By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Olu Of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewa land in Ogun State, His Royal Majesty Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle has lost his uncle, Prince Adedeji James Olugbenle popularly called Double Crown Foods.
The death of the Olu’s uncle was announced on Sunday in Ilaro.
He died on Sunday around 8.00am at Aniwura Court, 157, Leslie Road, Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area, after a protracted illness and his remains have been deposited at the mortuary of the Federal Medical Center (FMC). Abeokuta.
The Olu and his late uncle both jostled for the throne after the demise of late Oba Adekanbi Tella (Agbenuaran III) in 2008.
Prince Adedeji James Olugbenle will forever be remembered by the people of Ilaro and its environs, as he owned Double Crown Bakery in the town.
The factory is into bread, biscuit, pure water and beverages and gives employment to thousands of youths in the town.
He was born on 7th of June, 1937 in Ilaro. He had his primary education at Christ Church School, Ilaro, 1944 to 1955, Egbado College, Ilaro 1952 to 1957. Cooperative College, Ibadan 1958-1959, Lead College of Commerce, Lead England 1960-1963.
He worked in many places. He was a classroom teacher, revenue inspector, Accountant/Principal Accountant, ECN which became NEPA and PHCN, 1964-70 deputy general manager, Nigeria Industrial Development Bank Ltd.
The late prince was a former member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants; past President, Abeokuta Chamber of Commerce, national treasurer of Chamber of Commerce (NACCIMA); member of the Ogun State Elders’ Consultative Forum amongst others.