10 similitudes in lives of 2 iconic monarchs – Soun Ajagungbade III and Queen Elizabeth II
In this piece, ten similarities in the lives of two iconic monarchs who though late are uncovered – Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III (Soun of Ogbomosoland in Oyo state, Nigeria) and Queen Elizabeth II (Queen of England).
The ten parallels are as follows:
1. Born one month apart – Queen Elizabeth was older by a month and few days. She was born on April 21, 1926, while Soun Ajagungbade III was born on May 27, same year.
2. Born in palaces – Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born at the Buckingham Palace, London. Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III was born in the palace of Ogbomoso.
3. Became rulers of their people – On February 6, 1952, Elizabeth was crowned monarch of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland succeeding his father King George VI while Oyewumi was crowned on October 24, 1973, after four monarchs had succeeded his father.
4. Their ascensions, triumph of destiny – The abdication of the predecessor of Queen Elizabeth’s father as king, King Edward VIII because of his decision to marry a divorcee threw Elizabeth’s father, who became King George VI, as first in the line of succession, as the abdication of the previous king, who was George’s brother also knocked out his lineage. The rise of her father to the throne made her, being his first child, the heir apparent. But for the abdication, she wouldn’t have been monarch, Edward’s eldest child would have succeeded him. Late Oba Oladunni Oyewumi’s trajectory has it that he was supposed to be born a female, that is according to his mother’s wish. His mother a younger wife of his reigning father had become a butt of envy having given birth to two princes earlier against the preponderance of princesses being born by her seniors. When she became pregnant of him she ardently wished the baby in her womb would turn out a girl and indeed consulted Ifa priests to change the sex, fearing the backlash and danger he and her child would be exposed to in the case of another boy. He turned out to be a “Prince” and so fled the palace for safety. His chances of becoming Oba was remote taking cognizance of the circumstances of his birth and upbringing, forged in hard life but fortunes smiled at him like it did on Queen Elizabeth II, and he ascended the throne of his fathers.
5. Reigned the longest so far on their thrones – Queen Elizabeth II in July celebrated her Platinum Jubilee as monarch to become the longest reigning English monarch. Oba Ajagungbade III was on the throne for 49 years also setting record as the longest reigning monarch in his domain.
6. Reigns each spanned tenures of more than ten presidents/prime ministers of their respective countries – Soun Ajagungbade III’s reign witnessed 13 presidents/heads of states while Queen Elizabeth II was served by 15 prime ministers of the United Kingdom.
7. Amassed stupendous wealth – The late Queen of England’s asset was put at 600m pounds, Soun also amassed humongous wealth though his worth could not be ascertained.
8. Died less than a year apart – Oba Ajagungbade III joined his ancestors on December 12, 2021 at 95 years 6 and a half months, Queen Elizabeth joined her ancestors on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96 years 4 and a half months.
9. Left remarkable legacies – Greatness defines the reigns of the two monarchs, they accomplished incredible things for their realms and both lived above board, avoided scandals and were untarnished.
10. Deaths spurred great tributes – The deaths of each of them elicited great griefs and outpouring of tributes from the high and the low, world leaders and men of influence and affluence.