PROFILE – Olowu ‘Kangunere’



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.

30 comments on “PROFILE – Olowu ‘Kangunere’

  1. It was nice to get to meet the Olowu on 5th March at the 80th birthday ceremonies for ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo at Abeokuta and to give him a copy of my book, Thoughts for Developing World Leaders and People, and then to take a group photo.


  2. I am an Owu son by birth. I was born at Akinsinde village and my father migrated from Adeagba Village. I relocated to the United States of America in 1994. I was the pioneer Chairman of a social cultural club named Egba Solidarity Association which we founded in the year 2000 in Philadelphia. I was an active member of the Organising Committee that hosted some Kings from Abeokuta including the current Olowu of Owu, Oba (Dr.) Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu in 2009 during our club’s anniversary. It is my life long aspiration to discover my root in Owu Kingdom and I will sincerely appreciate whatever efforts your Royal Highness can make to enable me achieve my goals. Thanks in anticicipation of your kind assistance. I can be reached on 267-207-1287. I lives in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania. U.S.A.


    • Ayodeji Eniola, Olowu Kangunere is an active visitor of this website and I am sure he will discover your message to him.
      As your contact telephone has been included, you may be fortunate for him to reach you by phone amidst his extremely crowded schedules.
      I will however suggest that you join the Discussion Forum at and send your private messages to him from your Inbox at the forum through Ashiwaju as the recipient. They shall immediately be forwarded to him for prompt attention and response.


  3. Chief,
    I once again will like to appreciate your effort in keeping us abreast and calling the lost sheep to find their way home. I attended the Odun Omo Olowu and I was able to visit my family house(agbole alaafin). I think you were the one that fuel the impetus because I could have decided otherwise and failed to go there.

    Moreover, I tried to figure you out but the crowd was much and I didn’t want to miss anything. I will appreciate it better if the video clip of the event is made available so that I can show it to my siblings that are yet to reason with me.
    I am already planning of having part of my business in abeojuta so that I will be close to my heritage.

    Once more, thanks and God bless you sir. Anlugbua agbewa o. Ashe.


    • Ademuyiwa omo Adepegba. I am literally hop-leaping for joy to know that you made that much rewarding ancestral connection by coming to the Odun-Omo-Olowu. My joy is without bounds like a missionary that just made a convert and ‘won a soul’ as they are apt to say.

      Please stay on this site to get updates about your roots and also try to make yourself available if you can at the 21st National Owu Convention that is coming up soon at Abeokuta, taking place at the same venue as the odun omo olowu on the 7th and 8th of December when all Owu people and their Obas nationwide and worldwide shall converge and merry together! Call me there on 08098299355 and I shall happily liaise with you.


    • Gboyega, why don’t you start the movement by coming to ‘settle’ at Abeokuta during the 21st Owu National Convention holding on the 7th and 8th of December 2012, when Owu people from all corners of the universe and their Obas are due to come together to also ‘settle‘ in ‘Egbaland’ for those 2 days?
      It shall be fun with the promises of all the ‘empowering‘ you have conceived!
      Looking forward to seeing you there.


  4. While I agree totally with the fact that Owu was the first among Yoruba nations and had good history and a place of dignity in Yoruba land. May I suggest that all of the 16 Owu nation scattered around the country be united yearly at the abode of the traditional Crown and Epe which were directly bestowed by the legendary Oduduwa at the Owu Kingdom in Ijebu land. This should by objectivity be the rallying point of all Owu indigenes.


        • What I admire about we owus is our strong military nature but why is the olowu not the overall king of abeokuta seems we help the egbas fight wars and we are more in population the owus are israelites


          • Gboyega.
            If you scan through various articles on this site concerning the origin of Abeokuta, you will come to understand that Owus never intended to settle in Abeokuta in the first instance and were invited to stay in order to strengthen the new town by Sodeke, the Egba leader, at the instigation of Sangojimi, an Apomu warlord who with his followers from the market town of Apomu was a co-pioneer of Abeokuta.
            Even if such supremacy struggle ever occurred to the Owus who were heavily outnumbered by their Egba hosts, it would have been a stupid and reckless move which would only have weakened the new refugee settlement, which was then constantly attacked by invading forces from Dahomey, Ibadan and elsewhere. The result would have been a total collapse of the town with a resulting defeat and enslavement of both Egbas and Owus by the external aggressors.
            As the situation is, Abeokuta has no overall king. Never had one. All quarters within the confederate city arrangement were, and are equal, the Alake haven been granted the slight advantage of ‘the first among equals’ by the British colonial occupiers.
            What could be more peaceful and progressive than that. Must man always flex his muscles for supremacy and to subdue his fellow homo-sapiens? This is food for thought for all the monarchs in the present Abeokuta confederate city arrangement!

