That was the end of my outings! Remember, I was only twenty-five and I was still too young to appreciate the full import of it. Even if, for some reasons, he was not chosen, there was still his brother, Pa Adenaiya. On Tuesday, April 5, 1960 newly crowned Oba Adetona, took his seat as a member of the Western Region House of Chiefs, after a formal introduction. Becoming the Awujale of Ijebuland was never on his agenda, because his father and some of his uncles were still alive then. “My second meeting with Mr. Shonibare was markedly different from the first. After his departure and I was all alone, the implications began to dawn on me that I was going back home, no longer as an ordinary citizen, but as the next Awujale of Ijebuland! My father, as far as I knew then, was an obvious candidate and could therefore assume succession. 1. Instead of that, he said, I should shake hands with people, relate cordially with them. © 2020 - All rights reserved. He congratulated me and arranged for my homeward journey. For his secondary education, he attended Olu-Iwa (now Adeola Odutola) College, Ijebu Ode from 1951 to 1956. “And so, without my knowledge or consent, important events were rapidly unfolding at home behind my back and the battle for succession in the Ijebuland was being enthusiastically fought on my behalf. “I travelled back home unaccompanied. 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Shonibare and I met for the first time at late Chief M.S. He certainly had enough clout to influence the choice of the kingmakers. “Consequently, on 7 September 1959, the family met and nominated six of us – myself and five other candidates from the Anikinaiya ruling house. My friendship with Mr. Shonibare was very fruitful and rewarding, in fact, it gave me the opportunity to drink from his enormous fountain of experience. The ljebus awaited a new Paramount Ruler- Awujale of Ijebuland. Sowole’s house at 45A, Kensington Gardens, London. Yet, this was a man, whom I never knew at all, whom I had in fact never met, until I came back to Nigeria.”. “Mr. Since only a few people knew I was arriving, there was no reception or any ceremony at all. Net Worth: $4.6 Billion As of November 2014 Age: 61 Source Of Wealth: Telecom, oil, Self Made Residence: Lagos, Nigeria State of Origin: Ogun Citizenship: Nigeria Marital Status:Married Children: 7 Education: Master of Business Administration, Pace University New York Mike Ad… Because he was an older person and so nice to me, I respected him very much and listened to all the advice he gave me. Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona (born 10 May 1934)[1] is the Awujale of the Ijebu Kingdom, a traditional state in Nigeria. “Three months later, after the mandatory mourning period for the late Oba Geleguwa was over, Mr. Shonibare arrived in London and contacted me at my residence at 85, Portnall Road, London, West 9. Unfortunately, after he dropped me back at the Estate at the end of our outing, he crashed the car on his way home! The thought here was that early as a monarch, the twenty-six-year-old Awujale was a fit and proper king for the exalted position. The Thompsons had a business relationship with the Daily Express group of newspapers headed by Mr. Shonibare. The then Governor signed the Instrument of Office approving Prince Sikiru Kayode Adetona as Awujale of Ijebuland. 4 1/333, the Permanent Secretary in the Western Region Ministry of Local Government conveyed to the Local Government Adviser in Ijebu Ode approval of the Western Region Governor in Council, the appointment of Prince Sikiru Kayode Adetona as the Awujale of Ijebuland with effect from that date (January 4, 1960). Shonibare was a gentleman, however, and from the first meeting, a warm relationship later blossomed between us. But all my friends were excited and any time they saw me now, they would start hailing me, shouting, “That’s the Awujale passing by!”. S.O. Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, who had earlier been nominated along with five others by the ODIS was unanimously selected by the kingmakers in conformity with Section 11 of the Chiefs Law of 1957 applicable in Western Region. His father was Prince Rufai Adeto and mother, Alhaja Ajibabi Adetona (née Onashile). The formal coronation took place on Saturday, April 2, 1960. The Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, on Tuesday expressed doubt if he will witness the next Ojude Oba festival. Read also: WHY I LEFT HOME AT AGE 14-UCHE JUMBO The 83-year-old monarch gave a talk on how he came into office on January 4, 1960 in his autobiography titled: “Awujale: The Autobiography of Alaiyeluwa Oba S. K. Adetola, Ogbagba II”. Awujale of Ijebu land, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona Ogbagha II, – Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona-Ogbagba II ‘AWUJALE’. Obanla - 1460 (from Obanta family) 5. The then Governor signed the Instrument of Office approving Prince Sikiru Kayode Adetona as Awujale of Ijebuland. The formal coronation took place on Saturday, April 2, 1960. The official confirmation of my selection as the next Awujale of Ijebuland came in December 1959. The king-elect thereafter proceeded to undergo the traditional seclusion at the Odo for three months. Now the story: “It was as I was settling down to pursue my course that the sad news came about the demise of the Awujale, Gbelegbuwa II. Munigbuwa – 1455 4. Shonibare himself was neither an Afobaje nor even a chief then, but he was a very big shot, a prominent Ijebu son, who was concerned about the ultimate progress of the town and so was interested in whoever the next Awujale would be. I collected my ticket from Mr. Alistair Stuart of Thompsons Press in the UK.