Tragedy: Church building killed Damilola Coker, G.O. on the run

…….Pastor asked her to bring  her  Visa for prayer

………In Church  for spiritual incubation (abe abo)

…..Church  collapsed on her

……Was seven year-old when mother died

……Aged father on oxygen

………Church Pastor in  hiding 

On that Saturday morning  she listened to the radio jingle of  a Church called Right Hand of God Miracle Ministry which was on  air announcing miracles. Having been out of College of Education , Ikere -Ekiti for years without a job, and was planning to travel  out with her Visa  and still a Spinster and also  looking for a responsible husband at her age 31 , she then thought her solution was on sight . That was how Damilola Coker left Owo her home town on Sunday 15th of March  and went   to Akure , about 35 kilometers  searching for the Miracle Church.

When she narrated to the Overseer , Pastor Alfred Shitu  Awise of her problems , the pastor asked her to bring her Visa to church for prayer and aside this death has been lurking somewhere in her journey ready  to strike her . He convinced  Coker  to come and   spend seven days within the church premises under spiritual incubation ( abe abo) for her to avoid death.

Last property


Coker ran back home and took  her personal effects on  that Monday morning  of 16th of March   and quickly went back to the  church as the Man of God instructed. Four days later , in the  evening of Thursday , 19th March  tragedy struck as there was a   downpour  and thunderstorm. All church members ran helter-skelter while Coker too ran out of the church for safety  but before she knew what was happening the death she was trying to avoid met her  as the wall of the church building collapsed on her . She was pronounced dead at the  State  Hospital, Akure  while her remains were deposited at the State Hospital’s mortuary .That was the end of a lady who  struggled to be somebody in life as she had the whole world in her hand.

Her remains were buried at the St.Andrew’s Cathedral Cemetery , Uselu , Owo-Ondo State amidst tears as family and friends attended the burial .

Funeral Service  held at the Cemetery yesterday

.”What pained me most  is that she struggled and did not marry and had no child as she said she  did not want to be a liability on any man before going into marriage”, her sister ,Mrs. Fashola Muyibat lamented as she cried profusely during the interview.

Part of the collapsed Church building

After graduating  from Ondo State College of Education  some years ago the late Damilola searched for a job but nothing was forthcoming  until  she decided to go  into business as she did not want to be a liability on any man. She   struggled by  doing petty business to eke a living . Recently  she   secured a Visa  to  the United Kingdom to better her life . She was to pay for her air ticket when tragedy struck.

From the  dust we came  and to dust we shall return

Her younger brother ,  Dele Coker  said ” we were living together in Owo here when she told me she heard a Church’s jingle over the radio that was performing miracle and she decided to go there hoping to be spiritually strong and be closer to God.

    Her sister ,Fashola in sober reflection yesterday

Interview with Dele and her sister

She went to the said  church on Sunday the 15th of  March . She  came back and said  the Pastor   asked her  to come back  for spiritual incubation for seven days .She told me that the Pastor told her that the  Visa she had with her needed to be prayed upon for death was pursuing her everywhere  she went and this could affect her where she was going. That was the first time she would go to the church”. Coker continued  ” my sister  said the Pastor said she should come for spiritual incubation (abe Aabo) for seven days, so she left on Monday the 16th of this month  , she packed few of her things and left for the church ,she had just spent four days.   . On Thursday ( March 19) she called me in the morning to inform me that she needed airtime  on her phone of which I sent to her. Surprisingly in the evening of that day I received a call that she had an accident . I called my sister and we both went to the Church . While there the members were acting funny until I received  a call from same number that had been calling me  and the caller introduced himself as a Police officer and told us that Sister Damy had died and her remains had been deposited at the State Hospital. The officer then invited  us to the Police station. We went to Osi Police station and the police told us that there was rainstorm that destroyed the Church  building and fell on Damilola.”

Part of the collapsed Church


According to Damilola’s sister , Fashola said  ”Damilola lost her mother when she was seven  years old .Our mother died in 1997, she was seven years old then.We are from the same mother but different father . As I am talking to you now  her father is in his 90s , he is on admission  at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital , Ife now unable to talk and using oxygen to breath.This calamity is just too much” .She continued ”whenever I  asked why she has not married she would say she was praying to get a responsible husband. Now she just  passed through this world without a child”.

