5 prominent traditional rulers who died in Ogbomoso in 2021
2021 would remain a memorable year in many respects because it was a year interspersed by the good and the bad. More significantly it was a year five prominent traditional rulers “changed addresses” in Ogbomoso, joining their ancestors. Ogbomoso is a City of Crown, harbouring several natural rulers with historical crowns. It’s doubted if any community has the preponderance of crown-wearing Obas as is domiciled in the city. However, some of the occupiers of these ancient thrones transited this year. ogbomosoinsightonline.com recalls the five most prominent ones.
1. Aare Alaasa of Ogbomosoland: First prominent traditional ruler whose death was announced was Aare Alaasa of Ogbomosoland, High Chief Jacob Olarunde Oyetunde. He died on January 6. He suffered malaria fever and kicked the bucket just after two days. Aare Alaasa spent 8 years on the throne and was 75 years at the time of his demise.
2. Iba Iya Oje: Iba Iya Oje in Surulere local government, Iba Joseph Oyetunji Oyesile II died next on January 13, 2021 during a protracted illness. He was 83 and was installed as monarch on April 4, 2008.
3. Onisapa of Isapa: Onisapa of Isapa in Ogbomoso South local government, Oba Ibrahim Adewuni Amodu Akinsowon II, passed on on January 14 at the age of 90. He became Onisapa on September 15, 1989. His reign is remembered as the time Onisapa chieftaincy got elevated as a crown-wearing Oba.
4. Alayede of Ayede: Alayede of Ayede in Ogo-Oluwa local government, Oba Solademi Akanni Adewuyi II, died on October 15 during an illness at the age of 84. Alayede was a former secondary school and College of Education teacher; he also worked at the Oxford University Press (later known as University Press Plc, where he retired as Publisher. He brought significant developments to Ayede including securing elevation as an Oba, facilitating a federal polytechnic to his domain, among others.
5. Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III: The death of the Soun on December 12, at the age of 95 during a brief illness was greeted with a national mourning with several eminent personalities expressing sympathies. President Muhammadu Buhari, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, governors, other traditional rulers all joining in consoling the family and Ogbomoso people in general over the demise of the monarch. Indeed, his death could be described as one that attracted greatest reaction in Oyo state in 2021.