That was the end of my outings! “Mr. These were made for me by my parents, collected by Mr. Shonibare and delivered to me by Mr. Timothy Olu Adebanjo, the editor of the Sunday Express and an Ijebu son. “Then one day, I got a letter from my parents informing me that a Mr. S.O. On 4 January 1960, my nomination as the next Awujale of Ijebuland was finally announced officially on Radio and in the Gazette and set the pace for a new set of activities to commence. As king, he represents the Anikilaya ruling family. Chief Sowole was the Agent General for the Western Region. “I travelled back home unaccompanied.
Awujale of Ijebu land, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona Ogbagha II, – Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona-Ogbagba II ‘AWUJALE’. Instead, I stayed with Pa Ignatius Osilaja, the Madasa of Ijebuland, at his house in Oliworo quarters.
The news, as I said, meant little to me, even though I knew it was the turn of my ruling house to present the next candidate. The official confirmation of my selection as the next Awujale of Ijebuland came in December 1959. My father, as far as I knew then, was an obvious candidate and could therefore assume succession. Albeit, an older and traditionally more senior Oba, late Sir Adesoji Aderemi, Ooni of Ife was subsequently elected the President. “When, however, the news finally reached me in England, I was to be frank, shocked and bemused by it all. Obanta – 1430 2. However, although the news of my selection was now public knowledge, only Mr. Muri Badmus, Mr. Shonibare and Mr. Adebanjo were still allowed access to me. , Last edited on 17 September 2020, at 07:08, "Celebrating 50 Years Reign Of Oba Adetona", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sikiru_Kayode_Adetona&oldid=978840063, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 September 2020, at 07:08. Even if, for some reasons, he was not chosen, there was still his brother, Pa Adenaiya. I began my preparations to come back home. He was nice to me and informed me very frankly that he had come to meet me because my name was being mentioned at home as one of the candidates for the position of the next Awujale. “When my name kept coming up and my opponents also kept objecting on the ground that I was too young to occupy such an enviable position, Mr. Shonibare, who had business interests in London, was mandated to come and see me on their behalf and give them a personal appraisal. “My second meeting with Mr. Shonibare was markedly different from the first. Now the story: “It was as I was settling down to pursue my course that the sad news came about the demise of the Awujale, Gbelegbuwa II. This presentation, which was a novelty, signalled the commencement of the installation ceremonies of the king-elect.
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