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REMINISCENCES: Iyalodes Are Made Of These, By Oloye Lekan Alabi

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My humble self,Oloye 'Lekan Alabi,Ekefa Olubadan of Ibadanland,conducting the affairs at Iyalode Theresa Laduntan Oyekanmi's promotion ceremony to Iyalode of Ibadanland at the Olubadan Aje Ogunniso 1 Palace,Popo Yemoja Area,Ibadan,Oyo State,on Friday,12th July,2019.Long live Iyalode Theresa Laduntan Oyekanmi.Amen

Above was the title of my tribute to the 11th Iyalode of Ibadanland, the late Iyalode Humuani Alade, who joined her ancestors,26 years ago, exactly on Saturday,20th August 1994.

May her noble and kind soul continue to rest in perfect peace in Aljannah Fridaous. Amen.

My said tribute was published in the Sunday Tribune newspaper issue of 28th August 1994 – 26 years ago.,and on pages 65 and 66 of my book,”ALWAYS FOR PUBLIC GOOD”, launched at my 50th birthday LECTURE and LUNCHEON, held at the swimming poolside of the Premier Hotel,Mokola Hill,Ibadan, Oyo State of Nigeria,on 27th October, 2000.

In the said tribute I extolled the virtues, characteristics, mien etc of Iyalodes of Ibadanland.

On Friday,12th July, this year,the incumbent Iyalode of Ibadanland, High Chief Theresa Laduntan Oyekanmi(nee Ladapo of Abebi Area of Ibadan),was formally installed by Kabiyesi Olubadan Saliu Adetunji,Aje Ogungunniso 1, sequel to the gracious approval of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

Iyalode Oyekanmi,a chip of the blocks of her 13 eminent predecessors, was the wife of my paternal uncle,Prince ‘Diti Oyekanmi, lawyer,and a former Commissioner  in the now-defunct Western State of Nigeria(1975 -1979)during the military government of the then Colonel David Medayese Jemibewon(now a retired Major-General.)My uncle, a scion of the Motanmi Royal Dynasty of Oke Baale, Osogbo, Osun State of Nigeria and our Oyetunji Olundegun Chieftaincy Family of Ile Oye,SW2/486, Ita AregbeOmo,Isale ‘Jebu, Ibadan, where I became the Mogaji in 1994, died,aged 88,on Friday,21st August,this year,in Ibadan.He was buried in his hometown,Osogbo, the following day, according to Muslim rites.

I was the Co-ordinator of Iyalode Laduntan Oyekanmi’s first traditional Chieftaincy conferment ceremony as Bada Iyalode of Ibadanland, by the late Olubadan Shittu Oyetunde 11, on 17th November, 1975, as I was,44 years after, the same Coordinator of her promotion to Iyalode of Ibadanland last year.

She succeeded the 13th Iyalode of Ibadanland, High Chief(Alhaja) Aminat Abiodun, who passed on in December 2018.

May her noble soul continue to rest in perfect peace in Aljannah Fridaous. Amen.

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