At the palace of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, with Rauf Aregbesola, Babafemi Ojudu and Lai Mohammed
Trending Story

Alaafin of Oyo: Why I Am Honoring A Musician With High Title

248

 

By Babafemi Ojudu

Oba Lamidi Adeyemi , the Alaafin of Oyo is not your regular traditional ruler . He is a very reflective monarch who is deep in the ways of his ancestors. Highly perceptive, Kabiyesi is a trove of information on the history and mores of Yoruba race. Sitting with him and listening to him talk is like entering into an ancient library and communing with the past of a race. His recall of incidents, occurrences and dates is as legendary as his reflections on the past, present and the future of the Yoruba race.

Talking about the court room accomplishment of Sapara Williams , the first Yoruba lawyer you will think he was there present. His narratives was so graphic that a script writer will have enough for a movie.

That was Kabiyesi who early in his years was know simply as Lamidi Elese, Lamidi the boxer as result of his love for boxing.

When early on Monday January 13 we arrived in the ancient Oyo town in company of thousands of well wishers of the popular musician WASIU Ayinde to celebrate with him, Oba ADEYEMI asked that three of us , I , the Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola , Minister of Information and Culture ALHAJI Lai Muhammed be brought to meet with him in his inner recess. I was in Oyo to represent the Vice President of Nigeria, YEMI Osinbajo at the event while the two Ministers were there to represent the President , Muhammadu Buhari.
Sitting down with Kabiyesi, he said : “gentlemen before this event commences I owe you an explanation of why I am giving out this title. “

“ Unlike some others I do not give title for money. How much will WASIU bring to this palace?”, he said.

Kabiyesi said he had over a long time reflected on the Yoruba entertainers and their contributions to the development of the culture.

“They promote our culture, promote harmony and happiness and yet people consider them as beggars. I want to change all of that”, he said emphatically.

Wasiu, he said , has taken Yoruba music and culture to the rest of the world and therefore deserves to be recognized. Kabiyesi regaled us with the contribution of the Alarinjos who pioneered the Yoruba theatre , handed it over to the traveling theatre and from there to today’s movie actors and actresses.

These cultural workers from Ogunde, Dura Ladipo , Lere Paimo, Oyin Adejobi and their likes remained unhonored despite their contribution. This , he said , motivated him when ten years ago he first mulled the idea of making Wasiu Mayegun but had to change his mind at the last minutes because he wanted to observe him a bit more.

“ Today I am fully convinced of his contributions and his character hence my bringing him here for this honor for his contributor to our ancestry “., Kabiyesi said.

It was a colorful day with many Kings from across Yorubaland coming to honor both the Kabiyesi and the honoree. The Fuji musicians were present in large numbers and so were the Yoruba actors and those who are referred to as socialites for making party rounds.
It also witnessed a beautiful display of Yoruba culture .

The high point was when the Kabiyesi got up from his throne and went to where the wives sat and engage them in banters. After carrying out a ritual of drumming with them, he splashed them with some naira notes and had a call and response.

Kabiyesi: Eke lobirin

Wives : Eke lokunrin

 

This went on and on for a while.

I do not know how to adequately capture this in English but it does appear to me that Kabiyesi was saying that women are full of mysterious and fascinating qualities.

The children joined in . The females took the side of the women , their mothers while the men took the sides of Kabiyesi , their father and the rest of us simply laughed wondering what it was all about.

The answer, perhaps , lies in the palace politics, rivalry , mystique and intrigues.

Leave a comment

Related Articles

Billionaire philanthropist Tony Elumelu mulls buying NPFL team

As part of his corporate social responsibility, billionaire banker and philanthropist Tony...

Terry G speaks on Davido, Wizkid, and Burna Boy rivalries, faces backlash from fans

Nigerian music sensation Terry G, also known as the Apako master, has...

Dani Alves pays €1m bail, set to leave Spanish jail

Former Brazil and Barcelona star Dani Alves, convicted of rape in Spain,...

World TB Day: 70 percent of TB cases in Africa now being diagnosed and treated – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has disclosed that about 70 percent of...

13th AAG: Tobi Amusan wins gold in women’s 100m hurdles

The Nigerian sprint star, Tobi Amusan, won gold in the women’s 100m...

FG approves N12.7bln for mass metering of army barracks nationwide

The Federal Government says it has released N12.7 billion to provide electricity...

Women’s Day: Tinubu felicitates women, vows to prioritise their welfare, rights

President Bola Tinubu has promised to prioritize the welfare of women, protect...

All African Games: Nigeria’s Flying Eagles start their campaign on a losing note

The Flying Eagles of Nigeria started their campaign in the men’s football...

EFCC sets up task force to combat dollarization of economy, mutilation of naira

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced the setting up...

How Bafarawa diverted N4.6bln from ex-NSA for prayers, election, acquire luxury vehicles

A startling revelation has been made about how a former governor of...

CBN redeploys 1,500 staff to Lagos

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has redeployed 1,500 staff...

AFCON: Pres. Tinubu says unimpressed with Super Eagles’ performance

President Bola Tinubu has expressed his displeasure over the performance of the...

I’ve not met a man kind enough to marry —Ini Edo

In a candid revelation, renowned actress, Ini Edo, has hinted about the...

Ogun CP visits shot Nollywood actor, Ijaduade, vows to punish trigger-happy cop

Nollywood actor and Director, Azeez Ijaduade, who was shot “accidentally” by a...

Breaking: Actor, Azeez Ijaduade, allegedly shot by policeman in Ogun

In a shocking incident that has sent shock waves to Yoruba section...

Fast and furious actor, Vin Diesel, accused of sexual assault

Vin Diesel, known for his role in the Fast & Furious Series,...

Anyone asking for money this festive season lacks conscience, fear God – Comedian AY

Amid Nigeria’s challenging economic downturn, renowned comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as...

Octogenarian actor, Dejumo Lewis, dies

Nollywood community was on Friday night thrown into grief as the news...

I’m lucky to have you as my wife, Lateef praises Mo Bimpe on 2nd wedding anniversary

Celebrating their second year wedding anniversary, Nollywood actor, Lateef Adedimeji, has expressed...

Frank Edoho faces backlash for controversial remarks on infidelity

Renowned media personality, Frank Edoho, is under fire after making contentious comments...