He never dreamt he would one day become king, though he hails from the royal house in Orisada-Eyo, a rural community in Yewa South Local Government area of Ogun State. But today, Adeogun Liasu Kehinde Hussein is a king. He has been on the throne since 2011. This month he would be marking his third year on the throne. He speaks on his journey to the throne, his community Orisada-Eyo and his three-year reign.
Interviewed by Sunday Rotilefon
Mogaji Adini Lineage
I was born in Orisada-Eyo in Yewa South Local Government area of Ogun State into the family of late Adeogun Liasu Akande, the first Mogaji Adini of Orisada-Eyo and late Mrs. Rafatullahi Ayoka Moradeun (nee Gbolohunkan Aluwala). I attended Agude LA Primary School, Orisada-Eyo and later proceeded to Ojumo Community High School Ihunbo between 1977-1984. I left Orisada-Eyo in 1984 for greener pasture in Lagos where I trained as clearing and forwarding agent under Alhaji J. K Rasheed at Brosco Express. I later worked at First Shipping and Maritime Services in 2000 where through hardwork and commitment rose to become the General Manager under the chairmanship of Mr. Michael Bola Awolade. In my quest for more knowledge I went for further studies in 2003 at the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos where I graduated in 2009 with Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.
Journey to Baale
My journey to Baale started in 2010. There was a court case between Baale Adejumo of Orisada-Eyo and Onihunbo. Late Adejumo was made Baale in 1982 while Onihunbo was made Baale in 2009. Both of them went to Ogun State High Court, Ilaro and I was joined as a witness. Unfortunately, the case remained unsettled until Adejumo died in 2011. During the hearing of the case, the presiding Justice Onafowokan observed that I had every genuine fact about the case. He later struck out the case. Two local governments, Ipokia and Yewa South, were fighting over the community because Orisada-Eyo is located at the boundary. It is River Agude that we use as the boundary.
We later presented the court ruling to Baale Oloke Odan that the case had been struck out and Oloke Odan then instructed Orisada-Eyo community to install me as Baale within three days. Eventually, I was installed on May 19, 2011.
First Settlers of Orisada-Eyo
Our founding fathers were the families of Adeogun, Ojuosi and Adejumo. They were the founders of the community.
It was Ojuosi and Adejumo families that went to high court Ilaro and our family Adeogun was joined as a witness.
I come from a royal family. Our forefathers migrated from Oyo Empire. We are descendants of Bashorun Ogunmola.
Achievements on the Throne
Before I became the Baale, I was the Chairman of Agude International and Agude Multi Purpose Co-operative Society both in Lagos and Ogun states. I had been using the opportunity to empower my people. When I became the Baale, I observed that there was a high level of poverty in the community. I gave out 15 motorcycles called “okada” to the youths to be paying back in installments. I also gave N10, 000 to women to start up businesses and N20, 000 to another category of women to support their business. I have been using every opportunity that comes my way to help my people to make life comfortable for them. We cannot do it alone, we need government’s support and we have been calling on government for support. We have a registered cooperative society under Ogun State Government that gives out soft loan to people. The cooperative has enabled us to have access to some of the government benefits.
For example, we are now registered members of Farmers Association in Ogun State. We have taken a step forward by becoming Kenaf member. I have been enlightening my people on the need to be closer to the government. In 2012, Ogun State government gave us fertilizers, which we distributed among our farmers at a reduced price. Also, in 2013 we benefitted from Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture; they gave us maize grains and fertilizers. This year again, government has called us for our fertilizers. All these efforts have made our community to have confidence in us.
I’m the head and chairman of Gbolohunkan family, which comprise Owo, Oniro, Fatedo, Itegbe Orisada-Eyo and Ilero families. This is the family that settled at Owo town.
I orientated and mobilized my people on the importance of using Public Health Center (PHC) built by the government in the community. Before, people don’t go to hospital for anti-natal; they preferred their homes but today we have been able to change their perspectives. Many now prefer to go there for consultation and delivery.
We know the importance of the youths in any community. That is why we normally hold meetings at intervals to assure them of a better future. We don’t allow them to get involved in any criminal activity. We have been assisting them in our own little way. Some of them benefited from our Okada Poverty Alleviation Programme.
