If Tai Solarin were alive today……..


I shall pass this world but once

  Any good thing therefore that I can do,

or any kindness that I can show to any fellow  creature,

let me do it now; let me not defer  or neglect  it ,

for I shall not pass this way again

                                 Stephen Grellet (1773-1855)

…...Tai Solarin would have protested against 
…….Corrupt leaders
……….Fake Investigative  panels
 …….. Ajegudujera politicians
……….Jaguda paali armed robber politicians
……Business Churches and  business men called Pastors etc 
   The above  quotation  of Grellet was the  favourite quote of the late Dr. Tai Solarin who died on July 27,1994.
The late Atheist, Educationist , Human Rights activist, anti Corruption Crusader and Founder of May Flower Secondary school, Ikenne  was a thorn in the flesh of the then Military dictators. He yearned for democracy. He was  physically and emotionally brutalized  by the Military regime  infact he was detained several times by the military junta for speaking out .
The late Tai Solarin did not only criticized the military on their anti people’s policies but also spoke against the way and manner Christianity was  practiced , he believed in God but was against the idle way Nigerians took the Religion thus he resulted calling himself an atheist .
Today  seeing what is happening in Churches he is proved right .Today we can see  fake Miracles performed by fake prophets. Today we can see how the so called Men of God fleeced and milked their followers in the name of religion  .Today we can see how some  of the so called Men of God use voodoo on their church members .Today we can see how some  Church leaders are  forcing their followers  to pay tithes in their poverty state and in the COVID19 condition.
If Tai Solarin were alive today he would  have criticized the Armed robbers that full the National Assembly. If Tai Solarin were alive today he would have gathered Nigerians together and protested against the jegudujera  and jaguda paali bilisi who are  armed -robber politicians  parading themselves as our representatives guarding our interest .Today  Tai Solarin is justified in the end .
If Tai Solarin were alive today …
Well he had gone but where are those who incarcerated him today?
.If Tai Solarin were alive today …….

Mama Sheila 


This story was first  published in taiwoabiodun.blogspot.com some years ago with the title ” Tai Solarin the great”. It is now republished in  memory of the late Tai Solarin

Corin during the interview

BoN with Mama Sheila 


Tai Solarin
Mayflower school without Tai Solarin
Since the death of the late activist Dr. Tai Solarin,in 1994, his family especially his wife, Sheila and daughter , Corin , the two of a kind have been keeping the legacy of the school while Sheila has not stop condemning the social ills in the society. Taiwo Abiodun was at the family house in Ikenne during the week.

…….  Babangida  caused more damage to Tai’s  health

She is a striking resemblance of her mother , not only in beauty or humility but also in her activities. Blunt, straight forward , no official place for an interview , She has no time table or appointment to be booked before any interview. She was busy attending to students and at the same time answering all questions without taking offence. Radicalism, hard work and courage flow in her veins like her father too. Call it like father like mother , this, she did not deny .

