Who knows where Sin City is in America?

……..Welcome to the City of Sin

………..Walaitalai Pastors , Deacons and the Saints will commit

………The City that never sleeps

…….The good, the bad and the ugly of…

THE  environment was bubbling  as music was blaring from high -powered  speakers mounted at the entrances of some of the buildings. Armed with fliers  were  Marketers from various companies  advertising their  different products and services calling prospective customers to patronize them  with the  promise of  attractive gifts and rewards .Visitors, Tourists , fun -seekers and the Natives- the Las Vegans were milling around . Lovers irrespective of their ages were seen holding their hands. Gamblers were walking into Casinos. Exotic cars , sports cars and racing motorcycles  and  Double-decker Buses were driving past while the traffic lights were controlling the drivers.

The only thing that stood still are the  skyscraper buildings  that are    competing with one another   in designs  and height as they   are all  struggling for space in the sky! .These buildings are what Yoruba would call awoyanu ,awodatolenu and awosifila buildings on Strip Street in Las Vegas Boulevard , a major road in the Las Vegas Valley of Nevada, best known for the Las Vegas Strip portion of the road and its casinos.

Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas


Some of these visitors made their way through the corridors , behind pillars, climbing winding staircases, and escalators . While some were in a hurry others were walking majestically enjoying the cool atmospheric condition .Various activities were going on. Marijuana was being smoked freely , they call this recreational Marijuana which is legal in Las Vegas. It was all fun. Some Stripers  were entertaining with their erotic dance. They  know Son of Man’s weakness so they exposed the ”areas” and  ”angles” that would  make Son of Man to become restless and commit sin .

Although it was rowdy but boisterous with a lot of fun. A minstrel  was singing and playing a piano expecting money from passers by .  A homeless man   clutched his dirty clothes by his side and  with his face was contorting with pain and  waving his long withered hand  begging for alms .Another was looking askance  with two hands stretched .Poor me, I never believed there are beggars or homeless people in America!


We danced and danced and danced………. 
Some ladies were half- nude calling passers-by, calling for shots. When  I sighted the damsels with feathery hats I remembered the four wise monkeys and also a carving of the three wise monkeys proudly placed above the door of the shrine since the 17th century made by a sculptor, Hidari Jingoro, the carving is a pictorial maxim of the phrase, “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. No wonder the saying ”Do not see evil, Do not hear Evil, do not touch Evil and do not do Evil ”. No wonder one would see young and old couples holding themselves in order to avoid disobeying or falling foul of these four rules in Las Vegas!,

Who is the best dancer here?

I asked my wife, Ronnie whether I should obey the three rules of the monkey , she said ”Yes , but also obey the fourth one ‘do no evil”’. I asked whether I could take picture with them, she responded ” of course if you want”, she brought out my iPad and took some  shots.

Four Monkeys See Hear Speak No Evil Ornament Sculpture Bust image 0

The four wise monkeys

When I sighted many of these damsels of different shapes,  races and colors  I screamed ”Ha! mo gbe, no wonder King Solomon had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines”. I screamed ‘Lord where is thy face ?. Solomon must have seen these and their beauty, dressing and brains of these ladies’. I now realized why Solomon should not be blamed. I now saw the reason why the powerful Samson fell on on a woman’s lap. I now saw the reason why great men who could not control themselves fell yakata and had their lives cut short or miserable .

Walai talai to the lily- livered or a Gigolo infact if you are a Man of God, or Pastor  you will beg not to be tempted for if their beauty did not attract you their dressing would .And if their dressing did not do the job then their magic wand – their smile and the way they beckon on you showing their glittering white teeth and with their sexy eyes  . Call them ‘Mother , sorry, Father Christmas as they all dressed in Santa Claus suit. But their own Santa Claus did not give out gifts instead they demanded for gift -money .



Taiwo Abiodun dancing with the ladies


Taiwo Abiodun with the ladies

”Come and take picture with us ”, one of them called this reporter  .

Seeing them one could see their  artificial wings attached to their clothes , they wore their sexy chain bra jewelries, some were made of silver , some of gold and some crystal body chain. Some wore their father Xmas Caps but no beard  .Their shoes were expensive and enticing . Their faces were bright , their good set of teeth were glittering . They giggled  and wriggled their waists .We took pictures, danced and danced .

When they demanded for money , Ronnie gave them twenty dollars, and said ” Abbey , they don’t do all this for free, you have to pay them, that is their business”.

I went into my hotel room and many thoughts flooded my mind, so it is true that Las Vegas is called the Entertainment Capital of the World, the Gambling Capital of the Worldthe Marriage Capital of the World, the City that Never Sleeps among others. It is fun 24/7.It is fun throughout the whole year . 

No wonder they called the city ,Sin City  where gambling, ladies of the night and liquor are all easily accessible.

