Dignitaries Invoke Oba Ladega’s Memories, Praise Author At Book Launch

-Call for Rebirth, preservation of value

By Kunle Adelabu with Ajibola Olarinnoye

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Chairman of the occassion, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade launching the book with the author, Princess Aderoju Ladega

Great memories of the former Ayangbure of Ikorodu, Late Oba  Samuel Oderinde Ladega, the Olupekan II who reigned between 1953 and 1970 were invoked at the launch of the book in his honour titled, “The Lion of Oke-Ado”.

The event took place at Ikorodu Local Government Secretariat Hall on Saturday, March 12, 2016, where members of the family and dignitaries spoke on the attributes of the late strong monarch who was known as the ‘Lion of Oke-Ado’ and very well revered in Yorubaland during his life time.

The book is authored by a granddaughter of the late Oba, Princess Oluwaseun Ladega and second of such to have been written on any Oba living or dead in Ikorodu.

Among personalities that spoke at the event and described the late Oba as warrior, disciplinarian, builder and an Oba per excellence are Chief Imam, Oriwu Central Mosque, Sheikh Yahya Oshoala, former Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Education, Otunba Fatai Olukoga, a granddaughter of the late Oba, Princess Gbemisola George-Taylor, former State Secretary, All Progressive Congress, Primate Charles Odugbesi and the Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade.

The Chairman of the occasion and the Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade commended the author’s restlessness in working towards the development of the society and enjoined the youth to emulate her.

“I know her to be very restless about changing the society which is why I have come to identify with her dream and talent. Unlike other youths, Deroju has been engaging herself in book writing and other humanitarian activities through her organization Never Say Never and other young people should emulate her” Agunbiade advised.

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Late Oba Ladega’s children, grand children and family at the occassion

The Majority Leader who is also the Convener of the Ikorodu Renaissance Group (IRG) described the late monarch as great ambassador of Ikorodu for his exploit in Ibadan. He also worried about the death of historical value if something is not urgently done.

“Ikorodu is throwing away its history and if care is not taken there will be nothing for generation to come because we are not considering preservation of our historical and cultural values. With this book, Aderoju have tried what so many people have failed to even conceive. This book I believe will avail many people of the opportunity of knowing about the great exploit of our late revered monarch”

Chief Imam Oriwu Central Mosque, Alhaji Yahya Oshoala recalled the life and times of late Oba Ladega whom he described as community builder, disciplinarian, trustworthy, truthful and lovable man. He also commended the author for the book.

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Chief Imam, Oriwu Central Mosque, Sheikh Yahya Oshoala speaking at the book launch

In Imam Oshoala’s words, he said, “While alive, late Oba Ladega was loved by many and was a truthful man. He left Ikorodu primarily because he did not want to compromise his principles and returned in great way when somebody feel that he was the community. Deceit and other shady characters did not have a place around him”

Alhaji Oshoala who described the author as product of good family also enjoined parents to be conscious of their children and ward’s upbringing in order to make their names live after them.

Former Special Adviser for Education, Otunba (Dr) Fatai Olajide Olukoga also showered praises on the author whom he described as energetic and exemplary youth which others should emulate. He stated that his presence despite his tight schedule was to honour the author and commend her industriousness.

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The author with former Special Adviser on Education, Otunba Fatai Olukoga at the event

Like Hon. Agunbiade, Otunba Olukoga also pledged to purchase copies for all schools and libraries in Ikorodu.

Daughter of the late Oba ladega, Princess Gbemisola George-Taylor, said she was proud of the author for deeming it fit to honour her late grandpa with the book.

The book reviewer and Publisher/Reporter-in-Chief, THE IMPACT Newspaper, Kunle Adelabu described the book as second to be written on Ikorodu Obas either living or dead and added that he expected reactions in form of other books.

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The Publisher/Reporter-in-Chief, THE IMPACT Newspaper, Kunle Adelabu during the review of the book, “The Lion of Oke-Ado’

“The author has shown herself to be a lioness by threading where many feared to because myth surrounding many events in Ikorodu. She is not only putting the accounts of her grandfather into the public domain but also making history as the author of second book to be written on Ikorodu Obas either dead or living. It is also the first time that someone will be writing on the Okoya saga which was a-no-go-area before now” the reviewer stated

“Her book is a challenge to Ikorodu; a wake-up call to documentation and preservation of the past and present. It is only when there is proper documentation and preservation of activities of the past and present can any serious society can properly guide its future. When a generation is not properly guided by the activities of the past and learned from the mistakes such generation usually invent its own rules and that is exactly what we are witnessing today in land speculation, cultism and other vices” He warned

While recommending the book to the public, the reviewer enjoined the author to take note of the shortcomings. “If there is anything you have set of so many things in motion, the reason research work is ever evolving is because every good research work must be thoroughly debated and analyzed. The usage of oral tradition in historical research is very important and through this you would informed the public better” advised Adelabu.


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