For Corin, the first child of the late activist, serving humanity is her concern. No wonder she left the luxury and where everything is affordable in the United States for a rural place, Ikenne but not choice places like the Victoria Island in Lagos or Abuja. ‘’I want to serve humanity , I want to see these children grow and we are doing it .I want to make sure this school is fully privatised before the demise of my mother and that is what can make her happy in her life time,’’ Corin told  this reporter  as she answered questions fired at him by this reporter .
. Today, she runs the Mayflower private school and said she wants the school to be fully privatized ‘’We have so far hired good and experienced teachers. We have SS1, SS2, and we are looking forward to SS3, it is a slow process because it has deteriorated over a decade. It is doable and we shall continue to do our best.’’
She described the public school as non performing ‘’ public schools are starved of funds , they are having problems of funding of a lot of infrastructures .When a school is privately and properly managed there is money for laboratory equipment, computers .The infrastructure repairs that is needed, having qualified staff , that is the main difference, the money is deployed to the right place’’,
She however said that the number of the students is now up to1800 in the hostel and the standard has also gone up as they are hoping to have SS3 class come September.
The family will find it difficult to forgive the military especially , General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida for the long detention and suffering the late Solarin was subjected to in his life time……..He  ( Tai) was tortured and lost about 50pounds in weight, when he came out (from detention).His wrist watch fell off from his wrist. He lost many of his things.He suffered many unbelievable torture.He was in a room where they[detainees] could not sleep lying down.There was no enough room for those people in jail where one would sleep and the other would sit up”
Corin praised Nigerians who are in the education sector saying ‘’ you can’t compare Nigeria’s education system with that of United States where I come from and what obtains here .But given the Nigerian circumstances I give Nigerians a kudos and a lot of praises for they are creative, very innovative and very resourceful for the very meager amount given to them.’
Corin said she came back to Nigeria few years ago to contribute her own quota to the development of the country and said it is not difficult to stay in Nigeria having left a very comfortable place for Ikenne, she said ‘’ it is not difficult for me, I am very much at home and I enjoy it. .The only area I found frustrating is that the school has not been fully privatized , which is our mother’s wish. As soon as it is completely privatized she will be very happy and I will be elated for her. I wanted it to be privatized during her life time., she is so much looking forward to seeing it.’’
On her father’s friends, the woman said most of them had died , and said she used to visit some of his father’s freedom fighters, like Prof Wole Soyinka, and added that ‘’ you know very well that mama is 87years old. Papa senior mama. So many of Daddy’s friends are late.I have in mind to go and see Professor Wole Soyinka, he has just celebrate his birthday, he’s much younger than Mama.Professor Babs Fafunwa is late , he just passed away recently , I visited his widow .Many of Papa’s contemporary are gone .’’
What of the activists , are they still playing their roles? She responded that they are there , ‘’ many of the journalists are working and many of the activists are on the net
But why is she vocal than her younger brother , Tunde? Corin replied ‘’we are two individuals and you know we women we talk a lot. We are giving the talking so that it’s the best for nation .
The woman who herself talks tough like her father said activism runs in her blood like her late father claims there is a degree of activism in her wanting to do the right thing for Nigeria and Nigerians , the activism runs in me as it does to other members of the family, she said.
At the family house , the bungalow which has changed as two sculptors are placed at the gate on two pillars which Corin said its from her own making as a lover of sculptors
She spoke about the grave of Tai Solarin of which she said will soon be turned into a meditation garden , as she insists that his late father was not materialistic and hated wasting money’’ From what I was told before Papa before he passed on was that there should be no head stone, no covering the grave, so I would like it to see it to be as a meditation garden where one could go and see and close to the grave. I don’t want to disrespect his wishes .He doesn’t want a mausoleum , he doesn’t want a big structure .Its[grave] there , its available for everyone to see.I will like it to be people friendly where people can sit and meditate.
Corin who was once an agnostic unlike her parents who are unrepentant atheist said marriage changed her belief ‘’.Papa , I think he called himself an atheist and Mama is definitely an atheist .I want to say that I am an agnostic but I married somebody who was a Catholic faith. I converted and raised my children in Catholic faith , took them to Catholic school and church and I am still or called a relapsed Catholic’’
Asked why she cannot change Mama’s position about religion , the slender woman looked at this reporter with a cheeky smile and with a voice raised , said ‘’No, because when it is time to go to heaven , mama is assured .Mama has her own way of doing things and I have nothing but infinite respect for her.I would hardly tell her my own way is right and her own way is wrong.Mama’s stand on religion is that Nigerians spend too much time going to church while the pastors took their vulnerability and …………………………,
The Solarins are still concerned about most of the publish works of their father of which they can no longer lay their hands on, she pleaded’’I am appealing to Nigerians who have any of his books or articles to help us , bring to us, I will photocopy, scan it for further reprint for Nigerians and for his library. I promise I will return them in good condition.For Mother With Love , his Biography, we have it on the internet on amazon.com which is a big US book seller.
The family will find it difficult to forgive the military especially , General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida for the long detention and suffering the late Solarin was subjected to in his life time.When asked how she felt remembering all these, she shuddered , blinked for some minutes and with cracked voice that betrayed emotion and  said’’He was tortured and lost about 50 pounds in weight, when he came out [from detention]. His wrist watch fell off from his wrist.He lost many of his things.He suffered many unbelievable torture.He was in a room where they[detainees] could not sleep lying down.There was no enough room for those people in jail where one would sleep and the other would sit up.
”And inspite all that they did not break his spirit, he continued to say what he wanted to say, continued to live the way he wanted to live.They made a dent in his physical health but mentally they did nothing to break him’’
Would she like to come through Tai Solarin again if there is reincarnation ?’’Yes, ’’she replied ‘’Of course , I wouldn’t change my father for anybody in the world’’.
‘ I am not happy with Nigerian workers’ condition’
Madam Sheila did not only lament on her husband the late Tai Solarin but also missed her pet, Rosa , a dog she kept for many years that died sometimes ago .Taiwo Abiodun was with the old woman in Ikenne

At the entrance of the bungalow are two sculptors , one erected by the right and the other on the left are the busts of the late Dr.Tai Solarin and his wife Sheila, in her eye glasses. The house that is adorned with beautiful flowers and flower pots. The building now has an iron gate painted black unlike before when there was no gate Some birds were perched on the trees were singing and others flying from one tree to the other as monkeys too were not left out hopping from one trees to another some others too were playing around the vicinity.
Taiwo Abiodun with Mama Sheila
Mama keeps parrots; one outside the house and the other in her living room as her beautiful and robust dog pet Rosa had died.
Sitting on her wooden chair, with her reading glasses and her hearing aid glued to her ear, Mama Sheila was busy reading some papers printed from the internet. The only company she has now in the house are parrots unlike before when her dog, Rosa would sit by her side. Decorated on the walls are painted artworks of hers and her late husband on the wall. The living room is jam packed with books and she has a big table where she keeps her computer. Madam Sheila now walks round the house without the aid of walking stick but cannot go far again no thanks to old age, at 87.
Despite her old age she still has good retentive memory and knows everybody that comes her way and she still teaches few students at home. However, when asked how she still manage to do all these in spite her age, she explained that she exercises her body always .’’ I have retentive memory because I don’t stay idle, I use my head. If you keep on using your head as you use your body then you will be okay .I still walk round the garden in the morning . I try to do things and keep my head, if you just sit down and do nothing you will rot’’
Reminded about her late husband and her dog She kept quiet for sometime and adjusted her body then said: ‘’You know I lost my big dog , Rosa sometime ago, it died due to old age, and it was about 13 or 14years of age. It could no longer see or hear again ,when it died it was my son that buried it. I am now old and tired of keeping dogs but now I have parrots now that keep my company, but this one does not talk for it is still small, it was Corin that brought it.The one outside the house talks’’ as she said this she took her mug and sipped her tea.
On her husband ,Tai , she is still sad that what her husband fought for are still not achieved.
Asked whether she will go to Lagos to attend the annual Tai Solarin lecture , but she said emphatically’ NO’.’’I am not going ,I don’t have the strength. You know I am getting old and the roads are bad , there is insecurity in the nation, people are hungry , no food for the poor, The education is poorly funded. I am not happy, and these are the things Tai fought for…’’as she said this , she put down her hands with all her energy’’
She spoke about the Boko Haram , and said sending soldiers to the place is not the solution , ‘’ Do they have education? Are they employed ? the government should look beyond deploying soldiers to Maiduguri’’.
Not satisfied with the welfare condition of Nigerian workers , she lamented that the state governments should be able to pay .’’don’t you know how much the House of Representatives .Deputy speaker, the speaker and other politicians are earning ?The government has promised let them fulfil their promises, she said.

