LET’S REBURY ORLANDO OWOH
BoN during an interview with the late Musician
WE NEED ORLANDO’S MUSEUM
Last week at the St. Louis Lewis and Clark Library Missouri, America I sighted two CDs of two Nigeria’s great Musicians on the shelf: Fela Anikulapo Kuti and King Sunny Ade. I felt great. I showed the two CDs to many there . I want to donate some of Orlando’s CDs to them.
Its a pity that a prophet does not have honor in his own town.When Orlando’s music is being played it throws many into frenzy. Last year a young man suddenly stopped and started dancing to the track, Ojo (Ojo onitemi o Ojo o, Ojo a b’adiye s’aba l’ori eyin Ojo , Ojo o si ni’le Omo adiye d’agba …..Ojo ooooooo,ooooo… ) the young man who coincidentally bears Ojo danced his heart out .He said ” that is my favorite music that is my name Orlando is singing its praises , then the others followed him dancing when they were convinced of his sanity.
It happened last year at Agege Pen Cinema area , infact I joined in the dance.The young man told everybody that he bears Ojo, the name Orlando sang its praise. That is Orlando’s music for you.
His music suits any occasion , highly philosophical, full of wisdom, poetry, folklores, traditional stories .
When he released the Ganja album , he sold millions and was hailed to high heavens despite being banned , yet it sold like hot cake. But how can we pay honor to this great man?
During an interview with the mother of Orlando Owoh, she was not happy that her son was not buried in his country home , Ifon. Now , it is exactly 10 years Orlando has been dead,while his remains were buried in Lagos.Yes, mistake has been made but let all his friends, fans and family members gather and put their heads together and have his bones exhumed and be buried in Ifon while his statue be placed at the center of the town while a museum be built and all his materials be kept in his memory. Up till this moment no street not even a local government Park or Center is named after this legend.
That Orlando’s mother is still alive is not an excuse. Bob Marley’s mother , Cedella Booker was still alive when her son died at 36.She died 27 years later ( 2008).
LET’S EXHUME ORLANDO’S BODY
The Holy Bible tells us how Joseph’s bones were exhumed from the land of Egypt and brought to Shechem and buried according to the instructions he [Joseph] gave to the Israelites before he died.
Moses Orimolade Tunolase the leader and founder of Cherubim and Seraphim died on October 19, 1933 ,and was buried at Ojokoro Church , along Lagos /Abeokuta express way , but 42 years later his bones were exhumed and taken to his hometown , Ikare, Ondo State for burial on October 19, 1975.
Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia had his bones exhumed 25 years after his death and was given a befitting burial.
Others who had their remains exhumed and reburied are Eva Peron, Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Zachary Taylor, Christopher Columbus, Oliver Cromwell, Lee Harvey Oswald, Simon Bolivar,
Orlando’s sculptor carved on his mother’s door
Daniel Boone, Santa Claus (Saint Nicholas) and many more.
APPEAL FUND NEEDED
We need an appeal fund, if need be, and the money realized from his royalties coupled with all his friends , fans and family members of the late Orlando Owoh should endeavor give him last respect and honor and bring his bones down to Ifon, his hometown and be reburied. It is then we will be proud of having a son from Ifon who took us beyond the native town.
Here was a man who has over 70 albums to his credit.Let us appeal to his childhood friends , Die The Matter, HRH Apata, and some of his friends to come together and if need be launch an appeal fund and exhume Orlando’s remains and take it back home.
BoN with Orlando’s mother
If the late African Kennery were here today he would have recorded many albums. He would have sang on religion, politics, killings by Boko Haram and Corruption. The great musician would have sang about elections, against Cultism, inflation, increment of school fees and workers’ hardship.
Yes! if Orlando were here today he would have used his songs to fight social injustice and social ills in the society.He was a multi -talented musician, poet, composer ,guitarist and folklorist.
But the High-life musician is not here. The African Kennery joined his ancestors 10 years ago .The Ganja preacher has gone to the land of no return. His remains were buried at his Lagos residence. May his soul rest in peace.
For him truth was his watchword, he would boldly tell you he smoked Indian hemp and so what? .He was a friend of the masses. He was humble to a fault.
Apart from the late Orlando and Fela Anikulapo Kuti who publicly smoked ganja no musician in Nigeria ever confessed smoking it. Infact, he is ranked among likes of Bob Marley , Peter Tosh and Fela. He preached the gospel of ganja .In one of his elpees he sings that the Police and other law makers smoke the weed.If he were here he would have waxed another record for its legalization. He was gifted. He was the voice of the masses, voice for the Voiceless and he truly identified himself with them.
NEED ORLANDO’S MUSEUM
Bob Marley died at the age of 36 in 1981, today there is a museum where all his personal effects and his history are being kept for viewing . It is now a tourist center.While many Parks and other things are named after him.
There is James Brown’s museum, there is Michael Jackson’s museum.We need Orlando Owoh’s museum. Infact there is no book yet written about Orlando , although I met a man five years ago in Ogbomoso who is a die-hard fan of Orlando compiling information on the late Musician.Up till now no book known to me that had been published about him.
And the question is “when can we have this type of Musician again? .”
A man whose wife nags him always last week played IYAWO OLELE for her but when his wife knew he was indirectly referring to him, she changed the CD and played KO SEE MA NI (Woman is indispensable). They looked at each other and stopped their quarrel.
The reason why people are migrating is because of ITAN OWO (THE STORY OF MONEY ). Oh my God how do we call it when Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller Killer, Michael Jackson , James Brown, Haruna Ishola, Ogunde Hubert,Baba Sala, Orlando Owoh are gone? BELERE BA LO NILE YI, no music again for ASOTITO AYE have all gone . ADAJO ERE but the Musicians are nowhere to be found to play for us.
