We cannot remarry again- Funke Owomoyela

 

        She is in  second position  among  the three surviving wives of the late musician, Dr. Orlando Owoh.  A well-educated woman who  was a  secondary school teacher in Ekiti -State when Orlando met her. She  is sound and  sharp-witted  as she  speaks impeccable English  and Yoruba languages laced with proverbs and anecdotes  . Madam Funke   Owomoyela is a mother in a million and a woman a  man should be  proud of . She is a wife   who will not betray  or deny her husband even in death

………..Why we can’t remarry again

……….We don’t see Orlando’s friends  

…….Thanks to Tunde Oladunjoye 

…….We use to hear Orlando’s voice in his room

 

 The highly intelligent woman spoke  with modest and clarity. When asked to introduce herself,  she said  ”My name is Funke Owomoyela .You must have been hearing our names from the  records Orlando  Owoh waxed  where  he mentioned our names and   sang our (wives) praises “. She continued “among the surviving wives of Orlando  I am next to Muibatu and Shade is next to me” .

 WIVES ARE UNITED

Contrary to what always happen in a polygamous family and in  an African set- up  where wives  fight  one another , keep malice, spread  rumour  and  where envy and strife reign   this is not so among these three  wives the late musician left behind. These women  all live under one roof  in their husband’s house at Agege  without any quarrel .

However, when asked to tell  the secret of their unity and togetherness , the woman said ”nobody  that has the  effrontery to   break that love and mutual understanding that exist within us. Even when our  husband  was  alive  he did not  succeed in knowing the secret or breaking  the bond  .The love  was   too much, and nobody can now come  to destroy it for  us”.

MY GRANNY SUPPORTED  MY MARRIAGE

Funke tried to remember how she met Orlando  and those  who supported her in the family to marry Orlando. She  went down memory lane and narrated  how it all went ” I was a secondary school teacher   in Ekiti -State when we met. None of my family members supported our marriage  except my grandmother.  It was only my granny that supported our  union because she   loved Orlando’s music , and she said she wanted her daughter to  marry a musician so that when she dies she wanted  big and popular musicians to come and play at her funeral ceremony. Truly ,   Orlando fulfilled his promise when she died” ,she  said.

She   described the burial ceremony of her grandmother as ”one in town”, she said  ”It was a  fantastic burial. It was not only Orlando that  came  but  many great musicians  also came to play  and they supported me morally and financially ”.

ORLANDO’S MOTHER

Asked whether she sees    Orlando’s mother and her response is ”Yes, she is still alive  and she lives in Owo .We saw her when we went for the burial ceremony of Sade’s mother recently in Owo  last  February”.

ORLANDO NOT AN ORDINARY MAN

The woman who said she is always sad anytime  she  hears Orlando’s music . On how she feels when listening to Orlando’s music being played , she shouted”Ah!, they are injecting  us where it hurts , we used to hear his music especially over  the radio everyday.  Infact  they cannot do without playing his music. They would even praise him, and say his death was a fatal blow on them , they will say Iku b’ola je and that if he were alive today he would have sang more  songs .We don’t want to be remembering this. We always  cry while watching him on  VCD  and video because Orlando was not an ordinary man”.


HIS SPIRIT  STILL  IN THE HOUSE 

The spirit of  the dead don’t die according to  Yoruba belief and in African Philosophy  , Funke said Orlando’s voice is still being heard as his spirit still lives in the house . She said   ”I used to see him in my dream , even we  used hear his voice in his room and when  he  is   having his bath. Sade is the one that would miss him most because they were 24/7”.  Pressed  to speak further on the mysterious things that have been happening , she refused  and said ”No, don’t let us go there”, she pleaded. 


ORLANDO’S FRIENDS DESERTED US

The retired teacher  is visibly angry and dissapointed that   after their benefactor and confidant had gone none of his friends bothered to know how they are faring , she said ”It was when he was alive that he had friends but immediately he died he had no friends again because nobody turned up, we did not see anybody. All their empty   promises are  tissues of lies. They left us alone, even…………. ( names withheld ) who was trained in Orlando’s house in Oshogbo did not pick our calls again. So Orlando has no friends again, it was when he was alive that he had thousands of friends who milled round him and   stay glued  here”

GANJA & LEGEND 

 Ganja, known  to be his Orlando’s  favourite smoke  for spiritualism and musical  inspiration ,She confirmed that her late husband did smoke it , ”Yes, he smoked ganja  but  with sense”, she added  ”Orlando had that sense of musical and poetic fitness .His brain    cannot be compared with  those  with Cambridge Certificates . Orlando was a genius , very brilliant and was gifted . Orlando would wax three records in the studio overnight. We would stay with him and he would come to ask us whether he did very well, and we would give him positive answer . We always  went with him to the studio. He would wax three records at a  sitting  , that   cannot be accomplished   by any living  musician. No musician can beat that .Waxing    three records one night and mixing  it was no easy feat .That  is why I said he was a legend. He was not an ordinary man.We really missed him. Now we need assistance from people , may be they can respond”.

ON ORLANDO’S ROYALTIES

When the retired teacher said they  needed assistance, this reporter was forced to ask about the royalties from  Orlando’s albums  which should have  made them comfortable, but she screamed ”Royalties?, the ones he was entitled  to from the Nigeria Performing Musical Association of which  they bring every year before had stopped since!. I believe someone  must have been collecting it behind us ”, she said , and added that the painful aspect of it is that   ”at the end of  each year we would receive message that we have received royalties yet we did not see anything! .We are not novice , we are all educated”, she said with voice raised.

When asked whether  the family lodged complaints , she said ”both the PMAN  NAPCON and others who should be giving us royalties did not , someone must have been  collecting it and it is sad”. She however confessed that they had not gone to lodge complaint ,”We wanted to complain, but we were slow, we ought to have complained since”, she admitted.

NONE OF MY CHILDREN  SING

The retired teacher   said none of  her children   sings, but was quick to add  ” some  of my stepchildren  like Daisi Orlando  and  Kunle Orlando sing  while  Orimipe Orlando  who lives in  the United States of America  also sing”.

WHY WE  CAN’T  REMARRY

Since Orlando’s death none of the wives  had remarried. Asked why she has not remarried since all these years , the woman screamed ”Remarry?, none of us dare tried it.  After all what that man (Orlando) did for us? . No, nobody can remarry among us. If we are talking of any man that loves his wife , Orlando was number one, and I have not seen any second person. I have not met any man that would behave like Orlando. Nobody has a cause to remarry because he  did his best for everybody, he trained our children .We cannot remarry , Who is that person?. Ki la fe fe?. What else do we want again?”.

 WHEN ORLANDO DIED…

She recounted the last minutes of   the late Musical maestro, ,she said  ”we  ( wives) were with him at the bedside at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH)   when he gave up the ghost.  He spoke with us but you don’t  tell everything. What is still strange to us up till this moment is how the news filtered out that he had given up the ghost when nobody was informed for while he was being packed , we heard the breaking news on the television that ‘Sir Orlando Owoh is dead‘, we didn’t know how they got the news”.

On Orlando’s death , she said if death could accept money some  governors would have donated as she said   ”about four governors  struggled to make sure he live, if they can buy life they would have bought it but that is it.”

 I WILL MARRY HIM AGAIN IF ……

Reminded that  Yoruba  believes   in  reincarnation ,asked whether  she would marry Orlando again in the next world if she meets  him again , she quickly  responded  ”God’s willing , if  per chance we meet again , all of us who married him would still marry him. He was a very loving man, very caring and loving . I have not seen another man like him. We feel it”.

HE WAS ACCOMMODATING 

Funke could not but speak  on how accomodating the African Kennery was when alive, she said  ”anytime  he came back from his outing/play   his fans and others  would immediately  thronged here shouting his name and we would be begging  them to allow him to rest for sometime that he had just arrived but  Orlando himself  would peep from the window and cry out that ‘I am at home!, I am at home!!’ to our consternation” .

She continued  ”Orlando   almost turned us  to liars so  we left him alone .When his death was announced many people came to sympathise with us and some  almost killed themselves here. Some said he was the one who footed their  bills  during their  babies’  naming ceremonies , some said he gave them dollars when he came back from America while some  too said  he gave them clothes and shoes when he arrived  from America .He was very nice to everybody and  very accommodating ,he welcomed everybody and housed  and fed them  irrespective of their status”.

  OUR HOUSE WAS MECCA  NOW DESERTED

Leopard will never change its skin, that is Orlando for you , he refused to change, he was genrous  to a fault. Funke said  ”his death  is what we cannot  forget easily  , remembering him makes us feel bad and sad.  He would advise  us to allow him to do what he was doing , that is assisting everybody for he would leave one day. Later we left him alone and  we would tell whoever came that he was at home , they should go and meet him. Whenever he came back from play he would not rest, for he would  be attending   and entertaining  visitors always , no rest. As we were pounding yam in the kitchen, we would also be smoothing amala.He would say ‘ pounded yam for six people , amala for four people , eba for eight people’  , our house would be full like a market place but since he had  died we did not see anybody!.There is no  human being again [no person again).Ko seeyan mo!

ANY OTHER WORDS AGAIN?

Funke gave this advise ”Please do whatever you can do to assist people , it is what one did that he  would be remembered  for .You cannot clothe yourself  in  another person’s character .Whatever God sent you to do it , just  do it for people would talk about it and remember you for it”.