Mama said , the government should not toy with the mission schools as they are planning to , ‘’ I don’t think his[Tai] good idea is taken to, you know he [Tai Solarin] said government should not run the schools, they took over the school in 1976 and now are coming back .Two years ago when we took over the junior school we rejuvenate the school but now the government want the school back, but I don’t think its going to happen. In fact some of the missionary schools are kicking about it now and may end up in court.’’.

Police harass me many times but end up laughing-Agba Oluwere

Agba Oluwere







  He  is  that  talkative and   ugly   weird   man    on stage .  Agba Oluwere is  that loquacious man  whose frightening  big eyeballs   roll  endlessly  in their  sockets   and  send shivers into   kids’ spines.  His  wide mouth  looks like  that of  a frog but   with caustic  and wagging  tongue . Looking at   his  set of teeth reminds one the  Yoruba’s proverbial  Adepele who is  ‘blessed’  with thousands of teeth. He has many voices :  baritone,alto, soprano, bass  and tenor .He  has good voices , sonorous, velvet , croaky , old man’s voice and baby’s voice, that is Agba Oluwere for you .

He is unpredictable: when  Agba Oluwere leans  his chin on his hand,drawing the strands of his beard  and rolls his eyes he looks fearful and funny  for one could not  predict what would come out from his ugly mouth . He sees everything under the sun and will not keep quiet for a moment. What of his hair? he plaited his head like a woman or Sango  the Yoruba  god of Thunder. He looks like an illiterate and an idiot  yet  when he talks  you burst into laughter and drink  from his fountain of knowledge . When he opens his mouth gbaga  you will learn from his  words of wisdom  for he is a wiseacre .When he gossips you will reason along with him as you cannot throw away the baby with  the  bath water , you will caution yourself as his words are  prophetic , warnings and full of morals . From his few words , one gleams  several important items of knowledge. His case is  like the Yoruba proverb , O so sini l’enu o bu’yo sii.

To him  life is fun ,  life is a  serious matter  ,  life is entertaining  and  life is naughty .To him life is good, bad and ugly.Life is an institution where you will never graduate.In Agba Oluwere‘s  comedy you learn from his wealth of experience .He is a traveler ,a soothsayer,a visioner,a prophet , a Pastor, a Teacher, a Doctor and a therapist  as he tells you real life stories that will benefit you!


Bako  Adekunle    Michael

But in  real  life and off  stage  he  is Bako  Adekunle   Michael . He is a Macho man. He is very   handsome and a ladies’ man . He is humility personified.  He  possessed temperament of genius, misanthropy and enthusiasm .He  is jovial, well educated, multi- talented Artiste   and well articulated . His comedy is  witty, entertaining, educative , informative and full of wisdom. If you are not cautious enough  you may end up cracking you ribs from laughter  while tears could flow from your eyes  too.

For  Kings , he is their Court jester. He forces  the rich  to  relax  by listening to  his jokes and to the Commoners , he is their comforter as he makes them laugh and  temporarily forget their sorrows.

Today his followers are in thousands. His jokes is the tonic for anemic patient ,a saviour for  lost souls  as  he preaches gospel in his own way too.

For  Kings , he is their Court jester. He forces  the rich  to  relax  by listening to  his jokes and to the Commoners , he is their comforter as he makes them laugh and  temporarily forget their sorrows.

Welcome to Bako  Adekunle  Michael’s  world.

Listen to the rest of the interview here

Welcome to the World of  the Comedian  aka Agba Oluwere. His works have gone round the globe to  United States of America,United Kingdom, Canada,  Russia, even in the Australia and Cambodia .He prays to be among number three Nigerian Comedians .

Come, are you sad?. Are you downcast? Are you betrayed by friends or messed by haters? Agba Oluwere  has the antidote, he has the medicine or therapy  to  calm your frayed nerves .He will pour cool water in your mind and lift  your spirit  once again.Watch his comedy .

Here in this video he speaks English , Yoruba and Owo dialect.



