Olaoye- Osinkolu Vs Melrose: Legal battle continues tomorrow

Olaoye-Osinkolu

Tomorrow, Tuesday  July 2, 2019 the Ogun State High  Court will be sitting  as the   legal battle between a writer/journalist,  Mrs.  Dupe Olaoye -Osinkolu   and  a global brand book publishing company , Melrose Books and Publishing Limited continue . The case  was adjourned on the 9th of  April when the Court did not sit.

The   case started in  the year 2012 . In an Original Summons filed on her behalf by a Lagos State -based legal firm , Oluyinka Olujimi & Associates , Mrs. Olaoye- Osinkolu  had informed an Ota , Ogun State High Court  that the said company has since the year 2012 held on to her intellectual work , in flagrant breach of a contract signed with her.

She told the court that the publishing company published  in a leading national newspaper asking people with educational children stories to submit them for consideration and eventual publication.

The claimant forwarded her  own contribution of which the considered very good and satisfied their standard and merit. The company, Melrose   later invited Olaoye -Osinkolu  to sign the contract , and among the  terms are that she must not make the story available to any other publishing company  while it made some financial pledges , including  if it failed to publish the work.

Seven years after the company , Melrose Books and Publishing Limited  neither published her work  nor compensated her despite her  demand for her materials  be returned.Now  she  fears  that they must have printed the work in another foreign country under a fictitious name or title.

Mrs. Olaoye -Osinkolu is seeking the following reliefs ;

1. A declaration that the defendant’s failure or neglect and /or refusal to either publish or return the manuscript of the Claimant and /or pay compensation to the claimant is wrongful and constitute a breach of agreement between both parties

2. A sum of N25million (Twenty five million naira) only as damages against the defendant for the loss suffered by the Claimant on the account of not publishing /returning/compensating/the Claimant as contained in the agreement .

3.A sum of N20million as compensation for the loss of another contract suffered by the Claimant on the account of the agreement binding the defendant to the Claimant.

4.Interest at the rate of 10percent per annum from the date of judgement until judgement is satisfied as provided in the rules of Court .However , rather than affirm or deny the claim of the journalist,the company has told the  court  that it lacks jurisdiction to entertain  the matter.

In a preliminary objection  filed  on its behalf  by a law firm , Enitan Associates , the company  is seeking refuge in a legal technicality that the suit was  brought as an Originating Summons and not a Writ of Summons.

Originating Summons are processes in which Courts are asked to interprete  statutes or agreements, while  writs are for contentious matters.

In an interview with taiwoabiodun.com , Olaoye-Osinkolu vowed to see the matter to a conclusive end . She was shocked that   the company would  seek refuge in technicalities rather than either admit or deny her claims of being unjustly the enjoyment of her intellectual property.

She said  ”This is real cheating and it is unfortunate we allow this type of fraudulent activities to go on in this country. Now how will others be encouraged or how will they trust these publication companies? .Just imagine, this is the same company that , on receiving our court summons pleaded  for out of Court settlement , and renewed pledges to publish the work .They even hurriedly sent me a hurriedly designed purported book cover in which they misspelt my name .I, in contact with some other writers whose works they also fraudulently obtained and refused to publish are waiting for Melrose Books  and Publishing. Yet, their contact binds us from making the works available to other publishers. We are waiting for them in Court”.

The work  has been with the Melrose Books and Publishing Limited  since 2012.

A day with Oladejo Okediji

Pa   Oladejo Okediji  a Yoruba fictional writer who died some  weeks ago has since been buried. Our reporter Taiwo Abiodun went down memory lane to write on his encounter with the late Writer

    It was one afternoon , an okada rider dropped me at the gate of a building    at Mabolaje Area in Oyo town. I knocked and a woman sewing clothe (who I later learnt  was Baba’s younger wife) opened the gate. As Baba  sighted me , he said ”come in ,   I have been expecting you .How are you my son? I hope it  was  not difficult for you to  locate this place?. How was your journey?”, I replied it was fine. ”Baba , your son, Professor Moyo Okediji gave me your cell phone  number’ ‘, I  said and he replied ” Yes, he called me on phone and told me you were coming for an interview , thanks”.

One of his bookshelves

Simple and soft spoken, loving and jovial, Baba Okediji   trusted people  and  believed in God. He  did not ask for my identification card as some would.  I have worked in the media for many years and have met  those who are not up to his caliber  and would  arrogantly demand  for one’s  identity card and even ask   whether one is a  a genuine reporter. Some would look at you with disdain then  take you to another place, or outside for interview while some with arrogance  would  show you their material wealth  and therefore would change to another expensive living room to show you how wealthy  they are but not Baba Okediji. He said ” Sit down, and let us do the interview here”, the interview was successfully conducted.

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. In his living room were prophetic , philosophical and Biblical  verses written on  cardboard papers  and hanging loosely in the air  like ‘MA SORO IBINU’, ‘BI O BA BERU OLOUN’,  ‘JESU NI AGBARA’ , ‘PRAY’,  ‘MA SIKA’,  ‘U 2 WILL PROSPER’, ‘BE A GOOD MAN’ ,  ‘GOD IS GOOD’, ‘SMILE’, ‘GOD WILL GIVE’ , ‘JESU NI AGBARA’ ,’PRAY’,  ‘MA SIKA’,  ‘GOD WILL GIVE’, MA SORO IBINU’, ‘ BI O BA BERU OLOUN ‘,  GOD IS GOOD’,  ‘JESUS LOVES YOU’, ‘BE A GOOD MAN’, ‘U 2 WILL PROSPER’, ‘SMILE’, ‘BE A METHODIST’,  ‘JESUS LOVES YOU’,

I said ” Sir , how is Lapade , Tafa Igiripa Omo Lawale?”, he laughed and asked ”Do you want to see them?” and we all laughed. I could not  imagine how a simple man could craft stories like that . I was expecting a tall and huge man. I was expecting a man with croaked voice like he described Tafa  in his books. I was expecting the spirit of Lapade, Tafa, and Sule Alayimo , but no. I was expecting his action to be like that police officer, Audu, but no,Baba was simple , he spoke  softly as  I interviewed him.

