When Yoruba say the above adage: Ko so’ni, they are driving home the point, particularly about their achievement or inheritance, as either not being new or sheer happenstance.
‘KO S’ONI’, has been chosen as the theme of my 70th birthday celebrations, which comes up later in the year in appreciation of God’s enduring blessings on me.
We praise Him. And that takes one to the relevance or significance of names of persons or places. What’s in a name? You might ask like William Shakespeare?
There is everything in a name, as names, if divinely or appropriately given, are the pilots of the bearers as he navigates through life. I don’t have to interprete the meaning or significance of the name: OLALEKAN. Or do I? Any need to add more.
The relevance of this story is also exemplified by the photo caption to wit:
The two living legends of Juju music,Prof. (Evangelist) Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi,MFR,alias ‘CHIEF COMMANDER’ and Otunba ( Dr.) Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, MFR, King Sunny Ade (KSA) at my 60th birthday book launch/luncheon on Wednesday, 27th October,2010, at the Ibadan Civic Centre, Agodi GRA, Ibadan, Oyo State of Nigeria. Obey and his Inter-Reformers Band were on the bandstand, as they were at my 40th in 1990. KSA and his World Beats were on the bandstand at my 60th birthday book launch/luncheon on Tuesday, 27th October, 2015, at the Agodi Park and Garden, Government Secretariat Road,Ibadan.
KO S’ONI….Yusufu Olatunji, alias’BABA L’EGBA’and his Sakara Band played at my naming party in Ibadan on Friday, 3rd November, 1950. We praise God for His mercies that endure.