I shall visit the Sin City again ,but having the four monkeys’ wise sayings in mind.



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

Agba Oluwere







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

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

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


Bako  Adekunle    Michael

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

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

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

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

Welcome to Bako  Adekunle  Michael’s  world.

Listen to the rest of the interview here

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

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

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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



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


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













Why Americans love African food-Kofo Osun

African Palace 

Parked at the frontage  of the Restaurant  are fleet of  exotic cars . On the facing board of the  building  is a  big   signboard  and boldly  written on it is    AFRICAN PALACE   RESTAURANT &  BAR . While the artworks of  Caribbean   Cuisine  artistically displayed  on the door  could make one  salivate as one glances at the  artwork .

Assorted wine glasses  , Wines and Whiskies at the Bar Section

A quick glimpse of the restaurant  welcomes you to the well -designed and well- arranged banquet hall .The Restaurant furniture  in the Banquet Hall are well -crafted   wooden chairs. The beautiful sparkling lightnings brightens the Palace  coupled  with different  disco colors that would  remind you the Children’s rhythms of Twinkle , Twinkle Little Star…... The lights are all sparkling and producing  different  colors with  effects .The sittings are  well arranged  and  colorful  while the aroma of their food wafted in  the air as the sliding door to the kitchen was slightly opened.

Looking around one could see people of different nationalities , of different colors  and races asking for African food!.African food?, Yes! with  affordable prices. No wonder  African -Americans are yearning to go to Africa their fatherland  from where their ancestors came from.What makes African Palace Restaurant   tick is a four letter word : L…..O….V …..E  for African Food .

BoN during an interview with Osun


At the  Bar section  are assorted drinks (not Ogogoro) , in fact the  bottles are of  different shapes and colors  while the contents are of different colors and taste.  A self- professed Born Again Christian who claims

Bayo Ogunmolawa, Gboyega Agaun, Kofo Osun, Chief Gboyega Aruwajoye (late) and Mrs. Kike Osun at African Palace during an engagement

he does  not take  alcohol  could be tempted  if he glances at these well –   designed  bottles or could be  attracted by the  beautiful colored contents calling his  attention to  gulp a  pint. Not only this the Wines also could make  one  ask for more with the way the  well- crafted bottles  with different designs  are displayed .

On the shelves are  Vodka,Gin, Rum, Tequila, Whiskey,Brandy, Beer, Vermouth,Mezcal,Irish Whiskey,Pisco, Canadian Whiskey,Schnapps among others. What of the glass cups ? A set of over 150 wine glasses  are beautifully  arranged upside down under cabinet   and the  setting  could make you beg  to be arranged along with it! .Yes, they are  on top hanging , shining., but no, they will not fall off!…That is African Palace for you, where everything is enticing or attractive.

Prince Agaun at African Palace

According to Prince  Gboyega Agaun ( aka LOBO)  who describes the beauty of  the Bar  and said the setting of the wine glasses alone  could make one ‘commit’ if one is a non -drinker , he added ” In African Palace you have different types of Glass wine like Cabernet, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Zinfandel Pinort Noir , Rose and Chardonnay  which are meant for different types of wines like White, Red , Sparkling and Rose wines.You see, I love hearing the clinking of these wine glasses which thrills me” , Agaun said as he was counting them on his finger tips .  The Prince  who has been patronizing the restaurant for years is from Owo  in Ondo State , Nigeria . He said  ” this is where we entertain visitors from Nigeria, United Kingdom and all over the world , it is a super and good place to be , and I mean it because you would be satisfied with all what you need ”

Engineer Samson Adekunle  Obanigba who has spent over 30 years  in America  and now in St.Louis said he  does not bring visitors here to entertain only  but also  sees  African Palace as a place for   business meetings.He said ”apart from eating here this place is also used for  Club meetings ,  engagements ,ceremonies   and parties.  My  sister In-law used this Hall to   to celebrate   her birthday , so also my mother in law .


This  place is a good place to be  with their neatness and high standard of good quality food , it is super excellent “.

The Engineer continued ”Here at  African palace  you will smell local soup ( Obe  Oogun, Obe Koowu, Obe itogho, Obe Efo, efo riro, pepper soup with Owo ingredients ). Here you see Amala, fufu, eba, iyan, rice, beans, dodo, among others and different types of fish. African Palace is like a good palm wine for  customers who visits   .After all a good palm wine needs no advertisement!”.