WHEN  CHIEF …..[aka BASSEY) SEND ME ON ERRANDS [listen to the video)


”My names are Bako  Adekunle  Michael. I will  be 33 years old by God’s grace in October. I am the first child of my mother .My biological  father is late. My step father is called  Liadi Akanni , he is my father and he lives in California , USA. He has been a great father and highly supportive , he is unequaled.  I love him. He is my biggest supporter in all ramifications .He is a great father .I attended Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo where I read Mass Communication and from where I obtained  my Ordinary National Diploma(OND)  in Mass Communication . My mother Ramatu Akanni is a Musician and she plays​ Owo Cultural Music. I am a Musician and also a Comedian.


Asked when he started his comedy and his response is shocking , he said ”I started my comedy in March this year , officially this year 2020”Michael said he went into  Comedy by accident , and no thanks to the lock down due to  COVID 19 pandemic , he said ”I will say it’s a gift from God”, he continued ”during the COVID pandemic,  and as an Entertainer  , there is no show .I went to my home town, ,Owo one day and I went to the market to get some stuff with my mother so when I got to the market we were told it had been locked up because of  COVID 19. When I got home I did the comedy  in my Owo dialect about the closing of the market .Ever since the  thing started booming”


”I was invited to a party by brother Nuru, and  at the party I  was  deadly  drunk and hungry.When  I managed to get home  I went straight to the kitchen and  prepared  eba  and  while I was warming the soup I heard  my neighbour’s voice saying   ‘here is the man’. That was how I was  arrested by the Police officer for intruding into another man’s apartment .The fact is that I didn’t know that  I went to another person’s apartment  since all the buildings in the estate look alike”


Asked whether these Comedies are from his personal life experiences or from other people’s  experience , but the young man  said he never used other people’s life experience to act but said ” I do research always . I stay at home and think of what to do. I would just sit and think of what could make people laugh .I don’t take it personal ”


The man who said he was a Musician from  the start said he was playing  Afro pop , ”I have my songs online and video but I am   popular   in Comedy  , the Comedy made me popular in my home town in Owo  , but the music made me popular in Nigeria like Lagos , but Owo did not get the music part of me”


On the style on his head , Agba  Oluwere said that it  is his trade mark.” That is my trademark.I don’t know what is called , any time  want to  make my hair  I would just go to the salon and ask them to do my hair for me , then they know what it should be -plaiting . On my earrings I actually wanted to do something to  make me unique , to be seen and recognized.  One should dress the way he  wants to be addressed.Some see me  as an artiste,some thought I am a footballer…..”


Agba Oluwere did not deny that he faced many challenges among them is Police embarrassment and his criticisms from his friends and family members . He said , ”I face embarrassment by the Nigerian Police, from people around me even my mother did not accept  my mode of dressing but she eventually accepted it.

”There was a day my mother called me and said ‘why would you be doing this with  mouth open when you are  a musician ?’,but I  told them that this is what I love doing .I don’t want to be scamming people. i don’t want to go to the social media and be scamming .Imagine  they went to the extent of calling me   Agba Were, Agba Odidi ,(Mad man, Foolish old man ) I  know someday they will celebrate me”



Agba Oluwere did not come out without doing his research  especially on what language to use , he said ”I started using  Owo dialect  for  I  did  a lot of research work and saw  Lasisi Elenu from Lagos , Comedians from Ikale and  Ikare .And I thought  If I  should be using English, will I  make sense? I decided to use my native language , and I thank God it is appreciated”.


Asked to shed light on his nickname, the young man laughed and said ”Agba means an elderly person , Oluwere means a talkative , thus the combination  of the two words Agba Oluwere means an elderly man that talks too much . It was Mr. Tunde Onibode  who calls me anytime I post my Comedy to Owo Kingdom platform  , he would say Agba is greeting you o , and I added Oluwere. One day I called him and told him I wanted to add the Oluwere to the Agba , he accepted it , and since then I have been putting it like that . Mr. Tunde Onibode a great Owo man gave me the name”.













Happy posthumous birthday Hubert Ogunde

Today , 10-07-2020 marks the posthumous birthday of the legend,Dr. Hubert Ogunde.  Taiwo Abiodun  writes about his museum


Poor Journalist, waiting for Soole


At exactly 7 a.m  I  stood   along  Owo/Benin express road  waiting for  a cheap transport fare  or free ride  to Ososa  along Benin -Lagos  express road. Since there was no enough money with me to travel  so  I had to go for Soole ( illegal  and unregistered vehicles). I waited for  about six   hours   while the Sun  beat a hell out of me, for I was  no longer  receiving the   Vitamin D  from the scorching sun that reared its ugly head .I was anxious to travel to Ososa  until   a commercial Bus  coming from Abuja stopped and the driver beckoned on me  . I told the driver that I was going to Ososa , we negotiated and I was allowed  in.

   When we arrived   Ore/Lagos express road   I asked one of the passengers ”Where is Ososa Village, how and what time  would I get  there today?” A passenger   yelled from the back seat  ”Please Mr. Man don’t call our town a Village.Where are you from? .Who the hell are you?.You must be  very ,very stupid . Idiot .Who are you and what business do you have there?”, he rained insults on me  . I responded ” Come Mr. Man I am from Owo , my town is popular , even it is in the Bible, it is  called the land of Honour , what do you mean?”. Another  passenger behind interjected ” Come if  the name of your town is in  the Bible  mine  is also in the Bible, we are Jebusites , for we are from Ijebu and Ijebu is in the Bible”. I thought of what to say again and I replied  ” mine is a combination of the two, I am from  Ijebu -Owo , they all burst into laughter . I won the debate.

