Alaafin of Oyo Kingdom, Alaiyeluwa Oba (Dr.) Abdul Hameed Olayiwola Adeyemi III


HE ALAAFIN OF OYO KINGDOM, Alaiyeluwa Oba (Dr.) Abdul Hameed Olayiwola Adeyemi III is a monarch with class. He is an enigma by every standard and a chance meeting with him is like an expository adventure through a school of history.
The very urbane monarch, who worked as an insurance officer before heeding the natural call of the gods, through the Oyomesi to ascend the throne of his fore-fathers as the Alaafin of the greatest kingdom in the history of the black race - The Oyo Kingdom - is a man at home with himself at all times, as he exudes confidence in all his dealings.
One enviable highpoint in the life of this great monarch is his deep knowledge and high sense of recounting historic events with facts and figures; and with an accuracy that'll beat the imagination of youthful intellectuals. The Alaafin, at his age still remembers events of over a hundred years old, and still writes his scripts unaided. He is a consummate reader and would pass any day, for a professor of ancient/modern history and archaeology.
He spoke to a team of Focus editorial staff recently in his expansive palace, on a wide range of issues, bordering more on the rich heritage of the famous Oyo kingdom. Welcome on a historic excursion!

I'm a thorough-bred Yoruba man – Obasanjo

                               The balogun of Owu Kingdom
MY father, who was by every measure, the most successful farmer in the
village and in the Ibogun area, was a proud Yoruba man and he told me
about Oduduwa, the founder of the Yoruba nation.

From left: Chief Obafemi Olopade, OFR, Chairman at the occasion;
former President of Ghana, Mr. John Kuffour; Abyna-Ansaa Adjei,
author; former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; Mrs. Bola Obasanjo;
former Governor of Jigawa State, and Senator Ibrahim Saminu Turaki,
representing the Senate President, at the presentation of the book
'Baba's Story: Nigeria is 50' , authored by Abyna Ansaa Adjei, in
Lagos, yesterday. Photo: Lamidi Bamidele.

Papa had heard this story from his own father, Baba Alarobo, who had
heard it from his father, Baba Elesin. Papa said this story had been
told for hundreds of years in our family in this 'father-to-son' way.
Although, my father never stopped teaching us Yoruba culture, proverbs
and tradition, he made us also respect the language, the culture,
traditions and way of life of other people living in the village.

FOR the first time since some Yoruba leaders alleged in 2007 that his
biological father was not a Yoruba man, immediate past President,
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has opened up on the matter.

Kwara Bombshell: Saraki Is An Egba Man, Ex-Ambassador Reveals

Kwara Bombshell: Saraki Is An Egba Man, Ex-Ambassador Reveals
thenews/pmnews .A former Nigerian Ambassador to Cote D’Ivoire, Alhaji
AbdulGaniy Folorunsho Abdulrazak has declared that the godfather of
Kwara politics and the Turaki of Ilorin, Dr. Olusola Saraki, is not
from Kwara State but an Egba man from Ogun State.

In an interview published in this week’s edition of TheNEWS

magazine, Alhaji Abdulrazak narrated how he became a close friend of
Dr. Saraki’s father, the late Alhaji Muttahiru Saraki and what the
older Saraki told him about his ancestry.

According to the former ambassador, Alhaji Muttahiru Saraki visited
him one Sunday at home and they had an important and historic

Alhaji Abdulrazak recalled: “He asked me where I come from. I told him
I am from Ilorin. Alhaji Saraki said he was an Egba man from Abeokuta.
By this time I did not even know the existence of Olusola Saraki. So,
the man told me he was from Abeokuta but he went to a Quranic School
in Ilorin at Agbaji, an area reputed for Islamic scholarship. The man
with his own mouth told me he was an Egba man from Abeokuta. This was
in early 1963.” CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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