Aare OnaKakanfo: Alaafin Speaks On Choice Of Gani Adams 

By Toba Adedeji
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi who has slated 13th January, 2018 for the installation date spoke on reason why Gani Adams is fit for the appointment.
  • Alaafin cleared the air on controversies surrounding the announcement of Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Onakakanfo on 15th October 2017.
Explaining the Choice of Adams as Aare OnaKakanfo, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, said the National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, Gani Adams, was chosen as the new Aare OnaKakanfo of Yorubaland after considering his antecedents as a Yorubaman who had exhibited passion for defending his people, their culture and tradition.
He noted that Adams was courageous and bold whenever he stepped forward to defend the Yoruba race.
According to him, the choice of Adams was well thought out before a decision was taken. He has shown enough charisma to deserve the honour.
“If you have been observing him in the past many years, Adams attends all Yoruba festivals, irrespective of where they are held. He also promotes our culture through so many means including his annual Olokun festival.
“I picked him because he loves the Yoruba race and all the culture and tradition of our people. He has contributed immensely to upholding them. Whenever he attends these festivals, he goes with a large entourage and financially, he is always responsible for the cost. He does not attend in order to benefit financially.
“He may be young but he is also very bold and courageous. These are traits synonymous with an Aare OnaKakanfo. Adams is a Yoruba cultural enthusiast. He defends the race anywhere he goes. Among his strengths is that he has strong supporters in every town in Yorubaland through his Oodua People’s Congress
“Money or material wealth is not considered before choosing an Are OnaKakanfo. Abiola promoted everything that had to do with Yoruba race. He was popular among his people and he was close to traditional rulers. So, Adams may not be as rich as Abiola but I can tell you he has all the qualities an Aare OnaKakanfo should possess. He leads an organisation that is ever ready to defend the cause of the Yoruba race. Is there any Yorubaman that has such clout as Adams without being a politician today?” Alaafin concluded.

Gani Adams Declared As New Aare Ona Kakanfo

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III on Sunday declared the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo (Generalissimo) of Yorubaland.

Recall that the acclaimed winner of the June 12th 1993 presidential election, Late Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola who died on July 10, 1998 was the last holder of the prestigious Yoruba traditional title. Abiola it was also gathered succeeded Late Samuel Ladoke Akintola, the then Premier of the defunct Western region who was killed on January 15th, 1966 during the first Military coup.

Since the demise of Abiola in 1998, the position of the Aare Ona Kakanfo (Generalissimo), head of Yoruba warriors had been vacant until today (Sunday) when a letter of appointment was given to the OPC leader by Oba Adeyemi.

Personal Assistant to Adams, Segun Akanni who confirmed the development in a telephone conversation at about 7.24pm on Sunday declared that the OPC leader was happy to be honoured with the prestigious Yoruba traditional title.

Akanni said, “Yes. It is true. We just received the appointment letter this evening.

Also, in a short write up while confirming the appointment, Akanni said, “God has done it. Thanks and honour be to Almighty God, the creator of Heaven and Earth.

“As from today Sunday 15th, October 2017, that man with many chieftaincy titles, The proud Son of Arigidi Akoko, The National Coordinator of Oodua People’s Congress, The Convener of Oodua Progressive Union, The Founder of Gani Adams Foundation, The Chief Promoter of Olokun Festival Foundation, The Chairman/CEO of Donyx Global Concept, Aare Gani Adams becomes The 15th AARE ONAKAKANFO OF YORUBA LAND.

“Special thanks to His Imperial Majesty Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Olayiwola Atanda, The Alaafin of Oyo, Iku Baba Yeye Yeye”.

Alaafin Delegates, Others Visit Olubadan- Designate

A delegation of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi  Adeyemi has paid a courtesy visit on the Olubadan-designate, High Chief Saliu Adetunji at his Popoyemoja villa, Ibadan.

The high-powered Oyomesi delegation was led  by the Basorun Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Akinade.

Another guest, former Minister of Power, Elder Wole Oyelese described the incoming Olubadan as a man of history, being the first to ascend the throne from Popoyemoja area.

Former Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Civil Service, Chief  Ajibola expressed the belief that High Chief Adetunji’s era would be marked with tremendous development and peace.

Other callers at the incoming Olubadan’ house included Oyo state Chairman of NURTW, Alhaji Taofeeq Oyerinde, Artisan groups and religious organisations.

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Ooni, Alaafin, Others, Storms Toolz & Tunde Demuren’s Wedding (Photos)

Foremost Yoruba monarch Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and his counter part in Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyeye and other Nigerian celebrities yesterday stormed the traditional wedding ceremony of Popular BEAT FM OAP, Toolz Oniru and her husband Capt. Tunde Demuren which took place yesterday at Landmark event center, Oniru Lagos.

The high class event attracted several other big names which includes A-list Oba’s in South-west Nigeria and several big name celebrities.

Banky W, Noble Igwe, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Tiwa Savage, Waje, Latasha, Wizkid and others were in attendance.

The Controversial Lagos brothers, Joro and Dokun Olumofin were also in attendance.

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Alaafin, Ooni’s Renewed Partnership, Beneficial For Yoruba Race – Peace Committee

The Yoruba Obas Conflict Resolution Committee has described the presence of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Eniitan Ogunwusi, at the Church thanksgiving service to mark the 45th year coronation of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi as turning-point for the Yorubas.

Ooni of Ife - Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II - THE CHARISMATIC BRIDGE BUILDER during his visit to mark Alaafin Oyo's 45 coronation anniversary.
Ooni of Ife – Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II – THE CHARISMATIC BRIDGE BUILDER during his visit to mark Alaafin Oyo’s 45 coronation anniversary.

The committee, at the end of its meeting in Ibadan on Tuesday said the renewed friendship between the two monarchs would lead to stronger ties in the Yoruba race.

The secretary of the committee, Oba Saliu Oyemonlaa Azeez, Sabiganna of Iganna in a statement said the committee would consolidate on the Ooni’s peace initiative to ensure that all Yorubas work in harmony for the growth and development of the race.

He said the committee, during the reign of the immediate past Ooni of Ife, had made similar moves to bring the two leaders together but had not been successful.

He said with the two leaders now willing to work together as prominent members of the Yorubas, the marginalisation of the race at the national level would be tackled effectively.

“With Alaafin and Ooni in the forefront of any struggle or agitation by the Yoruba, it is certain that nobody can deny us our dues again which is why we must praise the wisdom and sagacity of the new Ooni and to commend him to keep the flag flying”, he added.

He urged South West politicians to also ensure that they do not bring disunity amongst the Yorubas by their selfish actions.