So Damilola is gone forever?


says …… I am afraid of the family of the deceased

…….It is natural disaster 

When the said General Overseer , Alfred Shitu Awise   was    contacted on phone , he was sobbing  and said  ”The incident  touched me to the extent that I was  downcast .I am  now down. It is a terrible thing  that we never expected but it is a natural disaster .It hit many houses  and poles here.The OSRC even came to cover  it”.

The General Overseer of the Church,Awise

On how he heard the news, he  said he was not around when the incident happened , ”it was after I  had left the Church on that fateful Thursday that it happened.They said the rain was heavy and it affected all the poles and houses. I was told  the deceased  was rushed to the  hospital to save her life .When they broke the news that the  doctor confirmed  and certified her dead we were down .They also rushed some affected  members  of other churches there. I am pleading whatever they asked me to do I will do it” .

Awise however added that he has been responsible for the burial expenses , he said ”I was  asked to buy the casket and we bought it , we  were  also asked to pay for the Ambulance and we did that too.We paid for the  vault. We paid for the report at the  Police station , we paid for the clothes  she would wear.We did all we were asked to do .Let us leave everything to God .I am not in good form , it has never happened in our church before . The rainstorm  affected over 70 buildings even in Shagari  estate which  led to many deaths”.

Pastor Awise said he was afraid to turn up to see the family and also  at the burial  for the fact that the family might be aggressive to him, he said ” I didn’t turn up because  they could be  aggressive and I don’t know how they will be feeling. When it happened  I ran to my brother’s place to stay .This is human being we are talking about .The family could be angry and deal with me .Such thing happened in some  other churches”.



However ,  the head of    the deceased’s family  Mr. Adedeji Rotimi said the church had not been fair to them at all , the old man said ” the Church  spent little money , infact the coffin  they bought was a cheap one and    we accepted  it like that but we rejected the cheap clothes they brought along to bury her .Why should  they send such cheap white clothe for her burial?. It is sad, even though the deceased was struggling , she was not that poor. The Church should have done their best .I am not happy at all. We bought a good lace material , under wears  and also stockings  to bury her .Who knows the dead could be looking at us, watching . To me the Pastor has not done enough. What stopped him from turning up?. Who will beat him?. We are not saying he killed our daughter but at the same time he is liable for if he claims natural disaster then let us look at the structure of the said Church. The church’s  building was not befitting and not strong at all.  Go and look at the ruins, too odd , very funny .Look at the woods they used as pillars. What type of country is this ? The Commissioner for environment should step in and stop all these hungry Pastors who called themselves men of God and are killing innocent church members”.

Pastor Awise said he is very sorry for what happened and had never for once had a bad record in his life , he  said ”when something happened people would say all kinds of things . I am on my knees begging the family to please forgive me ,It was a natural disaster. I know what it means to lose a soul. I am pleading ”.

He however  said the Church sent some members to attend the burial , his words ”We have the Church Committee   I want the members to go later I  would go to the family ,  I am not a trouble maker. I know it is painful”.


However ,  the head of    the deceased’s family, Adedeji  said the church had not been fair to them at all , the man said ”  I can bet you that we are going to sue the Pastor and we are contacting our lawyer . Imagine the Church  spent little money , the coffin  they bought was a cheap one and    we accepted  it like that but we rejected the cheap clothes they brought along to bury her ” Why should  they send such cheap white clothe?.  The Commissioner for environment should step in and stop all these hungry Pastors who called themselves men of God and are killing innocent church members”. He continued ”Look at what happened to a church some years ago where over hundred of people died.

Dust to dust

These Pastors would erect tent and called them Church. Here was Damy who could not hurt a fly.What a calamity.I am going to Court and I am ready to drag the case to a logical conclusion God help me.Let  both Federal and State Governments look into these structures. I am pained.”

We bought  women’s urine, some  drank human blood  in S/Desert-Oluwadayisi  Olabode



…….Human skeletons,documents and passports litter Sahara Desert

……Some Travel Agents are liars

……I spent 41days in S/Desert

…… 350 passengers sandwiched  in a Jeep

……Many died on the road

…….. I became Born Again

Pastor Oluwadayisi   Olabode who traveled  to Europe by road  through Sahara Desert   gives a graphic description of  his experience . He spoke with Taiwo Abiodun



As the man sat on the chair that day during this  interview, he was nervous as if he has not been set free from the Sahara Desert.  He started  “My name is Oluwadayisi  Olabode . I am 47 years old and I am married with children .I am now a   Pastor  and  a Counselor  .During the President Olusegun Obasanjo regime, precisely in  the month of  November , I planned to travel to Europe  by road .I was convinced that  it was easy to go  by road and would spend between one and two months on the road. I had a friend then called Emeka who introduced me to a Travel  Agent  about this   trip , and I told him I had been to Spain and  London  but deported as all my aim was to get out of Nigeria  for greener pasture”.           .


