I have been chanting for Alaafin of Oyo for six years-Okoto Akewi

 

I am in love with Yoruba Culture

 …….I studied Computer Science now  to study Yoruba

…… Kabiyesi  Alaafin of Oyo loves  Yoruba Culture

……..My  challenges

….. Why I wear male’s clothes

A MULTILATERAL COMBINATION OF TALENTS

  Watching her from afar off one could take her for a man as she  was  dressed    in  Yoruba traditional  male’s   attire  but her feminine voice   and features  revealed her gender.  She is a stage wizard. She is a  multi-lateral combination of  talents.  While on  stage her  skills and talents are displayed:  chanting, singing, dancing, reciting poems and panegyrics   with eyes shut as if in trance. She  squeezes her face , tightens her lips, grinds her teeth as she  clinches firmly  on  the microphone  and would  suddenly go   on her knees and  immovable as if electrocuted. Her gap tooth  , complexion, voice and humility could melt a man’s heart.    She is excellent in the usage of Yoruba proverbs, idioms and aphorisms.Her words cool frayed nerves. She is rich in Yoruba composition , a gifted Oral Artist and  she chants Hunter’s poetry (Ijala Ode), poems and shower panegyrics  at ceremonies like wedding, naming, house warming, burial among others.

Okoto Akewi

She responds to questions with proverbs and  would  render  chants with her infectious smile .Not only this, her humility is superb inspite her talent and wealth of experience. She knows the panegyrics  (oriki ) of almost all the Yoruba towns ,names, professions  and what have you. She does not need to think twice  or guess before she showers your oriki on you. This is the life of a 24 year-old  lady who is from Owolanke family in Oyo town.

                                         

”She is a stage wizard .She is a  multilateral combination of  talents. While on  stage she exhibits her stage craft as  she  chants, sings, dances,recites poems and panegyrics   with eyes shut as if in trance.”

Doing her job

AT THE PALACE OF ALAAFIN OF OYO

Okoto Akewi is a household name in Oyo. She has become a brand .She is well known at  the palace of  Alaafin of Oyo .  She is a computer wizard .  Who has the gut to wake up Alaafin  of  Oyo Oba Lamidi Olayiwola  Adeyemi III  up in his palace?. Who will be in Iku Baba Yeye‘s compound and be making ‘noise’?.’

 

    Who dares go to Alase Ekeji Orisa’s palace and be shouting on top of his voice?.No one  , no one can try it except only and the only one  the Okoto Akewi also known as Omo Iku Elerin  who with her velvet voice would sing, chant and praise the Iku Baba Yeye , Alase Ekeji Orisa ,the second in command  to God . According to her she goes to the Palace everyday to chant for Alaafin of Oyo.”I have been doing that since my secondary school days .When  I was in Oyo College of Education ( Special) I used to go to the palace during our Cultural week. For the past six years I took it as a duty to be going to the Palace daily to perform, you know  our Monarch loves Culture and he is  the father of Yoruba Tradition and Culture. .  ”, she said.

”Who has the gut to wake up Alaafin  of  Oyo Oba Lamidi Olayiwola  Adeyemi III  up in his palace?. Who will be in Iku Baba Yeye’s compound and be making ‘noise’?. Who dares go to Alase Ekeji Orisa’s palace and be shouting on top of his voice?.No one  , no one can try it except only and the only one  the Okoto Akewi also known as Omo Iku Elerin  who with her velvet voice would sing, chant and praise the Iku Baba Yeye , Alase Ekeji Orisa ,the second in command  to God”

 

She wakes up the Alaafin of Oyo , Oba Lamidi  Olayiwola Adeyemi  III every  morning  with her golden   voice. When she opens her mouth and sing everybody listens .When she chant panegyrics (oriki) and shower praises on her clients they open their wallets to appreciate her .Her words is full of wisdom . She is talented, an enigma , an Historian and a promoter of Yoruba Arts and Culture and has made it globally accepted .Her voice  has spread and  gone  international as she receives calls from United Kingdom,Australia , America and all over the world chanting and raining praises on his clients. That is the  lady in Oyo who is the raving moment shaking the Ewi Industry .Welcome to the world of  Ogundele Nike Suliat  aka Okoto Akewi Omo ekun elerin.

Okoto Akewi at work

ITS GOD’S GIFT

She introduced herself”My name is Ogundele Nike Suliat  also known as Okoto Akewi Omo Ekun Elerin. I attended Agboye Baptist Primary School  Oyo, St.  Bernadine Girls Grammar School Oyo . From here I   proceeded to   Federal College  of Education (Special)  Oyo,  the only special school in Sub- Sahara Africa where I studied Computer Science .