            NOTE TO ALL READERS:
            Kindly go to the Discussion Forum (which is better archived for discussions) to make further response to this comment and others so as to make a more effective reference site.


        • I bow and marvel at your expansionist theories!
          Yes in those One Hundred Years of Yoruba conflicts and civil wars, your suggestions would have won you war medals and accolade, but now, i believe peace, civility and good-neighborliness should be the order of the day!
          However, I wonder which Owu people will now want to give up their present settlements in order to migrate to Abeokuta, after all the sacrifices and contributions they may have made there. And i wonder also what visible advantages they would derive from such movement?
          The world has changed into a more cosmopolitan place. We are now trending towards a global village rather than separatism …and you know what? I think that’s a good move!

          But you know what? We need more patriots like you. Keep up the adrenalin!


      • I believe you are referring to the Owu wars instigated at Apomu market at about 1823?
        The answer could simply be that the Ijebus and their allies (Ife, Oyos and Ibadans)made too certain that such retaliation would not happen by destroying the besieged town of Owu-Ipole (Orile-Owu), with a fiat that the town should never be rebuilt again, thus making any possibility of the Owu warriors regrouping for revenge almost impossible.


        • Could you believe I was told that orile owu is empty today with noi body living there my friend sugested to me that we owus return our original homestead


          • Your friend misinformed you.
            Orile-Owu today is a bubbling medium sized town about 15 kilometers from Ikire and Apomu which lost its Olowu sometimes early last year (Read the post ‘Owu lost its monarch’ somewhere on these pages). That doesn’t sound ’empty’ to me!


        • Because of the owiu strenght that was what made the coalition forces of ijebu oyo and ife against owu how I wish the scathered owus remerge together to be more powerful to re-empower owu


  5. This Oriki also remind me when I was young, my mum always recite it to me, but it doesn’t made me cry the more. Rather it always soothing and calm me down. You can see the irony. In fact I always enjoy listening to it. I give kudos to the originator.


      • I want to know which family of the owu lineage does my surname sodeko hails fromand who the progenitor of the sodekos is in owu land because I come from agooba of the owu town


        • Adegboyega.
          I can see you are very curious and have many questions you want answered.
          Well that is what we encourage at, however, regarding the progenitor of your family and the lineage, you may be in a more suitable position to investigate and find that out yourselves through your family elders and compound. If you need further advice on how to initiate that, please let me know.
          To the best of my knowledge however, Ago-Oba is an egba township even though it is next door to Owu.
          All your other questions, for the sake of better referencing, shall be answered as well at the Discussion Forum where you have now been registered as a member. Please click the link, and check your email inbox for your membership details and password. Thanks.


  6. I combed the internet for hours before getting that coupled with some of the one i remember my mum reciting while young. She says them whenever i’m angry (which happens very frequently, instead of calming me down, the oriki tends to make me sober and start weeping. Is that what orikis are supposed to do?


  7. Kabiesi! Kabieosi!
    Omo Ajibosin
    Omo otongoro lowu ayeye
    Omo Asunkungbade
    Omo Aosorogboye
    Omo agbolagoriare
    Omo Amolese bi alaari
    Omo Olowu oduru
    Omo bowo semo leso mo
    Olowu oduru, ibi emeso gbe po j’omidan lo.
    Ara owu ki ja, ara owu kin ranro
    Awi me nukuro ni to`wu.
    Atewo n’mobala mio meni oko, nba meni okola atewo ni, nba gbowo ila lowo Owu.
    Okolakan okolakan to ba gbowo ila lowo Owu, gedegbe labe n’lawo won.
    Kabiesi o!
    Ki ade opelori, ki bata ope lese o!


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