TUNDE OLADUNJOYE

The woman however exonerated one  Tunde Oladunjoye who was Orlando’s manager for a short period , she said ”Tunde Oladunjoye is from Ijebu- Remo in Ogun state, he was Orlando’s manager for a short period and when he became the Commissioner he always assist us and fulfilled his promises, he used to say ‘Orlando is my mentor, there is nothing I   would become  today that I would not give credit  to him’ ” . According to Funke, Oladunjoye is the only man that has been assisting them,  ”he is the only man that comes here to give us  money , he would come with foodstuff and other things. It is only this Tunde Oladunjoye we see, he (Orlando)  has no  friends again and that is for the wives. He even sent money to me when I was hospitalised recently” .

Behold the oldest Vendor in Akure

Pa Gabriel Ayodele Ajayi

…………Oldest Vendor in Akure

……….. His favourite song

……..Sold newspapers during Civil war

……..Honest and faithful man

As the old man got to the  Newspapers’ Distributing/ Agent’s office at Oyemekun Road, Akure    to  collect his papers for the day’s  sales ,   he firstly  glanced through all the newspapers   reading  the headlines  before he   packed his own allotted   newspapers for  sale  for the day .

      He  placed  some newspapers   on  the top bar  and others on the handlebars stem of  his Raleigh bicycle, mounted it and sat on the saddle , peddling  as he   rode  away . ”He would not return until  there is no single paper on his bike ”, one of the Vendors told this reporter on that Monday morning.

That is Pa Gabriel Ayodele  Ajayi who has been a newspaper vendor  for over 50 years.

        His dressing is unique, he wears simple but casual dress with a Bucket  Hat on his head   to  keep him away from the scorching sun. He gets to the Agent’s office as early as 6:30am.

   The old man sells for the high and the low in Akure the capital of Ondo State. He knows many streets, many big men in Akure here , and also   all the nooks and crannies here too. Speaking  with the old man proved a little bit difficult for he was in haste to go out and sell his newspapers. In addition, the man is a man of few words as  he managed to respond to this reporter’s questions  . Asked when he has been selling newspapers , he responded  ” I have been selling newspapers for over 50 years. I sold newspapers  during the Nigerian Civil War when  the war  was hot. I have lived for many years in this town   (Akure)”. Asked whether it is true that he was once a photographer , he smiled  but did not give an answer. When asked  about his family, he declined to answer. Asked the time he would come back from selling his papers, he replied  ” when I finished selling ”.

     Asked another question again, he refused to answer , as he  put on his Bucket’s Hat , he adjusted himself , pushed his bicycle , mounted it and left.

”Although his hearing is  partially impaired yet he could  understand and get what he want.  He is a disciplinarian and does not tolerate nonsense , he time conscious and   always the first vendor to come here and pick his newspapers to sale. He goes out early and closes by 3:30pm ”, said a Vendor. Baba  celebrated his 75 birthday two years ago, the Vendor added.

        One of the vendors  at the  Distribution Centre said ” this man is popular and known  all over Akure here and  he  sells to  the high and the low. I met him doing the job. I believe he has old customers and supplies to individuals”.

HIS BICYCLE & HIS HONEST LIFE 

       Looking at his  Raleigh   bicycle one would know that it has seen ages!. Chief Alade Adewale ( a one- time  Newspaper Agent )  spoke  about the  septuagenarian Vendor and his  bicycle, he  said ” Baba’s  bicycle  is over 17 years old and he  bought it brand new.  He used to collect newspapers from me. The man is a mystery . He does not cheat, if he is paid in excess by mistake he would refund the money.  Nobody knows about his family ,nobody knows his wife or kid”.

      Adewale continued  ” the old man  is also a photographer , we don’t know much about him  but all we know is that he is from Ikogosi. The   man is ever  neat, always at alert , well  kitted , well dressed  as he wears apron to show his  professionalism”.

     The old Vendor’s motto is   ” We should look  for peace not war ”. His  common saying  is “Keep Nigeria one is a task to be done ” and this is what he has been shouting when he came , another Vendor stated.

        John Kolawole said  Pa Ajayi  always tell them the stories about the   Nigeria’s Civil War , ” he  told us about  the Civil war  of 1966/67 and June 12 1993 and the 1983 Governorship crisis  of  Ondo  State where he  went out  selling his papers . He would sing  Laarin ota ibon, yiyan le mi o yan ,  (I will march on in the middle of hail of bullets ) .

     Tayo Ade a Vendor said ” Baba always sing songs of encouragement and tells us  stories of how he used to sell newspapers during the Nigerian  Civil War. He is ever neat and straightforward”

   Another Vendor said the old man plays  with everybody.  If he dies today they will call all  vendors to come and attend his burial and pay homage to him  because he is faithful to the organization , he does not miss any meeting”.

What  a hardworking, dutiful and honest Vendor!

This was the last  interview  conducted  with him.

NOTE:

The old man passed on four months ago. He has since been buried in his home town,  Ogotun-Ekiti

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They dig, they die

IJERO EKITI

They  dig , they die

For many years Ijero  in Ekiti State has been invaded by illegal miners who are  foreigners and natives while the town is on the bridge to cave in, taiwoabiodun.com investigates

see video here

Unperturbed as he exhibited unusual confidence while strolling about the huge excavation site for the proverbial goldmine. The young man, a Kano indigene simply identified as Ahmed  was ably accompanied by his able lieutenant and  labourer, Abubakar from Bauchi, who obviously was wearing a frowned  face. He took his spade and headed towards the dug tunnel.

The duo hinted this reporter that they came on a voyage in search of precious stones which are readily available in commercial quantity  in Ijero.

After waiting  for over one  hour for Abubakar to appear at the other end the long wait at the lonely and unsightly enclave appears to this reporter an endless one.

A trip to Ijero Ekiti in search of gold made these two friends left their homes to search for greener pastures

One of the residents revealed that the town city Centre is besieged  daily by  indigenes of different nationalities, name it: Togolese , Lebanese , Sudanese, Liberian, Cotonou , Senegalese, as well as Europeans who stormed the ancient town for similar reason.

However, the ecological threat caused by illegal mining activities in IJERO and its environs cannot be over emphasized even as the spiral effect on the water sourced majorly from the wells is believed to be injurious to the health of thousands of hapless IJERO residents.

ABUBAKAR -AN ILLEGAL MINER GOING UNDERGROUND IN SEARCH OF PRECIOUS STONES                                                             PHOTO:TAIWO ABIODUN

 

Unless urgent steps are taken by concerned authorities, the entire IJERO community, despite the huge deposits of rich mineral resources, may soon face the imminence of socio-  economic degradation resulting in health hazards, no thanks to mining operations giving outsiders false impression that all is well with them.

There is no doubt that the ancient town is blessed  with  mineral deposits.

According  to Mr. M. Yewande “Ijero is blessed with solid mineral resources that is next to Jos. What we have here can sustain this town if well tapped .We have chiefly among them  : limestone, gold, bauxite, copper, turmaline, cushy, feldspar ,cataract, foundry  sand, costa mica, tantalite, ruby, rubilite, sodonite, prodonite, tin, columbite, diamond , bauxite, iron and kaolin.We equally have gold which is yet untapped”.

How illegal  miners work

There are a lot of illegal miners in the land , according to a source who begged for anonymity. One of the illegal miners explained  how they get the precious stones  , “when  we sight a certain stone we would dig  that place of over 200 feet deep and this leads us again to  sight another stone ( which acts as a pointer  to where we are going) then we continue digging until we  again come across  some specific   stones which leads you ahead  that you are getting there for  they are like a compass  locating where these  precious stones are”.

Aside this , the illegal miner continued “there is a chemical  used to blast these stones , we  would fix it with wire and move away from the place , at least some feet away and connect it with the battery  then blast it  and within 20 minutes to  one hour its all over, then some stones would be exposed while water would be oozing  from the area and the next thing to do is to use pumping machine to drain the water and continue blasting the rock sighted”.

How we get the land

Another illegal miner said “We buy some portion  of land for 400 naira per day and will be checking whether we would get these precious stones  , if we get them it’s our luck and if we don’t get them we have lost our 400 Naira. However we have a group and the group is divided into seven while  each group would divide themselves and part ways and  whoever gets luck to get a place where mineral  deposits are  would call  others and then the digging starts “, the  man explained

Death on the prowl

These mining sites had recorded a lot of deaths .”In a year over 10 official deaths were reported not to talk of  those  secretly buried. Many  died when   the excavated sand  caves  – in. Many at times  illegal miners  would fall into the deep trenches dug  or    heaped sand would  fall  on many and buried them alive “, said an illegal miner.

A young man said ” when they die we would use long rope to bring the corpses out from the dug holes. A source said ” at least an average of 20 people die in this process. Last year,  I know about six people who died in the process.They tied a rope and went into the hole and tied  it on the body of the boy and brought it out.However , while they announced the few natives that died there  but we record high number of deaths  from the Hausas and foreigners  whose history are not known”. A man said his cousin  died in one of the  dug holes last year, he said ” we were at home when his friends  came to inform us that my cousin had died  while scooping  the earth.We cried and  cried and cried for he was yet to get married.

“Another incidence happened when a boy after he had finished (in the dug well ) a rope  used to bring him out cut in the process and he fell back  into the pit , he broke his neck and his back that was all.He was eventually tied again and brought out dead!.

“But when a foreigner dies they would say it is the wish of Allah and no cries while some would be buried in the ground”.

 

Native connivance

No one can be trusted as some unscrupulous natives connive with outsiders  to loot the town.The financial gains realized from these resources  is either pocketed or go into private pocket or taken away by these foreigners .

Most of the high class people one looks up to as rich men  are thieves who assist these foreigners and put them through on how  and where to get these products. In the end these so called big men would collect money and get away.