No wonder the name African Palace Restaurant is popular in St.Louis , State of Missouri in America.The name African Palace is synonymous with Kofo Osun. When you mention African Palace then they will mention Kofo or Koffi. The moment you enter African Palace you have  arrived your native land  or  home!. If you are from any tribe in Africa then walk in and ask for your menu. A man from Osun state  in Nigeria who begs for anonymity said ” I come here every Wednesday to take home  Oka  with Obe gbegiri also called abula. I am from Ogbomoso in Nigeria. The food here is fantastic and I no longer  miss home again”. Julius (surname withheld) is another  customer that patronizes the restaurant, he is  from Benin in Nigeria .Julius said ” I eat ogha, ogbonno , along with periwinkles and pounded yam here infact this  place is a -must for lovers of African food,this place is home away from home. A South African man who visits African Palace said ” I fall in love with their suya, the way Koffi ( Kofo) prepares it  is spicy , it is delicious. ”

The moment  you step into African Palace you have ‘arrived’ African soil as you would meet all tribes in Africa, like Yoruba, Hausa, Ibo , South, East and North  Africans , but the reason is not far fetched for you would  see  African food such as Eba, Iyan , Amala and other African food. What of soup? They have all kinds from okra soup, vegetable, Egunsi, ogbonno, Ogha, Ugba, and other African soups cum  ponmo, bush meat, snail, assorted fish and the orisirisi  ( assorted meat) .

Bob Marley’s portrait


Yes the restaurant is always   full and busy from Tuesday to Sunday. On Friday night the workers are as busy as bees . Why? the answer is it is Reggae Night. On Friday you are welcome to the DJ lightnings as  one could see the disco ball  or mirror ball or glitter ball which reflects lights  in many directions. The   Dee Jay is ever  ready to give you all  types of Reggae music(Roots, Rock , Makkosa, Punky)  with his electronic base speakers  booming from all corners of the dancing Hall. African Palace  have the latest Reggae Music in the world.Here Jamaican and Reggae Music  lovers are seen with their dreadlocks swinging on their shoulders  or descending  down their backs while you heard  them speaking their patois .They greet you shouting  One love with their clenched fists , or give knuckles touches as a greeting while others would scream Jah Rastafari . Attend  a  Friday Reggae  night and you would beg the Dee Jay not to stop the  music.

While Waiters, Waitresses go  around with smile asking customers what they would like to order from the menu , carry out is also available.

Ronnie Jones describes African Palace thus “I love African Palace . I had never  tasted  African food  before now.  One of my co-workers suggested I tried  it out for he  always bring African food in for himself. Not only this , their Suya  is a specially prepared meat is quite good. Taste their food and you will come back again”, I must have it at least twice a week the African -American who married a Nigerian boasted, and added ”  I enjoy the Friday Reggae Night, this is a place I always go to defuse my tension and relax by dancing to several Reggae music”


A  visitor  from Nigeria  came  looking for one Kofo Osun for a  private discussion . One of  the Servers   asked him  to exercise patience .The visitor was shocked when  he was introduced to the man who had been serving   customers and  pacing ups and downs, the visitor could not believe.Why? He expected  the manager to be in his office, shouting and  commanding .’That is the  Koffi  you are looking for , the owner of the African Palace.”

The visitor was shocked to his bone marrow seeing the Managing Director serving .Unlike in Nigeria where the owner would cross his legs wining and  be ordering and supervising his workers , but for Kofo, he along  with his co-workers worked side by side and crack jokes.

Kofo is a man of few words. While some call him Brother, others call him Uncle ,but he is called ”Koffi” by Americans, African-Americans , Indians, Mexicans and other nationalities,  who pronounce his name Kofo as Koffi , a Ghanaian name. But whether you call him Koffi or Kofo he does not blink an eye , he would only tell you that ”that is how they can pronounce it ”. Kofo is from Owo, Ondo State , Nigeria.

Kofo  is about five foot 10 inches tall. He is handsome and with an oval face .He is  charming and loving .He smiles always  like a man who wins millions of dollars from Casino always .Yes, some call him a Philanthropist , others call him a role model.He is approachable as many testified and gave testimonies of his generosity  .


When approached , he with full smile started his story “I have  spent 32 years  here in America and I thank  God for His mercies on me”.He continued as he gave reasons why he established the Restaurant, Why he named it African Palace, his love for his home town and why he established a sister African Palace in Akure , Ondo State , Nigeria.The  reason behind his Friday Reggae Night , .Listen to him in this video.

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


  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


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


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


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”.


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”.


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”


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 .      


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).


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”


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 .”


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 ”



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


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

……Orlando  was gifted

…….Story of Orlando’s seized 504 Car

……Meaning of  my name ‘Orimipe’



”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”.


”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.


”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.”


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


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”.


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.


”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


”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.”


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


 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.


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)


”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)


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


          ”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”.


” 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”.


”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 ”


”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 .




      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.



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.



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.”


   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.”



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 .


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.


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”.


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


…..How our house was raided

….. The Cocaine /Alagbon saga etc

I thought Orlando would bury me-Orlando Owoh’s mother






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?




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.


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”.



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.