According to Olabode , he kept the  secret of his  journey  to himself and didn’t tell anybody , he said  ” I went to   ‘Oluwole’ in Lagos Island where fake documents were produced   and I  obtained a passport of South Africa  and affixed my  photograph passport.

”As a man of God and from my own personal experience , traveling abroad via wuruwuru is not the best because of my ugly experience, it is a terrible thing and unforgettable journey . I have experienced the worst. I don’t pray for my enemy to go through the pains I went through ”. He continued ”you see  these Travel Agents are terrible , they deceive clients and with   their sugarcoated mouths and the  money they would be paid  would lie to  their clients that it is one or two months’ journey. They are full of lies, deceits and tricks.They know many are desperate to leave Nigeria that is why many fell for them and become victims”, he  said ,shaking his  head.


”To start with I went to ‘Oluwole’ in Lagos Island where fake documents were being processed   and my  Travel Agent  provided the details  for   my international  passport.However, he    advised  me not to   obtain Nigerian passport  for it would not be easy to pass through as  foreigners make things difficult for Nigerians and would not  honour it. He suggested a Ghanaian or South African passport and   I obeyed  him. I  obtained  the  South African passport and   claimed  the State of Johannesburg. I  changed my name overnight and from the Yoruba name I bear  to  foreign  name and was bearing   John Martins    which was a lie . For  my mother’s name I wrote    Celine Dion .For  processing  my  International  passport  I paid between 11,000 to 12,000 naira to the Agent . We were told we would spend between two and  three months on the  road to Europe.

“We were told to be ready to travel  through the Sahara  Desert from Nigeria to Niger to Morocco and to  Libya where we would enter Europe by Boat.  I left the Nigerian border   with  185,000naira and I went along with  some women who were mostly from Edo State  were  co-travelers . We went  through  Kano  and from there to Niger. I was advised to change my Nigerian money into foreign currencies at the border  because it would get to a stage  when I would not be able to spend  my Nigerian currency . Part of the money was  changed to dollar and the rest to CFA because CFA is their currency in Niger . As I said we passed through  Kano and went to Zinda , from Zinda to Agadez in Northern Niger to … was still bearable.  We were like locust and being led like cows all in the name of going to Europe.Later  we  were led into a  vehicle with the logo of  Malboro cigarette on it  , it is the vehicle they  used to ferry us to  Agadez .


Oluwadayisi said if he had known he would  have backed out from traveling for his friend who introduced him to  the Travel  Agent eventually backed out as he could not continue with the journey . He said ” Ah, the guy Emeka went back ,he said he could not continue the journey any longer. I would have done same thing but I had had it in mind that I must travel out that was why I didn’t turn back”.


”There was a place they called  ”No Man’s Land”   because this is where you meet wicked and heartless people . Here they stripped us naked and took our money  .These strong men beat us and searched our bags,bodies and removed our money  ,no matter where you keep the money for they have known all parts of the body money is being kept., Our water were in kegs , some were with 10, 8, 5 litres.  From Agadez it was terrible. When it  got to a point I missed the Teza cosa Jeep ,  in this jeep we were about 350 passengers, we sat on one another , some would be under.  Some  Chadians were  called “Desert Cruisers” Chadians  were good  drivers and they  knew the routes in the desert  very well, it is like when one is on water , there is no direction, we paid them .We stopped along the way and covered ourselves with blanket, no trees to protect us from the sun or cold  .


Shedding  tears and shivering while narrating his ugly and nasty  experience  , Olabode said ” I am developing goose pimples as I am narrating this story . We faced  many  hurdles  on the way ; there were  accidents, human skeletons , human bones littered everywhere ,decomposed and decomposing human bodies were seen on the road . I believed many died on the way and some wild animals also killed some of the Immigrants  too. We saw International passports of many nationalities  that were  scattered allover the place and that is  evidence that the travelers  never reached their destinations. Imagine  the parents and relatives  back home thought their children or wards had traveled out expecting goodies and calls  from them not knowing they were being tortured and unsafe somewhere!. We were ‘armed’  with only gaari , kulikuli  and litres of  kegs  of water .There was  no place to cook in the Desert  for there are no trees , no stove, it’s pure desert ,  no roofing and we  had  only our   blankets to cover our bodies.