A young boy whose boss accused him of stealing his money played MA WO MI RORO, to stop suspecting him. For the past one week till the end of this year it is THANKSGIVING for God has spared our lives .
If you smoke GANJA [I] and arrested by the law enforcement agent just tell them that the Police, Judges smoke it while in some states in America GANJA [II] has been legalized.
For those who are away from home they should console themselves and play the track ERO KI YEYE MI for their mother. Above all don’t underrate your siblings because OMIYE LALA.
Are you oppressed by one stupid rich man?, then sing the song LOGBA LOGBA for him, and he would calm his frayed nerves but don’t forget to , remind him that AYE NYI, while we would continue to pray until when OLORUN OBA DA WA LOHUN then we will sing MODUPE , infact ORO MI JU OPE LO.
Whenever I remember THE LATE DELE GIWA I used to tell others that OMO BERU AIYE -AIYE LE .I also advise that MA SIKA, because of the EXPERIENCE I have in life.
We shall soon sing ORIN TUNTUN and give IBA EDUMARE in the new year because OKAN MI YIN OBA ORUN and I SAY NO to any YELLOW SISI for E GET AS E BE even though SISI SALEWA will not understand .
If your husband is angry just play ORIKI OJO for him since he is aba diye saba lori eyin and say IRE LONI for you have to say AGBA MO JUBA, to show respect for him..
The monster called APARTHEID still reigns in South Africa, but WHO NO KNOW GO KNOW as they treat us like CAIN AND ABEL.
Economy is biting hard no wonder our ladies have become MONEY FOR HAND BACK FOR GROUND that is why we need to ask the State Governments who claim they cannot pay 30k minimum wage that WHICH IS WHICH?
The only way to reach your friends here and outside is to send a text MESSAGE.
Last week I saw a KANGAROO in the Zoo at St. Louis
When you look up you see how be OSUPA RORO, Everyday we say , O BABY,to our ladies wanting to make her happy . I SAY NO to satan .When you remember your mum sing this song with message ERO KI YEYE MI. Are you in America, UK or other foreign country , remember that AJO KO LE DUN, so East , West, South or North home is the best.
With the current political topsy turvy and hullabaloo we still have hope and we should believe that NIGERIA A DARA.It is good you have made it and no enemy can attack you so sing AJANAKU DARABA. During the Muslim festival they kill Eran Ileya and in four months time is EASTER SPECIAL for the Christians when we will be celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ .
In two weeks time they will soon be selling KNOCK OUT to herald Christmas and not now for AJUWA YEYE. Please remember that LAIKU EGIRI you don’t you don’t use its skin to make drum and we need to say MO DUPE always especially we OMO YORUBA for giving us good leaders like Osinbajo.
Born as Stephen Oladipupo Owomoyela in Oshogbo, his father was from Ifon and mother from Owo
Thank God Orlando left behind his children who did not want his name to die as Kunle Orlando Owoh is making waves .
Unfortunately this great musician left his aged mother behind.
Orlando’s fans should be kind enough to see that his mother is doing fine.
Born on February 14 1932 , died on November 4, 2008.
At the Palace of Alaafin of Oyo is this honourable and respected old man who has witnessed the reigns of three monarchs and whose age can not be ascertained. Some guess he should be close to 100 years which he did not dispute . He is popularly called Baba Kekere , he spoke with Taiwo Abiodun
He is called Baba Kekere possibly because of his stature .He should be about three feet tall.He wears his muslim praying cap. Call him Baba Kekere and he would reply you.He is funny and jovial as he relates with everybody without annoyance.
According to him , he has been living in the Alaafin Palace for several years, he said he once served AlaafinO ba Adeniran Adeyemi II who reigned between 1945 -1956, (the father of the current Alaafin) he also served Oba Ladigbolu who reigned between 1956-1968, and he is serving the present Alaafin Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, 1970-present ,thus he has served for 71 years and still counting.
When asked of his children, Baba Kekere said they are in the Northern area while his wife was at home at the time he was being interviewed.
INTERVIEW WITH BABA KEKERE
Baba Kekere and BoN
BoN: What is your name ?
Baba Kekere : My name is Morenikeji
BoN: Morenikeji what?
Baba Kekere: Morenikeji Laisi
BoN: What do you do at the Palace
Baba Kekere : I run errands for the King
BoN: Since when have you been in the Palace?
Baba Kekere: I have been here for a while
BoN: How many Kings have you worked for?
Baba Kekere: I have worked for three Kings
BoN: What is the name of the first one you worked with?
Baba Kekere: I have worked with the father of the current Alaafin, [Alaafin Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II] , Alaafin Ladigbolu, and the present Alaafin Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III
BoN: How old are you?
Baba Kekere: My date of birth was not recorded at the time I was born
BoN: Then you must be up to 100 years old
Baba Kekere: Yes, of course
BoN: We are informed that you are the tallest in this palace
Baba Kekere: [ laughs] Yes, I am the tallest
BoN: Where are your children?
Baba Kekere: They are in the Northern area
BoN: How many wives do you have?
Baba Kekere: I have only one wife
BoN: Where is she
Baba Kekere: She is at home
BoN: Is she taking good care of you very well or should I help you look for another one?
Baba Kekere:I don’t want another one , it’s money that I want now! [ laughter]
BoN: What did you call your name again?
Baba Kekere: Morenikeji
BoN: Thanks a lot, I am humbled
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