Yewande is concerned  about them , he said ” there is no development here.There is no impact that these precious stones are found here because they are carted away with the connivance of big men in our community. Many have  become sick because of the blasts of these stones. The illegal blasting has created a lot of problems here.Many developed  hearing problems , mental disturbance, fear of lead  poisoning has led to deaths of many. Madam Mary Adefebi said she had no peace and her sleep was always disrupted when she was admitted at the Specialist Hospital where blasting was done behind the hospital .” In the night I would be hearing blasts and my eardrum was always affected.A woman collapsed and died one day as a result of the blast because she was hypertensive”.

Another complainant whose house is close to the fields said ”many houses are shaking for they had dredged most of these places.One day houses would be sinking .I pray the State government should assist us in this.

Yewande said what happened in Zamfara ( as people were drinking poisoned water) will soon happen here.

The royal father who is not impressed about the environment and with frowned look said ” what we have here is pure looting , people come from Sudan, Moronvia, Togo, Cotonou  , Senegal, Europe .

Solution

Group Captain Ropo Aiyegbusi ( retired) one of the notable indigenes of the state decried the situation and said the fault comes from leaders of the community who did not cooperate with the vigilante group ,he asked ” How many have they arrested? .It is connivance , some of our people do plan with these unscrupulous elements to steal our resources. We have many foreigners  who are staying here illegally and because of our precious stones stay behind here stealing and looting ..

“How many of these people have the license to use? Do they pay to the local government what they are supposed to pay ? What of the state and the federal government ? Don’t we have law that covers mining? . I know it is not yet time for God to intervene ,People are dying silently”, he added.

An Honourable  who begs for anonymity also lamented on how some notable and influential people connive with the natives and loot their precious stones.

 

Healing power of Egungun Aje in Ijero -Ekiti

Are you looking for the fruits of the womb, seeking for job, wants healing or wants to solve your marital or any  problem?. Go to  Egungun Festival in Ijero Ekiti , submit yourselves to  flogging by the Egunguns, or Egungun Aje or Oko Egungun and you will give testimonies the following year!. It is real. taiwoabiodun.com reports

Masquerades  beating / thrashing spectators

 Ijero -Ekiti  ended their   seven days of their Ogun/Egungun festival where  people voluntarily submitted  themselves to be flogged by  Masquerades

It was exciting but painstaking .It was  fun  but a painful one. These masquerades of different ages , sizes  and status   flogged women and men , young men and ladies irrespective of  their  status and conditions  .

The Masquerades  flogged  those looking for the  fruits of the womb. They whipped   those looking for job, or having marital  problems and seeking   solutions to their problems .

 

No, the Masquerades did not use their power or  force . Those   flogged   willingly and happily submitted  themselves for flogging   , yes they  voluntarily released themselves for whipping or caning by these Masquerades. These ‘victims’  happily  received  their ”blessings” in  good faith and thanked their stars for  having the opportunity of being  flogged  as they  prayed along .

RESULTS FROM THE FLOGGINGS

Yes, the following year those flogged would  come back to tell stories of joy , give testimonies of the blessings they received from the floggings from the Masquerades.Many said they had babies, got jobs, promoted at work among others. It is real , not  a story. That is how the Ijero- Ekiti in Ekiti State celebrate  their Egungun festival annually .

 

 Ajero of Ijero

Watching the  over 500 Masquerades  comprising the young  and middle- aged ones as they all trooped out in their number with their long canes. They were all ‘dressed’ in their palm-fronds and covered their faces with different types of well -carved wooden masks. It  was interesting .

On that day they   shook the town to its foundation as they were  everywhere , they danced round the town with their canes .They  ran  around like a spirit-possessed man,they  pursued their  spectators and  visitors     while the the metals on their ankles would be making sound .At a time they all gathered and said  loud prayers in their native language .This has become an annual ritual as individuals pray for the town.
For Ijero Ekiti, the Ogun/ Egungun festival  lasted for seven days  as the   townsmen or natives  irrespective of their religious  belief went into frenzy in their wild jubilation believing their  ancestors  have come from the world beyond to deliver them  and solve their problems . Visitors, natives from far and near were present to witness the historic festival which   had been in practice for over 1,000years.
   According to Joshua Oyewande  Olukolade , one of the community leaders  ” the festival lasts for seven days and it has been on for over 1,000 years.It brings the sons and daughters of the town together , people  come from United Kingdom ,  United States of America and from far and near to watch and especially for prayer which is efficacious .Now I came with some of my friends from Enugu to witness this historic festival”.

 

 

 Abiodun, Femi and Oyewande watching the activities

EGUNGUNS ARE OUR ANCESTORS FROM HEAVEN
Narrating how it started, the town’s monarch and head of the community Oba Joseph Adebayo Adewole the Ajero of Ijero stated ”This festival is called Ogun/ Egungun festival, we spent two weeks in preparation for it for the farmers would be at home to observe Ogun for they use Ogun’s implements like cutlass, hoes, and iron materials in their farm .That is why the Ijero sons and and daughters would come home  to celebrate and another means of  re-union of families. And our new calendar year starts when we ends the Ogun festival. Some communities only worshiped masquerades whereas we do  worship both Ogun and Masquerades together and it is only Ijero that observes that in Yoruba land!”, the monarch boasted .
On the Egungun festival the monarch said “For the Egungun festival we believed our forefathers came from heaven to stay with us for seven days and after the seven days they go back to heaven where they came from. And when sending them off all sons and daughters, visitors and friends would raise their voices to high heavens and  pray, ask for whatever they want   and for the progress of the town.The significance is to celebrate our ancestors and assess ourselves, improve on ourselves and move forward.”

 

Abiodun during the interview

EGUNGUN AJE OR AKO EGUNGUN
Among over 500  masquerades is the most powerful one called ‘ Egungun Aje , or Ako Egungun  which is known to be very powerful and highly efficacious in prayer .According to the custodian of the Egungun Aje ,High Chief Samuel Obafemi the Aasan of Ijero  of Ijero Ekiti, ” I am the custodian of Ako Egungun  also known as Egungun  Aje , and in Yorubaland  it is only  the Ijeros that  have  this type of masquerade which is in Ijero Ekiti here .It has been existence  for over 1,000 years and ordinary person cannot wear it , whoever wears it has to be from the family of Egungun Aje or Ako Egungun and must be initiated into it .The Aje Masquerade (Ako Egungun) has and  holds a long spiritual cane he uses to cane people to receive  blessing”. According to Obafemi  , it is a blessing if one is caned by the Egungun for  it is believed the cane  has  both physical and spiritual healing thus many begged him to be flogged by Ako Egungun“.

Custodian of Egungun Aje

Corroborating Obafemi,  Oyewande said ” Yes ,it is true  , we call the cane Esisan and is being used , and the people holding them are families of Asosanyin .It is the biggest  masquerade and his cane is believed to be effective for any blessing so people even begged him to cane them.There is no bitterness in flogging people with it rather they offered themselves to be caned .It is believed that when one is caned by Egungun Aje this year  he would be praying to be caned next year .If it is a woman looking for the fruits  of the womb and she is being whipped by the masquerade that means her prayers has been answered for she would bring her baby next year , many can testify to this, go and do the research  ” , he boasted .

 

HOW EGUNGUN AJE CAME TO BE
On how Egungun Aje came to be , the monarch explained ”in the days of yore when children were falling sick and  were dying our forefathers brought Egungun Aje out to come and rescue the town and it cured people and released  them from bondage. So those who  fell sick were healed while progress came to the town  and it waded off calamity from the land.That is why we have been celebrating and worshiping Egungun Aje , we also called it Ako Egungun ( husband of all the Egunguns ).
On that evening the arrival of Egungun Aje charged everywhere as there was huge cries of happiness of his arrival while many ran to him to be whipped with his cane. Many begged him to cane him. A young man , Yemi Olutayo said he offered himself to be caned to receive his ( Aje Egungun) blessing .” I am glad for having the opportunity to cane me , it is a physical and spiritual blessing .I know he has answered my prayers  and my life cannot be the same again as things will improve for me next year”.

VIP women in the town at the festival

Princess Iya Seyi ( aka Iya Sewooo) said ” I struggled to get to where Egungun Aje is but  the crowd was too much , but I have prayed with his name to let me grow old and let my business flourish “

 

They all waited patiently till 8pm for the arrival of Egungun Aje or Ako Egungun to remove his mask.They raised their voices and prayed .And immediately the Egungun Aje removed his mask, they all jubilated believing their prayers had been answered.

As if they were congregation in the church the over 20,000 people who thronged the place raised up their voices and started praying in the name of Egungun Aje , to the surprise of this reporter .
Dr.Femi  Ayo Ajai , who came from Aramoko Ekiti said ” it is a belief and I must confess to you all their prayers had been answered .That is why people come all the way from America, London and all places to receive blessings from Egungun Aje .I have never for once missed this festival ,It is interesting and adventurous”.
At 8 o’clock in the evening  ( Sunday ) over 20,000  spectators including the monarchs from the neighboring towns and  chiefs  waited to receive prayers from Egungun  Aje  and everywhere went wild .Prayers were offered and immediately the  Egungun Aje removed the wooden mask  from his face to be seen , it was all over .And while many dispersed others were glued to where they were standing, praying!.

Who knows Egungun Aje might answer your prayers , so make sure you do  not only witness the Festival next time but also allow the Masquerades to flog you and be free from your bondage.