I looked at him, I was excited to see him , excited to know him and felt honoured to shake his hands.  ”So this is  the Baba  that wrote those mind-boggling , suspence  and  adventurous    crime stories?”. This  reminded  me of the late Bayo Oguntuase a Linguistic  and Columnist whom I knew in the defunct Concord Press, The Comet and The Nation newspapers correcting English  tenses . He   used to sleep ‘among’ his books. I went to his house while he was still living at Ketu, Lagos  where I found him using his room , living room as   libraries as you cannot differentiate which one was  the  library or bedroom!.

Now Baba Okediji was like the late Oguntuase ,he was  taking me round his personal room,  having confidence in me. On his bookshelves are  Yoruba and English literature , novels and Grammar books you cannot find  in any Nigerian library or bookshop.His library was rich with  books, he had books!.

When he told me that one of his children is a Professor,another a lawyer , a principal etc, I looked at him again and said ” God please give me the humility that this man possessed.  Those who didn’t have one  of these are proud and doing gra gra , making noise in public places, but not Baba Okediji!

I looked at the card boards where he wrote some Christian, philosophical, moral and soul- lifting  words that could convert  an Atheist or the Devil to Christian . I looked at him and asked whether he was a preacher and   when I remembered that he was Baba Ijo and the Baale of Apaara community , I praised him to  high heavens .

I asked ” Baba why did it take you a long time to write again for  only Agbalagba Akan, Aja Lo leru, Oga ni Bukola, Atoto Arere that are known?”, he said ” Oh I have published some other books like Ka rin ka Po which I published 30 years after  Aja lo leru , it is the third book after Aja Lo leru, and Agbalagba Akan, I have also published  Running after Riches and  they are in the market”.

”Baba you should be a millionaire by now  for your books are popular?”, I  said, Baba laughed,  blew his handwoven fan and  asked ” Taiwo or Babalawo of the Nation, are you also rich?That is the problem, Nigerian writers are not appreciated and don’t have money ”

   When  asked about what he hung   in the living room he said ” when people see this they will think twice , and even when you read  and ponder over them  before you go to sleep you will repent. They are messages , there are many ways one can evangelize, all these are part of evangelizing . I don’t need to go to the street preaching”.

In my own opinion Baba was a millionaire  but chose to be  humble.  He was a millionaire but lived a modest life .How many old people were buried within three days with fanfare, honour and dignity as he was?. 
Goodnight Baba.

”the meaning of Alampasu”

 

……..I didn’t know my parents

…….Meaning of Alampasu,

…..They rumoured that..

……My son ran away for 7 years

TOMI ALAMPASU AT HOME

The building has become the cynosure of all eyes as many people now point to it, to describe who the owner. The building which was not completed before had been completed, thanks for the success story of Dele Alampasu the son of the owner of the building, Tomi Alampasu , father of Nigeria Under 17 goal keeper who won the World Cup for Eaglets some years ago.

Meeting Tomi Alampasu is interesting as he was happy , jovial and was filled with praises of his son, Dele Alampasu. As the man who is in his 60s brought out drinks for visitors  , he said” I thank God that I have become a popular man now since my son became a celebrity , I thank God”, as he said  he cleaned his nose ,no thanks to catarrh, he had.  However , he used his snuff to blow it away, and said ” I am happy Oga journalist , I have been expecting you, ”

I DIDN’T KNOW MY PARENT

Tomi Alampasu said he did not pray for his children to experience the hardship he went through, he said ” I did not know my parents. I was told they died in the Nigerian Civil War, this is painful. I only knew my cousins and uncles, but I never set my two eyes on my parents for I was told they both died in the war”, as he said this be blew his nose and tears flooded on his cheeks.He continued  ”So when my son became a celebrity it was a thing of joy for me . I am happy that he is doing well in my lifetime. Suffering is not the best my brother ”.

         

I SEARCHED FOR MY SON FOR WEEKS
Tomi Alampasu said  his son left home for weeks and did not come  back home yet did not know his whereabouts .He at a time went out looking for him. ”Later I was hearing rumour that I had used him for money making ritual , they said how would I say I didn’t know where my son went for weeks. But I kept my cool until I found him and everybody knew I did not use him for money making ritual” [ he burst into laughter].
      According to Alampasu, he sent his son to school but he came back one day and said he wanted to learn welding of which he happily accepted and put him  where he could learn it ,” but for some days I didn’t see him , and I started looking for him , infact I wanted to arrest his boss.
 ”Thank God that I saw him at last , but when I saw him he was in a  football boot and I  had to  plead with  him to  come back home but he did not.I became confused .Later he ran away from home for seven years and I did not see him.He ran away from home and I began to search for him.The seven years was hell  as I was disturbed searching everywhere for him”.

    SUCCESS AT LAST
Asked how he eventually saw him , the man gave a heavy sigh and said “He left home for seven years before we  eventually set eyes on ourselves but my people used to see him in football  kit either while he was on his way  for training or was going  somewhere to lay his head .Then I was molding bricks to eke a living , in addition to my using my motorcycle for commercial purpose .When nothing was forthcoming I started on full time riding a commercial motorcycle , Okada to  make  money .One day , he (Alampasu) came to play at Odewale,( football field)and at another place called Iso(football field) he then went ahead to drop his phone number at Ajegunle Bus stop our Okada commercial terminal,  in fact  when he passed  bye   I did not recognize him again ,  and he too could not recognize me , his father again.He later called me on phone to come and sign for him.
“The day I went to meet him he asked me to come and sign some documents as his father for his visa , I asked what for? , and he said it was a thing of joy .I then packed my Okada somewhere and went to sign for him , in fact it was another man who assisted me to take my Okada home .Later he didn’t spend up to two weeks before  he went to Abuja from where he called me and said he had been invited to Abuja , I advised him to be of a good behavior .But I must confess to you that I did not regret his running away now for he  eventually brought good result!”

