A Dialogue With The Olowu of Owu

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In a recent dialogue with Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, the Olowu of Owu in his Palace office situated on a lofty hilltop in Oke Ago-owu, Abeokuta, and strewn with the portraits of many of his predecessors both hanging from the walls or arranged on the floor in a gallery fashion, the monarch made many candid no frills ‘breaking news’ assertions to Owulakoda.com on a host of contemporary and historical issues:

OLOWU OF OWU

OLOWU OF OWU

Oba Dosunmu is the 13th Olowu to be crowned in Abeokuta. He sports a doctorate degree in Theological studies, similar to his immediate predecessor the late Oba Adisa Odeleye who also bore the tag of Phd in the field of Architecture (a feat which he exhibited in the design of the ultra modern Owu Palace).

It is by no mean feat, nor mere coincidence that collectively, the two ‘doctored’ Olowus have instituted more sweeping changes and thereby generated more controversies, and possibly also cultivated more oppositions and foes than all the 11 obas who came before them combined and multiplied! And this is an objective statement. No exaggerations!

However, there are those who love them immensely too for exhibiting more scrotums (balls) than their predecessors and contemporaries in response to the peculiar situations at hand. Must be that knowledge and erudition propel men to great endeavors in the semblance of opium! It is for each individual to adopt a stance on these issues. How do you stand?

Below are some excerpts of the ‘private’ dialogue with Olowu Dosunmu which was discussed in Yoruba inter-spaced with the English language.

Private, because this was not an interview session and was not designed for publication. However the ‘parrot’ residing inside of me cannot hear without echoing (‘Echoes of Anlugbua’) in the classic ‘basket mouth’ fashion, so I finally succumbed to the temptation of sharing some guided moments of the marathon apocalypse discuss with you my brothers and sisters who fate and antecedents have bonded together. The unguided ones, I have deliberately left out. The beauty of this presentation is that the subject is free and natural and speaks from the depth of his heart without any public relation gimmick or ego-conscious manoeuvring!

Let it be known that I have secured no permission whatsoever to publish these details, but in doing so, I have adopted some critical responsibilities and have used my relative juvenile, but cultivated wisdom to cloak or omit some pronouncements which may be too provocative for dissemination, but nevertheless were candidly spoken with all the valiance and self-assuredness that only a thoroughbred Owu citizen can muster…and who better qualifies for this than the king of Owu himself? I only hope he forgives me for this unauthorized unilateral exposé (and if he doesn’t? Well the deed is done. Let him kill me now – (spoken like a true Owu kamikaze suicide bomber. LoL)!

Furthermore, if there are any errors or inaccuracies, they are most likely mine (and I apologize and stand to be corrected). And although I have tried as best as I can to recollect the Olowu’s statements, I cannot guarantee absolute precision in the dissemination. Lastly the arrangement of the pronouncements as rendered here are strictly mine, as I have made efforts to join together some rather disjointed but related fragments in order to generate a readable flow (remember the statements are excerpts from an informal dialogue that was not rendered for publication). And of course, all my own retorts during the conversation have been totally suppressed here.

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Akinale – A Brief History

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Akinale Township

– A brief history, (culled from the felicitation of the Lapeleke Dynasty published in the 10th Owu Day celebration Programme).

Akinale is a settlement established by Lapeleke, a sector commander of the Owu army under the overall command of Akindele Gbalefa, who between 1836-1843 repelled the onslaught of a series of enemies on the Abeokuta-Lagos axial road for the survival of Abeokuta and the Egba Federation.

After settling his brothers, Majeogbe and Akinwale in Akinale Village at about 1840, Lapeleke the legendary warrior and hunter exploited his mastery of the terrain to traverse through Olaogun and Olujobi, to inaugurate yet another village, lapeleke, which is today’s pot of wealth for many a soul.

oba of akinale

Towulade of Akinale

Oba Olufemi Adewunmi Ogunleye, fnipr, JP., who was an Apomu chief and a former Public Relations Manager with the defunct Nigerian Airways was crowned in 2006 as the first monach of Akinale Community by the Paramount Ruler of Owu Kingdom, the Olowu of Owu, Oba Dr. Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu.

Oba Ogunleye who bears the royal title of Towulade of Akinale, has also adopted the alias(s) of Afogunlanafade, Delesolu 1, and Arole Olowu of Owu Kingdom. He is a direct great grandson of Lapuleke, the renowned warrior of the Gbalefa Wars.