The Emergence of a New Olowo
IT is a common refrain in Yoruba mythology that a person destined to wear the crown shall definitely do so even if he had worn the cap for many years.
THIS is because the Yorubas believe there is a configuration between cosmic forces and the destiny of human beings.
IT is therefore normal for people to conclude or counsel individuals jockeying for power or chieftaincy titles to remember that in our earthly journey we kneel and chose our own destiny “Akunle, a yan” and what ever you chose is your destiny.
SO profound is the belief among our people that they assume that even the moon, stars and heavenly bodies have a lot of import on the socio-cultural activities of men and women.
THE new Olowo-elect, Gbadegesin Ajibaderinwa Ogunoye presents a classical theory of a man who had a date with destiny.
ASIDE from his regal frame, handsome and clean looks, sooth sayers had constantly predicted that he would one day be a crowned king.
NO wonder, the 53 years old bureaucrat seamlessly warmed himself to the hearts of the senior Omolowos, a conclave of Princes who lavishly gave him 14 out of their 15 votes, just six days after he marked his birthday.
THE council of senior Omolowos and Owo community deserve accolade for making the selection process as smooth as possible for a community notorious for chieftaincy crisis and volatility. Their selection of a new Oba without a shout, malice and acrimony is a shrewd judgement and commendable act.
THE Hope congratulates the Olowo-elect for the honour, confidence and love shown to him by his people.
WE urge him to be magnanimous in victory by reaching out to all other contestants.
THE Olowo-elect has all it takes to manage his new status. He will be coming to the throne with solid education, BA, MA in Public Administration and an LLB degree. His bureaucratic training over the years, humility, panache and humaneness which his Ogunoye dynasty had carved for itself will help him make a good monarch.
FOR years now, Owo people had been on the cliff of a precarious polarised community along political and chieftaincy crisis, fuelling mutual suspicion, vendetta, arson and bad blood .
EXPECTEDLY, the sour distrust between brothers and sisters have put on hold the economic growth of the ancient town.
THE coming of the Olowo-elect will restore hope, unity and the much needed elixir for the economic growth of the crisis ridden town and hopefully very soon.
HAPPILY the Oba-elect has promised a cultural renaissance for the ancient town. We hope this agenda will seek a revival of the near moribund Igogo festival for economic and tourism benefits of the town.
AS the Owo community eagerly awaits the formal coronation of the 32nd Olowo of Owo at a date yet to be announced, we wish Oba Gbadegesin Ajibade Ogunoye a glorious reign and a most rewarding and fruitful tenure for Owo people.
WE say Kabiyesi, wa gbo, wa to. Long may you reign.