  I  HAVE ABANDONED OKADA

Alampasu said he has abandoned his Okada he uses for commercial purpose since his son had warned him to stop, he said ” My brother , okada business is not easy , it is a hard job and there is no money in it. I did it for many years including bricklaying  but since my son , Dele has warned me and advised me to stop Ihave put a stop to it”.

I WAS IN ASO ROCK
The Goal keeper’s achievement  opened doors for his father to have access to Federal and state government houses , he said , “Could you believe that  I saw the former Lagos state governor  Mr.Babatunde  Fashola (SAN) one on one and former President Ebele Goodluck Jonathan and I shook hands with them in Lagos state office and Aso Rock in Abuja ? .All through my son who won the cup .I have never met anyone of them except through the television.I was excited when  I saw my son  sitting and shaking hands with the head of State President Dr. Ebele Jonathan   and  Governor Babatunde   Fashola the   then Lagos State Governor   .Who am I to meet these people?, What qualification do I have ? .  Me , an ordinary person? . But I thank God my son  made it, and I am proud of him” .

Asked whether he too plays football, but the man who was excited said ” oh yes, my son took after me, I  used to play football when I was young and in the military but since I left several years ago I  had stopped . Infact I was acting too , I was in theater group  but all these  belonged to the past now”,

According to him , each time he sees his son on television and reads it in newspapers he feels happy  and proud of him , he said  ” sometimes  ago when he came to visit me  at Itoki , Ogun state ,he came in an entourage  ,  while you people (journalists)  were with him asking questions , I felt like carrying him  on my back like a baby .All  the Nigerian newspapers  carried  the news that he came to my house , the radio stations carried it too!”

ADVISE FOR PARENTS
The man Alampasu said “Everybody  has his own destiny ,one should not imitate anybody . what I am rejoicing for today is  another person’s  regret. Whatever our children are doing they should be allowed to do it since they are not  into  crime .We should stop controlling our children’s future . If I had known that footballing  will lead to my son’s greatness I would have encouraged him since instead of criticizing him”.

I AM NOW RECOGNIZED
Level has changed for Tomi , hear him “Before I became popular  I was the only one living  here , nobody even recognized me , but now  the way I am being greeted  has changed , those who were not greeting me before are now greeting me and  those who were not my friends before have become my friends .Before,  nobody recognized me , but now people greet me and say this is Alampasu’s  father , this is Alampasu’s father (shaking his head), when I was still riding my Okada for commercial purpose I  would come in quietly but now it is a different thing as I am seen and recognized”.

MEANING OF ALAMPASU

When asked  the meaning of Alampasu, the man laughed , and said ”you know names have meanings, deeper meanings, Everybody has names, and all names have meanings , even the Bible gave spiritual interpretations to names , I am an Egun man, I am from Badagry. My son’s name is Dele Alampasu, and Alampasu means a warrior that cannot be defeated or confronted. That is that . Names are spiritual and you know what it means . I thank God in His infinite and help me to pray also”, as he said this , he took his snuff, sneezed and shook hands with this reporter and asked ” please let me know when you publish this story o. i want to read it ”.

Writer’s legal battle continues against Melrose

Olaoye-Osinkolu

Next Monday, April 9, 2019 the legal battle between a writer/journalist,  Mrs.  Dupe Olaoye -Osinkolu   and  a global brand book publishing company , Melrose will continue.

The case started since the year 2012 . In an Original Summons filed on her behalf by a Lagos State -based legal firm , Oluyinka Olujimi & Associates , Mrs. Olaoye- Osinkolu  had informed an Ota , Ogun State High Court  that the said company has since the year 2012 held on to her intellectual work , in flagrant breach of a contract signed with her.

She told the court that the publishing company published  in a leading national newspaper asking people with educational children stories to submit them for consideration and eventual publication.

The claimant forwarded her  own contribution of which the considered very good and satisfied their standard and merit. The company,Melrose   later invited Olaoye -Osinkolu  to sign the contract , and among the  terms are that she must not make the story available to any other publishing company  while it made some financial pledges , including  if it failed to publish the work.

Seven years after the company , Melrose  neither published the work  nor compensated her despite her  demand for her materials  be returned.Now  she  fears  that they must have printed the work in another foreign country under a fictitious name or title.

Now Olaoye -Osinkolu is seeking the following reliefs ;

1. A declaration that the defendant’s failure or neglect and /or refusal to either publish or return the manuscript of the Claimant and /or pay compensation to the claimant is wrongful and constitute a breach of agreement between both parties

2. A sum of N25million (Twenty five million naira) only as damages against the defendant for the loss suffered by the Claimant on the account of not publishing /returning/compensating/the Claimant as contained in the agreement .

3.A sum of N20million as compensation for the loss of another contract suffered by the Claimant on the account of the agreement binding the defendant to the Claimant.

4.Interest at the rate of 10percent per annum from the date of judgement until judgement is satisfied as provided in the rules of Court .However , rather than affirm or deny the claim of the journalist,the company has told the  court  that it lacks jurisdiction to entertain  the matter.

In a preliminary objection  filed  on its behalf  by a law firm , Enitan Associates , the company  is seeking refuge in a legal technicality that the suit was  brought as an Originating Summons and not a Writ of Summons.

Originating Summons are processes in which Courts are asked to interprete  statutes or agreements, while  writs are for contentious matters.

In an interview with taiwoabiodun.com , Olaoye-Oshinkolu vowed to see the matter to a conclusive end . She was shocked that   the company would  seek refuge in technicalities rather than either admit or deny her claims of being unjustly the enjoyment of her intellectual property.

She said  :”This is real cheating and it is unfortunate we allow this type of fraudulent activities to go on in this country. Now how will others be encouraged or how will they trust these publication companies? .Just imagine, this is the same company that , on receiving our court summons pleaded  for out of Court settlement , and renewed pledges to publish the work .They even hurriedly sent me a hurriedly designed purported book cover in which they misspelt my name .I, in contact with some other writers whose works they also fraudulently obtained and refused to publish are waiting for Melrose Books  and Publishing .Yet, their contact binds us from making the works available to other publishers .We are waiting for them in Court”,

The case has been adjourned to April 9, 2019 for further hearing .