I  started chanting panegyrics at age five.  I am now  24 years of age  .My parents supported my work  because  it  is  a congenial occupation in the family   .My grandfather was a Hunter chanting Ijala   while my late  father was also in the  same profession   but for  one reason or the other   he stopped and went into business. He died about one and a half years ago.Only my mother   that is alive today  .I started chanting   while in primary school .I continued in  secondary school, during the Cultural programme in School I   used to go to the Palace to participate in the  Cultural activities .

At my NCE level I was  always invited to  perform .So when I completed  my NCE program, I went fully into it”.

Okoto Akewi’s Group

MEANING OF ‘OKOTO AKEWI’

Asked to tell the meaning of Okoto Akewi, she laughed , then shook her head as if she remembered an episode and then said ”It has deeper meaning, it is pregnant with meanings”,she continued as she spoke like a Philosopher  ,”you know  Life is like a game, Okoto ( Apex of a snail that cannot stand upright, a brown seed that rolls  ) it is a piece of brown seed   that rolls when played , it is like life , unstable and you don’t know what its result would be.It is unpredictable.Life is unpredictable , full of disappointments. That is Okoto Akewi.I have faced and experienced some things in life and I decided to have the name for my group”.

WHY I WEAR MEN’S CLOTHES

Asked why she wears male’s clothes all the time , she defended herself ”I love  wearing men’s clothes because  it makes me free, allows me to swing sideways and prance around on stage. It makes me  to be free and   easy while  on stage”.She beat her chest and said ” I cannot count the number of male’s clothes I have , I have a lot and I love them all”.

OUR CULTURE IS RICH

Okoto Akewi said  she didn’t know  the  profession would gain world acceptance  as it is now , she said ”I  never knew it will be generally accepted like this.I was just playing with it just doing what I enjoy doing most until it became part and parcel of me. Today many invite me to parties, naming ceremonies, wedding ceremonies and burial ceremonies ..I enjoy doing it”

She pleaded to Yoruba people and said ”Our culture is going down and we need to  make sure it does not go into extinction .I  thank God for  everything is going on well, thank God things are working fine.We  are from Oduduwa and our Culture is rich, we should take our Culture to  higher height .North, South, East and West , home is the best, we should not abandon our culture for foreign one”

She gave the importance of Chanting panegyrics , according to her ”when we chant oriki,  or praise  you will be happy, it soothes your nerves.When a wife is angry let the husband shower oriki on her, and their differences ends, no more fighting .It is our tradition and that does not mean we are idol worshipers”

SOURCES OF  MY   WORK

Apart  from having Ijala  background, she said she goes from town to town asking elders, doing research on every Yoruba town’s panegyrics , stories and history . She said ” I travel to places, to towns  and all areas in Yorubaland  asking and seeking knowledge .      

HOW I  MAKE MY MONEY

Asked how much she charges Kabiyesi Alaafin as she goes to the palace to chant, she replied ”He is my father and the father of Yoruba Tradition and Culture, I cannot charge him but what he gives me is more than charging him. When I chant at  the palace of Alaafin of Oyo , Oba Lamidi Adeyemi , father of Yoruba Tradition and Culture , Kabiyesi would just give me money, huge one, he would not count it , huge amount of money, huge money. He loves  Yoruba Culture. Kabiyesi is a great Oba. If not this novel  coronavirus  I would have been   at the Palace by now chanting  .For public performance they hire us and we are ready to go to anywhere even we are ready to go to America if invited. We do charge them but I will not tell you how much I charge(burst into a prolong laughter).

MY CHALLENGES

Okoto Akewi said  although she enjoys the profession  but faces challenges at many of the parties she is invited to. She said “when we are invited to perform at occasions    musicians would not release microphone  for  us to use , they see us as  are  sub entertainers , they don’t want to release  microphone  for us to use .I have been to an occasion where I was to   sing or chant but was not allowed  as the musician refused  to  give us the opportunity or release  the microphone .I  remember an occasion where we had been paid but did not perform yet the man  who invited us  did not collect the money back .So what I normally do is to   tell the  Celebrant  to inform the musician to let them know when we are to perform”.

”When I chant in the palace of Alaafin of Oyo , Oba Lamidi Adeyemi , father of Yoruba Tradition and Culture , Kabiyesi would just give me money, huge one, he would not count it , huge amount of money, huge money. He loves  Yoruba Culture.Kabiyesi is a great Oba. If not this novel coronavirus  I would be at the Palace”

MY FIRST BREAK EVEN

She speaks about the first money she made ”the first money I made was  in 2017 when a man sent  100,000 naira (one hundred thousand naira) to me  appreciating my work .I cannot mention his name .He was the first man to do that he lives in America, the man said he appreciates my work. Another  man gave me 300,000naira  to appreciate my work”.On what she does with the money , she said  .The first instrument  I bought is Gangan, the Yoruba special  drum. I bought costumes for our  Entertainment Group we wear for outing .”

