His Royal Majesty & The Oba of Orile Kemta of Egba Land on Monday 12, August had an exclusive interview where he shared his Background History and Achievements since he got installed as the Oba of the people of Kemta Egba land.
In the interview he gave a brief story on his Ancestral Lineage and how he is connected to this throne, Most importantly the Oba Ambassador Okikiola Tejuosho gave his thought on the looming controversy going on with the selection and upgrade of 75 Obas by the Ex governor of Ogun State.
Read the full interview Bellow:
Can we meet you sir, ? I am HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Oba Ambassador Adetokunbo OkikiOla, Gbadegeshin Tejuosho, The Olu Orile Kemta Egba land (Adabonyin the first) here in Ogun Stat
Your Educational Background sir, ? I have Bsc in Political Science as well as Masters in Criminology from the prestigious Cardiff University, United Kingdom.
Any work Experience sir? I was trained by an American Business Man, Mr Leon Hale from Texas before I started working as an ambassador of Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc), a department of the United Nations at Geneva in Switzerland Base Station. before I ascended the throne of my fore bearers. Having traveled far and wide to over hundred countries of the world in different continents, to mention but few amongst (Asia, Europe, and America) in line of duty an experience that exposed me to different climes and people, this allowed me to gain vast knowledge in different field of businesses. Returning to Nigeria few years back, I started my own private business (Tokunbo Tejuosho Group) - we are into Logistics, Dredging and also Clothing-line (Tokunbo Tejuosho Clothing)
What is your marital status sir? I am married to a Princess by birth and now Her Majesty, Olori Adenike Ashabi
Any Kid sir ? I am a father of four boys (Denzel, Jefferey, Brian and Maccurley,)
What was the journey to kingship like sir, Hmmm, the honest truth is that I ran away from this kingship thing for over 5yrs but In 2016 I was installed the Baale Orile Kemta Egba Land and in 2017 I became the Ba’ase of Kemta (the fourth in hierarchy One of the top six decision makers of kemta land). Being installed as Baale and Baase were journey to this stool and the key segment of ascending the throne of my fore fathers.
So, does that mean you a direct link to this stool ? Of course, it’s obvious, My Ancestor, ADABONYIN TEJUOSHO who founded Kemta was a warrior who migrated from Ile Ife in 1814, passed through ijebu and eventually settled here and founded Tejuosho Village in 1824. The story is so long but let us cut it short; Whenever Adabonyin is going to war or on a long journey, he drops his original head at home in a pot of water with instructions to his wives that they must be watching over it and his little oil lamp until he returns, throughout his journey or during any war, he is so powerful that he appears as anybody with different heads. Sometimes during that period, he went to visit his in-laws somewhere around Osiele, but during that time there was war in Ibadan with the ijesha people led by Ogedengbe. Ogedengbe usually comes and terrorize the Ibadan soldiers, he periodically comes to (Abeokuta) former Oko Adagba and its environ, they will forcefully invade people, take them into captive and also to loot their farm proceeds. Unknowingly to Adabonyin they were around as usual and on his way back he was overpowered and captured by the Ibadan soldiers. He was taken to Ibadan on the back of a horse with his face downward, on getting to Ibadan, Adabonyin was kept in the cell for several days, but one day they brought Adabonyin out to cut off his head and offer him as sacrifice, they tried this several times but once the person that will cut his head raises his cutlass the hand will be stiff and suspended to the air, one day they repeated this exercise and as usual the man’s hand was suspended to the air a situation that led them into finding out from the oracle who Adabonyin was, the oracle told them that Adabonyin will be their savior and a major helper in their war with Ogedengbe, they immediately released Adabonyin and handed over his fighting tools and his hunters bag to him, he asked for his gun but unfortunately they left his gun where they captured him several months ago, he told them that he will need his gun if they want him to join them in the war.
Ogunmola , being the leader of the Ibadan soldiers commanded that they should go in search of Adabonyin’s gun, they ran back to where they picked Adabonyin from but they could not find his gun, they consulted the oracle again and appease the gods, eventually they got directives from the gods which says, they should send the horse that they used in carrying Adabonyin when they captured him to go back and look for the gun, they released the horse ahead of the soldiers to go in search of the gun and after 90 days the soldiers got to the spot, they met the horse standing right beside the gun, they returned the gun to him (Adabonyin ) in Ibadan. Fast forward to the eventful day, the ijesha warrior (Ogedengbe Ogbogun gboro) and his soldiers were again on their way to wage war against Ibadan people as usual, the news reached Adabonyin in his hut, he got up and quickly led the Ibadan soldiers to Enu Owa (the city gate between Ibadan and ijesha), sighting Ogedengbe and his soldiers, Adabonyin told the Ibadan soldiers to stay at his back and no one walks pass him, he cocks his gun and at every shot he kills over 100 of Ogedengbe’s soldiers, to cut the long story short, Adabonyin overpowered the ijesha soldiers, this aggravated ogedengbe and he challenged Adabonyin to a one on one fight, on the long run Adabonyin conquered Ogedengbe Agbogun gboro and cut off his (Ogedengbe’s ) head , this situation was what brought about the name and the praise poetry (Oriki), Adabonyin ni popo owa, ayinbo gbi niju olote ogbori ogedengbe agbogun gboro. (ADABONYIN IN OWA GATEWAY, HE WHO FIRES GUN IN THE MIDST OF ENEMIES, HE WHO CUTS OFF THE HEAD OF OGEDENGBE AGBOGUN GBORO) .