Palm wine is their medicine in Ila Orangun!

       Ila ko n’ise meji, emu n’ise won [Ila has no other        business but palm wine tapping]

           Akiwarapa a b’ito funfun l’enu,
         Iyawo elega
     Akiwarapa a b’ito funfun  l’enu , o wo’lu  l’aaro,

 bo ba d’ale ariwo a ta,

   a ni B’o o lo Ko o m’aalo,

  iyawo elegbe fati abi elegbe run

( Epileptic man  that foams  from the  mouth. When he  arrives in the morning he remains gentle but in the night he threatens his wife saying  ‘Go if you want to !’. The next day he   begs his wife for forgiveness]

WELCOME TO ILA ORANGUN

As the commercial bus  drove past , the palm -wine trees on both sides of the road  were the cynosure of all while the aroma of  the palm- wine wafted in the air. As the vehicle was running fast the trees too were running backward while  the scent increased.Funny!.

 

 

  A palm-wine tree in Ila Orangun

    Some of these palm-wine  trees are tall while  some are of average heights  of different shapes while  their palm-fronds with their green leaves showed how healthy  the trees are  in  the   environment.  The  fresh breeze coming from the areas was felt as the sound of the ‘slapping’ of the leaves could be heard- no thanks to the evening breeze. From afar off  one could see different sizes of gourds attached on the palm-wine trees.                                                                       

    Prince Oladosun, Halimat and others

A man   unconsciously  cried out  ” Je nlo de’mu mi , agbe mi yio ti kun” [Let me go and ‘offload’ my palm wine, my gourds would have been filled up] , while everybody  in the  commercial bus burst into laughter.

   Another passenger responded ” I have left  Lagos   where we  drink ‘chemical’, and I am going back home to drink fresh palm -wine”, he added ”I take two kegs of palm- wine to Ibadan to sell every week end”.

 Other  passengers debated on   the advantages of palm -wine over alcohol. In  a jiffy,  the topic of  the local wine  turned many  passengers to overnight ‘Medical doctors’, ‘Nutritionists’, Chemists’ ‘Pastors’ and ‘Counselors’ as each brought his own views on the wine while the argument almost resulted to exchange of hot words and fisticuffs.

            

While the argument continued the vehicle  arrived its destination ,  Ila Orangun town. 

PALM -WINE IS OUR BUSINESS

Four elderly men coming back  from the farm with  their gourds foaming from their mouths were sighted  . This reporter approached one of them for interview   who was jovial and turned the interview to a comedy , as he went  into action, singing ” Ila ko n’ise meji, emu n’ise won” [Ila has no other business but palm- wine tapping].

Another one boasted ” Have  you tasted it? .Have you drank our wine?. Have you been to  our  forest to see our gold?. You will marvel  seeing how Ila Orangun town is  blessed with precious ‘gold’ . We  are  the biggest supplier of  palm- wine  in the South -West of  Nigeria, if you are in  doubt then go and ask”. 

One  Nosiru Shiitu  who lives  in the town stated ”Our wine  is different  from the chemicals you people take  in Lagos .Our wine  is fresh , undiluted  and medicinal. It cures malaria fever, we mix  it with other herbs and roots and use it for one thing or the other”, he boasted.

       

     STORIES, STORIES IN PALM -WINE JOINTS

   It was a Friday  around 6pm , the sun had gone down and everywhere was bubbling as  civil servants  had returned home, farmers and artisans too had retired  home and  all went out to cool down with drinks. Some were in the Beer Parlor sipping their beer with pepper soup and bush meat while others in Palm- wine joints cooling off.

Different types of cars, motorcycles and bicycles were packed  on the streets while long benches, wooden  and iron chairs were used as seats in Palm -wine joints. Some however  sat on  concrete cement    as the sight of gourds, plastic kegs and cups with calabash cups (aha) were offered. Customers were served , those who were anxious to drink served themselves and told the woman how many they had taken.Here, the literates and illiterates discussed all manners of topics from social to politics.They threw banters not minding their status, religion, or sex.

Stories of all kinds were told, two hunters spoke about their adventures, one narrated  how he met a Fairy (Iwin) while another old man described   how he killed a tiger  with his dane gun. An old man who had fewer teeth in his mouth   caught attention of everybody as he narrated how fought in  Germany. He described Adolf Hitler’s bunker, and threw  everybody  into suspense . The old  man gave the graphic  details of  the German war   and when he was   highly ‘ charged’  he    started   gesticulating and  punching   the air with his  fists as he was   expressing his  views to  drive  home his  points .

In another scene  some young men   were  dancing to  the African Kennery, Orlando Owoh’s music  blaring from the giant hifi speakers  placed in strategic positions. Palm -wine is  what  brought   them  together!.

               

BoN   posed with a statue in Ila Orangun

     The ancient town ,Ila Orangun is popular not because  of the political gladiators they have  or because of the politics they practice but it is popular and well known as the only  town in the South  west that  has the highest number of  palm wine trees and  also trade in the palm wine business .
Virtually almost  all households   in Ila Orangun sell palm- wine and it is said that the best palm wine   is from the ancient town.
One of the prominent sons of the town, Prince Olusegun Idowu Oladosun said  “This town generates 80per cent of her earnings from  the proceeds  of palm wine.There is hardly any household that do not trade in palm-wine  from natives to  non -natives. My forefathers were palm wine tappers. From my   great grand mother down to my mother were  also palm -wine sellers.We  brew  palm -wine, it is our own industry and our great source  of income”.
A palm -wine seller, Halimat  Olawole  who  is in her 70s, said “I inherited  this business from my parents . They were both  palm wine tappers and  sellers. Our own palm wine is the best in the country, we don’t mix  our palm wine with chemical. My forefathers were palm wine tappers. When they   traveled and settled down  in other places like Ile -Ife  they were  doing the same business till they died”, she continued ” my father’s  name was Gbadamosi ,  my father had no  other job than  tapping palm wine. And his wives had no other job than selling palm wine” .
Prince  Oladosun described  the town that it  has no other medicine than palm wine ( Ila k’o l’ooogun , emu l’ogun Ila), he said ” the only job we have here is palm wine tapping from time immemorial and  we are  also into farming”.
Apart from being our business  , palm- wine  cures all ailments Suleiman Oluwarotimi said , raising his voice .He said ” any child  that is sick and given this palm wine must be healed if  he did  not  recover then  we believe the baby  is a bastard.”
For Aremu Joseph   who is non native (from Ekiti) but had worked and retired in  Ila Orangun have this to say ” this is how we drink it here , I am from Ekiti state. I am happy to have been caught here  drinking it, palm wine is good  for your health  but one should not abuse it and then  drink to stupor” , he cautioned .