I quickly turned the ugly scene into a joke . Although the  passengers felt offended for calling Ososa a village. I slept off . Suddenly I woke  up as one of the passengers tapped me  and told me   I had reached my destination. Lo and behold  I saw the big artwork of the man I  was looking for his Museum and  I screamed ” that is where I am going ”Hubert Ogunde’s Museum”. The passenger who insulted me earlier on  said ”There you are ,  I am going towards that place too ”.

We both alighted from the Bus and waited for okada .I opened the floor for discussion .Now I could now see how hefty he was.His teeth were  brown , his eyes were red and his voice   cracked as he spoke with me.I thanked my God that I did not fight him for he could have beaten a hell out of me.

Taiwo Abiodun slept off

During our discussion I told him I remembered that Ogunde  used to come to Owo in the 60s to 70s to stage plays.I told him how I fell in love with Culture and Tradition  .I spoke about how  esoteric  Ogunde was . I told him about his films that were never seen in  home videos , how he waged war on  the Witches in  his film like Jaiyesimi, his films and   Yoruba plays like Yoruba Ronu, Aiye,Jaiyesimi, his  plays like Towards Liberty, Nigeria, Mama Eko, Kehin Sokun,  Beggar’s Love Orisa Nla and many more.We became friends . He asked the media  I worked for and pitied the condition of  service of most Journalists and how they are badly treated.  He asked me to give him some money to buy a bottle of beer , I quickly gave him since I   needed his services and I was taking pictures of the giant artwork of the legend. I then started singing one of his  songs:

         YORUBA RONU 

Mo boju waiye o aiye samala mala,

Mo ma boju worun o , okunkun lo subole

Mo ni hee ye ,

Kini de si Yoruba o Omo araiye ,

Kini s’ele si Yoruba o Omo Oduduwa o

Yeeee yeeeeee, yeee yeeee

Awa ma se hun,oro nla mbe

Yoruba n’se ra won nitori owo, Yoruba nje ra won o l’ese nitori ipo

Won a gb’ebi f’alare, won a gb’are f’elebi

Won a p’ole ko wa ja won a tun p’oloko wa mu

Ogbon ti won gbon lo gbe won d’ele ola

Ogbon naa  lo pada wa de won mole o

Awon ti won ti ns’oga lat’ojo to ti pe

Won pada waa deni a nf’owo ti sehin o

Yo,Yo,Yo Yoruba yo yo bi ina ale

Yoruba ru ru bi omi okun

Yoruba  Baba ni Baba nse

Yooo ooo Yoruba ronu oo

Yoruba so ra won di b’oolu f’araiye gba 

Bi won ba gba won soke , won a tun gba won sisale …..


If you are driving towards Lagos /Benin express road you will see the giant artwork or painting of of the late Hubert Ogunde. Again if you are driving towards Benin /Lagos you will see another one facing your direction. The name Ogunde is synonymous with Ososa. He made the ancient town popular and known all over the world .Today is his posthumous birthday as the legend clocks 103.

The legend

Today marks his 103 posthumous birthday.Born on July 10, 1916 to the families of Jeremiah Deinbo and Eunice Owotunsan Ogunde.Ogunde died on April 4, 1990 in London.

When I saw the artwork  of Ogunde I was excited and I went to take his pictures and also mimicked him by folding my arms,  smiled  as he did but some things were missing – I  had no beads on my neck and wrists, I had no fly whisk with me and I had no loincloth wrapped  round my waist,above all  I have no gap tooth. I wish the great man were around I would have had an interview with him.

Happy posthumous birthday

Immediately I saw a commercial okada rider , I stopped him and left for the Museum.


The museum is on acres of land . It  is unique and master piece.It is the richest private  museum a man single handedly established.It has over 20,000 materials ,  infact the worth in value is unquantifiable  . Students, professors and researchers of Yoruba Culture,Arts and Historians must make it a duty to visit the place. Those who have not been here should make it compulsory to visit the beautiful and where one can see what it takes to be a good Yoruba artiste .

In his compound is Ogunde’s  giant human – size statue beating his drum depicting what he was doing while alive .Where this giant statue is erected is where the doyen of Yoruba theater man was buried. The compound is full of  sculptors, carvings and artworks in remembrance of his works .This is the house of the late Hubert Adedeji Ogunde lived and used as Film Village .For his contribution to the Nigeria theater he was  honored after his demise some years ago and was among the 100 Nigerians who positively contributed to this country .Today, the children of the late Ogunde  have converted  the house into a tourist  center by turning it into a museum where people have  been coming from all over the world to have a look of his works.

According to one of his children , Bayo Ogunde who was once interviewed by this reporter, many people have been coming to the museum to have a look at their father’s works.
Bayo during an interview with him said his father though was acting plays that are esoteric and mysterious but was not fetish and did not belong to any secret society . He said ”He was only acting mysterious stage plays  but  he was not fetish, and all was a stagecraft , my father was a dramatist, he captured what was going on in the society especially village ,the  good and bad . He knew all the Ifa incantations because his grandfather was a powerful Ifa priest and   he got it from  grandfather who was the head of oracle in Ijebuland”.

