Investment Opportunities In Owu Kingdom

The following are some of the primary areas of investment in the Owu Kingdom areas of Abeokuta:

1.         Limestone Extraction/ Cement Production

2.         Granite Extraction & Quarrying

3.         Laterite Extraction

4.         Agricultural Industries (Cassava, Corn, Maize, Rice)

5.         Hospitality & Tourism Development

6.         Textile Industry

7.         Cotton Production & Ginnery

8.         Small Scale Manufacturing & Cottage Industries

9.         Independent Power Generation

10.       Wood Processing

11.       Ceramics

12.       Phosphate

13.       Feldspar

14.       Kaolin

15.       Fish Farming

 

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The Grand October Yamfest – 2011 Odun Omo Olowu

 

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The cutting of the yam

Olowu cuts the New Yam

They did it again!

These Owu people have done it again!

The Kangunere mobile dynamic circus was at its best once again, and this time committed a mass ecstasy ‘genocide’ by successfully electrifying and suffocating all and sundry with their high voltage exposé.

Have you ever heard of the masochistic phrase ; ‘I wanna die, come get me’? That is exactly what everybody, both indigenes and guests, fortunate enough to be present at the Ita-Iyalode venue of the Odun-Omo-Olowu Grand Finale on October 8 seemed to be saying – nay, shouting, with their teeth grating together feverishly in a wild orgy of excitement as they were tantalized relentlessly till the bristles of their hair stood stiff and erect!

That day was a glorious Saturday. Truly tropical. It flaunted a faultless clear sky with silver clouds interposing the bright azure blue matrix of the firmament. Blazing hot it was too…and on this particularly blessed day, the rain gods chose to take a nap! So it was that the stage was set both in the celestium, and here on earth at Ita-Iyalode in Abeokuta, Nigeria where on one end was erected the royal tent on an extended platform, and at the other end, a pedestal with a double balloon-like structure which I best leave to the photographs to depict.

At both sides of the vast expanse which separated them were the clustering of canopies specifically tagged for individual communities, both rural and urban, within the Cosmo-regional structure of the ‘Owu Republic’ of Ogun State…

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Olowu launches Palace PEC

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Olowu and Akin-Olugbade

Akin-Olugbade and Olowu at PEC launching

Its about 2pm, Thursday 22nd September in the alluringly illuminated Akala Lounge of the Olowu Palace on Oke Ago-Owu, Abeokuta. The Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, CON, formally inaugurates his  Projects Execution Committee (PEC) consisting of 15 distinguished Owu chiefs and citizens under the chairmanship of the Aare-Ona Kakanfo of Owu Kingdom, Chief Bolu Akin-Olugbade.

Stories were told, parallels were drawn, and promises and resolutions made as the PEC was jump-started to a promising action-laden inception. Its mission – to take charge of conceptualizations,  projects planning and fund-raising on matters related to the palace specifically, and Owu Kingdom at large.

The inauguration ceremony was populated by the Olowu, his serving chiefs, and some members of the new committee made up of the following members:

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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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Oba Odeleye speech

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The Creation Of Owu Townships:

YOU ARE WELCOME: GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU COME

INTRODUCTION

Once again August of another year has come. You all have heeded our clarion call to come home to Owu, Abeokuta. You are WELCOME. God bless you as you come to the 3rd Owu-Day Festival Celebrations.

Billboard of Oba Odeleye at Sokori Township, Abeokuta

When we ascended the exulted, throne of Owu Abeokuta in October 1993, our one prayer wish was that God should mercifully renew OWU KINGDOM and its people, in all its ramifications. How God was going to do it, we did not know, but we had the deep and implicit faith that our prayer had already been answered at the “inner realm”. We give all glory and adoration to our God of love and light.

The previous two Festivals in the years 2000 and 2001 were very successful and rewarding. This 3rd Festival has surpassed the previous ones. For this we are grateful to God, and to you beautiful sons and daughters of Owu, and our numerous friends and well-wishers.

We pray that the grace and blessings of God will be your double portion, in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

WHY OWU-DAY FESTIVAL

On our ascension to the throne nine year ago, we were saddened and dismayed that many family houses and compounds were desolated, dilapidated and overgrown with weeds. Many young and able-bodied persons had deserted Owu Abeokuta for Lagos, Ibadan, Kano and other major cities of Nigeria, either in search of employment opportunities or in fear of the myth of being killed by wicked or envious neighbors. The resulting desolation was awesome and pitiful.

We decided to establish a non-religious, but all embracing socio-cultural gathering that can attract our sons and daughters back home every year:-

i. To engender and promote fellowship;

ii. To encourage the rehabilitation or reconstruction of family houses and compounds;

iii. To encourage the establishment of cottage and small-scale industrial ventures;

iv. To promote the expansion of commerce and business activities;

v. To alleviated the pervading level of poverty through family support and encouragement; and VI To engender, re-kindle, and promote civic pride in the advancement ofOwu nation and people.