This success was what brought the connection between Adabonyin and Shodeke which made them journey back through odeda to Oko Adagba.
Can you brief us about the ancestral Lineage and how you are connected to this throne sir? Adabonyin Tejuosho married many wives and one of them was Aiyelagbe who gave birth to Owolola amongst other siblings, Owolola gave birth to Titilayo as the only child who happened to be my biological father
What are the Achievements of Oba Okikiola Tejuosho so far ? During my time as Baale Orile Kemta and Ba’ase Kemta for three years, I have so far offered scholarships to over 20 students from primary, to secondary as well as higher institutions. A 5.6Km road was constructed from Olugbo to Orile kemta Adabonyin town and also to the other nearby villages which are (Adabonyin, Apata, Akamo, Ogbagba , shipeolu, erunwon, Akogun, dagunja, aderu, Apena akinshola, Oluga, Adegbo and shodunrun) I have also erected boreholes in some villages and even as we speak the borehole projects is still ongoing because we want all our villages to have good water supply. I built a multipurpose hall, also, I created a Crèche and named it after my Queen( Olori Ashabi kiddies playing ground) , if you see the Modern Muslim Praying Ground on your way. If you go to Oluga now, we are renovating our school there which has been abandoned for a long time, now we are turning it into Modern facilities. In the year 2018 I sponsored the cocoa farmers to participate in the cocoa farmer’s exhibition and training, in Etioni ijesha osun state Organized by His Majesty Oba Dokun Thompson. The novelty match that was played here was the first of its kind during the maiden edition of Orile kemta day and it was a blast, you can make enquiries from the people around, we brought in some star artists, this is just the way to keep our youth hopeful and useful for their society, these among-st other things has never happened before in the history ofKemta.
When and how were you crowened as a King ? On the 20th of May 2019 the people and the government of Ogun state under the past administration presented the instrument of office to me as the first Olu of Orile kemta, the position that has not been filled for close to 50 years.
How can you describe your relationship with other Kings within and outside Ogun state ? Well I can tell you I have a very strong ties with most kings around, even some that are older, I consider I am a student everywhere I found myself and as such I learn everyday, in one of those pictures there you will see me and Iku Baba yeye, the Alafin of Oyo, he is my father, I tap and drink from his drum of wisdom virtually all the time, I am always around him because he is my role model, same as Kabiyesi Oloyan of Oyan in Osun state, he is also my good father, I am sure you know the Aholu of Kweme Oba Olamilekan Sejiro James is my very good friend and a senior King who has been on the throne for over a decade, so I can refer to him as my adviser, he tutors and guides me in many areas, or is it the Ooni of Ife you want to talk about, he’s the father of all Kings and I am closer to him even beyond kingship.
What are your aims, obejectives as well as where you see Orile Kemta in the nearest future under your reign ? Well, my aspiration is to attract investors to establish industries in and around here, such as quarries, modern day integrated farms for both crops and livestock, we are also working to identify our natural resources so as to know the kind of investors we will be speaking with, we are currently speaking with some organization both local and international to see how we can work together in other to bring modern day developments into our community, a firm in the UNITED STATES has already agreed to partner with us on housing scheme, we are fully open to local investors as well as foreign in terms of partnership and collaboration to enhance speedy growth in our community.
What are your views about the present administration in Ogun State ? No king must get involved in politics but Governor Dapo Abiodun is my very good friend even before he assumed the office as the governor, I pray for his success everyday, as you know a king must support every government in power, one thing I am so sure of is that he (Dapo Abiodun) will take Ogun State to another level, considering his background, business and intellectual wise, looking at him you will know he has passion for his people.
What can you say about the controversy going on with the selection and upgrade of 75 Obas by the Ex governor of Ogun State ? Well, let me start by saying, in political power one will go and another will come, the Ex governor promoted 75 OBAS he must have had good reasons for that, someone like me for instance, if I had not been given an opportunity as a leader I might not have been privileged to achieve all I have achieved in my community, let us look at it from this point of view, the government can’t do it all and alone, look at those Obas, they are the ones that see to the welfare of their people in the localities , for example the construction of the road, which I did with my personal fund was what I considered necessary for my people at that point in time, Here in Orile Kemta we are the largest producer of Garri, cocoa yam, cassava, pepper and cocoa in ogun state and Nigeria at large, but because of bad roads it’s so difficult for our farm produce to be moved out for sales , also, without good representation, there will be nobody to expose or publicize us with what we do, we are unnoticed and nobody knows about us, look at the repair on the bad roads from Odeda to Olugbo which I just did, these are few of the reasons why we need better and close representation of our people. His Excellency Prince Dr Dapo Abiodun is an intelligent man for setting up a committee to look into the issues because there are some areas where they have crisis and require attention, I am sure the Governor will handle it with wisdom from above.
In conclusion ? In Orile Kemta we are lover of peace and God fearing, we are opened for investments as our major aim is to bring in development into our community.