Bayo added ”All was just an act .He only used modern technology  , he got all his crew from England .He had a studio there and he used celluloid then, while everyone in Nigeria was using 16mm but he was using 35mm
Contrary to many people’s belief  that the legend could be a member of secret societies but Bayo  denied it and said ”he was never a member of Ogboni, he participated in Rosicruscian , Graile Message”. He added  ”We had a church in our compound , my father  was a member of Cherubim and   Seraphim. He was a devoted Christian ”. 

Adesewa’s statue


He described Ogunde’s days as tough as he criticized  the Colonialists. He said” In the early days he was jailed in the early 40s with Herbert Macaulay while he was agitating for freedom for Nigerians , and was  speaking out against the colonial masters then , the colonial masters were using the public as their nest, the colonialists  were not happy when my father said they should be paying more to the Nigerians .He did a  stage plays  and were called Bread and Bullet, strike and hunger and Tiger Empire , for they were paying them a penny.He was jailed because  they said he was instigating Nigerians against the colonialists.

During an interview with Mama Ibidun,one of Ogunde’s wives

Mama Ibidun who was among the living wives of Ogunde was able to say little due to her old age.This reporter met her some years ago and she  said ”I remember we used to act with Ogunde in those days.Then there were real stories,as we do research. Ogunde was a great man, he was a wonderful husband and great”, Mama was full of praise for her late husband 

Head dress

Bayo said ”All the items in  the museum  are what that he made .Do you also know that he was also a musician? He waxed many records , the fact is that everybody knew him as a dramatist not many knew he was a musician,he recorded more than 96songs .The small vinyl , and songs , and we are putting all his costumes , the items he used , we are putting them them there for the world to see”

 Adesewa’s statue

In the compound is a giant statue with names and dates, one of them is the statue of one of Ogunde’s wives who died in early 70s in an auto crash.She was going to a location, according to reports  when she was involved in an accident.

When this reporter saw the statue, he burst into tears, remembering the song Ogunde recorded in her honour;

Eni ba magbe  ba ni daro aro,

Eni ba maluko ba mi daro osun

E ba mi daro agbe to fo

E ba mi daro okunkun ti o kun

E ba mi daro ina to joni jain jain denu ara 

E ba ni daro iri ti o se omo a fin yin yin  lori oko, Adesewa

Ahh o se , a ba le sokun titi koju ro ni ,omije wa iba le kun odo

A ba le ronu , ronu  o se , agbe to ti fo ko le tun r’odo

Ekun ko le di oro to dun ni 

Ekun ko le di oorun ti o wo

Oorun to dokunkun losan gangan

O digbeere, o di gbeere

E ba  ni daro eni re to lo ., Adesewa o


On his wives, Bayo said ”He had many , and I can count four  that are still living  , Alaba Jr, Ibidun, Ayepupa, Oludayo, Aira, Oludayo wives
About his Children , Bayo said ” he had 24 children ,most of us acted in his plays but now we are all involved in different business , some are in theatre arts”, but Bayo has this to say ” but dad left his shoes as he was , none of us or Nigerian artistes  can wear his shoe”

Head dress

What we need from the Ogun state is to assist us from Ogunstate hove , I must tell u that we have not got anything from the Ogun state to assist us in the museum .As at the last budget to get the film village we would need over 100 million Naira to have a film village .I believe the gove can do it if they want to do it

”Adesewa  was not buried here  , we have  it there  because she died early.She was 40 years old  , we never expected it , she died young , there is also Owotunsan our father’s mother whose sculptor is there too.

Idowu Ogunde who is the custodian of museum said ”I am always here to attend to visitors.We have a lot of stories here .My father was a legend.I was young when 

Calabashes  (igba)

Seeing my father’s statute I feel great. He was honest If you see a hard working man you feel great .He said to me ‘do what you want to do without expecting’.
When he waxed Yoruba Ronu , he was called to play for the opposition party and Fanikayode and Akintola , but he went ahead to stage a play on how Awolowo was betrayed , in the hall they started going out one after the other .The second day these people came with a box of money but he rejected the money and did not dance to their tune”

If Ogunde were around today , he would have waxed records to correct the ills in the country especially among the Yoruba leaders.

However he could have been maltreated or … in this time of political topsy turvy . He stuck  his neck out to fight for the Nigerian masses.He did this in the 40s , according to his son ”I know he was asked to pay a fine in Jos in the 40s, they say a beggar pay a fee , he was asked to pay the fee”.


Taiwo Abiodun posed with the royal staff and beaded crowns

How are the present stage plays today? , Bayo was asked and he responded ”It’s nothing to compare with .There is nothing left now.Nobody does any rehearsal or stage plays or research , nobody does that right now .So I can’t compare them , they are incomparable”
This reporter then asked him ”Who was Hubert Ogunde ?”, hear his response ” He was a great man. Like he used to say he was God -sent . He acted his part very well and left”, Bayo said  

When I was going back home to Owo  and the driver was  on high speed as he was on 130 kilometres per hour  and I played Ogunde’s track for him:

Onimooto oooooooooo

Onimoto rora s’are o, onimoto rora ni corner yen , onimoto rora gbese le , f’eso j’aiye o onimoto,

Asure tete ko ma ni k’oja ile , beeni aringbere ko ma ni sonu sona, orere  ko …….