EXPENSIVE JOKE

Another non indigene , Bamidele Adeagbo  said “I am from Idanre in Ondo State .My father was a palm wine tapper  , my father once told me a story that the keg Ila people  has is called their hernia and this used to annoy them . I  fought over   over it  several times  until  we later knew it was just a joke, but an  expensive one”.

As they were happily drinking , a man reminded others  not to leave the keg standing upright as Ogun could appear to them, he then narrated how Ogun in annoyance beheaded some palm-wine drinkers when he met the gourd standing as if it was filled with palm wine, and when he met it empty he beheaded all of them and since then it has been the practice to be placing empty gourds lying down instead of standing or sitting .

A lady who was seen assisting her mother serving palm wine Silifatu Azeez, said “I am assisting my mother to sell palm wine  and I  am understudying it  in order to continue the business when she is old .The business runs in the family”. While the mother interjected ” Any job you are doing and cannot leave it   for your children to continue  is questionable”.

 PALM -WINE’s TABOOs
But  are there   taboos for Palm -wine tappers?  . Yes , there are , two old men chorused. Among the most important taboos is   “Thou shall not taste a pint  of   palm wine  before climbing the palm wine tree, whoever does this will be blind! “. However  this was punctured by an elderly man who said ” it is not good for a palm wine  tapper to get drunk before climbing the palm tree!”, he explained further, ”You  see we have seen a lot of people in the past who got drunk and when they got up there jumped down from the tree top not knowing again the high level they were”.

Another man said ” You must not  smoke cigarette while tapping” , Why? ”he could miss his way while looking for matches!”. All these taboos are for safety reasons, according to the men who said they adhere strictly to these taboos.

       

SONGS FOR PALM WINE

Chief Yusuf Olaboye described the Ila Orangun as a rich cultural place where songs are rendered  for  palm wine , with his melodious voice he sang in praise of the palm wine :
Ope wewe lemu re ndun, Mo ba’La roko. Ila a muludun,
Mo ba Ila roko oo     (The wine from the little palm tree  tastes fine , I will go to the farm with Ila people . Ila makes the town to be merry , I will go to the farm with the Ila people ),
Ila Ko n’ise meji Emu n’ise won( Ila has no other business than palm wine business).

Yes, this is Ila Orangun the home of Palm -wine, the place of    epileptic ‘victim’ foaming from  the mouth.(‘Akiwarapa  abito fun fun lenu’)

    ILA HAS ORIGINAL CROWN

    Ila Orangun is respected for their crown  which they said its original and not controversial , since it is believed that he ( Ila Orangun) is a direct son and crowned Oduduwa son, no wonder they sing
Ila l’ade wa, nwon o w’Ade ka ( Ila is  where  the crown is , they don’t need to search for  crown elsewhere ).

Before this reporter’s departure songs were rendered , Yusuf Olaboye sang  Iyan lounje Ila ati Emu.
Abeke Momodu another palm wine seller  rendered her own thus :Awa la lemu ni’la Orangun, Ila lo lemu , Ila lo leemu eeemu aroso o. , Ila lo lemu , emu aroso( We are the owners of palm wine in Ila Orangun. Ila owns the palm wine , fresh and undiluted wine )        
While the septuagenarian palm wine seller , Alimotu gave the  palm -wine its panegyrics thus:

Akiwarapa a bito  funfun lenu,
         Iyawo elega
     Akiwarapa a bito fun fun  lenu , o wolu  laaro,

 bo ba dale ariwo a ta,

   a ni Bo o lo Ko o maalo,

  iyawo elegbe fati abi elegbe run

( The epileptic man that  foams from  mouth. When he  arrives in the morning he remains gentle but in the night he threatens his wife ‘ Go if you want to !’.  He begs his wife for forgiveness the next day)

 

Celebrating with Elerewe of Owo Kingdom

Apart from messages ,  last week the  facebook was full  with greetings as the High Chief Ilori Elerewe celebrated his second year anniversary .There was celebration at the Elerewe palace while family and friends celebrated with him .

The Olunaun of Unaun , Kabiyesi Oba Olanrewaju Abegunde saluted the High Chief in his message ” To be in that position is act of God. May God give Olowo of Owo, long live and good health. You have not disappointed us  too my chief. Congratulations 1,000 times.

Madam Morenike Ogunseitan Famulagun wrote ”Congratulations on your second year coronation anniversary. May you live longer than your forefathers. Oju ko ni ti e . Waaa ko wa je pepepe o. U will live longer than your forefathers”

IYALAJE FAMA wrote ” To Oloye ‘Tunde Elerewe.Le o ba mi oloye ;wa gbo, wa to, wa je ju ero ukongwa(uwaju re). Urun yi alagba Taiwo Abiodun ko lori oye re yon ne o.Oba Oke a di owo re ka gede urun yi wo fi wa se.Oghon Elerewe gede yo ti gbanre  a ba se gede urun ne .A de ii se. Ase. I am particularly impressed with your expressed dessire to preserve ancient antiques and perhaps practices .A de ii se o.My best regards .

Aboru boye 

Tunde Onibode, President , The Tunde Onibode Foundation  wrote ” I wish him well as he celebrates his second chieftaincy anniversary .