THE RESPONSE SO FAR

Olowu Odeleye

Olowu Adisa Odeleye

Our people’s response to our clarion call has exceeded our imagination and expectation. Owu people all over Nigeria and the diaspora have responded with glee. They come from Lagos, Ibadan, Warri, Port Harcourt, Kano, Sokoto, Benue, Benin Republic; indeed from everywhere including London and Texas in the United States of America. The response this year is obviously greater.

Also, the rehabilitation and reconstruction of dilapidated family houses or compounds have commenced in earnest. A typical case in point worthy of emulation is the complete rehabilitation and expoansion of the Latasu Family Compound at Owu Ogbe Town, Abeokuta by Olootu Gbolahan Ogo-Oluwa Bankole, of Premier Paint fame. Several other eminent sons and daughters are renovating, rehabilitating or expanding their family houses to contemporary modem standards.

We are pleased indeed for this enthusiastic response to our call to RENEW OWU physically, morally and spiritually.

THE RE-STRUCTURING OF OWU TOWNSHIPS

An essential step forward in the renewal of Owu Abeokuta and its people is the physical and administrative restructuring of Owu Townships.

When we arrived Abeokuta 168 years ago (in 1834), we were classified as 3 Townships; VIZ: Owu, Erunmu and Apomu. Over the years, this classification gave the wrong impression that we are the smallest group of the federating units. There were two fallacies in this conception:

  1. Because we were the last to arrive, only a comparatively small space was available for our teeming contingent and a larger majority of Owu People found space in the numerous towns and villages established far and near from Abeokuta;
  2. Because the Owu people are largely homogenous, no cognizance was taken of the number amidst of Owu family compounds among which there was family differentiations. Owu was therefore wrongly assumed to be one township.

Whereas the family compounds making up units of many Egba Townships were

Akin-Olugbade Social Center, Abeokuta

Akin-Olugbade Social Center, Abeokuta

relatively few’ (often  ranging between 10-20), in Owu there are over 300 compounds, in Erunmu 19 and in Apomu 8.

Surely, this anomaly calls for a re-structuring to correct previous mis-representation, and to allow for proper decentralization of the administration of urban infrastructures and facilities, and social units.

This re-structuring exercise had engaged our attention for the past two years culminating in the intensive efforts of the Owu Central Committee charged with the actualization of the project. This, Central Committee, working for the past nine months has produced a re-structuring plan indicating 19 Townships for Owu, 1 for Erunmu Owu, and 1 for Apomu Owu. This gives a total of 21 Townships for the Owu section of Abeokuta urban area. See Appendix A for the list of the new structure.

All Owu villages and towns in the Abeokuta North Local Government, Ewekoro Local Government, Ifo Local Government, and Ado-Odo/Otta Local Government areas can trace their family compounds to these 21 Towns in Abeokuta.

Today, we thank God that an anomaly, which had persisted for 168 years is now being corrected for the proper edification and development of the Owu domain in Egbaland. Now that the administration of the Owu people in Egbaland is being decentralized by the appointment of leaders and Chiefs for each of the 21 Townships in Owu, we expect a rapid transformation of our domain for the economic, social and physical benefit of our people.

Long live the 21 Township, Long live Owuland.

DEVELOPMENT OF OWU CENTRAL MARKET ABEOKUTA

Another effort at the Renewal of Owu is the desire for Economic Enhancement.

Last year we made an effort to Launch a Development Fund for the Construction of Owu Central Market at Ita-Iyalode, Owu, Abeokuta. Obviously, a project of this magnitude cannot be started and completed with funds raised at only one launching activity.

Some of the N3.5 million (Three Million Five Hundred Naira Only) realized last year is being expended towards the acquisition of the site, and the preliminary preparation of the project’s technical documentation.

We have proposed a project estimate of some N100million (One Hundred Million Naira only) for the phase one of the CENTRAL MARKET. You will all help us to actualize this dream if you donate generously towards the project fund. It is my earnest hope that nobody leaves this arena without honouring us with a donation, however little.

We pray that God will abundantly reward you for you thoughtful, kind and generous contribution to the Fund.

I again heartily bid you WELCOME and wish you a happy and enjoyable OWllJ DAY FESTIVAL, and at the end travelling mercies home.

God Bless You All

His Majesty

OBA (DR.) OLAWALE ADISA ODELEYE, Lagbedu 1

The Olowu of Owu, Abeokuta.

An address by Olowu Lagbedu 1 on the occasion of the 3rd Owu-Day Festival Celebration on 24th August 2002 at the Coronation Ground, Ita-Iyalode, Owu, Abeokuta.