I wept  seeing the statue of Adesewa


I sold my car, land, bed ; my family suffered – Adeseye Olateru-Olagbegi

He speaks impeccable English .He is an Orator and  a Gospel Singer . At his age ,70, he devotes his time worshiping  God  and,   fasting  and  praying . For him, it is ‘Watch and Pray’ for he does not know  when the trumpet would sound and when  He would appear from the sky!. Although he is  hated by liars, according to him but this does not move him. But for those who love the truth he is loved by them .

Welcome to the life of  the retired Combatant Soldier who served in the Nigeria Civil War but   now  serving as a  Soldier for Christ  .He quotes  conspicuously  from the Holy Bible  making references,  without making mistake .Every Friday he  prays for  over 1,600 people at his altar..

My Father paid our School fees

This is the life of a retired Combatant Soldier- Apostle Joshua Adeseye Olateru -Olagbegi  who bears same name with  the Biblical Joshua who  led the Israelites to the promised land , Canaan  . So also he wants to lead multitudes to Christ before he departs from this sinful world.The Prince is one of the late Sir Olateru Olagbegi’s children .He is a Musician, Song Writer,  retired Soldier, Accountant and Preacher . He spoke with Taiwo Abiodun about his life and times.

Pastor Joshua Adeseye Olateru-Olagbegi

……My father had 170 children,I am number 25

……My father did not wage war on  Usho Community 

……My Grandmother was a powerful woman, died at 150

…… Why I sold my car, land, bed ; my family suffered



Through  the God’s grace I am Apostle Joshua Adeseye Olateru -Olagbegi,one of the humble children of the late King of  Owo, His Royal Highness  Sir James Titus Olateru -Olagbegi II ,the  Olowo of Owo of the blessed memory.I was born   in the palace  of  Owo on the 8th of September 1949.

I grew up in the Palace. I  started my elementary School at St.George’s Primary School , Owo. From there I went to Imade College , Owo . I was a little bit troublesome ,  a radical. As a result of  polygamous intrigues  I was going from one school to another  not because I was a dullard, to God’s grace I was brilliant. I was expelled from Imade College,  Owo  in 1966 when we led a riot ,(I don’t want to hide anything ) from there to Ado Grammar School.I finished my school Certificate  in 1968 at Oke’Badan High School, Ibadan , Oliyoro.




After my secondary school, you know that time my father was sent away from the throne .My father had  been dethroned  as  Olowo , so this time around I had a  love for the Military  , so I told my Dad that I would like to join  one of the Forces , either Navy  or Air force .By God’s power I was able to be enlisted into the  Nigerian Air force as at 1969 when I was 20 years old .From Lagos  I got to the Air force through one Captain Ogundadegbe , that time Air force was using Army rank ,he was a Captain, his father’s name in Owo was Chief Odogun. So I came to Lagos to be enlisted , from Lagos we were driven to Kaduna by train at Four  Battalion,  Kaduna where I was trained as a Combatant Soldier, that time the Civil war was  still going on.


As at that time I was 20 years old .  I was told that my father betrayed Chief Awolowo, even most of us thought that . We were many , my father had so many children up to 170 according to  what he said in one of his interviews in some Dailies  some years ago but we are now 117.So people complained that Action Group was inaugurated  in my father’s palace in Owo in 1952 , I was only three years at that time , I knew nothing  about that .So eventually when Chief Akintola became the Premier of Western Region . There was a big crisis between Chief Awolowo and Chief Akintola  and according to my late father , the king, he said Chief Akintola came to Owo  palace three times to beg him  to join his  political party , I have forgotten the name  of the  party .As  at that time I heard that Chief Akintola said that any king that refused to join his party would be made to earn a kobo in a year , and because of the multitude of  my father’s children  to God’s grace , my father had to give -in in order to take  care of us. But by the time the coup of 1966 came up when the  army took over through Major  Kaduna Nzeogwu we asked our Dad after  our worship in the Chapel at Owo Palace ‘Your Highness we were told that the Action Group started in Owo , why did you leave Chief Awolowo?’. So my father said because of us children that the Lord has done for him everything he wanted but had it been he did not join Chief  Akintola , he said  Chief Akintola came to my father’s palace at Owo on two occasions and prostrated for him ,and my father had to join because of his children in order to be  granted …….financially  to take care of us .My father said had he been he  refused to join Chief Akintola  and  he was made  to earn a kobo as a king , where would he get the money?. All of us are educated , there was only one king I knew that time  that refused to join  Chief Akintola and his name was Demo of Ishara .


For God’s sake ,let me tell you the truth ;as at that time  most people even the Westerners now Ogun , Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo states  were solidly behind Chief Awolowo and that time I think  Chief Awolowo’s party was  Action Group. I don’t know much .But what really happened was that some people went to the houses of the supporters of Chief Akintola to set them  ablaze in Uso and Owo , eventually they went to the police station to report and by the time the policemen were invited back to Owo the people of Owo and Uso  attacked the policemen, they went back to their station to  report and were given the power to fire back, that was what I heard, the truth I don’t know .  as a man  of God, right now.

