Alayede the Oba who made Ayede Fed Poly be: See how and why!
The dream of having a federal polytechnic in Ogbomoso zone finally came to fruition this year when President Muhammadu Buhari announced the establishment of new federal polytechnics, which included that of Ayede.
Ayede in Ogo-Oluwa local government area of Ogbomoso zone of Oyo state was least expected to be so favoured as the location of the institution. Though the news elicited joy and excitement across Ogbomoso land not a few people wondered why Ayede, considered a far-flung village.
But news has emerged that it was because of the Oba of Ayede, whose past deeds and contributions to the life of the chief proponent of the polytechnic, Senator Ayo Adeseun, propelled the choice.
The Alayede of Ayede, Oba Solademi Akanni Adewuyi JP, was the Physics teacher of Senator Adeseun while he was a student of Ogbomoso Grammar School.
In a brief history of the polytechnic, tagged, ‘The Federal Polytechnic, Ayede: The Journey So Far,’ authored by the quartet of Barrister Dapo Atanda, Hon Michael Abioye, Hon Gbade Olojede and Femi Ogunlana, and coordinated by Senator Adeseun, it is written, “Ayede is about 25 minutes drive from Ogbomoso metropolis. It is superintended by a Part II traditional chief, titled, Alayede of Ayede. The reigning ruler of the sleepy town is Oba Solademi Akanni Adewuyi II, JP. He is the 16th ruler of the community.
“Oba Adewuyi studied at Ogbomoso Grammar School, the premier secondary school in the ancient and princely city, for his secondary education. He was also at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Leicester University and School of Printing, United Kingdom, specializing in book editing and publishing, as well as at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, England.
“He began his career as a secondary school teacher also at Ogbomoso Grammar School, where he taught Physics. From there, he joined the services of Oxford University Press (now University Press Plc), rising through the ranks from Assistant Science/Mathematics Editor to becoming Publisher of the Company before he retired in 1999. It was in his honour that Senator Adeseun put the name of the town, Ayede, forward as the host community for the institution, Alayede being his teacher at Ogbomoso Grammar School in the 60s. Who says teacher’s reward is only in heaven!”
Oba Adewuyi, who elaborately celebrated his 80th birthday in 2017 shortly after fell ill, from which he never recovered. He thus marked his 84th birthday quietly this year
His legacy meanwhile will include bolstering the image of Ayede by putting it on the world map of higher institutions. Also, it was during his reign that Ayede traditional stool was elevated to that of an Oba.