” Again, we met the bad guys  called ‘Mafia’ who were along the way. They  stripped  us   naked us and after beating us mercilessly they removed  our hidden dollars and other currencies from our anus,  from women’s private parts, from our shirt’s collar and  from our  hidden  parts of our bodiess.  They knew all the areas travelers used to keep money” .


He continued ” When we   exhausted the  water each of us carried along  and   were  thirsty and there was  no water to drink we would buy the  women’s urine for  five dollars  while the strong among us would  kill  the weaker ones and drink their blood .The strong ones among us  would  dismember those who were weak and  who  fell along the road and  couldn’t continue the journey and drink their blood. There was no way  to quench our thirst. Don’t blame them for they  did  not kill out of wickedness but they have to drink blood in place of  water to quench their thirst .While in the Sahara Desert  we were    seeing  the street  lights  of Libya afar off thinking it was  nearer and closer , it’s like looking at Abuja’s  street lights  from Lagos , yet far!..I told God that if He  rescued and saved me I would worship Him for the rest of my life . Now the God’s work  He called  me to do  of which I rejected   was being done compulsorily here in the wilderness.I prayed and fasted by force”, he said as he was sweating profusely.


When asked whether they had sex on the way but the man frowned,looked at this reporter  and said ” Sex?what are you talking about?. We were looking for how to survive. Sex? No, Nigerians didn’t do that only the Nigeriens  and  Libyans officials maltreated  our girls and had sex with them and  collected our valuables ”


The man of God said he contemplated suicide  but God didn’t allow  it to happen , he gave the reason why .” It was in this desert that  I got my calling , it all happened like this ; when our vehicle stopped in the Desert  and the passengers alighted to obey the  call of nature and ease  themselves,  I too  went  to defecate somewhere   but before  I  came back the vehicle and the passengers  had all gone leaving me behind . I shouted but nobody heard me , not even an echo.  I was left alone. I became lonely”.

He continued ”With my naked eyes I  saw strange things that are still giving me nightmares till this day.   In the desert I was the only one left ,I did  not bath for months, no water .  I would    swallow close up toothpaste I had with me   and mixed it with my  saliva    then swallowed it  like water in place of water  for my throat was dry. While in the desert you don’t know the time and date while the sun was just up  there shining You   don’t know the day of the month whether it is Wednesday or Monday. I later got to know that I had  spent 41 days in that  desert . As I was walking on the sand  the air was blowing me about . I had no energy and my clothes were heavy on me.I was left with my underwear.I saw human  carcasses on the ground. I saw  wild animals crossing both day and night. My clothes were heavy on me ,oh my God it was terrible. The sun and  moon were up there burning  seriously  that is why nothing can grow there in the desert. Here was where  I met God.


” When the Libyan  soldiers  who were on patrol saw me they didn’t believe I was  still living . No clothes on me.  I had become a skeleton, for my clothes had torn and I had only pant on me and I was like a scarecrow. These soldiers came down and prayed on the sand , scooped  it and  threw it on me to be sure if I was not harmless or a Spirit or something else .Later they carried me into their vehicle. They gave me food and water but l could neither eat nor drink. I was like a patient who had just been operated on. They  took me away and that was the period when the Libyan soldiers were injecting  the HIV /AIDS victims with lethal injection to death when  HIV/AIDS  was just  discovered in their country  and believed  Nigerians  were the ones  bringing it into their country  so they  were going about with the lethal injection to kill  their victims especially immigrants  for they didn’t want to see the Blacks. These soldiers  thought of all these yet with God’s mercy they spared me and put me in their patrol van and rescued me from here. I was later told I had spent 41days  in the Sahara  Desert. From here I was taken to their deportation camp in Libya.


