By Ayomide Adebowale
The Olota of Ota, Oba (Prof) Adeyemi Abdulkabir Obalanlege, lanlege Ekun ii, Arole Iganmode has been described as a rare gem, an astute journalist, a man of humility and integrity with a large heart for the less privileged members of the society.
The Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, LASU Ojo, Prof. Olanrewaju A. Fagbohun, SAN who poured encomiums on the monarch while delivering a lecture on the historical origin of Ota said the people of Ota have been blessed with phenomenal kings throughout their history.
According to him, the current Olota is a rare gem who has “excelled as an international journalist and academic. As an academic, Oba Adeyemi impacted the lives of many at Crescent University, Lagos State University, the University of East London, and University of Lincoln.
“During his practice years as a journalist Oba Adeyemi worked diligently with the Republic newspaper, Thisday newspaper, and also served as an outstanding public relations officer of Lagos State Polytechnic. He is equally a respected as media guru outside the shores of Nigeria.
“As a king and father, Oba Adeyemi Abdulkabir has displayed unrivaled humility and integrity. He has a heart that truly cares for the less privileged individuals in the society. This is evident in the consistent assistant his royal majesty has been giving to the needy and other philanthropic project to which Kabiyesi has committed himself. Oba Adeyemi has equally proven to be a lover of freedom, dignity and due process”.
He prayed God to continue to guide and protect his royal majesty for humanity.”Eegbo e to emape lori alefa awon baba nla yin “(may you live long and prosper on the throne of your progenitors).
While delivering a lecture on the historical origin of Ota, he said it could be divided into five different sections namely the origin of Ota people and its earliest settlers; Obaship and traditional institutions in Ota; deities in Ota; challenge and economic development in Ota and concluding remarks.
He started by rendering his profound gratitude to Kabiyesi and the organizing committee of the coronation anniversary.
He has been a great part of the revered throne of Olota of Ota and the great community for years adding that the immediate past Olota of Ota –Oba Moshood Adetoro Alani Oyede and his father – Oba Tajudeen Alabi Abayomi Fagbohun, Alakesan of Akesan (Ogedengbe111) were both school mates at Ansar-ud-deen Teachers Training College Ota.
He said: “During their days in school, they shared a very strong bond but the interesting fact about their journey as friends is that the two of them never knew they would both become kings at a point in their lives. These two amazing friends who later became royal fathers left behind great legacies and we will forever remain proud of them.
“It is imperative to state that the history of Ota and its people cannot be discussed in isolation of the history of Olofin Ogunfunminire, the eponymous founder and hero of the Awori people that cut across the boundaries of Lagos and Ogun states as well as those In diaspora in neighboring country of Benin Republic and all over the world”.
He empathize on the history of the popular tradition of origin of the Awori, on how their progenitor Ogunfunminire was one of the princes of Ile-Ife and an adventure hunter who lost his father and the properties that were bequeath to him were shared by other family members who left a ritual pot as his only inheritance and wherever the pot is would be considered as settlement.
He said traditional Awori Yoruba folktore tells that Olofin’s children Osolo and Eleidi Atalabi founded Ota after migrating south from from Isheri stressing that the migration that established Ota is believed to have taken place between the 14th and 15th century as a result of lack of written evidence; Obaship and traditional institution in Ota:
He emphasized on how traditional chiefs play important roles in maintaining local cultures and traditions in Ota while chieftaincy position are hereditary in the case of Ota. There are also 12 traditional chiefs