Oyo agog for 70th remembrance ceremony for Alaafin Ladigbolu •Iku Baba Yeye extols his virtues
By Tajudeen Opeyemi
SEVENTY years ago, precisely, on December 19, 1944, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Abubakar Siyanbola Onikepe Akanbi Ladigbolu, then Alaafin of Oyo, joined his ancestors after reigning for 33 years.
As a mark of honour, his ruling house, the Agunloye and Alowolodu Ruling House in conjunction with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, organised a befitting remembrance programme for the late monarch.
The special remembrance prayer ceremony was held at the Agbala Ogun, Aafin Oyo, on December 19, 2014 during which the city of Oyo stood still.
Explaining the purpose of the gathering at the occasion, one of the princes, Archbishop Emeritus Ayo Ladigbolu, explained that the Agunloye and Alowolodu Ruling House, after a family meeting, decided to organise a special 70th remembrance ceremony and launching of a commemorative publication in his honour titled: Iwe Iranti (The Biography of the late monarch) authored by Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu.
The book is subtitled: Siyanbola, Alaafin of Oyo (The king and the man) pointing out that, that is the main reason for the gathering.
Declaring the ceremony open, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, appreciated the efforts of members of Agunloye/Alowolodu Ruling family and the entire people of Oyoland for their initiative and love for Oyoland.
Speaking further at the occasion as the chief host, Oba Adeyemi observed that people do not appreciate the efforts and contributions of our great leaders but pointing out that this remembrance ceremony organised for Oba Ladigbolu, shows that the late monarch actually did a lot during his reign.
Oba Adeyemi said during the late Oba Ladigbolu’s time, the protectorate of North and Southern Nigeria under Oba Ladigbolu’s command, Nigeria was joined together and became a Nation called Nigeria. With this, Oba Ladigbolu deserved to be remembered for the great things he had done for Oyo Kingdom and Nigeria as a whole.
For his efforts, the late monarch was honoured with CMG title offered him by His Excellency, Sir Hugh Clifford, pointing out that the day he received the honour, was declared a public holiday with real celebration in Oyoland on the day.
Iku Baba Yeye then pledged total support for the children and the ruling house of Oba Ladigbolu.
He advised them to continue to live together in unity.
The programme witnessed by eminent personalities from all walks of life, featured special live TV programme on NTA, Oyo and thanksgiving service the following day at Methodist Cathedral, Apara, Oyo.
Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu, on behalf of the princes and princesses, expressed gratitude to Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi for the success of the ceremony.
The surviving children of the late monarch include Prince Maltida Mojisola Ladigbolu, Prince (Alh) Lasisi Ladigbolu Olopa, Prince Akinade Adedotun Akee Ladigbolu, Archbishop Emeritus Ayo Ladigbolu, Baba Raheem Sanda (Isale-Oja), Prince Wahab Muftau (Isale-Oja), Prince Ganiyu Subaru (Isale-Oja), Prince Ganiyu Akee (Iso-Elu), Princess Taibat Tadere Owoade, Princess Sidikat Owoade (Ago-Ishona), Prince Wulemat Oladigbolu (Alaka), Princess Ogboja-Mogba Ladigbolu, Prince Siyan-Obalolu Ladigbolu, Princess Owoade Rabi-Solape, Prince Akee Olosan Owoade, Princess (Alhaja) Fausat Bizinilahi (Oke-Apo), Prince Azeez Ladigbolu (Okobiiya), Prince Tajudeen Gbadegesin, Prince Tajudeen Owoade, Princess Simbiat Owoade, Princess Fausat Owoade, Prince (Alh) Rasaq Sanda Owoade, Princess Akofade Sidikat Owoade and others.