I AM  GOING BACK TO SCHOOL

Okoto Akewi said she would soon go back to school  to study Yoruba as a Course she said ”I have National Certificate in Education (NCE)  in Computer Science from College of Education , Oyo Special, I am going to Obafemi Awolowo University , Ife  to read  Bachelor in Arts degree in  Yoruba Studies in order to have more knowledge in Yoruba Culture ”

   

MARRIAGE

Although she is still single but quickly added that she  has a boyfriend she is going out with.”I am not yet married but I am going out with a guy, I have a boyfriend  who loves my work’.’.

As she finished the interview she gave a parting gift by pouring oriki on this Reporter ,

Taiye Kehinde lo ni  nki gbogbo yin o,

Ngo si ki gbogbo yin lokokan

Obekese…omo a so alakisa d’onigba aso..

Taiye lo ni nki gbogbo yin oo…..

Orlando Owoh was arrested because of Dele Giwa’s album-Orimipe Owomoyela

start  from

https://taiwoabiodun.com/i-am-coming-to-exhume-orlando-owohs-bone

……. Orlando Owoh was beaten by the Police  while sleeping

……Orlando  was gifted

…….Story of Orlando’s seized 504 Car

……Meaning of  my name ‘Orimipe’

 

     HOW ORLANDO  WAS ARRESTED FOR   COCAINE

”I was there at  the time of his arrest  . I had just graduated from School of Aviation where I specialized in   Ticketing , Reservation  and  Cargo Handling  and it was three days after my graduation  when   the law enforcement  officers  came . They came to raid , everybody was running helter- skelter .They came from  three stations : Moloney , Alagbon  and  Agege , and  my father was sleeping when they arrived . There was noise .They arrested all of us and packed  us into    the living room . They  went to wake up my father with  severe beatings and in all honesty they did not know it was Orlando  and when they  put us together and then  asked who is Orlando ,  my father showed up  .They said they were sorry, and they said that  that they could not identify him.

 

”They came for him  because of the record he waxed on Dele Giwa who was brutally killed with a parcel bomb .They knew Orlando  was smoking ganja and he even waxed records (Ganja 1,Ganja 2) in its praise  ,everybody knew him for that . Their annoyance  was that they did not disturb him smoking his ganja  but he went ahead to  wax a record on Dele Giwa ,that was the main reason why they came  . They took him away .But   as I told you people come to our  house , and our house was like Fela’s house or  Fela’s shrine.

‘He was arrested because of the album he waxed for Dele Giwa , he waxed the record that it was  letter bomb that killed Dele Giwa  which everybody knew  .It is because of  the case of Dele Giwa .There was a song Orlando sang , Kini ka ri ka ma gbodo soro, oro yi si mbo….oro yi si nbo wa dija  …

”When these  policemen    saw me, saw  Orlando’s wives and anti Shade (Nee Olagundoye) and they  asked  who she was , she told them she  was the last wife  of Orlando  and they also  asked who I was and I  introduced myself too. They left anti Shade and myself   and  said they  would leave us behind to  take care of the  house ….. it was a very long story”.

BUT THEY SAID THEY SAW COCAINE THERE

”Yes, they saw cocaine , but this  is what happened :when everybody was running helter-skelter  they saw little quantity in the front of my father’s house , but you know  whoever  they  found it in his house is liable. Orlando smoked igbo,he smoke cigarette .It is true cocaine, heroine he did it before but   then  the time they came he had since  stopped it.

THEN WHY  WAS HE  ARRESTED?

”He was arrested because of the album he waxed for Dele Giwa , he waxed the record that it was  letter bomb that killed Dele Giwa  which everybody knew  .It was because of  the case of Dele Giwa .There was a song Orlando sang , Kini ka ri ka ma gbodo soro, oro yi si mbo….oro yi si nbo wa dija  ..., people were saying this is Orlando everybody said he was smoking weed.When he waxed record Babangida was  the head of state then. Everybody knew that Orlando was smoking Igbo  ,it was not new. Policemen come to our house to smoke igbo, soldiers used to come, Pastors  do come , Judges, Lawyers used to come .My father sang the reality , not that he fabricated it .It was the reality of what happened in the world of  ganja .

Kini ka ri ka ma gbodo soro,

oro yi si mbo….oro yi si nbo wa dija 

”They said to him ‘we did not arrest you  when you were  smoking your weeds  and  did not fight you  , now when something happened which is the secret from the government of which you should keep shut but you are saying ……..’ that was what  they  said, they had to do something about it, it was not because of Igbo or cocaine.  Musese and all us us went to places.That night when he was arrested I went to tell to Owo to tell Mama ( Orlando’s mother ) what happened”.