The man continued his story ” When I was dropped at the deportation Camp I met thousands of people from  different nations who were also Immigrants going to Spain. From here I started learning their language .They said Tiara is a vehicle moving on the ground and Siara is an aircraft or aeroplane flying in the sky. I became their spokesman and interpreter . I used to assist them to remove dead inmates outside .A lot of people died in the deportation camp. Later they left us in the town in Libya , from there I went to Tripoli and went to pay   to cross to Malta by water. But  in Tripoli I spent two to three months , yes there was food in Tripoli  but that was not what I was there for . I worked for sometime . They seized my 100 dollar bill. I called my brother in the USA via Yahoo messenger and told him I was in Libya , he was surprised and was not happy  for going to Libya. I  asked him to send 700 dollars to me . I worked in a cyber cafe and when they found out that  I  could speak little of their language they loved me and  I worked for sometime there  .From Libya  I  decided to take  a boat to Malta…

To be continued next week

Out of 670  of us in boat  only 65 landed  Malta…..etc



I am the authentic number two wife of Orlando Owoh-Silifat


…….I  eloped with  Orlando Owoh at age 13

…….I am number Two out of Seven wives

…….My only child  died at 52

…. I can’t remarry again

  Silifat in her shop

   Madam Silifat Owomoyela’s home is austere .Her routines simple while her days very ordinary . She   had   dined and wined  with the  late popular   Juju High-life African Kennery  Maestro, Orlando Owoh  in her heydays. Infact she had a child for him. Silifat who  once lived in a commercial ganglion city  where there was hustling and bustling  has  now relocated  to a peaceful but less- economic buoyant town.

Now  a grandmother, she  maintains a low profile and daytime duties as she sells locally brewed  alcoholic drinks  and gins  struggling to eke a living and takes care of  the  only grandchild  her only  late child   left behind.

Yet with all these  brutal life experiences she does not allow memories of  pains and agony that traumatized her  take-over  her life as she buried her sorrow and wears smiling face all the time.


The woman who claimed that she  was once a dancer in the  late Musician Orlando Owoh’s Band  started ”My name is Silifat Owomoyela , I am from Owo. I got married to the late Orlando  Owoh the Musician  about  52years ago. I met Orlando  in Lagos .I was born in Mushin  in Lagos”. She continued ”You see Orlando  ”stole” me  from Lagos” .She spoke in Yoruba language  ”o ji mi gbe ni o. He is Ajinigbe ( she burst into laughter ). We were together .And we both went to Ibadan , that was when Mokola Roundabout was still called Elizabeth Road.We were together in Ibadan , about  52years ago”


The woman gave a shock to  all Orlando’s fans,  she said the late Musician used to play for his late father when alive , she said ”when I met Orlando  in Lagos , he   used to entertain   my father  during the   Muslim Id El Fitri’s festival . In fact it was Orlando who stopped me from  going to school .We both  ran away from Lagos and went  to Ibadan to live.But when  I was pregnant  we parted  and that was all .     .       

The late Sunday Owomoyela



Beating her chest and without mincing words  she boasted ”It was my late  father who  exposed Orlando to the world and made him come back to Lagos to settle  down  because he was living in Ibadan before” . Asked  the   reaction of her father when Orlando left her, she quickly responded  ”My father  did not do anything to  him when he left me”. However she spoke highly of her late  father and said her  father was popular and wealthy in his heydays ”My father was very rich then, even Emperor Pick Peter sang his praise , My father’s nickname   was  ”Is A Goal”. If a ship sinks  in the Atlantic Ocean he would find ways to clear  the goods from the ship. He was a big Merchant and   trading at Apapa Wharf then”, she told this reporter.


Asked why she has not remarried since she parted with Orlando, but the woman screamed as if marriage is a taboo ,  ”Remarry? I did not remarry , and I did not marry anybody. I have chosen not to remarry .I finally parted with Orlando 40years ago”. When pressed further on the reason why they parted, she said she could not cope with a man with harem of wives , she said ” it is difficult to survive  in a polygamous family , infact it was  Mama …(names withheld) who pushed me out  of the matrimonial home”.


Asked whether she was aware of Orlando’s  habit of smoking ganja, the woman declared  ”Yes, he was smoking ganja ,  but I don’t even drink and  I didnt’ buy ganja for  him” . She described Orlando thus ” he  was a nice and popular  man but more popular as the time went by  .Fans used to pay five naira ticket fee to watch his shows, later it came to ten naira. He used to play in Mayflower- Olorunsogo ,Lagos. He also used  to  go to Ibadan  to  play   at places like  Mokola Roundabout ,Anti Rose Hotel  , and Sabo, in Ibadan”

