Owulakoda.com and the entire Owuland remembers today that illustrious son of Owu Kingdom, Chief Olutayo Adisa Aderinokun. MFR, FCIB. – 8th May 1955 to 14th June 2011, the Lukosi Aje of Owu Kingdom and CEO/ co-founder of Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) who departed mother earth a year ago. You are fondly remembered as you stride with your head held high in the midst of your great and valiant ancestors as one of the great achievers of the Asunkungbade heritage. Anlugbua a gbe e o!
Thursday, March 15, 2012: OLOWU PALACE.
2 new chieftain titles were taken up at the Owu Palace when the Olowu approved and blessed the installation of the chiefs by the Balogun Apomu of Owu Kingdom.
The chieftain titles installed were those of the Asipa Apomu of Owu Kingdom taken up by a new chief, and the Olori-Igbimo Apomu of Owu Kingdom, occupied by an existing chief of Apomu Owu. The Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu in his highlight address at the occasion treated the guests to some historical tutorials of the Owu life and styles, present and antique! the Asipa Owu who anchored the occasion in his characteristic manner, displayed his mastery of the traditional arts of his job. Also present at the event was the Asipa Erunmu, the three thus fulfilling the full complement of Owu primary Asipas headed by Chief Akin Obimakinde.
Sunday, March 25, 2012: APOMU VILLAGE.
Eleven new chiefs were introduced at the village hall amidst a ceremony attended by a wide cross-section of the villagers who were visibly elated and thankful at finally breaking the age old drought of ‘chieftain title shyness’ which had plagued the sleepy community for decades! In fact, there was a time when the Baale was about the only accredited chieftain in the community. Three years ago, 5 more chiefs were installed…and now a whooping further 11, with 4 more to go on the list!
The event was so momentous as to witness a Baale of an adjourning community near Papa Lanto coming up to take a lesser chieftain title at this his paternal ancestral village…and promising to help positively with the community’s development programs.
Also for the first time in the living memory of the village, a man and wife took up chieftaincy titles together…as the Akinrogun and Yeye Akinrogun. These may be issues of little significance taken for granted elsewhere, but here at Apomu village, it really is a big deal!
It is widely believed that these new developments shall open the way for new concepts, new thinking, and new developments for the village and snap it out of its ‘stone-age’ principles.
Gracing the occasion in their new capacities were the Olori-Igbimo Apomu Owu and the Asipa Apomu Owu who were there to represent the Balogun Apomu of Owu Kingdom, Chief Simeon Olugbemi Oshunbiyi, who is also the primary arbiter of the community.
Saturday, April 28, 2012: ERUNMU OWU.
The Council of Chiefs of Erunmu today installed a new Iyalaje of Erunmu to further boost the verile and bubbling chieftain council of this primary owu community in Abeokuta.
The celebration took place at the Ibara residence of the super active Balogun Erunmu of Owu Kingdom, Chief (Rtd. General) Ekundayo Opaleye.
Saturday 5th November, 2011: Wedding at the Country Club , Ikeja.
The church event took place at the All Saints Anglican Church, Mabayoje Street, Oshodi where the couple were solemnized. A nephew of Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, the Olowu of Owu was the groom.*
Afterwards the troop moved to the Country Club on Mobolaji Bank Anthony way at Ikeja for a lavish reception for the couple where the Olowu delivered the keynote address and displaced the humorous side of a monarch.
Incidentally it was also on this day that Kabiyesi hinted Owulakoda about the Owu Falls in Kwara State (see article).
*Thanks for the correction, Abiodun.
.Friday 11th November, 2011: Amororo Funeral
A funeral party of a member of the Amororo ruling family. An elderly brother of the Olowu was laid to rest with reception held at an exquisite hotel off Quarry Road in Abeokuta.
In attendance was Chief Bolu Akin-Olugbade, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Owu Kingdom and Chairman of the Owu Palace Project Execution Committee (PEC) with members of his team who had earlier held a brief meeting at the palace before proceeding to the event venue.
Saturday 19th November, 2011: Royal Wedding at Oregun.
The reception took place at the Darlington Hall in Ilupeju where the full compliment of Owu chiefs graced the occasion of the wedlock of the daughter of their monarch.
2 days earlier on Thursday 17th of November at Bishopscourt in Onikolobo, Abeokuta, the couple had tied the nuptial cord of their traditional wedding under an equally larvishly adorned social hall setting.