……. Orlando Owoh was beaten by the Police while sleeping
……Orlando was gifted
…….Story of Orlando’s seized 504 Car
……Meaning of my name ‘Orimipe’
HOW ORLANDO WAS ARRESTED FOR COCAINE
”I was there at the time of his arrest . I had just graduated from School of Aviation where I specialized in Ticketing , Reservation and Cargo Handling and it was three days after my graduation when the law enforcement officers came . They came to raid , everybody was running helter- skelter .They came from three stations : Moloney , Alagbon and Agege , and my father was sleeping when they arrived . There was noise .They arrested all of us and packed us into the living room . They went to wake up my father with severe beatings and in all honesty they did not know it was Orlando and when they put us together and then asked who is Orlando , my father showed up .They said they were sorry, and they said that that they could not identify him.
”They came for him because of the record he waxed on Dele Giwa who was brutally killed with a parcel bomb .They knew Orlando was smoking ganja and he even waxed records (Ganja 1,Ganja 2) in its praise ,everybody knew him for that . Their annoyance was that they did not disturb him smoking his ganja but he went ahead to wax a record on Dele Giwa ,that was the main reason why they came . They took him away .But as I told you people come to our house , and our house was like Fela’s house or Fela’s shrine.
‘He was arrested because of the album he waxed for Dele Giwa , he waxed the record that it was letter bomb that killed Dele Giwa which everybody knew .It is because of the case of Dele Giwa .There was a song Orlando sang , Kini ka ri ka ma gbodo soro, oro yi si mbo….oro yi si nbo wa dija …
”When these policemen saw me, saw Orlando’s wives and anti Shade (Nee Olagundoye) and they asked who she was , she told them she was the last wife of Orlando and they also asked who I was and I introduced myself too. They left anti Shade and myself and said they would leave us behind to take care of the house ….. it was a very long story”.
BUT THEY SAID THEY SAW COCAINE THERE
”Yes, they saw cocaine , but this is what happened :when everybody was running helter-skelter they saw little quantity in the front of my father’s house , but you know whoever they found it in his house is liable. Orlando smoked igbo,he smoke cigarette .It is true cocaine, heroine he did it before but then the time they came he had since stopped it.
THEN WHY WAS HE ARRESTED?
”He was arrested because of the album he waxed for Dele Giwa , he waxed the record that it was letter bomb that killed Dele Giwa which everybody knew .It was because of the case of Dele Giwa .There was a song Orlando sang , Kini ka ri ka ma gbodo soro, oro yi si mbo….oro yi si nbo wa dija ..., people were saying this is Orlando everybody said he was smoking weed.When he waxed record Babangida was the head of state then. Everybody knew that Orlando was smoking Igbo ,it was not new. Policemen come to our house to smoke igbo, soldiers used to come, Pastors do come , Judges, Lawyers used to come .My father sang the reality , not that he fabricated it .It was the reality of what happened in the world of ganja .
Kini ka ri ka ma gbodo soro,
oro yi si mbo….oro yi si nbo wa dija
”They said to him ‘we did not arrest you when you were smoking your weeds and did not fight you , now when something happened which is the secret from the government of which you should keep shut but you are saying ……..’ that was what they said, they had to do something about it, it was not because of Igbo or cocaine. Musese and all us us went to places.That night when he was arrested I went to tell to Owo to tell Mama ( Orlando’s mother ) what happened”.
Doctor before Doctor
”Policemen used to come to our house to smoke igbo, soldiers used to come, Pastors , Judges and Lawyers used to come .My father sang the reality , not that he fabricated it .It was the reality of what happened in the world of ganja ”
Orlando smoking his ganja
”We were in Court one day expecting Orlando to be released , but not then they said one head of state called them that instead of taking his case to court he should be taken to Tribunal , we all waited but .. then he was taken from Tribunal to Kirikiri. Usually they should have taken him to Alagbon or ..but the then head of State …… who was….. The Judge in charge then adjourned the case then that was how we were ….until God came to discharge and acquit him.”
WHAT ORLANDO TOLD ME ABOUT WOMEN
Orimipe said Orlando counseled him on marriage, he said ”My father called me one day and said ‘Orimipe , I want to give you a good advise , don’t have harem of wives and don’t have one wife .It is poverty (Osi) that makes a man to have one wife and it is a cursed person or person with bad head (Oloriburuku) that makes a man to have harem of wives. Don’t have harem of wives and don’t have one wife’, he counseled me . I went to ask my mother the meaning of what he said .My mother defended the philosophy and said that it is poverty that makes a man to have one wife while a man with many wives is cursed.
