the Baaroyin of Igbeinland and Baaroyin of Agbonland.
It is no longer news the stool of the Ooni of Ife was attacked by no other person but Oba Akiolu of Lagos, Eleko I. And of course many notable Nigerians especially those of Yoruba extraction and specifically some no-nonsense Yorubas had vehemently kicked against the unceremonious display of public absurdity against the Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.
The Palace had in the same vein made a friendly release through the Ooni’s spokesman saying “í will continue to respect Oba Akiolu…”
Ordinarily, Í should have allowed the matter pass unnoticed but for my concern as a prince from Adagba Compound, Lafogido ruling house of Ile Ife. Especially when this is becoming a habit of the Oba in question.
You will recall how Oba Akiolu publicly attacked the Igbos residing in Lagos over 2015 gubernatorial election threatening them to support his favoured candidate or else be thrown into Lagos lagoon, what a cancerous outburst!
As if this was not enough, Oba Akiolu had very recently been quoted as saying there is no vacancy at Alausa in 2019. How do one explain this in a country that practices democracy.
Will Oba Akiolu as a sitting Oba have moral qualification to reconcile any warring faction among the political class when they begin to throw caution to the wind over election matters.
Will the Oba continue to earn the respect of his subjects many of whom hold tradition in high esteem and appear more culturally refined? This notoriety is unbefitting of a Yoruba Oba.
As Yoruba youths, we know which names befit Oba Akiolu for attacking the source of the Yorubas but two wrongs do not make a right. We will not join in the denigration of a traditional stool; our stool harbours our pride.
The Ooni should by now know you can only chose your friend. And as a foremost traditional ruler in Yoruba land, this should be a lesson “that he who keeps a scorpion in his pocket should watch his groin and he who inherits a cobra should know it is not a pet”, truly, tradition places so much on the shoulders of the Ooni.
But of his inherited children as Baba to all; some will spite and fight, while others will be cold but dangerous. The Ooni must be prepared for the unimaginable.
Even when í personally feel there could be more to the matter beyond rivalry, the open disregard to the symbol of Oduduwa was uncalled for. Be that as it may, í appeal to Yoruba youths many of whom have become uncomfortable with the conduct of Oba Akiolu to continue to regard the stool of Oba of Lagos but think less of the personality on the seat.
The eye sees not itself but by reflection, eminent Lagosians should prevail on Oba Akiolu not to attract ridicule to the referred stool of Oba of Lagos. He must know authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.
Oríadé, ọrùn-ìlẹ̀kẹ̀, gbogbo ẹ̀yin ajunilọ mo júbà o.
Àwọn àgbà bọ̀ wọ́n ní “Kíkéré labẹ́rẹ́ kéré, kìí ṣe mímì fádìyẹ” Káláyé tó dáyé, kékeré kọ́ ni Bàbá fi ju ọmọ lọ. Ọọ̀ni kìí ṣe ẹgbẹ́ ọba kọ́ba gẹ́gẹ́ ìtàn ti sọ́ ọ di mímọ̀, àbí bẹ́ẹ̀ kọ́ ?
Eégún ilé kò ṣe rífín, òòṣà ọjà kò ṣe é gbálójú bẹ́ẹ̀ ni ọ̀rọ̀ Ọba Ẹnìtàn Adéyẹyè Ògúnwùsì, Ọọ̀ni tilẹ̀ Ifẹ̀ ri. Ẹni tó bá fi ojú di Ọọ̀ni, dandan ni kí àwówó wó.
Eyín funfun báláí ni iyì ẹnu, ẹ̀jẹ̀ pupa yòò ni iyì òòṣà, àpọ́nlé ló yẹ olórí Ọba yoòbá gbogbo kìí ṣe ìwọ̀sí.
Ohun ti Ọba Rílíwànù Akiolú, Ọba Èèkó ṣe sí Ọọ̀ni kò dara rárá. A kò lè rìn kórí má mì nítòótọ́, orí bíbẹ́ kọ́ ni oògùn orí fífọ́ kẹ̀! Ó wu èdùmàrè ló gbórí ẹwà fún àkùkọ, ọ̀pọ̀ igi ló ń bẹ nígbó ká tó fí ìrókò jọba igi.
Ẹ máa jẹ kí á torí ọ̀làjú tàbí òṣèlú gbàgbé àṣà wa. Àṣà ìbọ̀wọ̀ fágbà ni Yorùbá fi ń gbajúmọ̀ nílẹ̀-kílẹ̀. Àgbà kò ní ṣe pẹ̀lú ọjọ́-orí rárá, ipò làgbà.
Àràbà ni bàbá, ẹni a bá lábà ni bàbá. Ọba Adéyeyè lè jẹ́ ọmọdé sùgbọ́n ipò àti àyè tí ó wà gẹ́gẹ́ bí i ỌỌ̀NI ti sọ ọ́ di àràbà tí gbogbo ọba bá lábà. Bí èèyàn bá ta ará ilé ẹ̀ lọ́pọ̀, kò le rí i rà lọ́wọ̀ń.
Bàbá ni Ọọ̀ní jẹ́ láàárín àwọn lọ́ba-lọ́ba. Níwọ̀n ìgbà tí àwọn Ọba tí kìí ṣe Ọba ní ilẹ̀ káàárọ̀-o-jíire lè máa ṣe àpọ́nlé tí ó tọ́ fún Ọọ̀ni, mo lérò pé ó tọ́, ó sì yẹ kí àwọn Ọba yorùbá ṣe àpọ́nlé ara wọn bẹ́ẹ̀ gẹ́gẹ́ ,pàápàá jùlọ fún olórí aládé gbogbo.