The late Orlando


On whether the union between her and the late Musician receive the blessing of her parents, she replied ”My mummy did not support it at initial stage  but in the end it was supported. They (my mother and the late Orlando) are  from same area in Ifon, but my paternal grandfather was from Ute , he was called Agbaminoja .My mother was  from the royal house of    Ute , but her (my mother) mother is from Ifon. My father is from Owo, and  did not support  the union , and they warned me not to go to him but  later it was approved”


The woman argued that she is number two among Orlando Owho’s seven  wives. She added that she was a dancer as she used to dance for him while on stage while dating the late Musician .In her own words she said ”I used to dance for Orlando’s band . I  was his dancer on stage in Ibadan,  he trained me . It was Orlando who  deflowered me”  .She added ” Orlando took my virginity (deflowered) . I did not know any man  before I met  him. I was at age 13 when I met him .We were together in Ibadan ,that was when he was also going out with anti Muibat, who  was older than me .It was towards the end  he married Shade. I was with Orlando at Mokola, Ibadan but anti Muibat was working at Sketch Newspaper in Ibadan. We were all in Ibadan , anti Muibat used to come to  us in Hotel in Ibadan. I was young   and innocent  then  , very young and  it was the (dis)virginity  or my first sex that I had  that  resulted to having my first and only child  (Sunday) ”.

From left :Funke, Shade and Muibat

Still on the argument whether she was the second wife, she declared  ”I did not meet any wife in his house , but I met  a  male child in the house .That child  then  is in America  today and he is the one paying  for my grandchild’s school fees.” 


But the woman is sad , as her voice changed , and  in a sad and low  tone said the  only child she had for Orlando and her   only  child, a son, Sunday Owomoyela  died  five years ago . She  added ”that was why they brought me  back home. My son, a soldier  died five years ago. He had a  set of  twins, but only one, Taiye  survived ,and he is with me here .If  you see Orlando’s grandchild don’t look for Orlando again,  the boy  is 10 years old , he could beat the  drum very well. His twin brother  Kehinde has died ,  he returned to where he came from”.


After spending many years in Lagos , Silifat  who should be in her mid 60s relocated to her family house  in Owo to continue her life. According to her , her family advised her to come back home after spending most of her lifetime in Lagos. The family members now set up  a small scale business for her where she is selling  hard drinks , and shots for her customers.”I am in my father’s house in Owo now”, she told this reporter.


During the time Orlando had problem on the drug saga , Silifat said she was not around then  but ran back to Lagos to sympathize with the late Musical icon,”I traveled to the North but  when I heard  the news on radio I rushed back home . I heard that he was arrested for cocaine and I knew he was not selling cocaine”.

On the death of Orlando ,she said  ”It  was Folashade  Lagundoye  who had my cell phone number that   called me to inform me that  Baba had died .We ( wives)  all observed  the widowhood rituals  together even two months after the outing   I was still there in his  house at Agege” . She spoke on her relationship with  the other Orlando’s wives and  said ” other wives  love me ,myself,  Auntie  Muibat , Funke  and Shade  are the remaining four wives Orlando  left behind ”

According to Silifat , seven women had children for the late Musician , and she is proud to say they all live peacefully , she  said ”we have never had any quarrel in our lives , we were very close , no rift among us”


After the last interviews with the late Orlando’s three  surviving wives viz: Caroline Muibat ( the most senior wife), Funke  (second wife)  and Folashade Lagundoye (last wife)  who are all living in their late husband’s house at Agege Lagos, a woman , Silifat  who claimed to have been the  original number two wife of Orlando’s seven wives came out to debunk the claim that  someone is number two wife and said she was number two of Orlando’s wives. Silifat  spoke with authority and boldness. She gave a graphic details of  her relationship with the late musician  dated over 50years  and said she had a child for him who was 52years old before he died five years ago.

When this reporter contacted  one of the family members of Orlando , a woman, she said  ”though Silifat  had a child for Orlando but  she was not living with Orlando, and was married   out of wedlock as the late Orlando  wedded all his wives”.

Another person, a man  who claimed to have known the late Orlando very well said Orlando was known to be a polygamist  but this woman should have been living with other wives if she was truly engaged with Orlando.But in African  Culture  the moment    a woman has a child for you she  has  become your  wife”, he added ” this woman called Silifat was one of Orlando’s dancers , and if she married Orlando out of wedlock we can say she is one of his wives” .