 

 

I make 30k per day-Beggar

 

Danjuma and Musa

How much do you earn per month? Are you on Federal or State  Level 14 or 15 ? . Does your pay check up to this beggar’s pay check? .Okay , this beggar claims he makes 30,000naira per day after a  hectic day’s job from his begging .

Now let us  multiply 30,000 naira by 30 days , and this would make 900,000 naira in a month. But again let us subtract Saturdays and Sundays (the biggest two days when Muslims and Christians give more to beggars)  as their resting days , thus making 20days , then 30,000 naira multiplied by 20 is equal to 600,000 naira  per month.

NOW THE STORY

Beggar

 

It was a sunny afternoon in Abule -Iroko, Ogun State  when these two young boys were sighted.  The older one was pushing the younger one on a wheel chair.As they were on their business trip  they were also laughing and cracking jokes along in their Hausa language.

When approached for interview they did not hesitate to answer.

Asked their names the older one said ” My name is Danjuma Shuaib, we both came from Kano. This is my brother , he is Musa.”

Asked where they came from and the two chorused ”Kano”.

On how much they make on a daily basis  , they both calculated and said ”we  make 30,000 naira in a day” .

On their marital status , Danjuma said he has two kids while Musa too claims he also  has  two  kids all in Kano, as he used his fingers to describe the number of his kids.

”What of yayamata? ”(wife), they both said they left them in Kano.

The two co-beggars claimed they have houses in Kano  and had been living in Alagbado area of Lagos/Ogun State for sometime.

However, watch this video and  listen to  the conversation between this reporter and and the beggars.

HOW TO START THE BUSINESS

On what it takes to be a beggar, just buy a wheel chair, then look for someone to push you around for a fee, that is all. Before you say Jack Robinson you have have made a fortune .After all it pays to be a Beggar

 

 

 

KURUNMI OF IJAIYE:Where was he buried?

 

Salami showing  Kurunmi’s  masquerade’s regalia to Abiodun

………Three slaves were killed and used as pillow and bed to bury Kurunmi

……The Osse river was parted into two and Kurunmi was buried inside the river

……..Where Ijaiye war was fought did not grow grass till today

…….Those who stole Kurunmi’s Masquerade regalia became blind and confused

Kunrunmi was a Generalissimo in Ijaiye , who waged war and  fought Bashorun Ogunmola of Ibadan. Controversy trails over  the nature of his death and burial. And up till the moment of writing this story , there is no evidence of his tomb anywhere

KURUNMI BURIED IN OSSE RIVER?

Pa Adio  who is a native of Ijaiye and  cannot be less than  100 years of age gave a heavy sigh as he narrated the story his grandfather told  him , he said  ”Aare  Kunrunmi  died in his house after the war between Ijaiye and Ibadan,  and was buried  in  the  Osse river”. This reporter asked how could a man be buried inside a river or water , and he started the story  “As the custom was in those days while  burying a king, slaves who would run  errands for him and who will  accompanied him in his journey would be  killed  and buried along with him , so three slaves were buried  along with the Are Kunrunmi  .The people, his soldiers  used  their spiritual power to stop the flowing of the river  and buried the Generalissimo alongside with the three slaves   and after the burial the water was commanded and joined  together again!.”

 River Osse  where Kurunmi was said to have been buried

Another version narrated by  another man in the town said ”When  the Aare  was about to be buried,  three slaves were selected , while two were beheaded and used as a bed in the grave but  the third slave who could have been  used as his pillow ran for his dear life and was not  caught .The escaped slave went to inform the Ibadan people that he knew where Are   Kurunmi was buried and  Basorun  Ogunmola sent for the head to be  cut and be  brought to him to serve as a cup for drinking water   but when they got there they discovered  that the body of Kurunmi had been removed !”

While another version  said Kurunmi  out  of shame and frustration  committed suicide by plunging into river Osse  .Another said  he was killed  by enemies and buried by the Osse River  while another said  he was killed in the war  and was brought home for burial, but there is no burial ground where he was buried  up to date,  according  to  Adio .
But Alhaji  Shehu Tijani disagreed with Adio and  said “Kurunmi’s body was removed  from  the river bank  to  another  place in the town and  it was only one   female daughter  he had called Iyagbogbo  who knew  where he was buried till date!” Tijani said with confidence and total conviction .

Mystery of the River Osse and Onponrin
When this reporter got to the Osse river , it flowed heavily , and according to  Arawunmi Fatai a security officer at Ijaye High School ,who  is also a native and a  masquerader ”  The river is mysterious  till date for  many  strange things happen on the  river,  at times smoke comes up from the river , and a rainbow sign comes up while everywhere would be shaking , one’s head would get swollen thus informing us that the powerful Are Kurunmi  is still in the river”, the security officer  told this reporter.
Tijani said ” At Onponrin there are some areas where grass failed to grow this was because it was part of the spots of war .The war raged on for years and it consumed lives ! Till date grass does not grow here again “.

Tombs of Kurunmi and Bowen
To many students ,the name Kurunmi is  synonymous to Ijaiye. About  eight students interviewed by this Reporter  claimed to know the history of Kurunmi. Adams Owolabi who is an ex student of the school said the school has the tombs of the two titans ,the Kurunmi monument and Bowen’s  tomb.”We were taught in School that these two people fought war, one used the Bible while the other , Kurunmi used gun.This school, Ijaye High School was formerly named after Kurunmi until some years later when it was changed to Ijaye High school.I think the school should be called Kurunmi High School”
At the gate of the school one could see the two monuments ,but sadly enough the two are unkempt as the wordings inscribed on them   have faded ,and hardly  can one read the letters on them .
On Bowen’s monument are the following words engraved on it
“TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE REVEREND AND MRS THOMAS J. BOWEN WHO BEGAN BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOOL WORK IN IJAYE  ORILE ,NIGERIA ON JANUARY 22, 1854.
SUNDAY SCHOOL DEPARTMENT ,NIGERIAN BAPTIST CONVENTION APRIL 21, 1979

While  Kurunmi’s own reads
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND THE MEMORY OF THOSE HEROIC DEAD WHO HERE ON LAND GRANTED BY KING KURUNMI IN 1852 CREATED THE FIRST MISSION HOUSE ESTABLISHED THE FIRST CHURCH AND LAID THE FOUNDATION OF BAPTIST WORK IN NIGERIA
NIGERIAN  BAPTIST CENTENARIAN    1850-1950
According to   Fatai,   “the two monuments  show how these two powerful men came to unite in death for their monuments  were placed side by side  yet the two believed in different religions. Bowen brought Christianity and built  a church which is the first First Baptist Church  in Nigeria here  in Ijaiye while Kurunmi was  a warrior who believed in Ogun, the Yoruba  god of Iron.It is great to come here and preserve this place as a tourist centre” .

Mysterious Kurunmi’s masquerade!
The room where the  Kurunmi’s masquerade regalia was kept is dark. In fact  about  four people brought out the basket where the regalia was kept. Pa Tijani Salami who is the custodian of  Kurunmi’s masquerade spent  over 50minutes to unwrapped the regalia  as pieces   of clothes attached to  it are up to 3,000 shreds made from local fabrics to foreign ones .

Also attached with the clothes are  uncommon carved wooden  mask, monkey,and baboon’s skulls .Fear gripped this reporter as the material was unwrapped  when he requested to have a glance! .
In fact,  the man in charge  of the masquerade ,  Salami said the masquerade  was inherited by him  for  he is from Kurunmi’s lineage.His words” This is Kurunmi’s masquerade’s regalia and sword  he used during his  conquests , and I am the custodian of it .If you look at my cheeks  you will see my facial marks and that is how Kurunmi had it .One  becomes its custodian by inheritance.This material is well over 120 years  old , in fact it was there before i was born .After  the death of Kurunmi it was inherited by  one Odeyemi, then to Biobaku who was in charge , after his exit  it was handed over to Gbileomo   and again when he died   I took over  from there.One of my children will also inherit it when I am gone .It does not go to anybody anyhow , never! .The regalia  is very heavy and we offer sacrifices  like goat, chicken and other things  and  sacrifice to it all the time .We must not forget to offer sacrifice  at all .If we don’t do  it then calamity might befall this town.”,he swore .

The young man

 


He went further, ” Nobody can steal it , infact  it is on record  that it  was once stolen some years ago and I believe they wanted to sell it to those who needed artifacts but when the  robbers got to the Osse River they could not  go further again as they  were hearing sound  and voices  of human being  coming out from the regalia and they had to drop it”.


Another man who is also a masquerader , Gafari  Ege  corroborated the story and said”those who stole the regalia became blind , when they faced Ibadan they  would again faced Ijaiye , again when they faced Ijaiye they would again faced  Ibadan !.They became blind and confused .They said strange human cries was coming out from the regalia.No one steals the material and go scot free.No one steals it and live!.It is not meant to be  stolen.Those who  stole it were later caught and they died afterwards. Other masquerades run away from it , for it is powerful!”

Undeveloped town
The  natives  are not happy that the town , Ijaiye is not developed .According to Pa Tijani , “we are being used , many of these theatre artistes would come here and used these places to shoot films and would later go away smiling  to the bank but will not come here to assist in its development .Not only that ,some government officials came here few years ago and promised to come  back and assist in putting Kurunmi’s statue here  but they came here  and erected  only two poles and left .We heard nothing from  them again.Many people come  from overseas to see all these monuments  like the River Osse,  the spots of war , the mysterious palm tree that sound like the booming of gun during the war to wade off enemies , Oponrin-the spot where  they waged war and where  grass does not grow again , the Ogun Shrines of Kurunmi and many others but nobody speaks about the development of this place .Where we have the monuments of Kurunmi and Bowen’s are not properly kept .We are being forgotten and our  heroes too are forgotten .If  it is in Overseas they will appreciate what we have  here but here nobody recognizes us.We have been constructing this palace for a longtime,nobody comes here to look at our effort and assist”.
However , he said ” we appreciate people like  Senator …….Lanlehin , Yemi Aderibigbe  who are really trying for us .We need more assistance ,we don’t want our history to die.They should cooperate and build a  monument I remembrance of our hero,Kurunmi.”