 Doctor before Doctor

”Policemen used to  come to our house to smoke igbo, soldiers used to come, Pastors , Judges and Lawyers used to come .My father sang the reality , not that he fabricated it .It was the reality of what happened in the world of ganja ”

Orlando smoking his ganja

”We were in  Court one day  expecting Orlando to be released , but not then they said one head of state called them that instead of taking his case to court he  should be taken to Tribunal , we all waited but .. then he was taken from Tribunal to Kirikiri. Usually they should have  taken him to Alagbon or ..but the then head of State …… who was….. The Judge in charge then adjourned the case then  that was how we were ….until God came to discharge and acquit him.”

WHAT ORLANDO TOLD  ME ABOUT  WOMEN

Orimipe said Orlando counseled him  on  marriage, he said ”My father called me one day and said ‘Orimipe , I want to give you a good  advise , don’t  have harem of wives and don’t have one wife .It is poverty (Osi) that makes a man to have one wife and it is a cursed person or person with bad head (Oloriburuku) that makes a man to  have harem of wives. Don’t have harem of wives and don’t have one wife’, he counseled me . I went to ask my mother  the meaning of what he said .My  mother  defended the  philosophy and said   that it is  poverty  that makes a man to  have one wife while   a man with many wives is cursed.

”Then my journey in life landed me into it .I did not marry when  I was in Nigeria and when I came to Chicago , here in America I married a lady here. The lady gave me a child , he is my carbon copy . Later in life we  quarreled  and we parted and I remarried. One day Orlando’s words came into my mind  . Today I cannot say that  I have one  wife ,no, because two women had children for me .And  I did not  have harem of wives  as he strongly  advised me against it .So I am in the middle as  he  wanted me to be in the middle” .

Taiwo Abiodun during an interview with the late Musician’s mother

MEANING OF MY NAME ‘ORIMIPE’

Asked to tell the meaning of his middle name, Orimipe, the man burst into laughter and  asked this reporter to pronounce the name again, ‘Orimipe’  . He then said  ”A pe mora eni  la npe temidire ( You  attribute good things to yourself). My father said ‘whose head is not correct?, who would say his own head is not correct?’.   He said when I was born he was at the war front  where  they were shelling bombs, he said he was in danger zone and was bitter but when they announced my birth to him it became a mixture or combination of good and bad , Bitter  and sweet, he then told them that ‘as at now my head is correct right now’  , Orimipe .That was how the name came out. Whoever knows his head is not correct should now say so”.

TROUBLES MY FATHER FACED WHEN ALIVE

Orimipe said his father , Orlando faced a lot of challenges ,”His problems were many, when I was young  he  told me stories. The Alagbon problem is one of them. As  I knew he  had gone  to the hospital and cleared his system , detoxified drug from his system and  was not doing it again.When they came they entered my room and searched for drug but  they   found nothing . It is true he had done such thing before but he had stopped, and flushed it out from his system. He was sleeping when they raided , you will remember the song he waxed ”Oju orun ni mo wa mo ngba siesta mi lo, igbaju ni won fi ji mi loju orun o, nitori gbaana”, it is true he was sleeping when they came .But when they  came  they rough handled everybody and were beating all, his case is like Jesus Christ among his disciples you will not know him, until he is  introduced. When Orlando was with his people or among his Band  members  if you don’t know him you will be asking  for Orlando and he will quietly leave and it could be Baba Osenepen or my brother Elvis or  Baba Musese  or anybody  who  would then ask who they are looking for and if it is an important thing we would then call Orlando.You know how they do in Nigeria.That was it then .They all came from Alagbon, Moloney, Agege, later they  said they were sorry, but had beaten him to a pulp.

HOW WAS HIS SPIRIT WHEN ARRESTED

”Nobody would leave his house and stay  in other places and be comfortable , West, East, North and South  home is the best. His case was like the  Parrot the    enemies dipped its feather into the  palm oil in order  to be stained  but  the palm oil added beauty to its features and  it came out more beautiful.  With the Alagbon’s case God turned his case to the best. God had a purpose and  wanted to keep him for a while. At last he  was freed at the Supreme Court”.

  I knew he  had gone  to the hospital and cleared his system , detoxified drug from his system and  was not doing it again. When they came they entered my room and searched for drug but  they   found nothing . It is true he had done such thing before but he had stopped, and flushed it out from his system. He was sleeping when they raided , you will remember the song he waxed ”Oju orun ni mo wa mo ngba siesta mi lo, igbaju ni won fi ji mi loju orun o, nitori gbaana’

Orimipe  with his friends singing in Chicago,USA

WHENEVER YOU REMEMBER  THE MAN AT THE HELM OF AFFAIRS OF THE COUNTRY  THEN  HOW DO YOU FEEL

”At my age I cannot lie , I am not happy with him , though if I see him there is nothing I will do, God knows everything .He (Orlando) came out alive,he was discharged and acquitted and for the main fact that he ( the  head of ….) planned such thing was not a good thing . He was called President then , he was a military man and called himself President , he did all these .Its like going into the Lion’s den and came out .Each time I remember this I feel bad,  I have forgiven him ,I have forgiven him.”