An old man  who is in his 80s begged for anonymity   defended Silifat and said ”one does not necessarily need to live with a husband before she is called   his wife. Remember  that Silifat once lived with Orlando  and she could have been the first wife to me but when she could not cope with  the politics in the polygamous home  she  left. Aside that she observed  all the necessary roles and rituals a wife must perform   during and after the death of Orlando . So she is number two as she said , no jupiter can change that. Is it compulsory to live with other wives in the same house?”, he queried.

The last may not have been heard about the late Kennery Musician, Orlando Owoh’s harem of wives , who knows   another woman would come out again to claim her rightful position?. Time will tell.

Àjé kó ni mí o


…… Wòòlíì so pé  Àjé ni Ì wa——Àwon omo lo so béè

……Èmi kì í se Àjé —–Ìyá f’èsì

………Ìyá  je májèlé , o si kú


Ohun tí àwon Wòòlíì  èké ndá s’ílè  láárín ebí , ará, òré ati ojúlùmò ló  pòjù  . A ni apanimáyodà ni àwon  Wòòlíì èké wònyí o jàre.  Mo tètè maa nbínú o. Ní bí mo se nkòwé yi inú mbi mi, inú mi nhó  bi ose , mo ni inú mi nru bi eni ti o nje fùkù  eran  , sèbí nwon ni eni ba nje fùkù  tiise ara orísirísi inu eran tètè maa nbinú .Mo ni sé inú mi ńru bi omi Òkun.


       Se e ri awon Wòòlíì wònyí   a bá ni w’óràn bi a kò rí dá ni ńwon. Mo ni sé awon  Wòòlíì  èké wonyi  eni a ńyegi fun ni won  o jàre.    Àni sé nse lo ye ki a so olo mo won l’órùn ki a si jù won s’inú  ògbun àìnísàlè. Mo ni ki a jù won si inú  omi gbígbóná  ti o nho yaa yaa  ki won maa kigbe ”Oroo oooo”.

      Àdúrà mi ni pe ki Olódùmarè ro òjò  eyìn iná  le won l’óri ki won jóná  ráú ráú. Ki won wo iná apáàdì ni ojó  ìkéhìn. Àni se ki won j’aporó ki won to kú . Èyin ènìyàn mi e  gbe ohùn  yin s’ókè ki e ba mi se ààmín lákoláko  ki nmáá gbo ni abúlé  BoN ti mo wa yii.


       Ó mà se o, e wo màmá ti o nà gbalaja sile yi .Èjè rèé  l’órí ibùsùn tìmù tìmù   . Èjè ree n’ílè , sùgbón o ti dúdú, eyi fihàn pe o ti le to bi wákàtí méta ti òkú yi ti wà n’ílè.  Èjè a ti pò pò mo itó .O n’yotó funfun l’énu. L’óru m’óju yio  ti jà pìtìpìtì bi ejò ágékù ki o to subú s’ílè’ . Yio ti pòkàkà ikú  .Ninú l’ohun ìfun re a ti ge wélé wélé. Béèni èdò ati kíndìnrín re a ti bàjé . Béèni awon kan so pe awon ri l’álé aná . Págà ilè nje ènìyàn.Ki l’óde? Ki ló selè?.

     Ó selè lóótó, kò si iró n’íbè. Mo f’owó sòyà  pà,pà,pà l’éèméta pé ó selè sùgbón kì  í se l’ójú mi o. E  jé ki a bo àwon omo ati ebí rè l’ásírí. Bí a se nkàwé yi , ki okàn  Wòòlíì ati àwon omo màmá yìí  máa ró kì kì kì. Háà èsè nlá  rèé o.

          OHUN Tó SELÈ ̩

   Gégébi ìwádì wa ,  ni odun bi mérin   séhìn ni ìlú ……(A kò ni dárúko rè)Màmá yiì…. ( a kò niì dárúko rè) lo ki awon omo re ni ìlú kan….. (a kò ni dárúko rè). Sugbón rírí ti won rí màmá , nse ni won bèrè si  l’ogun Àjé lee l’órí . Nwón npatewó , wón nhó yèèè, nwón nkígbe ‘ Àjé ni e, iwo ìyá  wa’.

   Kíni èrèdí rè? Nwón ní àbúrò wón tí o ti nse àìsàn l’ójó pípé ni  Wòòlíì   tabi Pasíto Ijo  won so fun won pe ìyá àwon l’o wà nídí òrò yìí.