Mo kí Ọba Adéyẹyè Ẹnitan Ògúnwùsì, Ọ̀jájá II, kú àíbínú. N kò sàì gbóríyìn fún gbgbo ẹni tó da sí ọ̀rọ̀ náà ní pàtàkì jùlọ Olóyè Olúṣẹ́gun Ọbásanjọ́ GCFR, ààrẹ àná.
Mo rọ́ Ọba Èèko ki ó máa bínú sí Ọọ̀ni lórí ohun tí ó lè fa ìwà àjòjì yìí. Àmọ̀nràn mi ni pé kí Ọba Akiolú ti Èèkó tọrọ àforíjì lọ́wọ́ọ Ọọ̀ni àti gbogbo ọmọ yorùbá pé òun kò ní dárú asọ bẹ́ẹ̀ sorò mọ.
Lákòtán ọ̀rọ̀ mi, Baba kìí bínú púpọ̀, Kábíèsí, ọba Adéyẹyẹ̀ ẹ fojú fo, bẹ́ẹ̀ ni, ẹ máa gbàgbé ọ̀rọ̀ àwọn Baba ńlá yín pé “Iṣu ẹni níi tọwọ́ ẹnị bepo” kí òwe jẹ́ ti ẹ̀yin àgbà. Kí ẹsin ọba kó joko pẹ́. Ilẹ̀ yorùbá kò ní dàrú o. Àṣẹ.
Tóò bí ó ti mọ ní í jẹ ìrẹ́mọ. Ẹ jẹ kí ẹyin mi di àkùkọ.
Ẹ ṣé púpọ̀.
Ọgbẹ́ni Daniel Adefare
The Queen of Ife Kingdom, Her Majesty Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi has charged the African people to proudly embrace and showcase their tradition and cultural heritage to the world saying this will serve as tourist centre that would boost Nigeria economy.
Olori Ogunwusi who is the Yeyeluwa of Ife said this at the weekend during the annual Olokun traditional festival held at the Olokun shrine located at Oke-Atan area of Ile-Ife.
This year’s Olokun festival attracted devotees from abroad and across Nigeria especially the Niger Delta areas of Benin in Edo state, Ijaw in Bayesa state, Itsekiri in Delta state and Ilaje in Ondo state who came in their hundreds to celebrate Olokun who they called the real god of unity.
Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi said that the annual celebration of Olokun festival is a way of resuscitating tradition and sustaining culture so as to boost Nigeria economy.
“What we are doing is to create awareness, it is not barbaric, we are showcasing the tourist aspect of the country and to let our people understand that we must embrace our cultural heritage”. Yeyeluwa Ogunwusi explained.
According to her,
“everyone is entitled to be a devotee of Olokun as the practice of Olokun is not prevalent to a particular set of people, “if you drink water or use water, you must understand the importance of Olokun, because all other waters flow from the sea and Olokun is the goddess of the sea.
She further said
“that is why Olokun is a deity that should be celebrated for she is the source of water we all use for domestic activities”.
The Queen concluded her speech describing
Olokun as a deity of wealth, commerce and life, calling on all to appreciate Olokun and always celebrate her as whosoever takes water already partakes in the event.
Also one of the tourists that came from Benin in Edo state, Hon. Mike Eholor, who travelled from ancient Benin city to Ile-Ife to grace the festival on the invitation of the queen appealed to all and sundry to upkeep the traditional growth.
“I am here as invited to grace the occasion of my sister, it is nice thing to witness this and to resuscitate our tradition and cultural heritage, for it is historical monument” he stated.
Eholor appealed to Nigerians to respect their culture and tradition, he urged for persistent celebration, saying this will sustain the culture especially on the interest of unborn generations.
In the same vein, the custodian of Olokun shrine who is also the Walode of Ife Kingdom, Chief Kolawole Omotayo called on the Yoruba’s in the diaspora and the entire Africans to come back home to jointly celebrate their tradition.
Omotayo urged people to cherish their traditional festival and celebrate them as at when due rather than capitalise on foreign religions such as Christianity and Islamic religion.
An Olokun devotee from South Africa, Dr Mbele Maparatutu described
Olokun as a deity of absolute beauty, wealth and commerce being one deity that deserves to be so celebrated.
“I have done series of researches into the African deities and have come to realize Olokun as not only the goddess of beauty, but also the goddess of wealth and commerce. She is well known in the North America and the Caribbean countries as a deity of wealth and commerce that deserves to always be celebrated”. Mbele Maparatutu said.
Another tourist from Angola, Antonio DK Bandiki said his findings have shown that Olokun was a beautiful woman sent by God to come and take care of the mankind with her water which is why no one irrespective of your religion can function without water.
The highpoint of the Cultural event came when the Queen was later joined by the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi who offered some prayers to Almighty God who he referred to as the only King of Kings and God of gods for the total liberation of the Africans from the abject poverty caused by economic stagnancy.
Olokun is one of the Yoruba’s 401 deities God sent to Ile-Ife to start the mankind. While Oduduwa ,Ogun, Sango, Alafere are the deities of prayer, iron, thunder and wind respectively, Olokun is in charge of the oceans.
Comrade Moses Olafare,
Director, Media and Public Affairs,