OGEDENGBE/OLADIMEJI  504 CAR

Reminded about the car impounded by Orlando’s friend when he defaulted , Orimipe said  ”They were all friends then ,the story is true but it is sad. Whenever something happened to him God  wanted to bless him and let his glory shine . When he was bluffed  about the car, Orlando went to buy that type of same Brand, color and  the number of the first car was 1111 and  the second one was 4111, it was a Peugeot 504  then. Baba Die The Matter was there then he also assisted my   father, he knew about it.God will just raise Orlando’s   glory when something happened to him  . Orlando purchased the  car  from his friend a Car dealer and because he defaulted to pay as at the time he should , the car  was seized .It was a Peugeot 504 with the registration number 1111 while he bought another new one and of same brand, colour and registered number as 4111.God has been kind to Orlando.That was when he sang ” Ogedengbe.. O gbe mi lori esin…..”

 

Orimipe delivering a speech in America

 MY BROTHER DIED AT 52

 Orimipe said he is sad when  he heard the news of  the death of his   half- brother  about two years ago. In his words , he said ”I cried when I heard the news of the death of my brother , Sunday.Her mother is my father’s wife and she is also my mother .I feel for Sunday’s mother, it is painful that her son, Sunday died .But what ought to  be done should be done. Sunday was very close to me same thing with all other younger ones.They are all married and in their matrimonial homes now.

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Sunday’s mother

 I asked a friend to help me to be  doing the needful for the boy ”

Asked  his  best music in Orlando’s album, Orimipe   sang A mbe laye , alaiye nsaye lo , ti a ba tun kuro nibe..mo ti se won ti mo le see ( crying)

MY FATHER WAS A  MILLIONAIRE

”I would say he was a millionaire, my father did not believe until you have 10 million naira before he helped you .He never begged before he died . Orlando’s house was free what he would not   not accept is armed robbers .He would not eat alone , you will eat from same plate ,that is what  I learnt from him that is what we call a rich man and  that you have millions ,that is what we call eniyan laso mi (human beings provide the body of a more protective covering than clothes ever will ).That is why the honour and dignity  he had was more than money”

Asked  his  best music in Orlando’s album, Orimipe   sang :A mbe laye , alaiye nsaye lo , ti a ba tun kuro nibe..mo ti se won ti mo le see  (crying)

APPEARS IN MY DREAM

Yes, several times ,he used to appear in my dream  that is what I am saying that he should be resting , when it is time we would do the needful’

 

Taiwo Abiodun during an interview with the late Orlando

WHERE ARE ORLANDO’S BAND MEMBERS

          ”His members are still alive.I have two brothers singing at home, Daisi and Duro.I don’t know why they did not get along with them I am still  trying to   make effort to do that. Even if they  don’t for  play us  again  we should call them and celebrate them in remembrance of our father”.

DIE THE MATTER AND APATA

” Apart from being my father’s friends , they are those I also know as my fathers. Anywhere I was , if I got broke they would give me money .It is what they give their children they also gave me.I remember when  Kabiyesi Apata insisted that I must go back to school when I was about to go my final year exam in secondary school, Apata stood up and asked what I was doing at home, and he  said ‘Orlando come ‘, and he counted some  money and  handed over to Chief Osennepen who in turn gave me and asked me to e go back to school .These fathers assisted me . Chief Osenepen was my father’s manager and his right hand man.Anywhere u see Orlando you will see him same with Musese. We all did a lot during the Alagbon episode, he was the PRO , he did great.

”They are my fathers , I thank them very well for taking care of my granny, I pray to be able to  pay them back .They all stood by my father , it is a different thing to say one is a friend when alive and dead , they are great friends of my father”.

SHADE THE LAST WIFE OF BABA, AND VERY POPULAR

”She was my father’s wife, and the respect I gave my mother is what I  gave her. Now let me tell you this story ,if you have the opportunity ask  if you can go to these people ask whether its true or false.

Shade ( Nee Olagundoye)

”One day I was at home with Baba Osenenpen, anti Shade who was  my father’s wife , Mummy Niyi -(anti Funke ), Anti Muibat [mummy Tope ] these four people with my brother , Elvis and his wife , we were many in a room, Osenepen was asked to call me , and I came and my father was lying down , and he said ‘if anything happen to  me , if I die .. , these are my wives which one would you  take care of ?’. I responded ” God forbid , we will all be in this house and they will all take care of their children”.Baba Chief then  praised me , but my father said what he meant was which among them will I marry ? And I said ‘ha , it is forbidden a son does not have  s… relationship  with his mother , eewo” .I said your wife is your wife , it cannot be my wife, that  would be ……. I   said no. I thought he was going to say I was stubborn and that I might send them away when he is gone, but he said and meant another thing ”

THE OJOS’ ORLANDO’S ALBUM

”There are many Ojooos, he sang  their praises …that Ojo di meji sodo mi ( Ojo has now become two in my domain). His younger ones who are bearing Ojo are three , so I cannot know the real Ojo since he did not finish the name Ojo”.

