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8 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OBA JIMOH OLADUNI OYEWUNMI AJAGUNBADE III

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OBA OLADUNI OYEWUNMI AJAGUNGBADE III

BY OYEWUNMI KAFAYAT

The late Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewunmi, Ajagungbade III, was born on May 27, 1926, in the town of Ogbomosho, to the reigning king, Oba Bello Afolabi Oyewunmi, Ajagungbade I, and one of his queens, Seliat Olatundun Oyewumi. His father had 63 children, 31 daughters, and 32 sons from his various spouses. He was the youngest of three boys born to his mother. he was born in the eleventh year of his father’s reign.

Oyewumi’s father died when he was 13 years old, on February 18, 1940. He was compelled to leave St. Patrick Catholic School, Oke-Padre in Ibadan after his father’s death and return to Ogbomoso, where he stayed with his mother throughout the royal funeral. He then continued his elementary schooling at the Ogbomoso People’s Institute in Paku, Ogbomoso, though he was soon compelled to withdraw, and learned to weave from one of his brothers in the city of Ilesa, where he weaved and sold aso ofi. Oba Oyewumi raised a sum of £4.10s from the lucrative weaving business and returned to Ogbomoso.

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On May 17, 1944, he proceeded to the northern Nigerian city of Jos, to live with his mother’s relatives. Oba Oyewumi engaged in evening educational coaching when he arrived in Jos to further his education. Oba Oyewumi continued to trade in local items where he established a business selling imported products including alcohol from the United Kingdom. His ability to communicate in English provided him with numerous commercial prospects throughout Europe. He went on business trips to London, Ireland, and Germany to develop his exclusive becks and Heineken beer from these countries.

Oba Oyewumi made a fortune selling merchandising under the name Prince Stores and solidified his investments by forming J.O Oyewumi and Co. Ltd in 1967, which included large interests in real estate, hospitality, and retail. The Hotel Terminus brand, which has locations in Jos, Ogbomoso, and Osogbo, is well-known. The commercial empire also includes Royal Crown Hotels.

 Following the death of Oba Olajide Olayode II, he returned to Ogbomosho from Jos in 1973 to put his name forward as a contender for the Soun’s throne.

The monarch is chosen by a group of chiefs called the Afobaje, as is the case in many Yoruba cities (kingmakers, literally meaning “One who enthrones a monarch).

 Several Ogbomosho princes submitted their names for consideration, and Oba Oyewumi was chosen as the 20th Soun of Ogbomoso land, after a series of rites, including summoning Ifá, and an official vote (in which he received 92 votes out of 94). On October 24, 1973, Oyewumi succeeded his third cousin, Oba Salami Ajiboye Itabiyi, as Oba Salami Ajiboye Itabiyi, and assumed the regal name Ajagungbade (Ajágungbádé) III, which means “One who wages a war to receive the throne.”

After being nominated to the Oyo State administration by the Gbagun reigning house, Oba Oyewumi assumed the throne of his forebears in 1973. Following his coronation, he erected a modern palace befitting the dignity of a first-class monarch with the help of Ogbomosoland’s sons and daughters. It was one of Nigeria’s finest palaces at the time.

“Oba Oyewumi’s contributions to his domain, Oyo State, and Nigeria in general are numerous, including the creation of four additional local government areas from Ogbomoso local government (Ogbomosoland now has five LGAs: Ogbomoso North, Ogbomoso South, Orire, Surulere, and Ogo-Oluwa), the establishment of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso; Federal Polytechnic, Ayede, Ogbomoso; establishment of Federal Government College, Ogbomoso; establishment of NTA station in Ogbomoso; citing of banks, primary and secondary schools, police stations and industries, technical college, etc.

During Oba Oyewumi’s reign, Ogbomoso and its environs experienced rapid development, as seen by the fast-growing population and economic activities in the old town of Ogbomoso. Oba Oyewumi was appointed Chairman of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs in 1995 for a two-year term. “A recipient of the Order of the Niger (CON) and the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFR), he is also the Pioneer and current Chancellor of Plateau State University (PLASU), Bokkos, Plateau State.

Oba Oyewumi has served in a number of national positions, including as a member of the National Council of Traditional Rulers, a member of the Federal Government Hajj delegation, and a member of the Leaders of Thought and Traditional Rulers.

He died on 12 December 2021, at the age of 95. Until his death, he was the 20th and longest-ruling Soun of Ogbomoso land. He was the first Soun of Ogbomoso to be buried according to Muslim rites.

Oba Oyewumi was a statesman, true leader, and excellent monarch, with a love for the growth and development of Ogbomoso, Oyo State, and Nigeria in general, and was survived by his wives, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.”

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