PROFILE OF THE OLOWU,
OBA ADEGBOYEGA DOSUNMU, AMORORO II
The thirteenth Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Abeokuta, Oba (Dr.) Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu, with the appellations of Kangunere, Akobi Oodua, Amiwo-Aja, and with blue blood, really has a proud heritage!
His doggedness and courage are traits common to his lineage. These virtues combined with honesty, hard work, humility, belief in his Almighty God and contentment are the bedrock of his astuteness and success in life.
Born to the family tree of Oba Adesunrnbo Dosunrnu, Amororo I, who reigned between 1918 and 1924. His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu was born to the family of Prince Benjamin Okelana Dosunmu and father was U.A.C factor in Ilaro at the time.
Prince Benjamin Okelana Dosunrnu was the third son of Oba Adesunmbo Dosunmu, Amororo l, Hence, the thirteenth Olowu, is a direct descendant of a Past Oba, a major factor which gave him an edge over the other five contestants to the throne.
As customary with his peers then, he had his Primary School Education at Owu Baptist Day School, Abeokuta from 1941, and proceeded to the Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta for his Secondary Education in 1950. All that period, providence had played a major role in preparing the young Omoba Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu for the crown, because his stay in the palace gave him an insight and tutelage in palace rudiments and courtesies.
In furtherance of his education, he enrolled in Evening classes at Kings College, Lagos in 1956, where he obtained his advanced level certificate.
His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu had varied working experience that spanned public service and private entrepreneurship.
With his family background of hard work, industry; dedication; courage; honesty and a high level of fighting spirit, it was not long in the service before the talents in the youthful Omoba Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu were recognized.
Hence, he was advised by his friend and mentor, Dr. Christopher Kolade (now Nigeria’s High Commissioner in London) in 1963 to pursue a course in Drama and Television Production with bias for Television and Film Production at Hendon College of Technology in London.
After graduating from Hendon College, Kabiyesi worked with Dennis Duerden and directed two plays, at Hampstead Theatre London. However, in 1967, he was recruited from England into NBS again by Dr. Christopher Kolade to establish Drama, Art and Cultural Production for Television in Nigeria.
Working in collaboration consonance with such programme gurus like Segun Olusola, and other eminent personalities in the then young Broadcast Industry in Nigeria, the innovative and creative Omoba Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu charted a new course in Television Drama Production within four months a feat, which many of his contemporaries doubted until it, came to reality.
Prince Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu was the brain behind Nigeria’s most celebrated and popular Television Drama Series “The Village Headmaster” He thus became a household name in Television Drama in Nigeria, producing renowned actors and actresses like Funso Adeolu – “The Eleyinmi” now His Royal Majesty, the Alaye of Ode Remo, Oba Wole Amele “Councillor Balogun” also now the Alara of Aramoko, Ekiti, Justus Esiri and Ted Muloro “The Headmaster”, at various times Jab Adu “the popular Supermarket Owner” , The Ubiquitous “Amebo” Mrs. Ibidun Allison and the late Mrs. Elsie Olusola, “Sisi Clara” to mention just a few. The Village Headmaster holds the record of being the longest running popular TV series of over 20 years.
In 1975, he left NBC-TV to start his own Private Production outfit – Starline Films Limited. Among his famous works as an independent producer was a feature film titled “Dinner with the Devil”, a film Omoba Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu wrote and directed. “Dinner with the Devil” was the first feature that was entirely Nigerian produced from script to screen. He also directed the official film of Festac 77, and many other documentary and business films.
A man of many parts, Oba Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu veered into politics like a colossus in 1976 and became Chairman, Abeokuta Local Government. His tenure witnessed rapid development with the provision of basic amenities and social infrastructures in Abeokuta Township at a time when both the now Abeokuta North and South Local Government were under his management.
He took the bold decision to remove the famous Ishabo Market to Kuto because of loss of human lives through motor accidents occasioned by the narrow road then at Ishabo. His tenure also witnessed remarkable achievements in road construction. A man of taste and decency, he discouraged the use of Molue within Abeokuta Metropolis, and instead allowed mini buses and cars for use as public transport.
As a way of generating more revenue for the council and, for the convenience of commuters, he built ultra modem motor parks at Asero, Kuto, Aiyetoro Road and Ita Oshin.
The story of Oba Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu would not be complete without mentioning his deep knowledge and involvement in religious activities. Although he went deep into that religion in the early eighties, in his characteristics mastery of anything he chooses to do, Kabiyesi had gone the whole hog into the realm of Christian Mission within a decade or more earning a doctorate degree in “Missions”
He was baptized in the Owu Baptist Church Abeokuta at the age of twelve. He had theological training in the United States of America, and served the Lord in various capacities. He was a Sunday School Teacher, an Evangelist and Preacher. He is a missionary and Field Director of an International Ministries Source of Light Ministries International, based in Madison Georgia U. S. A. He has planted many churches across the South Western States of Nigeria including Lagos and Abeokuta.
Oba (Dr.) Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu was married to his heartthrob Late Mrs. Iyabode Dosunmu, nee Sanni in the United Kingdom in 1963 after a courtship of about eight years in Nigeria. The marriage was blessed with many children. After the demise of his wife in 1984, he remarried after five years and coincidentally, his new wife and today the Olori is also Mrs. Iyabode Dosunmu, nee Oyetayo. The two royal ladies were graduates of the same school-Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls’ School, Lagos.
In recognition of his immediate contributions to the socio-economic growth and development of Owu in particular and Abeokuta in general, Kabiyesi had been conferred with chieftaincy titles. He was installed Omolafe of Owu in 1968 by Oba Salami Gbadela Ajibola, Gbadela Ayoloye II. He became the Omoluberin of Owu in 1975 by courtesy Oba Adebowale Oyegbade, Akinjobi 1. He became the President of the Council of Owu titled Princes and Princesses during the tenure of his predecessor, Oba (Dr.) Olawale Adisa Odeleye, Lagbedu 1.
Recently, he was accorded the great national honor of Commander of the Niger (CON), a National Award bestowed him by the Executive President of the Federation, Umaru Y’ardua.
Kabiyesi has visions for the development of Owu especially the villages where majority of the people of Owu reside. His cardinal goal is to restore young people to the land, which they had abandoned. This he said is in line with the Agricultural programs of the State and Federal Governments.
Moreover, the insignia of the present Owu Kingdom symbolizes Peace, Love and Unit. By these virtuous elements and cooperation from all sons and daughter of Owu Land, Kabiyesi believes that abundant success will be achieved during his tenure and beyond.