 

 

I am coming to exhume Orlando Owoh’s bones -Orimipe Owomoyela

 

            

………I take ewe ola, not igbo, it is medicinal

………I’m coming home to exhume my father’s remains …

………What my father told me

          

         He  looks  every inch like his late  father Oladipupo Olaore Owomoyela the African Kennery, Dr. Orlando    Owoh.  Orimipe  Owomoyela DihardOne’s  voice ,  boldness  in  speaking  the truth and  hitting the nail on the head, native intelligence , Solomonic  wisdom  cum his humility are all what  he inherited from his father . He is  witty  as he cracks jokes .His words are   rich in proverbs  and  anecdotes .He   could  speak  English ,Yoruba and  Owo dialect fluently . In spite the fact that  The President  of  Kenneries Music  and Films Ltd DihardOne ORIMIPE OLUSESI OWOMOYELA   has spent over 20 years in America , he   did not allow the American  accent  reflect in his voice .Orimipe  did not   forget his roots and land   of  his birth. He said he is proud of his native land as he  speaks  Owo dialect undiluted.He  spoke with Taiwo Abiodun in America .

 

 

WHY  I AM SAD

      Orimipe  Owomoyela  is pained.  DiHardOne is angry . Olusesi is sad .DihardOne did not    only show it  but voiced it out.  He said ”I am  not happy that my father, Dr.Orlando Owoh  left his aged  mother behind” but  apart from this he lamented ”above all  I am  not happy that my father was buried in Lagos instead of his hometown, Ifon”. He has  vowed that until the needful is done the late musician’s (Orlando Owoh) spirit will not rest until his remains  is taken to his country home , Ifon to rebury, then his soul will rest.

     

WHY  I WAS ABSENT FROM HOME

He started , and said ” My name is Orimipe Olusesi Owomoyela also known as DihardOne. I am   the first child of Orlando Owo.I live in Chicago in America . I have been here for over  21years”. On why he has been away from home for a long time , and on why  he did  not come home for his father’s burial, the Scion of the Musical family  replied with a proverb ”A woman does not bear the name ‘Kumolu’ without a reason . I came with my late father to America in 1998  and I  decided to stay behind . Many things had happened, a lot of water has passed under the bridge   but I  thank God for everything.

        

WHAT MY FATHER TOLD ME BEFORE HE DIED

Despite the  fact that Orimipe was thousands of miles away from home he was still in contact with his late father when alive . He said he was communicating with him  on phone for he loved Orlando so much  till death took him away on November 4,2008  .He said  ” I felt sad when I heard  the news about  my father’s death .The family members did  the normal burial ceremony .Earlier before  his death every month I  used to send money to my late father as a son’s  filial  duty to his  father. I called him one day and asked him whether he was the only one at home and he said ‘Yes’. The mistake I made was that I did not record his voice which could have been an evidence for me today.I only spoke with him without recording his voice .I told him our discussion was about father and son.

          

”You see when my mother died  I could not  come home and  when he  (my father ) was sick I couldn’t come again. Nevertheless we were always communicating on phone .During one of our conversations he told me that  once a man and twice a child .He said he was once my father but then I had become his  own father   too and whatever I say should be accepted and taken serious  and be obeyed  since I am the first child. I never knew he could leave before his mother  because his mother is still alive .I asked him what should be done  if anything happened to him ( death) . Mind you,  as at that time  I had not perfected my residence  papers in America. And he advised  me that  I should make sure I have all my papers before ever coming back home. Only God knows the time  and he said If I did not  get what I wanted I should not come back home but should send voice note home. But I asked him if anything happened to him what should we do?. He said his prayer was to bury his mother and when the house  which was under construction   in Ifon, his home town  is completed he wished to relocate   there.He also said  that when  his mother  dies he would like to bury his mother  in his house in Ifon”.

Orimipe continued ”my father  said   he had told his mother  that when  she dies he would like her  to be buried in Ifon and when he too dies he should be buried by  the side of his  mother’s grave.  My late father  instructed  me to tell the family and I did . Unfortunately I had not seen what I was looking for then(Residence papers). I sent message home that he should be taken to Ifon in his house and be buried there.Unfortunately I had not seen what I was looking for , so I stayed behind .Although  my brothers and sisters performed the normal rites   but he(Orlando)  was  buried in Lagos. I  don’t   believe he has been buried . He has not rested .I know my father very well ,  he was a mysterious (abami) man. With that if a  man does the rightful thing he would see signs and if one does a wrong  he would see it too… I was very furious to them at first . This time there are no more quarrels .There are corrections to be made  if there are mistakes ,there are remedies or corrections to be made.”

