Soun of Ogbomoso ascendancy – Prince Kabir Olanipekun Olaoye sets the pace

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Prince Kabir Olanipekun Olaoye


As the horizon surrounding the choice of a new King for Ogbomosoland thickens, one of the aspirants and a direct son of the Laoye Royal House, the next family to produce the new king, has lent his voice to the rumoured crisis looming over the ancient city brought about by an alleged imposition of one of the aspirants over others without recourse to the existing laws and customs.
Prince Kabir Olanipekun Olaoye opined that “The atmosphere is still unclear and the rumour that I have stepped down is an unfounded one and for the interest of Ogbomosoland growth plan ahead, we must remain calm and watch as the events unfolds”.
There are existing customs and traditions used in selecting an Oba in Yorubaland, of which Ogbomoso is part of. There are also laws specific to Ogbomoso to guide the custodians of the kingship traditional, on the process that must be followed. These laws are existential and spell out the process to be used by the stakeholders, notably the kingmakers.
The law, Legislation of the Western Region of Nigeria 1953, states that, “any fit male member of any of the recognised ruling houses is eligible to become Bale (Soun) of Ogbomoso provided he is a son or a grandson of a previous Bale of Ogbomosaland, and provided it is the turn of the recognised ruling house to which such a fit male person belongs… “
Prince Kabir Olanipekun Olaoye is an heir apparent to the throne. He is a direct grandson of the Late Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oke Lawani Lanipekun Olaoye II, who reigned from 19th October, 1944-29th March,1952.
He had conducted himself princely and with so much decorum befitting a King. His aforementioned statement endorses his resolve to ensure a peaceful transition and tranquility to the peaceful city of Ogbomosoland. He has a true intent to bring about the emancipation of his people. Some of his track records are :
Prince Kabir Olaoye is a Nigerian business manager, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder of PKO Foundation. His contribution to national development spans across all sectors. To date, he has empowered over 500 people. His legacy is annotated in his quote “I remain oppressed until the sick are healed, the homeless are sheltered and the poor becomes rich… ”
He said, “The world is changing; Royalty is no longer an armchair business. Global rules for sustainability reasons a bottom-top model for gap fixing solutions.
“We must start from the grassroots and work it up to the highest authorities. Royalty wields great influence on the people at the lowest level. We are the closest to the pains and sufferings of the people. We are the first source of succour and happiness of our people. We must indeed bring this to bear in the struggle for a better life for the people.
“That is why I have sat down to look deeply at opportunities that may be gathered to bring about that required change in Ogbomoso and upgrade the city and its people to be at par with global strategies.
“I have worked assiduously in the course of my own personal development to hook up with all forms of elemental ingredients of life’s sustainability. I have seen that what we require is simple but arduous.
“To bring a quick development to Ogbomosoland, we must preach love, unity of purpose and *kinship*. Every son and daughter of Ogbomoso must have that sense of belonging. They must see serious movements in the economy of Ogbomoso and the general polity to trigger their own involvement in the process.
“We need business and investment attractions. We need to gain that confidence that we will inject energies into the sectorial structures. We need to attract governance by seeking the popularity of the people’s decisions, their hopes and aspirations.
“These are tasks that bring about the fabled development. These are my ideas and thoughts on how it can be achieved.”
In his compendium, titled “Turning Cultural Heritage into Wealth”, he designed a roadmap to be a reference point for the total emancipation of the land and he had promised keep updating it to reflect the trends in the global communities at large and also be totally inclusive for the yet unborn.”
Prince Muhammed’s career has been very dainty but also pedantic. He consistently follows a path that has endeared him to the experiences he knew he will need to achieve his personal vision and goals.

His core qualities are:
Ability to MultiTask
Team Building
Excellent Interpersonal Skills
Effective Talent Development
Outstanding Relationship Building
Effective and entrepreneurial leadership
Youth mobilization and entrepreneurship

His roadmap to emancipation of Ogbomoso is found in the following action plans and development strides he has initiated already:
Letters and Proposals


LETTER TO JULIUS BERGER NIG PLC INTRODUCING THE PROPOSED OGBOMOSO CASHEW EXPORT PROCESSING ZONE (OCAPZ) AS AN ENABLING BRIDGE TO FURTHER CLOSE THE DEVELOPMENT GAP USING OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE AND AVAILABILITY OF RESOURCES THROUGH THE STRENGTHENING OF THE LOCAL AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS


LETTER TO NEXIM BANK, NEPC, NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL SEED COUNCIL, RMRDC INTRODUCING HOW WE CAN CREATE WEALTH FROM MANGO PROCESSING FOR EXPORT AND LOCAL MARKET


LETTER OF AWARENESS ABOUT OGBOMOSO TO UNITED NATIONS AGENCY, DEVELOPMENT AID, BUSINESS FIGHTS POVERTY, MISSIONBOX GLOBAL NETWORK COMMUNITY, ON POSSIBLE COLLABORATIONS

PROPOSAL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP, OGBOMOSO

CREATION OF AN ANNUAL OGBOMOSHO DAY FESTIVAL


COLLABORATION WITH OYO STATE FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND ACCELERATED GROWTH IN FARMING TO REDUCE FOOD POVERTY – CROPS FOR ALL SEASONS


COLLABORATION WITH GLOBAL ORGANIZATIONS LIKE UNITED NATIONS ON THE QUICK ACHIEVEMENT OF THE SDGs IN OGBOMOSHO


COLLABORATION WITH THE ORGANIZED PRIVATE SECTOR ACROSS ALL SECTORS

Prince Kabir Olanipekun Olaoye is deeply involved in the following programmes as part of his personal contribution to Ogbomoso:


Vocational and skill acquisition institutes – This will be with the assistance of State or Federal Government. The idea here is to help our youth no matter their course of study, at the Universities to learn vocational skills for 6 month to 1 year and become employers of labour. They will be helped with contacts at CBN, BOI and BOA to get capital to start their ventures. Our youths will no longer be beggars.


Formation of a joint venture involving the five LGAs of Ogbomosho zone which will help drive the revenue of the zone and thus create jobs for the youths. This will be like what we presently have in O’dua Investment. Such companies as Cashew Processing Company, Real Estate, Establishment of agriculture-based Microfinance Bank and also any manufacturing companies that could be profitable to the Zone.


Establishment of an endowment fund to up-skill children between the age of 12 and 18 to train them in multiple professions


A concerted effort for the rightful inclusion of Ogbomosoland in all the country’s uniformed forces such as NA, NAF, NN, Road Safety, NCDSC, The Police etc. In the nearest future, Ogbomosho zone will regain its ancestral megalomania to be a community known as powerful, brave and a force to reckon with.

Culture to Wealth
Creation of a museum/monument, where the history of previous Souns of Ogbomosho land and those who made history in the zone will be kept. Books that will also show the profiles and pictures of all Soun traditional chiefs etc will also be published. This will be reprinted every 5 years and kept in the library established in the museum. This will also be a source of IGR for the zone and royalty paid to the Soun, by extension Soun and all his chiefs.


Establishment of a small cottage Akara Egbe industry. Where it will be produced, with NAFDAC number sought and exported to other countries of the world. This will create jobs for our young boys and girls.

Fostering Unity
To be a good king with a genuine intention to bring all the LGAs together in oneness and togetherness.


Foster relationship with all the Obas and their chiefs within the state and Nigeria as a whole.
Let’s grow Ogbomoso together!

AMB. ENGR. PRINCE MUHAMMED KABIR OLANIPEKUN OLAOYE
HND, PGD, MBA, Ph.D, M.Ent., MDRM, FCEnt, FCSBE, FCGPE, FTIME

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