Since his installation , he has never disappointed us. His loyalty to the crown and the entire Kingdom is unquestionable  and he has  been playing his traditional role  to the best of his ability as tradition dictates. I wish him many more years of service to the Elerewe family and Owo kingdom at large”

Olanimofe Olateru -Olagbegi wrote : Wa Joye bae pe o!

Samuel Niran Abegunde wrote May the Almighty God continue to bless you with great good health and other comfortable things of life.

Bukola Akinmade Onibode wrote ”Congratulations sir, Wa b’Ologho je pe”,

The  High Chief Olopu of Opu ,the traditional head Opu community in   Owo Kingdom wrote: ” ”Congratulations High Chief,  May you live long for us .oye a mori o, wa samodun o ”

Adebola Ogunbadenusi wrote ”God will give you the grace to celebrate many more years in sound health and great blessings of God in his immeasurable favour in the name of Jesus Christ .Congratulations . Erewe ayinda … Wa b’Ologho je pe pepe o, aye a ba’ra  jo o baba Chief 

May your reign usher in peace, prosperity and goodness not only for the family but the entire Ogho community.Oye a mori o, ase . Ogho a sengwa  (By Barrister Kolawole Olabisi)

        

 The Vice  -Chairman of Association  Online Media Practitioners Alhaja Adeola Agoro (JP) wrote                  ” Congratulations to the High Chief”.

Barrister Idowu Falana wrote: ”Congratulations”

 Ibikunle Suleiman wrote ”Congratulation”,

 Olaitan Apoti Eri from California wrote ”Congratulations”. Akin Saka Yusuf, Omolajomo Haruna. Morenike  Ogunseitan, Mercy Falana and Adewale Olatunbosun Okungbaiye  all shouted ” Congratulations”.

 Adebayo Eminowa wrote Congratulations, oye a mori o, ajegbo , ajeto o. You will by God’s Grace be the longest , happiest,, wealthiest,most influential and oldest ELEREWE THAT EVER  live, Aaamen, IJMN.

Ogwatowose Tola wrote ”Ajepe Jeto,o Baba, Wape ori oye bare, Wa b’Ologho je pe, Congratulations.

Moses Oladugba  wrote ” Congratulations  may your reign be blissful and blessed , May you live long in riches , good health and abundance , may your dynasty be good and accredited with fame IJN.

Sonia Moore says Awesome God mighty Lord .Congratulations Elerewe

Johnson Ogun says :Congratulations

 Tunde Onobode wrote ” Oma olode  ajingba , agba wa mu jaiye . Wa je ju ba e. Ase”

Oladele Sehinde Odeyemi says Congratulations  sir, long shall you live 

Bukola Lizzy Fatokun ” Congratulations sir

Oliseh Chukwuemekeka ” YES OOOO MY HIGH CHIEF 

Olabisi Adetula ”Congratulations

asekun Abiodun ” congratulations sir

Bukola Lizzy Fatokun ”congratulations sir

Johnson Ogun says Congratulations

Alhaji Owalaye Jimoh Ojo ”Congratulations to u my Chief

Sesan Michael Olabige wrote ”am particularly delighted on the way you have promoted the Kingdom by keeping us abreast of developments at home . Some of us in diaspora are better informed of happenings at home through the efforts of people like you .May your reign be long . Wa b’Ologho je pe o.

Adedeji Abagun, wrote: Congrats!!!,

Ayo Faleye Ayo wrote :Congratulations,

 Papy Gold, said ‘‘Aje pe pe pe pe oooo

Olaniji Akeju said Congratulation sir, long shall you live

Busari Temitope Tawa Ademola  wrote ” Congratulations sir!

Sunbo Elerewe wrote ” Congrats bami erewe ayinda olu

Alademehin Olugbenga wrote ” MY DEAR CHIEF, CONGRATS .Wa shumodon

Olu Odeyemi wrote Congratulations my chief

Prince Sashere Adegoriyon AP wrote Oma ajinmude gun apee congratulations my Chief

Olori Laafin Hennyh-hormorshuleh said Happy birthday sir

Asekun Abiodun: Congrats sir

Stephen Feyi Ogunfoworin :Congratulations

Moses Oladugba wrote: Congratulations  may your reign be blissful and blessed .May you live long in riches , good health and abundance , may your dynasty be good and accredited with fame IJN

Olumayowa Omotola : congratulations High chief , you shall celebrate more good years in good health and God abundant blessings 

Aisha- Sidikka Abiodun Dipo Owatowose  said Congrats H-Chief Sir

Lanke Afo  congratulations 

Alh. Owalaiye  Jimoh  Ojo CONGRATULATION TO U MY CHIEF 

Adegoroye Babatunde , Daddy  mi, on behalf of the entire ADEGOROYE FAMILY  we say big congratulations to you sir and may you live long in your kingdom sir once again congratulations

Bamidele George  congrats

Kemisola Adeola Ogunbadeniyi Congrats

Olamide Olayeni congratulations

Larry Adeyemi Ojomo Egbon wa ba Ologho JE pEpepepepepepepepepepe

Dotun Olakanye  congratulations Sir

Adebola Adelegan Odunniyi Big Congratulations

Michael Adeseluka Congratulations to you sir, ose maa sungha ooo baba .May u live long & be blessed  360degree, waa je aye pe sir, aaase!

 

Abiola Rachael :Congratulations sir

Bolaji Ibrahim Congratulations ..Happy Birthday to u my lovely Chief ..More of it in Jesus name

Eniayewu Margaret congratulations BABA

Adedayo Kasumu : Congrats May u live long in your  kingdom

Olufunmilayo Ayokusibe H Lawal Congratulations laba o, ajegbo Ajeto,wa dagba wa dogbo

Abimbola Badiah Jack  Congratulations High Chief Elerewe of Owo Kingdom

Agu Henry Good one

Tosin Afolabi  Congratulations ..may your reign past ur forefather’s

with sound health

Aladewolu Wealthford Rasheed  congrats bros,

 

Olanimofe Olateru -Olagbegi wrote ” Wa Joye bae pe o!