    Léhìn ti Alàgbà Wòòlíì  X ( a fi oruko bò l’ásírí) ké l’óhùn rara pe ‘Jah Eli , Jah Makousa, Jah Jah Jahire, Jah Jakuta,Jah Jafure ,ni eemeta , ni o wa riran oba ògòlò ti o wipe ”Olúwa  wipe  Àjé ni Ìyá yin, àìsàn ti o nba àbúrò yin fíra  wá lati òdò Ìyá yin, nitori náà e lo ro ohun ti e óò se”.

Kíni àwon obìnrin yi gbó  èyí sí ? Wàhálà de! Ìbínú de! . Igbe ” Àséè Àjé  ni Ìyá  wa!” ni àwon obìnrin méjèjì yi fi b’onu. Nígbàtí o di ìròlé nwon ránsé pe ègbón won àgbà lati t’úfò yi funn. Èyí ni o mu ki won bèrè si ba Ìyá won jà n’igbàti o wa si òdò won.

Kíni won gbó béè sí? . Nse ni won ki Ìyá won m’ólè ti won nàá bi ejò àìje. Ará àdúgbò pé lé won l’órí  ibè si kún fófófó bi ojà méta. Kódà bi  abéré bó s’ílè  l’ójó náà l’óhún a ko le rii .Nwon kò tilè jé kí Ìyá sun ilé  won l’ójó náà l’óhún. Láìfa òrò gùn lo títí  òkan ninu ará àdúgbò ni o gba Ìyá won s’ílé  l’álé ojo náà. L’ójó keji Ìyá  padà si ìlú rè .



Ìròhìn fi yé  wa wípé , Lójó kéta ti wón s’ílèkùn yàrá ìyá won l’ábúlé ni won ba ri  ìyá ti o ti nà gbalaja s’ílè, ìró ìdí rè ti tú, tòbí lo kù si ìdí rè. Owó  rè òtún lo si apá àríwá , esè rè kan si lo si  ìha gúúsù.  Ìyá ti kú, Ìyá ti gan pa bi eni ti iná èlétíríkì sóókì .Won si bá  ìwé pelebe ti o ko s’ílè  pé  awon omo oun ni o  mu oun  ni àjé.

Sèbí Ìyá na lo si ilé  iwé   ofé  ti Olóògbé  Olóyè Obáfémi  Awólówò da silè ni odun 1955, ni  ori tábìlì rè ni a ti ri ìwé ti fi owó rè  ko bayi  ”Mo gbé egbòogi olóró majèle gamalin ati oògùn òta pìàpìà apeku  je nitori  àwon omo mi pè mi ni Àjé. Sèbí ti n’ba je Àjé n’go ti pa won   je ni kékeré . È̩yin omo ti mo tó d’àgbà, ti mo fi orí gba  àárù fun. L’ójó jíje l’ójó àììje .Se n’ígbà tí e d’àgbà tán ni mo wáá di Àjé. E so fun Pásítò tàbí   Wòòlíì  yin pe ó sé o. Ó dìgbà”.


Tóò ,lehin òpòlópò  àríyànjiyàn  pe ki won gbe aburo won ti ara re ko ya kuro ni abé ààbo  òdo  Wòòlíì lo si ile ìwòsàn. Ni Osíbítùù ni àyèwò èjè ti fi hàn pe arákùnrin  náà  ni àrùn ibà  typhoid.Wón ti tóju rè , ara rè si ti yá.

Sèbí aso kò bá Omóye mó , Omóye sáà ti rìnhòhò w’ojà. Ìyá ti papòdà a sì ti sinn l’ódún náà  l’óhùn. Gbogbo wa l’a sa nlo, àni sé gbogbo wa la je ikú n’ígbèsè nítorípé awáíyé má lo kò sí.Ìpàdé  sì tún di ojó àlùkìámò bi Mùsùlùmí òdodo se nso , ò di ojó àjínde ni Krìsténì nwí.

Mo sèbí eni ti o  so omo rè ni Málomó ndáa inú ara rè ndùn ni, ìgbàwo  ni Málomó   ko niilo?,ìgbàwo ni Mákú ko ni kú o jàre?

Njé ta ló pa màmá?. Sé àwon omo ni tàbí Wòòlíì tàbí májèlé ti o gbé je?

Isèlè yi selè l’óótó  ni ìlú…..Sùgbón a fi orúko bo gbogbo àwon ti òrò yi kàn l’ásírí