Taking some shots of Osse River

Meaning of Ijaiye
Ijaiye spread all over Yorubaland , but this is Ijaiye  Orile  the hometown of Kurunmi the warrior , said   Tijani .According to Tijani ,Ijaiye means we  fought  and  survived  the war (A ja ajaye) .Tijani said  since the Ijaiye people were warriors  and always conquered  wherever  they fought and on their return  would give a public  cry that  they had survived  the war!  .This is the original source where all other Ijayes spring from. All the places known as Ijaiye today left from here to Abeokuta, Lagos,Egba among others , Tijani  boasted .
When this reporter demanded for Kurunmi’s photograph , another controversy started while some said they would look for it others laughed hysterically saying there is no picture of Kurunmi but a caricature of the late Ijaye Generalissimo can be carved to represent him.What a man of controversy!

 

Ijaiye Town

The town is small yet it has produced many great leaders , Yoruba Warriors and  great politicians .
Ijaiye  town  is about 20 kilometers to Ibadan.  The town is quiet, the people are mostly agrarian  There is no signpost to welcome visitors to the town. Most of the buildings are dilapidated . Painfully, they all agreed that they have notable people but contributed  with little to develop the town .”There is no signpost here to welcome you to  our town.This is Ijaiye town ,  the historical town of the Yoruba legendary warrior , Are Kurunmi, of which the late Professor Ola Rotimi  wrote his story  from ” , Alhaji Shehu Tijani lamented  as he welcomed this reporter to the ancient town.
To many,the story of Kurunmi and his exploits is fiction while others believe it is true  with the facts available and of course the monuments and relics of war!

Kurunmi’s house
At the frontage of  Kurunmi’s house are Ogun  and Sango shrines  while a big baobab tree is standing ‘majestically’ there like the ones in Yoruba Palaces,showing  the symbol  and authority of  a King   and   also that a Generalissimo  once  lived here.   Today  we can only  meet few of the  grandchildren of the late Warrior who died in 1861 .He did  Not have surviving direct children again .In  Kurunmi ‘s house is a small bungalow where   Pa Layiwola  Adio who is over 100 years old lives .The centenarian is  one of the grandchildren of Kurunmi  and who is among  the few   old men in  the town.The old man still  have scanty story of Kurunmi. Adio  referred  the late  warrior  as Aare  throughout the interview  to describe Kurunmi  , He said “the Are  was surrounded by many myths.My father told me how  powerful  Are was , that he was feared and respected because he was powerful with his juju!”.
Another Historian in the town lamented over the loss or disappearance of what could have been monuments and  antiques,he said   ” There were houses without windows  and these  were where those  who erred served their punishment in Kurunmi’s palace. There was one that served as the house of Ogun,a Yoruba god of iron. Another too served as  spiritual incubation where the great warrior  stayed for days communicating with  his ancestors!.In some of the rooms no man born of  a woman dare  venture to enter , some  of the rooms too are forbidden to enter by any woman  while only a lion – hearted man who was sure of himself could go in there.In  some of the rooms too one needed  to bend down  before entering ! .Today, these are no more ! “
But Aare’s  house where his family  now live is a structure of a building that is as old as the creation.There are mud  brick buildings that  have  fallen and some of the walls have caved-in.The wooden frames have weakened  while some of the windows are no more , these are some of the houses in the vicinity of Kurunmi’s house today!

His  Exploits
The late warrior was said to have invaded many towns and  conquered .He was said to have  had harem of wives and  hundreds of slaves and warriors  he led for  he was a Generalissimo with powerful juju and was powerful   .He was invading towns , and annexing them all until he tried the Ibadan town which eventually failed him .According to Pa Adio “We heard that Aare Kurunmi refused to pay homage and give royal gifts to the then Alafin of Oyo,   Adelu who succeeded his father, Atiba  .When  Adele discovered that  Aare did not support him  he then sent  a message to him to chose  whichever one that suited him  :either peace or war but Kurunmi chose  war. While all  the neighboring towns like Ede, Ibadan ,Egba pleaded with him to chose peace but  he refused  until he was defeated”, he said.
Another version said the Generallisimo   waged war with the Ibadan who were led by Basorun Ogunmola , and  he fell  in  the war.” My great father   said  when the Ibadan met the Ijaiye , the war became bloody.Then it was recorded that a  Christian Missioner  Bowen  who was the founder of  Baptist Church pleaded with Kurunmi not to wage war but to embrace peace but Kurunmi came with annoyance and brought out gunpowder and Bible  and told Bowen he would pick gunpowder since his generation was noted to be warriors while Bowen picked Holy Bible and said he was there to establish a church and preach the gospel.Bowen then left Ijaiye  for Abeokuta to settle”, he  added.
Kurunmi was very powerful and so much  believed  in the efficacy of  Ogun the Yoruba  god of Iron, no wonder at the frontage of the house  under  a big tree are Ogun shrines where he used to worship the  god of Iron , the shrines are there till this day.
Pa Adio continued”The war between Ijaye and Ibadan  was heavy with casualties , and according to what we  were told here  as thousands  of Ijaiye   died in this war! If you walk eight miles from this town towards East, West, North  and South you will discover a lot of clay pots, mud houses and shrines buried there thus evidencing that some people had lived here over two hundred years ago ! .They were probably buried here.We have excavated a lot “.
Asked of the five children of Are  who died in the war, the old ma said “a  lot was told about the war. The Ibadan war was the heaviest where casualties were much.I remember that over  141 towns defended Ibadan when she waged war against  Ijaye. We were betrayed while Alafin was against us . And  you know  if one town faces over 141 towns it is a big problem and that was how  Ibadan  won  the war against us! . They feared and respected Aare  Kurunmi .His five children later died in the war while the skull of one of them was brought to  him , thus he was shocked beyond doubt .He became devastated and dispirited”.

How Basorun  Ogunmola was forced to eat ashes
Another version ,according to Tijani  said “Kurunmi captured Basorun Ogunmola alive and  he was brought  to Ijaiye where he was chained and was fed with  ashes  in the palace.That is where  the Ibadan natives  got their panegyrics ‘Ogunmola, son of Ibadan  who  survived death  in spite of  eating the ashes!( Ogunmola omo  a la eeru ma ku) .The story continued that in the night one of Aare Kurunmi’s wives betrayed him as she secretly went to unfetter Basorun Ogunmola and  assisted him to escape back home(Ibadan) .When Basorun Ogunmola got to Ibadan he   went to re strategize and later invaded  with over 141 neighboring towns who supported him to win  Ijaiye  in the war! .Not only this  it was also revealed that the River Osse ,a mysterious river  which must not be passed through by non  indigenes  was demystified  and the taboo was broken. The secret of its taboo  was leaked  to the  warring enemies (Ibadan) who passed through and demystified the spiritual aspect of the river  and since then it began to dry and made Ibadan to conquer them(Ijaye)”, Tijani added

Controversy over Kurunmi’s death
While many said Kurunmi  out  of shame and frustration  committed suicide by plunging into river Osse  .Another said  he was killed  by enemies and buried by the Osse River  while another said  he was killed in the war  and was brought home for burial, but there is no burial ground where he was buried  up to date. But according  to  Adio ,  Aare  died in his house after the war and was buried  by the  Osse river, he explained  further”when they wanted to bury him  they had to bury three salves along with him as the custom was .They used their spiritual power to stop the flowing of the river  and after the burial the water was commanded and joined  together again!.”
Another version narrated by  ?…..said When he was about to be buried three slaves were selected , while two were beheaded and used as a bed in the grave but  the third slave one who could have been  used as his pillow ran for his dear life and could not be caught .The escaped slave went to inform the Ibadan people that he knew where Are   Kurunmi was buried and  Basorun  Ogunmola sent for the head to be  decapitated which he wanted to be  used as a cup for drinking water   but when they got there they discovered  that the body of Kurunmi had been removed .
But Alhaji  Shehu Tijani disagreed with Adio and  said “Kurunmi’s body was removed  from  the river bank  to  another  place in the town and  it was the only  female daughter  he had called Iyagbogbo knew  where he was buried till date!”Tijani said with confidence and total conviction .

Mystery of the River Osse and Onponrin
When this reporter got to the Osse river , it flows heavily , and according to  Arawunmi Fatai a security officer at Ijaye High School , he is also a native and a  masquerader ”  The river is mysterious  till date for  many  strange things happen on the  river,  at times smoke comes up from the river , and a rainbow sign comes up while everywhere would be shaking , one’s head would get swollen thus informing us that the powerful Are Kurunmi  is still in the river”, the security officer  told The Nation.

Tijani said ” At Onponrin there are some areas where grass failed to grow this

was because it was part of the spots of war .The war raged on for years and it consumed lives ! Till date grass does not grow here again “.