Samuel Niran Abegunde wrote May the Almighty God continue to bless you with great good health and other confortable things of life.

 

Bukola Akinmade Onibode wrote ”Cogratulations sir, Wa b’Ologho je pe”,

The  Olopu Traditional head wrote ” Congratulations High Chief, Adebola Ogunbadenusi wrote ”God will give you the grace to celebrate many more years in sound health and great blessings of God in his immeasurable favour in the nameof Jesus Christ .Congratulations . Erewe ayinda … Wa b’Ologho je pe pepe o, aye a ba’ra  jo o baba Chief 

May your reign usher in peace, prosperity and goodness not only for the family but the entire Ogho community.Oye a mori o, ase . Ogho a sengwa  (By Barrister Kolawole Olabisi)

 

 The Vice  -Chairman of Association  Online Media Practitioners Alhaja Adeola Agoro (JP) wrote ” Congratulations to the High chief”’

Barrister Idowu Falana wrote ”Congratulations”

 Ibikunle Suleiman wrote ”Congratulation”,

 Olaitan Apoti Eri from California wrote ”Congratulations”.

Akin Saka Yusuf, OmolajomoHaruna. Morenike  Ogunseitan, Mercy Falana,Adewale Olatunbosun Okungbaiye all wrote ” CONGRATULATIONS

 Adebayo Eminowa wrote Congratulationso, oye a mori o, ajegbo , ajeto o. U will by God’s Grace be the longest , happiest,, wealthiest,most influential and oldest ELEREWE THAT EVER  live, Aaamen, IJMN.

Ogwatowose Tola wrote ”Ajepe Jeto,o Baba, Wape ori oye bare, Wa b’Ologho je pe, Congratulations.

Moses Oladugba  wrote ” Congratulations  may your reign be blissful and blessed , May you live long in riches , good health and abundance , may your dynasty be good and accredited with fame IJN.

Sonia Moore says Awesome God mighty Lod .Congratulations Elerewe

Johnson Ogun says congratulations

 Tunde Onibode wrote ” Oma olode  ajingba , agba wa mu jaiye . Wa je ju ba e. Ase

Oladele Sehinde Odeyemi says Congatulations  sir, long shall you live 

Bukola Lizzy Fatokun ” Congratulations sir

Oliseh Chukwuemekeka ” YESOOOO MY HIGH CHIEF 

Olabisi Adetula ”congatulations”

Asekun Abiodun ” congratulations sir”

Bukola Lizzy Fatokun ”congratulations sir

Johnson Ogun says congratulations

Alhaji Owalaye Jimoh Ojo ”congratulations to u my chief

Sesan Michael Olabige wrote ”am particularly delighted on the way you have promoted the Kingdom by keeping us abreast of developments at home . Some of us in diaspora are better informed of happenings at home through the efforts of people like you .May your reign be long . Wa bOlogho je pe o.

Adedeji Abagun shouted ”Congrats!!!

Ayo Faleye Ayo said Congratulations

Adeola Idris shouted ”amen’

Medinat Apaokagi said ” Oye a mariooo o”

Olaiya Edward shouted ”Awesome”

Mohammed Aminu  raised his finger and thumbed up

Veronica Obasuyi said ” Congratulations sir”

The man, Ilori Tunde Elerewe

 

                                                                                                                       Dressed Dressed in an embroidered     immaculate white   guinea     brocade,   and  a  cap     to    match. In order to make the regalia complete   for his  status ,  he  adorned on his neck , hands and feet  with  special  royal coral beads . As he stood up  and  beckoned at his visitors to come around  him, his intimidating  stature showed he is a man of  more than six feet tall . His  dark- skin glitter. With total humility the High Chief not  minding  his height and status  bowed  and  greeted the  elders who came to felicitate with  him. To the young and the old he gives them respect and one keeps wondering  of his noble character.

     He is a man of few words and well -cultured . He  speaks flawless  English  and back  it up with his  noble character  and dignified  mien. He is witty and richly  blessed with  choice of words laced with Owo proverbs, idiomatic expressions   and songs . Infact he is an encyclopaedia of the History of Elerewe and  Owo . He is humility personified. These are the reasons all the natives , His Imperial Majesty  and those who did not even get close to him love him.

              

  An High  Chief who does not want his name in print said :”for this man who occupies the throne of his forefathers , it is a blessing to the  Elerewe family, to Owo and  Yoruba land at large  ”. 

The Olunaun of Unaun, Prince Olanrewaju Abegunde said” I am always very proud of Olowo of Owo in any decision he takes, he is a lawyer ,a traditional  ruler and a wiseacre. He is gifted with wisdom . I give him kudos for choosing a good man like Ilori who is loved by everybody. Before Kabiyesi does something he would  exercise patience and do a thorough  research very well .Above all he would pray and consult God. He is a visioner  and a prophet , whatever he says always come to pass. We all love Ilori, he is a good  listener, Ilori is a lover of  Owo people , he is very obedient and respectful”.

Another High Chief who is versatile in  the Elerewe  family history said ”Ilori’s destiny was eventually fulfilled as he assumed his ancestor’s  throne .  It  has been predicted long ago   that he would be the right man to ascend the throne before he was born. I remember it has been predicted for a long time that this boy will be on his forefather’s throne .He shied away from roughnecks, destructive criticisms and gangsterism”.

     Call him Elerewe Ojo he would smile, if you like call him Elerewe  Olakunori, he will still answer you because, according to  strong  and old members of the family Ilori is gifted  with  these ancestors’  physique and he possessed multilateral combinations of  character,  talents and traces of the late Elerewes …he is peaceful and  humble, you can easily described him.

Professor emeritus, Robin Poynor, an American Professor  (who retired from the  University of Florida) who was in Owo in 1973  doing research on Owo   and knew the late Elerewe Ojo very well.  In his message to this reporter , he  wrote ”Ahh! I really liked Elerewe Ojo…. And my recent contact with Elerewe Ilori tells me that he has his father’s good traits…He is tall like his father and his grandmother ”.