”Then my journey in life landed me into it .I did not marry when I was in Nigeria and when I came to Chicago , here in America I married a lady here. The lady gave me a child , he is my carbon copy . Later in life we quarreled and we parted and I remarried. One day Orlando’s words came into my mind . Today I cannot say that I have one wife ,no, because two women had children for me .And I did not have harem of wives as he strongly advised me against it .So I am in the middle as he wanted me to be in the middle” .
Taiwo Abiodun during an interview with the late Musician’s mother
MEANING OF MY NAME ‘ORIMIPE’
Asked to tell the meaning of his middle name, Orimipe, the man burst into laughter and asked this reporter to pronounce the name again, ‘Orimipe’ . He then said ”A pe mora eni la npe temidire ( You attribute good things to yourself). My father said ‘whose head is not correct?, who would say his own head is not correct?’. He said when I was born he was at the war front where they were shelling bombs, he said he was in danger zone and was bitter but when they announced my birth to him it became a mixture or combination of good and bad , Bitter and sweet, he then told them that ‘as at now my head is correct right now’ , Orimipe .That was how the name came out. Whoever knows his head is not correct should now say so”.
TROUBLES MY FATHER FACED WHEN ALIVE
Orimipe said his father , Orlando faced a lot of challenges ,”His problems were many, when I was young he told me stories. The Alagbon problem is one of them. As I knew he had gone to the hospital and cleared his system , detoxified drug from his system and was not doing it again.When they came they entered my room and searched for drug but they found nothing . It is true he had done such thing before but he had stopped, and flushed it out from his system. He was sleeping when they raided , you will remember the song he waxed ”Oju orun ni mo wa mo ngba siesta mi lo, igbaju ni won fi ji mi loju orun o, nitori gbaana”, it is true he was sleeping when they came .But when they came they rough handled everybody and were beating all, his case is like Jesus Christ among his disciples you will not know him, until he is introduced. When Orlando was with his people or among his Band members if you don’t know him you will be asking for Orlando and he will quietly leave and it could be Baba Osenepen or my brother Elvis or Baba Musese or anybody who would then ask who they are looking for and if it is an important thing we would then call Orlando.You know how they do in Nigeria.That was it then .They all came from Alagbon, Moloney, Agege, later they said they were sorry, but had beaten him to a pulp.
HOW WAS HIS SPIRIT WHEN ARRESTED
”Nobody would leave his house and stay in other places and be comfortable , West, East, North and South home is the best. His case was like the Parrot the enemies dipped its feather into the palm oil in order to be stained but the palm oil added beauty to its features and it came out more beautiful. With the Alagbon’s case God turned his case to the best. God had a purpose and wanted to keep him for a while. At last he was freed at the Supreme Court”.
I knew he had gone to the hospital and cleared his system , detoxified drug from his system and was not doing it again. When they came they entered my room and searched for drug but they found nothing . It is true he had done such thing before but he had stopped, and flushed it out from his system. He was sleeping when they raided , you will remember the song he waxed ”Oju orun ni mo wa mo ngba siesta mi lo, igbaju ni won fi ji mi loju orun o, nitori gbaana’
Orimipe with his friends singing in Chicago,USA
WHENEVER YOU REMEMBER THE MAN AT THE HELM OF AFFAIRS OF THE COUNTRY THEN HOW DO YOU FEEL
”At my age I cannot lie , I am not happy with him , though if I see him there is nothing I will do, God knows everything .He (Orlando) came out alive,he was discharged and acquitted and for the main fact that he ( the head of ….) planned such thing was not a good thing . He was called President then , he was a military man and called himself President , he did all these .Its like going into the Lion’s den and came out .Each time I remember this I feel bad, I have forgiven him ,I have forgiven him.”
OGEDENGBE/OLADIMEJI 504 CAR
Reminded about the car impounded by Orlando’s friend when he defaulted , Orimipe said ”They were all friends then ,the story is true but it is sad. Whenever something happened to him God wanted to bless him and let his glory shine . When he was bluffed about the car, Orlando went to buy that type of same Brand, color and the number of the first car was 1111 and the second one was 4111, it was a Peugeot 504 then. Baba Die The Matter was there then he also assisted my father, he knew about it.God will just raise Orlando’s glory when something happened to him . Orlando purchased the car from his friend a Car dealer and because he defaulted to pay as at the time he should , the car was seized .It was a Peugeot 504 with the registration number 1111 while he bought another new one and of same brand, colour and registered number as 4111.God has been kind to Orlando.That was when he sang ” Ogedengbe.. O gbe mi lori esin…..”