Tombs of Kurunmi and Bowen
To many students ,the name Kurunmi is  synonymous to Ijaiye. About  eight students interviewed claimed to know the history of Kurunmi. Adams Owolabi who is an ex student of the school said the school has the tombs of the two titans ,the Kurunmi monument and Bowen’s  tomb.”We were taught in School that these two people fought war, one used the Bible while the other , Kurunmi used gun.This school, Ijaye High School was formerly named after Kurunmi until some years later when it was changed to Ijaye High school.I think the school should be called Kurunmi High School”
At the gate of the school one could see the two monuments ,but sadly enough the two are unkempt as the wordings inscribed on them   have faded ,and hardly  can one read the letters on them .
On Bowen’s monument are the following words engraved on it
“TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE REVEREND AND MRS THOMAS J. BOWEN WHO BEGAN BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOOL WORK IN IJAYE  ORILE ,NIGERIA ON JANUARY 22, 1854.
SUNDAY SCHOOL DEPARTMENT ,NIGERIAN BAPTIST CONVENTION APRIL 21, 1979

 

While  Kurunmi’s own reads
TOTHE GLORY OF GOD AND THE MEMORY OF THOSE HEROIC DEAD WHO HERE ON LAND GRANTED BY KING KURUNMI IN 1852 CREATED THE FIRST MISSION HOUSE ESTABLISHED THE FIRST CHURCH AND LAID THE FOUNDATION OF BAPTIST WORK IN NIGERIA
NIGERIAN  BAPTIST CENTENARIAN    1850-1950
According to   Fatai,   “the two monuments  show how these two powerful men came to unite in death for their monuments  were placed side by side  yet the two believed in different religions. Bowen brought Christianity and built  a church which is the first First Baptist Church  in Nigeria here  in Ijaiye while Kurunmi was  a warrior who believed in Ogun, the Yoruba  god of Iron.It is great to come here and preserve this place as a tourist centre” .

Mysterious Kurunmi’s masquerade!
The room where the  Kurunmi’s masquerade regalia was kept is dark. In fact  about  four people brought out the basket where the regalia was kept. Pa Tijani Salami who is the custodian of  Kurunmi’s masquerade spent  over 50minutes to unwrapped the regalia  as pieces   of clothes attached to  it are up to 3,000 shreds made from local fabrics to foreign ones .Also attached with the clothes are  uncommon carved wooden  mask, monkey,and baboon’s skulls .Fear gripped this reporter as the material was unwrapped  when he requested to have a glance! .
In fact,  the man in charge  of the masquerade ,  Salami said the masquerade  was inherited by him  for  he is from Kurunmi’s lineage.His words” This is Kurunmi’s masquerade’s regalia and sword  he used during his  conquests , and I am the custodian of it .If you look at my cheeks  you will see my facial marks and that is how Kurunmi had it .One  becomes its custodian by inheritance.This material is well over 120 years  old , in fact it was there before i was born .After  the death of Kurunmi it was inherited by  one Odeyemi, then to Biobaku who was in charge , after his exit  it was handed over to Gbileomo   and again when he died   I took over  from there.One of my children will also inherit it when I am gone .It does not go to anybody anyhow , never! .The regalia  is very heavy and we offer sacrifices  like goat, chicken and other things  and  sacrifice to it all the time .We must not forget to offer sacrifice  at all .If we don’t do  it then calamity might befall this town.”,he swore .
He went further, ” Nobody can steal it , infact  it is on record  that it  was once stolen some years ago and I believe they wanted to sell it to those who needed artifacts but when the  robbers got to the Osse River they could not  go further again as they  were hearing sound  and voices  of human being  coming out from the regalia and they had to drop it”.
Another man who is also a masquerader , Gafari  Ege  corroborated the story and said”those who stole the regalia became blind , when they faced Ibadan they  would again faced Ijaiye , again when they faced Ijaiye they would again faced  Ibadan !.They became blind and confused .They said strange human cries was coming out from the regalia.No one steals the material and go scot free.No one steals it and live!.It is not meant to be  stolen.Those who  stole it were later caught and they died afterwards. Other masquerades run away from it , for it is powerful!”

Undeveloped town
The indigenes are not happy, according to Pa Tijani , “we are being used , many of these theatre artistes would come here and used these places to shoot films and would later go away smiling  to the bank but will not come here to assist in its development .Not only that ,some government officials came here few years ago and promised to come  back and assist in putting Kurunmi’s statue here  but they came here  and erected  only two poles and left .We heard nothing from  them again.Many people come  from overseas to see all these monuments  like the River Osse,  the spots of war , the mysterious palm tree that sound like the booming of gun during the war to wade off enemies , Oponrin-the spot where  they waged war and where  grass does not grow again , the Ogun Shrines of Kurunmi and many others but nobody speaks about the development of this place .Where we have the monuments of Kurunmi and Bowen’s are not properly kept .We are being forgotten and our  heroes too are forgotten .If  it is in Overseas they will appreciate what we have  here but here nobody recognizes us.We have been constructing this palace for a longtime,nobody comes here to look at our effort and assist”.
However , he said ” we appreciate people like  Senator …….Lanlehin , Yemi Aderibigbe  who are really trying for us .We need more assistance ,we don’t want our history to die.They should cooperate and build a  monument I remembrance of our hero,Kurunmi.”

Meaning of Ijaiye
Ijaiye spread all over Yorubaland , but this is Ijaiye  Orile  the hometown of Kurunmi the warrior , said   Tijani .According to Tijani ,Ijaiye means we  fought  and  survived  the war (A ja ajaye) .Tijani said  since the Ijaiye people were warriors  and always conquered  wherever  they fought and on their return  would give a public  cry that  they had survived  the war!  .This is the original source where all other Ijayes spring from. All the places known as Ijaiye today left from here to Abeokuta, Lagos,Egba among others , Tijani  boasted .
When this reporter demanded for Kurunmi’s photograph , another controversy started while some said they would look for it others laughed hysterically saying there is no picture of Kurunmi but a caricature of the late Ijaye Generalissimo can be carved to represent him.What a man of controversy!

Haa! Oba Ogunoye III must read this

Since the Prince has become a King , he is no longer called a Prince but Monarch, Royal Father , Kabiyesi, Oba ,Alaiyeluwa , Igba keji Orisa  therefore  his lifestyle has changed while he has to abide with many rules and forgo many things , taiwoabiodun.com writes

Respect:Ondo state governor bows to greet the Olowo-elect

GREETINGS

Haaaa eewo ni o,  Agbedo. Nba. No, no, Oba Alaiyeluwa igba keji orisa MUST not prostrate to greet ANYBODY again. Haaaa , eewo Orisa ni o,it is forbidden .He has prostrated for the last time to the Omolowos and Chiefs .  Whether old or young , and no matter your position in the society an Oba must not prostrate for you.

The Ondo state Deputy governor bows too,  it is compulsory

Picture above shows how the  Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu  bowed to greet the King-elect. The deputy Governor also did the same thing.Let the head of State come , he will bow down to greet the monarch if he cannot prostrate!.In fact his family members must now bow irrespective their status.If you are a Clergy man , or a Professor you must respect the throne and the crown, yes you must bow or prostrate to greet the King!

The  Oba –elect had prostrated and greeted the Omolowos and the chiefs for the last time when he was announced as the winner.

Se e raye? See life! Before he became the Oba he was bowing down to  his boss, the State governor Rotimi Akeredolu , now the reverse is the case!. That is tradition for you. Let the Head of state come to him, Olowo will not prostrate for him,That is our first class traditional King in Yoruba land. 

In response to these  greetings   the Monarch would either   shake hands with the highly rated personalities if he wishes or raises his fly whisk to acknowledge their greetings. 

The moment he became an Oba , he  will  no longer prostrate to greet anybody even his own mother who is in her 90s must kneel down to greet him. Now the old and the young will prostrate (if men) or kneel  (if women) down  to greet him. Remember Ebenezer Obey’s song   ” A ki k’Oba ni n’aro,  idobale laa k’oba oo toto oo Oba Owo ooo’’( You prostrate to greet the King).

COVERING HIS HEAD

 Before Prince Ajibade became Oba he was free to  leave his head  open and  not wear a cap. But now as he has become a Monarch he can no longer leave his head bare open.And just any barber cannot barb his head

No cap here but now must cover his head always

again.He will rather call the Barber to his compound to cut his hair. He has become Alaiyeluwa , Kabiyesi Alase Ekeji Orisa ( second to God). It is believed that no one should see a Monarch’s head  whoever does that will remain wretched for life. No wonder all Monarchs wear cap at least to cover their heads. While some even wear their caps in the church  but few others  would not believing that God should be honoured .

HIS WORDS

Oba’s  words have become ase, thus whatever he says  will  surely come to pass and whoever he prays for  or curses, all  will come to pass.

BEADS

It is mandatory for him to be  wearing beads  called akun or akon on his  ankles or wrists  and also on  his neck .It is not just any beads  any  but special beads that befits  his status.

HIS SEAT:

The royal father must not just  sit  on any chair .His special royal seat is carried to wherever he goes as he must not sit on any chair in the gathering .Meanwhile he is now restricted as not all functions  will he  be going.

Yes, position has changed, wears his cap and the gov bows, it is compulsory

EATING

Haaa! Oba must not eat in the public , this is forbidden. Kai! Eeewo ni o. So therefore Olowo  can no longer  eat in the public places or go to the eatery to eat. This is a taboo for one should not see the King’s mouth or see how he puts a morsel of pounded yam or amala  into his mouth.

Fly whisk and Beads: These are royal signs .He would be going about with  a  decorated beaded fly whisk (irukere)  and beaded walking stick ( opa ileke) now, he would raise it up to respond to  greetings. And he must not dance in the public  except the traditional festivals like Igogo festival.

OUTINGS

He will no longer go out alone as he would have his ”Guards’’ and his chiefs who will be adjusting his agbada and be saluting him while others would be blowing  special traditional trumpets and showering panegyrics ( oriki) on him. 