I WILL EXHUME ORLANDO’S BONES FOR REBURIAL

   Asked to buttress his point on the ”correction  to be made”, he made mention, Orimipe  laughed and said ” You want me to nail it on the head?. I am saying   that if it is 20years  or 20months whenever I come back   home I  will exhume his body and take it to Ifon to bury. If  it is only one bone that remains in that grave  I will exhume it and rebury  his bones. If they ask  who has the right to change his words it is me the first child that has the right and if they also ask  who has the right  to remove the curse  it is also  me that has the right to revoke all the  curses .When it is time I will do it.”

                                       

I AM ALSO A MUSICIAN

Does he play music like his father too?, this reporter asked and he replied in his usual manner with proverb saying  ”A child takes semblance  of  his father. I am playing music   and have waxed three albums .I waxed  Tribute to my Father (Kennery Transformation ) the second one is  Echo of an Orphan, I am an orphan and I was born with words  so it is  like weeping or groaning on  what happened  to me and I called it Uleleje,it is a compilation of many  things that happened to me , the Yoruba would say  – arokan oun lo nfa ekun aida .

I EAT EWE OLA NOT IGBO  LIKE MY FATHER

Since a son takes after his father, he is asked again whether he smokes ganja like his late father. He responded as he gave a hysterical laughter  and said ”in Yoruba they call it igbo, you see God created herbs and plants, but we use them  differently .I don’t smoke hemp or igbo but I eat ewe ola”                                                                 

He continued ”It depends on how one   uses it  . Some would wrap  and smoke it  , some use it as  medicine . Where it is legalized , it is for medicinal purposes that is why it is legalized. Some are not used to it but it is from its  (igbo)’blood’  we were born .It cannot affect me  but I eat it. I  don’t smoke igbo or cigar but I chew it , I make  tea out of it , make it as agbo,herbs, I can chew it because it works in the body. It destroys the lungs of those smoking it. I see nothing bad in it ,but  should be used in a good way”, he emphasized.

MY  FATHER’S WIVES

He said ”All my father’s wives from the oldest to the youngest wife,  Shade  are my  mothers .Any right and respect I can give my mother   the same I give  to them.There could have been misunderstanding  before but now things are running smoothly. We have settled our differences  . They are expecting me to come home”.

 WHAT MY GRANNIES TAUGHT ME

On what makes him to be humble he said that is how he was raised. He however shed light on his good  behaviour and humility. He said ”You know  we came from different background , I am from Ifon,if you  ask my  father’s wives they will tell you about me, they will vouch for my character  and my humility .I was trained by my   grannies, I grew up under them .  I will never be rude to anybody . I grew up  under my grandparents and they did not teach me to be rude to old people but to respect them. My father trained us to respect elders and I later on found out in life  that humility pays . I will tell you one story….”

To be continued

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INTERVIEW IN OWO DIALECT

 

GREAT MUSICIANS WHO  DIED BEFORE THEIR PARENTS

BoN standing by Elvis Presley’s statue in Memphis, America

While parents pray that  their children should  bury them and never to have their children buried before their very eyes. But  Man proposes , God disposes. It is unfortunate that some  Musicians  like Michael Jackson, Bob Marley , Peter Tosh , Michael Jackson, Dagrin, Orlando Owoh  among others  left  behind their parents .

Elvis Presley King of Rock and Roll died on August 16, 1977 while his father, Vernon Presley  died on June 26, 1979(two years after the death of his son).

James Brown

The World Reggae King Bob Marley died on May 11, 1981 leaving his mother, Cedella Booker who died on April 8,2008 , that is 27years after.

                                   Bob Marley’s statue

Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father on April 1, 1984 while his father died on October 10,1998.

Peter Tosh was shot  dead on September 11, 1987 by some robbers in his house in Jamaica leaving his mother, Ms Coke  behind who later died at the age of 96  on October 29,2013.

Luther Vandross  the R & B legend died on July 1,2005 while his mother, Mary Ida  Vadross died on April 15,2008. King of Pop Music, Michael Jackson died on June 25,2009 while his father, Joe Jackson died in June 27,2018.Wacko Jacko’s mother is still alive.

Teddy Pendagrass died on January 13,2010 and his mother Ida Geraldine Epps died at 92 on May 11,2018.

 James Brown

Whitney Houston died on February 11,2012 while her mother Cissy Houston  is still alive .

Afeni Shakur mother of TUPAC  died on May 3, 2016.She lived  20 years after her son Tupac Shakur an American rapper was killed on September 13, 1996.

Back home

Gbenga Adeboye( aka Fun won tan) died  on April 30, 2003, his mother Madam Rebeca Tinuola died in August 3, 2013,  10 years after her son died.

Roland Olubola (aka Baba Ara) died on September 10, 2004 leaving his parents behind .