Orimipe delivering a speech in America
MY BROTHER DIED AT 52
Orimipe said he is sad when he heard the news of the death of his half- brother about two years ago. In his words , he said ”I cried when I heard the news of the death of my brother , Sunday.Her mother is my father’s wife and she is also my mother .I feel for Sunday’s mother, it is painful that her son, Sunday died .But what ought to be done should be done. Sunday was very close to me same thing with all other younger ones.They are all married and in their matrimonial homes now.
I asked a friend to help me to be doing the needful for the boy ”
Asked his best music in Orlando’s album, Orimipe sang A mbe laye , alaiye nsaye lo , ti a ba tun kuro nibe..mo ti se won ti mo le see ( crying)
MY FATHER WAS A MILLIONAIRE
”I would say he was a millionaire, my father did not believe until you have 10 million naira before he helped you .He never begged before he died . Orlando’s house was free what he would not not accept is armed robbers .He would not eat alone , you will eat from same plate ,that is what I learnt from him that is what we call a rich man and that you have millions ,that is what we call eniyan laso mi (human beings provide the body of a more protective covering than clothes ever will ).That is why the honour and dignity he had was more than money”
Asked his best music in Orlando’s album, Orimipe sang :A mbe laye , alaiye nsaye lo , ti a ba tun kuro nibe..mo ti se won ti mo le see (crying)
APPEARS IN MY DREAM
”Yes, several times ,he used to appear in my dream that is what I am saying that he should be resting , when it is time we would do the needful’
Taiwo Abiodun during an interview with the late Orlando
WHERE ARE ORLANDO’S BAND MEMBERS
”His members are still alive.I have two brothers singing at home, Daisi and Duro.I don’t know why they did not get along with them I am still trying to make effort to do that. Even if they don’t for play us again we should call them and celebrate them in remembrance of our father”.
DIE THE MATTER AND APATA
” Apart from being my father’s friends , they are those I also know as my fathers. Anywhere I was , if I got broke they would give me money .It is what they give their children they also gave me.I remember when Kabiyesi Apata insisted that I must go back to school when I was about to go my final year exam in secondary school, Apata stood up and asked what I was doing at home, and he said ‘Orlando come ‘, and he counted some money and handed over to Chief Osennepen who in turn gave me and asked me to e go back to school .These fathers assisted me . Chief Osenepen was my father’s manager and his right hand man.Anywhere u see Orlando you will see him same with Musese. We all did a lot during the Alagbon episode, he was the PRO , he did great.
”They are my fathers , I thank them very well for taking care of my granny, I pray to be able to pay them back .They all stood by my father , it is a different thing to say one is a friend when alive and dead , they are great friends of my father”.
SHADE THE LAST WIFE OF BABA, AND VERY POPULAR
”She was my father’s wife, and the respect I gave my mother is what I gave her. Now let me tell you this story ,if you have the opportunity ask if you can go to these people ask whether its true or false.
Shade ( Nee Olagundoye)
”One day I was at home with Baba Osenenpen, anti Shade who was my father’s wife , Mummy Niyi -(anti Funke ), Anti Muibat [mummy Tope ] these four people with my brother , Elvis and his wife , we were many in a room, Osenepen was asked to call me , and I came and my father was lying down , and he said ‘if anything happen to me , if I die .. , these are my wives which one would you take care of ?’. I responded ” God forbid , we will all be in this house and they will all take care of their children”.Baba Chief then praised me , but my father said what he meant was which among them will I marry ? And I said ‘ha , it is forbidden a son does not have s… relationship with his mother , eewo” .I said your wife is your wife , it cannot be my wife, that would be ……. I said no. I thought he was going to say I was stubborn and that I might send them away when he is gone, but he said and meant another thing ”
THE OJOS’ ORLANDO’S ALBUM
”There are many Ojooos, he sang their praises …that Ojo di meji sodo mi ( Ojo has now become two in my domain). His younger ones who are bearing Ojo are three , so I cannot know the real Ojo since he did not finish the name Ojo”.