He is no longer the  Ajibade Gbadegesin but His Imperial Majesty ,  the  Olowo of Owo, the  Ogunoye III.  He has become Orisa.All hail the King!.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These four voted for the new Olowo of Owo

Chief Famulagun narrates how the late Oba Adekola Ogunoye stopped sudden death called magun
Only ”Four” people voted for Prince Ajibade
The following four people/factors voted for Prince Ajibade

  1. The late Olowo of Owo Oba Kola Ogunoye’s good legacy
  2. Ajibade’s good manner
  3. The Omolowos
  4. Owo people


OBA KOLA OGUNOYE’S LEGACY
In his Book, In the Wilderness of Life , (The travails and Triumphs of His Royal Highness, Oba David Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi III (CFR)) On page 11, the Monarch wrote on the late Oba Adekola Ogunoye ”…..Yet, his twenty –five-year reign witnessed a lot of progress and significant development .More schools , motorized roads, and a polytechnic , Owo Polytechnic (now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic , Owo) were established .His greatest achievement was the election of an Owo man , Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin , as the first democratically elected governor of the defunct Ondo State in 1979. Olowo Ogunoye was ordinarily a level-headed, genial, easy -going and unassuming king with talents as a consensus builder” .What an achievement the Owo people will not forget . No wonder the shout allover the town that if a father could be successful like this , his son will perform wonder!. And if the late Oba Folagbade -Olagbegi could write this in his book, then the late Oba Ogunoye II was a great man , and his son , Ajibade would perform!
The first woman Chief in Owo since 1961 ,Madam Christiana Fehintola Famulagun Obajerewa of Owo Kingdom who is now 97years old and who had witnessed about five Monarchs ( Olagbegi I, Olowo Ajike, Olagbegi II, Ogunoye II, Olagbegi II(return of Oba Olagbegi II), Olagbegi III and this present one Ogunoye III said ” the late Oba Adekola Ogunoye was a very good man, when many men and young boys started dying in Owo as a result of Magun (don’t Climb) laced on women against any man that sleeps with them , that resulted to the death of many young and old men Ogunoye put a stop to it. According to her , the late Oba Ogunoye rescued Owo when both young and old men were dying as a result of lacing women and ladies even spinsters with a mysterious and powerful juju called Magun, the late royal father came out publicly to lace curse on any man that laced their ladies, girlfriends or wives the deadly magun ( Don’t climb) .He also cursed those who would continue the wicked activities of sending a mysterious disease called eta or ofa (arrow) in local parlance . This was corroborated by Chief (Madam) Sikirat Ogunbodede the Iyalode of Isokun Odo , Ijebu -Owo. The Iyalode of Isokun Odo who spoke on phone with this reporter prayed for the new king and said ”There was a time when life was cheap and male folks were dying cheaply as a result of Magun some men laced on their wives .It was his ( Ajibade) father(Kabiyesi Ogunoye) who stopped the lacing of the deadly magun , young men were dying as a result of this , he cursed whoever did that again. And that was the end of it!. During his time there was peace , no trouble as the town was peaceful”.
Madam Oluwafunke Samuel (aka E ku fee)is well known in Owo. Go to https://taiwoabiodun.com/how- oba- adekola-ogunoye-saved-me/
Oluwafunke [aka E ku fee]was summoned to the palace in the 80s for selling powdery corn -a banned product ( elekute) in the town. The poor woman was excited for not being punished or fined .
Ogundowole Joseph wrote in Owo Kingdom on this post ‘’ Kabiyesi Oba Ogunoye is [sic]always like dat, he did the something when some people wanted to take my father’s land from me .May his soul rest in peace’’
Adewale Olatunbosun Olagbaiye Doherty also wrote He once intervened for my mam, though she’s his daughter , but to the surprise and administration of those present .This is a story of another day
Abass Samson wrote ”The past king of our time without replicant (sic).The name rings bell.
2. OWO PEOPLE
The crisis that engulfed Owo in 1999 cannot be easily forgotten when some of the indigenes ran to Akure for safety. While in Akure many Owo people were said to be on the payroll of Ajibade. A reliable source said ”His house in Akure became a Mecca of sorts , as he was there for them to give them succor”.A man posted on face book and wrote how Ajibade paid for his fine when he was arrested for contravening the Traffic law .He is from Owo.
An old woman who begged this reporter not to mention her name said ” this man, Ajibade is a silent philanthropist , he gives me money every month and makes sure he takes care of me”.An America-based businessman Lobo Agaun said ” let me tell you , Owo youths are for Ajibade,he is a great silent philanthropist, he has assisted many , paid many students’ school fees .The Prince Ajibade, is humble and a complete gentleman who did not go about bragging that he is a Prince”.
According to a reliable source each time he met the late immediate Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi III during the meetings of Ondo State Traditional Rulers/Obas Council, he would prostrate to him and greet him .
The Olunaun of Unaun, Prince Olanrewaju Abegunde describe the new Olowo –elect thus , ” he is gentle, humble, unassuming, a man with large heart and a cool headed man.He is not different from his late father , Olowo Ogunoye in his simplicity and humility. Kabiyesi Ajibade’s face, physique , his stepping while dancing is exactly like his father”
3. OMOLOWOS
The Omolowos voted for the Prince , when they knew the sterling qualities Ajibade possessed . When they knew he would take them to the promised land. A man who begged for anonymity said ” Ajibade is a good man. I am from Ehin- Ogbe, we all know him to be a quiet and nice guy. Apart from that ,he is a man to be proud of , he read Law, that means a lot.A man who begged for anonymity said ”there could have been war in Owo, war, I mean war because we all heard all the behind the scene stories and if the story had changed all the Omolowos will know what we are talking about”, he continued ” We heard stories now and thank God things did not change and they would have heard wen , we were battle -ready and the Operation Wet ti e of the 60s would have been a child play, even June 12 na small e go be for here”.
4. AJIBADE’S GOOD MANNERr [Manner maketh man]

Those who knew him know he is a quiet man. They know he is a material for Owo. He is humble, unassuming, talented, simple,a go- getter and a man that has endurance. All these made Owo people love him the more.Ajibade’s good manner voted for him.All hail the King! Kaaaaabiyesi oooooo

How Olowo of Owo was elected

   Tension was   high. Peace was fragile. Eyes   widely opened.  Ears kept  to the ground .  It was like a vigil. Nobody   slept. It   was   a world of gloomy and uncertainty. Some who would have loved to stay neutral or aloof  could not for it was not this time  . It is like watching the World  Cup, no, it was like Barrack   Obama’s   first election   when the First Black man contested for the America   Presidency, the election was watched by the whole world with rapt attention and pumping hearts. Yes , it was  like when President  Barrack Obama and his men were watching how America SEAL Team Six  bombarded  Osama Bin Laden’s house in Abbottabad , Pakistan on May 2, 2011.Tension filled the air!.Back home, it was like the June 12 presidential election.

 

Olowo of Owo -elect addressing the Chiefs and crowd

    The Olowo of Owo’s  Palace was full. Some came to watch  how the election would go while some were there to start the joyful mood when announced while others were ready to ….. if there is any magomago or wuruwuru.

       Yet,   it is like sitting on a keg of gun powder. Time  bomb. Many had their blood pressure shot up. All kinds of   rumors  and gossips  went  round the town. Text messages were flying like kite .

     All hands were on deck.      Hmmnn , Owo  a town honoured and respected in Yoruba land . Owo  whose   name is in the Bible , known as the   land of Honour . A town  blessed  with erudite scholars, political juggernauts , successful business men and business women .A town that has its natives in Diaspora .

 Owo is  one of the most sensitive towns in terms of politics and chieftaincy titles. Owo indigenes   hate  cheating.  Don’t toy with Owo when it comes to politics and chieftaincy titles . No wonder Socrates said ”Wonder is the beginning of Wisdom’’.Owo will perform ‘’wonder’’ if anything contrary to their wishes happens.

 Olowo-elect waving to his supporters

Who will become the next Olowo of Owo ?. Who will become the King and be addressed as  Kabiyesi oooo?. Who will be greeted thus : Okun Aragbarigbi , akata ila  bori Ogho male, ogede so too too?(the mighty expansive ocean , the great white umbrella –like shelter of Owo. The prolific banana tree that bears so much fruits-Courtesy Prof . Rowland Abiodun).

 Who will occupy the highly revered  throne  in Yoruba land? .Who will fit into the late Olowo of Owo  HIM Oba David Folagbade’s  shoe? . From Owo, Lagos, United Kingdom , Canada , France and  America  different  news flew round.

OWO IN SEARCH OF A KING

    Immediately the late  Olowo of  Owo Oba David Victor  Folagbade Olagbegi III joined his ancestors  on the 16th of April  there were speculations of who is qualified and  not qualified to be the King .When Pastor Enoch  Adeboye , the Spiritual Leader of The Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG) came to the town to commiserate with the family and kinsmen , he prayed that God should provide another King  that would bring peace and development to the ancient town. He also prayed that God will give the town a King that would be after His heart.

PRAYERS, PRAYERS

 Christians prayed while the Moslems were not left out. Infact according to rumour the Chiefs  and Ifa Diviners went as far as to another town  to consult oracles like the Oracle in Delphi. Then a shock that almost threw everybody off balance landed as  a man who claimed to have come from an area released  a video that went viral . He came out  with  shocking messages  that  some traditional title holders would die before the town can enjoy peace. Yes, the man goofed as Owo became peaceful without the death of those he mentioned. I wish the man is  fished out  to tell us where he got the message!.