Oladapo  Olaitan Olaonipekun (aka Dagrin) died on the April 22, 2010 in an auto accident .The rapper’s parents are still alive kicking!

Orlando Owoh’s mother is still alive and she is around 110 years as many presumed while her son died on November 8, 2008.

Today, Michael Jackson ,Bob Marley, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Peter Tosh,  and all other notable musicians have statues erected honouring them  and in fact books are written about them in their respective countries and homes.  Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s statue is erected at Ikeja.Where is Orlando Owoh’s statue?

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      ORLANDO OWOH’S STATUE

 

Ojo Ibrahim complained bitterly that Orlando’s statue is becoming too late to be erected. He said ” What is wrong with our people ?. Are his friends bad or so poor or is it politics? It is a pity Orlando seems not to have any friends. Please don’t tell me  these people are waiting for the family before they can do anything.I am sad”

Another fan of Orlando said ” my brother , so nobody in Owo can assist to erect his statue? It is a shame ”.

Apart from Orlando’s statue it is high  time we honoured our Musicians like Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Epo Akara, Baba ‘Legba, Sony Okosun ,Kokoro,  Ayinla Omowura among others by erecting their statues in their towns and naming centres and streets after them .

We are appealing to family members, fans and friends especially Die the Matter, Oba Francis Apata and other friends to rescue the situation. However   hands are on deck as Adewuyi Folaranmi Adegbite is set   to launch Orlando’s book soon.

 

I thought Orlando would bury me 

Mama Morenike  Owomoyela is the mother of the late Musician , Orlando Owoh who died 11years ago at the  Lagos State University Hospital, on November 4, 2008 after a brief illness. Mama spoke about  Orlando’s friends and his surviving wives.

 

According to Mama Morenike, her son was a bundle of talent before  death took away her joy, she said ” I thought she would be the one to bury me but contrary is the case. It is painful , I now pray for his children to bury me”.

On Orlando’s  friends, the centenarian praised his friends like Oba Ipe , His Royal Highness Oba Francis Apata  and Die the Matter who have been of  great help to her  and faithful  friends  of her son since his exit. She said ” the two  friends of Orlando are really taking care of me .If you had come earlier you would have seen him. I went  to his house , he gave me money  and he had just dropped me off here”.She also spoke about  Oba Francis Apata  of Ipesi  , ” Oba Francis Apata used to  come here  and not with empty hand but  always with foodstuff. That is where he used to sit with me (pointing) not minding that he is a royal father. I really thank both of them for taking care of me”, the old woman said.

ORLANDO’s WIVES ARE WONDERFUL

Mama spoke about the wives Orlando left behind, as  she is full of praise for them she said ” the wives  of Orlando are in their husband’s ( Orlando) house. They do  come here to check on me ,they have been nice and good to me. I really thank them”.

 Though Mama is not happy that Orlando was buried in Lagos contrary to his wish , but what could she do?. According to the wives of the deceased, Orlando was buried where he instructed them to bury him  and investigation reveals that some of his friends and fans  were not happy over this issue.

While his music is played everyday on radio, Mama said she cries anytime she listens to it , ” Yes, I used to cry while listening to Orlando’s music being played on raido.. and each time I listened to the track he dedicated to me… E ba mi ki Morenike , iye t’eja…iye mi a di b’imi (Greet my mother, Morenike the fish monger, if we reincarnate again she will be my mother ),  I feel like crying .”

Ganja and Orlando

While the mother confirmed that her son smoked ganja, his wives too confirmed it and Mama said she was  aware that her  late son smoked Ganja  which  she never supported .   ”What did she do to stop him?”, she replied “I used to advise him  to stop smoking  Igbo, I even went extra mile to prepare  agbo (herbs/concotion ) for him to make him stop it but he did not take the  concoction,  he  would   argue that if he didn’t smoke it he would not have the energy to play and sing”.

When asked to guess her age , she shook her head and said it is difficult to know(since there was no record of birth during her time )  but she  mentioned  her friends like Caroline Oladoyin Abiodun, Mrs. Asagba, Madam Eunice. Adenike  who have all gone  , that is why I am saying  I am willing to die .There is nothing more I am doing on the earth, she said.

On whether she knew  her late son would be great , she replied with total humility that  she  never knew. ”I thank God thatt I had no intention to abort his pregnancy then , he became great in the end”.

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        Orlando

Mama’s wish is to be buried at the cemetery for she fervently believe in God and also  the Mama Ijo of St.Andrew’s Anglican Church.She is however treated well as Church Bus is being  used to convey her to church every sunday and she attested to this.

But where does  she want to be buried when God calls her home today?, she replied ”I want to be buried at the cemetery where my people slept, that is my wish ” she said as she emphasized.

E se rere ye o e se rere ,

e se rere ko ba le ye wa ooo.