The late Olowo of Owo Sir Olateru Olagbegi and Apostle


May God bless you, I heard the story as well as  you did .What type of scholarship? My father did not …I don’t know about my three brothers ,the  late Oba Of Owo  Oba Folagbade ,  Professor Banji  that read Town planning ,and  former Chairman of Owena Bank, Prince Yanju I know nothing about them.As for me I never went through any scholarship .I  am now 70 years old , 70 years eight months , now .My father did not get any scholarship, whether he got it that time I don’t know . I only know that my  three brothers left for  England  to study whether it was on scholarship  that I didn’t know but for me  when  I was in the secondary school my father used to give me check  because I  was the oldest among my brothers that were schooling with me together .My Daddy would address the check  ‘ to your Principal’that is all I know about my Dad.

You know as an  Owo indigene  too I was told the story that no king has ever come up in Owo without rebellion- that is their business”


What I was told  was  that the Ogunoyes, the Ajikes, the Olateru Olagbegis are from the same lineage but for the fact that people are interested in  ……this is where the bitterness came up .Chief Ajasin was the  first principal of Imade College,  Owo. it was my Dad that introduced Chief Ajasin to Chief Awolowo and Chief Awolowo being the leader of the then Western region all these people were faithful to Chief Awolowo  during the time  he was in prison, and  eventually by the time he came back ,  he toured all the then Western Region and when he got to Owo my mother said he promised that every rubbish in Owo will be swept off  and a new carpet will be laid down – that is  all I heard. As at  that time people  were urging that  my father should leave the throne.


”The truth is that  Jumoke  the lawyer …..I  think she is the third  child of Chief Ajasin, she was kind to me . When the Lord punished me, the Lord gave me instruction to become a full Minister of God after I was told to leave my former Church (I don’t want to mention any Church) of which I  will not mention its name. I had trouble with them , they hated me  for telling the truth,so  that time the Lord  gave me instruction ‘go and   and preach the gospel’ and  I said ‘no I can’t preach your  gospel’.God be  my witness, I sold my car , sold my land ;  my wife suffered with me, my children suffered with me. But right now I am in my own  bungalow at Ayobo here. So it was  Lawyer Jumoke   Anifowose  who assisted me when  I  went to her  she gave me a car  and a driver to drive me round   when I was looking for a house to rent   ….we are friends , we are friends. She is a very nice woman .She is good to me .We are still communicating , we spoke on phone sometimes ago.”

Apostle with his lovely wife


My father was dethroned and deported to Okitipupa  rest house , we always go there to visit him most  especially for our school fees and my mother Olori was one of the Oloris that was with my Dad then  at that time , so we were communicating with my Dad . After he was released from exile he came back to Ibadan  where we used to visit Baba and  then in Owo my father  had some houses where all the wives were residents  and the children were all staying with their   mummies and them , my father had another upstairs that harbored boys , most of us  that were young as at that time. So I was visiting my Dad. When he  was exiled in Okitipupa, from  there to Ibadan , from there back  to Owo rest house at Owo towards Ikare road , that was where I used to meet my Dad until he was reinstated back to the throne”


Left for me I must tell you something, I am not saying this to ridicule my family, I am grateful to my God and also to my grandmother  who was a Muslim ,  she fought tooth and nail to save my life , because in the polygamous houses……  so the moment you are born they know who to become the king ,so  eventually it is not a big deal because my grandmother was going from one  herbalist to another to save my life ,because she was  Princess from Ipele and also a Sango Priestess.During the days of my grandmother , my grandmother  would wake up early in the morning , she would  face the East and  would tell God saying ‘ Orisa Oke , heavenly God I didn’t offend anybody’s child if I try it destroy me  , if anybody tries to destroy my  children I will destroy him by thunder , Sango-that is what I used to hear from Mama, she lived  for a period  of  150years. So there was no difference .


According to what he wrote in the paper during his lifetime


The  truth is that we know each other by facial appearances even when my late  father  whenever  he saw anyone of us he would ask you ‘what is the name of your mummy?’ because my father had 42 wives,’What is the name of your mummy? ki loruko Iya re?’ So you would tell him the name of your mummy , eventually we were so peculiar to one another .


My Daddy gave us instruction because when you get to the palace of Owo today  you will see a Chapel there  that was built by my father and when my senior brother Folagbade who died last year February ,while he was on the throne he gave the Chapel to Redeem Church because he was a member of  Redeem. In those days  when we were in the palace on  holidays  we always attend the Palace Chapel, where my father would serve as a Pastor , after that we would all go and greet him before we return  to our mothers’ houses and then to our  quarters so  our father told us that his father’s name was ‘Olagbegi’ , his own name was ‘Olateru’ and we should combine the name  together  as a compound name that where ever we go in order to differentiate  us from other Princess in the town , that is where we came  by it. We came  about that name – Olateru Olagbegi ,my father’s  real name is James Titus Olateru, then his father’s  name was Olagbegi ,but  after the  directive and  instruction  given to  us by our late father , we all started bearing Olateru Olagbegi , when you  hear that even my children who are all graduates   are also   bearing Olateru Olagbegi,by the time you hear Olateru Olagbegi  you know the lineage.



READ ; How I was almost killed by thunder-lightening  last year, My Biafran War experience,Instruction from God ,Why I don’t go to Owo , How I became an Apostle, My grandfather etc