Who will Ifa Oracle  pick that would not cause problem? .Who will God chose among these Princes? Oro nla!.

Many contestants came out , pulling their weights. We need to thank Ojomo Oluda and the Omolowos for their wisdom and boldness to do the job as the town did not go into crisis.

Arguments flowed freely as questions were asked: How can someone who lives far away from home come back home to  contest  for the throne? .Did these contestants have   investment that will  benefit   Owo?. Who should be the next ruling house to contest?. We don’t want old people to be King. Haa! You should allow another ruling House to contest.  We don’t want this and that ruling house again, all these arguments and counter arguments were raised and  debated upon by many but having forgotten that the choice lies in Omolowos who are Kingmakers headed by Oba Kofoworola Oladoyinbo the Ojomo Oluda of Ijebu Owo.

      The envious  seat became  hot cake and big debate of all as some members of the three  ruling houses  viz; Olateru- Olagbegi, Ajike and  Ogunoye came up. Arguments heated up , some said they are all from same Elewuokun ruling House and anybody among them could vie for it.    There were about 18 contestants   vying  for  one position. These contestants  flexed muscles as nobody wanted to step down,  those begged to step down did not oblige. Haaa!, Kilode? -Only one position. Social media was  awash with stories and references  .

    While all these contestants   were greeted in the public as Oba l’ola (Future king ) . Then  the political  song of 1960s  Bi o r’owo mi oo r’inu mi Demo ni mo wa …. came to mind . Some of these contestants were supported publicly but not supported privately. Speculations went round that some of the contestants  promised cars,promised  to  bring business to Owo, and to turn the ancient town to Eldorado, and many more if elected .

ELECTION DAY

Contacts were made as  everybody was battle -ready . The town was guarded  by  armed- to- the teeth Mobile Policemen in order   to forestall break down of   law and order. Yes , the governor has to do this  because the ancient town has  records of  violence in politics  and  chieftaincy matters .Unconfirmed rumour has it that  some of the town’s boys too were ready to strike in case the people’s wish was not accepted .Filling stations were shut down as no one knows what will be the outcome  of the election.  Only few went to the market and they closed early. Mark you, Owo does not tolerate cheating , no matter how simple it is.

 

D-DAY

Day was Friday. Time ticked. The day seemed to be too  slow  and  before you knew it  the appointed time came : 3pm on the dot for the voting .

Eyes were blood shot. Some had their blood pressure high .And the questions on everybody’s mouth is  ”Who will support who?’’

Votes were cast , Prince Suyi Olagbegi scored one vote , he came second  while some scored zero but at least they were present to mark register and added to the number of the people who came   to witness the heroic occasion .Then came the result and  announcement , Prince Gbadegesin Ajibade Ogunoye scored 14 out of 15 votes. There was public cries of joy, shouts of hallelujah rent the air. The result was signed by those that mattered while Kabiyesi Ojomo Oluda Kofoworola signed .

Like a heavily pregnant woman who had just delivered in the  labour room . Tension died down. .Jubilation filled everywhere . The townsmen jubilated . Everywhere went frenzy .Beer parlous gave free drinks. Many declared free drinks. It was the first time Owo spoke in one voice, said Honurable Murtala Ahmed.

 Mr.Matthew Obajuluwa said ”this is the first time Owo will  elect their king without any crisis and we  are happy’’, Obajuluwa said on phone, he added ” the Oba -elect Ajibade is loved by the old and the young .This is a new beginning in Owo,Imagine , there is no trouble of any kind as everything went peacefully”.

 

 Vox Populi , Vox Dei

Phones rang everywhere and the voice heard  or the message was ”Ajibade has won! Ajibade has won!!Ajibade has won!!!God has taken control”. This was from Nigeria , then from the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia, France .There was celebration all over the world . Lobo Agaun far away in Missouri celebrated the victory, he said ” that is what we want , the young and ebullient Prince has become the King.The man has charisma, loved by all and is very accommodating and humble .No arguments and no story ”, he said joyfully .The good news spread like wildfire and the following story went like this ;

”Ajike was the first to  embrace Ajibade then Leke while  others followed suit. According to information gathered all the contestants had been made to sign a treaty that whoever won the election should be accepted by all and there should not be fight over this”, Jide Tububo said.

THE LAST PROSTRATION

 The chiefs asked the Oba- elect to prostrate for the last time  and greet them all. He obeyed as he prostrated and greeted Kabiyesi  Ojomo Oluda   Ojomo , the Omolowos and  other chiefs.

The new Oba -elect  who wore an immaculate white agbada  with a white cap to match  addressed the crowd  as the shout of Olowo  Baba O! rent the air. He   entered an open roof Jeep and   started waving ,  and thanking his supporters and   the kinsmen for their support.

Investigation revealed that some sacrifices and rituals had commenced since then.

”Immediately they start the  other sacrifices the marketers  will  leave Ogwata  and go back to  the King’s Market which had been shut since the demise of the Olowo Olateru Olagbegi III”, a source dislosed.

 

TALE  OF THREE LAWYERS

Olowo throne is significant because it has become a tale of three lawyers .A lawyer succeeded  a lawyer  and a lawyer  will  give staff of office  .The late Olowo of Owo was a Lawyer while the Oba -elect is also a lawyer and Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu the Ondo State governor who will give the royal staff of office to the new -elect Oba is also a lawyer.What a coincidence!.

The late Olateru -Olagbegi III assumed his reign  in his 50s while Ajibade assumes in his 50s too.

The late Olateru -Olagbegi III was as gentle as a dove ditto Ajibade who is simple and humble too

The two became  the third (Olagbegi -Olagbegi III and Ogunoye III). The two royal fathers served the government too.In Missouri , America the rhythm continues

Bade de ade

A o baa dee,

Bade de ade Oba,

Haa , e wo bi t’omode t’agba ti nwariri fun Bade ,

Bade ti di Oba

Goodnight Olufunke Olakunri

Congregants singing a Hymn

            AMERICA MOURNS OLUFUNKE

…She survived cancer 20years ago

She was my mentor and mother –Gani Obanigba

Yesterday, a Memorial Service of Songs and Celebration of Life was held  for Mrs. Olufunke Oyeyemi Olakunri at  The Redeemed Church of God (RCCG) City of God at 8614 Manchester Rd, St.Louis , MO 63144, America .

The  programme which was organized  by Gani Obanigba who was a brother in-law to the deceased was attended by many people from family members to friends and acquaintances.Pastor Niyi Aruwajoye the officiating Pastor implored everyone present to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, he said  ” we came with nothing and will surely go empty handed ”, he counseled.Pastor Akin Aruwajoye also added that ”since no one knows when he is going it is better now to repent because we will all die one day”.Pastor Omiye consoled the family and friends and implored everybody to be strong.

The service  which started at 2pm did not close until after 5pm as everybody  was discussing about how nice the  the   woman was. A member of the family described how she survived cancer of the breast 20 years ago but fell cheaply and painfully into the hands of suspected herdsmen or killers, no one is safe again, she concluded.

Some songs were rendered as many used handkerchief  to clean their misty eyes . Among the songs are   On the resurrection morning , Soul and body meet again , No more sorrow, no more weeping , No more pains …. A woman could not sing along as she kept on looking at the pictures in the program and weeping profusely.

 

Mr.Gani Obanigba who is a brother –inlaw to the late woman described the woman as a nice, humble and a great philanthropist  who will not allow anybody to suffer.

According to Gani, ‘’ I called her my mother , mentor and God-sent. She facilitated my coming to America  and I shall for ever be grateful to her”., he said .

 

 

Pastor Idowu  ,described the woman as a rare gift to humanity whose life was brutally cut down.  He said ”She used to call me Uncle, Uncle and I too would call her Auntie , Auntie. She was a wonderful individual , woman of  accomplishment. She worked hard , blessed people and was a  strong pillar of the family”’

When Seun Obanigba held the microphone and was   about to speak about her , she broke down as hot tears cascaded on her cheeks, she could not talk.,

 Born on June 11, 1961 in Akure to the families of Chief Reuben Famuyide  Fasoranti  and Frances Oladiwura Fasoranti who were both teachers .

Olufunke attended St. Stephen’s Primary School in Iju -Itaogbolu , Ondo state , She also attended St Louis secondary school , Ondo for her secondary school where she spent two years but due to transfer of her father again she went with him to Olivet Baptist High School , Oyo where she completed her secondary school .She proceeded to Federal School of Arts and Science Ondo for her Advanced level .

She went to Ondo state Polytechnic where she obtained her HND in Accounting in 1983.

After her National Youth Service Corps in Omega Bank now Spring Bank . She later went to Lagos University to read Law, she was a pioneer student at Nigeria Law School, Abuja

Olufunke attended many courses and programes home and abroad inccluding Havard University , USA.

As a seasoned Banker she worked with Citi Express Bank, Great Nigeria Insurance  and rose to the positions of Secretary in these companies .

She was generous to a fault,

She married Mr. Idowu Olakunri of the Elerewe Dynasty of Owo on February 15, 1985, and the union was blessed with two daughters ; Oyindamola  Weider, Oluwafeyisike  Omosehin  and grandchildren . Olufunke was survived by her husband, children sister  and many family members

May her soul rest in peace.

Those who were present at the event are ; Dr. Layi Olagbegi, Pastor Omiye, Pastor Niyi Aruwajoye, Chief Gboyega Aruwajoye, Dipo Okunrinboye,Mr and Mrs Kofo  Osun, and many others ,

However the remains of the Lawyer cum Banker will be buried today at Akure .