 To the family of Elerewe, he is the expected image builder and the bridge between the old and the young Elerewes to come and repair and put in place many things that had been destroyed and had gone wrong in the family. ” Ilori has the spirit of love, kindness and his humility is high as he respects everybody”, Babasegun said.

       The Olunaun of Unaun, Prince Olanrewaju Abegunde said” I am always very proud of Olowo of Owo in any decision he takes, he is a lawyer ,a traditional  ruler and a wiseacre. He is gifted with wisdom . I give him kudos for choosing a good man like Ilori who is loved by everybody. Before Kabiyesi does something he would  exercise patience and do a through  research very well above all he would pray and consult God. He is a visioner  and a prophet , whatever he says always come to pass. We all love Ilori, he is a good  listener, Ilori is a lover of  Owo people , he is very obedient and respectful”.

    Mr.   Adepoju  Peter gave a graphic description of the man ”He is the  man that can rebuild  and unite the family because of his Solomonic wisdom, sense of humour , loyalty, levelheadedness,  high quality of his social interaction, gentle-manliness, courage and integrity   he is endowed with”.

 An High Chief said” Quote me , we all love this young man of peace and integrity.  Kabiyesi loves peace and the man that fears God. This Elerewe is richly endowed with wisdom, he always sat at his father’s feet and that means he has been tutored, had gone to school of Elders .If a child knows how to wash his hands he will definitely dine with the elders”

 Olakoli Peter said  he did a research on the new Elerewe very well and found him to be unrivaled in character and simplicity. 

      The question on everybody’s mouth is whether the new Elerewe has done well, Tunde Onibode who is also the President of Tunde Onibode Foundation and Owo Ambassador of Culture  beat his chest in defence of the new Chief and declared  ” Since his installation , he has never disappointed us .His loyalty to the crown and the entire kingdom is unquestionable and he has been playing his  traditional role to the best of his ability as tradition dictates”.

   The soft- spoken man is rich in history, according to Jide Tububo,  ”he is simple and peaceful.In fact he is  talented  and has the magic wand to turn things around  above all he has the fear of God in him. I remember when I met him and a  man was raining insults on him in order for him to retaliate but the High Chief did not utter a word. I respect him a lot. He is too humble , full of humility.” 

 

  Throughout the interview with this reporter he  referred  to God several times and once told this reporter  four years ago that   ” I have no money , I have no connection but I have the Almighty God behind me .The Alpha and Omega   who knows the beginning and the end .  While I relied on God to perfect things for me”. That is the  nature and manner of the man called High Chief Ilori Tunde Elerewe who was installed as the new High Chief  two years ago.

 

Watch out for his  interview tomorrow

 

who shot this boy:the Police or NDLEA?

NDLEA and Police must be probed

Tragedy struck this morning as a young boy of 15 and a  final year student of Amuye Grammar School was  allegedly killed by the police and  men of NDLEA while returning from where they went to raid.

An eyewitness  gave a graphic account of the tragedy  ”Early this morning ,in Owo  a team of Nigeria Police  and National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officers  while on their way from the farm (along  Obasoto, Owo ), were sighted shooting sporadically  at Uka Junction and this boy, Oyeleye Oluwaseun  a final year student of Amuye Grammar School was shot  dead. The  15-year- old boy was  on his way  to the class  for coaching in preparation for the coming West Africa  School Certificate Examination (WASCE) ”.

Another   eye witness described how it happened  , ”the combined team of Police officers and NDLEA officers were coming from their raid along Obasoto  farm where they went to raid the Indian hemp merchants. When they got to Uka junction  the officers stopped their vehicles and waited for their colleagues . The residents who were not pleased with their attitude trooped out to watch officers’  activities and shouted at them to leave their vicinity. However , the Police and NDLEA officers started shooting and then left .It was during their shooting that they killed this young man but they fled having  discovered what they did .Now they left  leaving behind   sorrow , tears and blood.

”The parents of the deceased ,Olaolorunpo and Funmi Oyeleye went  to the police station to report but were turned back by the police.

Our correspondent  confirmed the incident and said the body had been deposited in the morgue at the Federal Medical Centre.

Lifeless body of Olaleye

A sympathizer who spoke with us , said the  IG, head of NDLEA must probe the killing. ”How will they just  shoot an innocent boy like that? This height of callousness. May God not forgive the man who pulled the trigger ”, she cursed.

What will you do if…

‘I am finished’

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It is exactly one year today when this woman, Mrs.Bimbo Olalekan’s two children were stolen by a fake tenant in Owo .
IMAGINE THIS SCENARIO
A couple came to rent a room from you , you collected one year house rent but did not issue them a receipt.You did not even ask for their names or telephone numbers too.
They lived in your house joyfully for six days , but on the sixth day the suspected tenant stole your two kids from your wife.
You went to all places like Babalawo, Alfaa, Prophets among others while some promised they will still resurface.One year after nothing is heard.
Some said she is careless while some said she trusted wrongly and is gullible ? Will you divorce your wife or not?.
We want answer from you please.
It is exactly one year today when two kids, Blessing and Ayomide whose ages are 2years and eight months; and eight months old baby of Mrs. Bimbo Olalekan were stolen from her house where she was living. .Up till the moment of writing this story the two kids are yet to be found.
Now one will be 3years and eight months old and the second will be One year and eights months old wherever they are!
Bimbo in an exclusive interview after the incident narrated how it all happened, she stated ”on January 30,2018 a man came looking for a room to rent in our house at 27, Okedogbon Street, Owo;Ondo state. He met my mother who at the initial stage turned down his request saying she needed a man who is married and responsible. The man then left but came back later with a Ghana Must Go bag with a woman he claimed to be his wife.

”The couple was asked to pay 2,000 naira per month but they begged for 1,500 naira and after much pleadings my mother accepted and they paid for one year and that is 18,000 naira. The money was given to my uncle who had no time to issue them a receipt for he was preparing for his baby’s naming ceremony. The new tenants later packed in”.