There are quite a number of them. We have Egungun, Oro, Elegba, Agute and Ogboni. We normally use seven days to celebrate Egungun festival with approval from the police authority.
Egungun festival normally brings home our people. We normally celebrate it every three years. We held it March 2014 so another edition will hold in 2017. The festival has brought peace, progress and unity to the community. It is very significant to us. We are using the festival to remember our founding fathers who assured us of peace and tranquility. They said we should always call on them anytime we are facing any challenge and they have never disappointed us. Since I became the Baale, I have held Ojude Baale as Agude Aridagbanu Elegba twice. It is done on the second of January every year. It is my initiative to ensure that we bring our sons and daughters home.
There are many of them. There is no good road into and within the community. We lack pipe borne water, no conducive environment for our children who are going to school. There is no police station or police post. Our market women have no place to sell their goods, no market and lock-up shops. If government provides all these amenities it will bring development to the community.
The only primary school in the community was founded in 1945; today, successive governments have abandoned the school. We have written avalanches of letter to the government about the poor condition of the school. Only last month, government provided chairs to the school. There were no enough chairs and classrooms in the school. There is no ceiling, birds used to defecate on the pupils even when they are learning, everywhere used to be stinking. The road to the classrooms is a dead trap, there is no office space for the teachers; they usually mark their lesson notes under the trees. There is no conducive environment for both pupils and teachers.
Benefits from Governor Amosun’s Administration
We are over 3,000 people. We voted for him en masse but unfortunately we have not felt his presence. We are praying to God for him to come back for second term may be he will remember us. We have been seeing his good works everywhere in the state and we hope he will extend it to us.
We Want Our Own Local Government
We hope the ongoing National Conference will look into the creation of additional local governments across the country and we should be part of the beneficiaries. There was a demand for proposed Ifesowapo local government and we hope Ogun State House of Assembly we revisit it. The creation of the new local government will bring government presence to us and rapid development will be assured.
We have council of chiefs who handle conflict issues with good sense of judgment. We have settled a lot of land disputes between parties, communities, individuals and families without any problem. We only referred cases that are beyond our jurisdiction to the police such as murder, etc. There is no case that is difficult and not difficult. All depend on how you handle them. The council of chiefs has been performing wonderfully.
Becoming King Was Dream For Me
It looks like a dream to me because I did not have it in mind that one day I would become king. I was just a party to a case but God said it is me that would lead my people and God has been on my side.
My Religion Supports Polygamy
My religion supports polygamous family so far you can meet the needs of your wives. Presently I have three wives and I’m leaving with all of them. I met my first wife through my senior brother. She is a sister to my brother’s wife and they were leaving together.
Plans for Orisada-Eyo as He Marks 3 Years on Throne
I want government to provide social amenities and good infrastructure for my people so that we can have a better living condition. We want government to upgrade our Baale to kingship status. I will be the first king in the community. We have planning a pure water factory, honey factory and planting of Moringa and Kenaf. We have procured four popcorn machines to be distributed to my people. All these efforts are to ameliorate poverty in the community. We want Ogun State government and private investors to come and establish factories in our community. We assure them of their safety and good relationship. We want them to help us develop our mineral resources.
We have met with Mickey Ladey Commercial Company under the chairmanship of Mr. Michael Bola Awolade to establish motorcycle assembly plant in our community and he has assured us that he is considering our proposal. There is a large market for motorcycle in the rural areas.
Relationship among Baales and Obas in Ogun
There is cordial relationship between us. The chairman of council of Baales Chief Bisi Akinola, the Bale of Ijado via Ilaro, and paramount ruler of Yewaland, the Olu of Ilaro Oba Kehinde Gbadewola Olugbenle (MFR), Asade Agunloye iV, has been accommodating us and we have been enjoying their support. They are laying good examples for us and we other Baales are following their good footsteps. There is also a very good relationship between me and my Kabiyesi, the Oloke Odan of Oke Odan, Oba (Dr.) O.O Fagbenro (Lajulo 11).