The Paramount Ruler of Ijesaland in Osun State, Oba (Dr.) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, is 86. Ijesa Sons and Daughters at home and in disapora are rejoicing and celebrating with him.
He is a ruler of distinction who has the love and support of his followers.
Say whatever you like about this brilliant ruler, but you cannot but hail his patriotism and loyalty to Nigeria. He loves Nigeria with passion and he has a fanatical belief in the oneness and unity of Nigeria.
Baba Ebenezer Babatope in his article on one of Nigeria’s leading newspaper recalled a story told to him by the late Avatar and leader, Papa Obafemi Awolowo, about this great Oba shortly after his coronation as the Owa of Ijesaland. Oba (Dr.) Adekunle Aromolaran had gone to Ikenne to pay a visit to Papa and Mama Awolowo. Papa Awo said when it was time for lunch, Papa Awo had invited Oba Aromolaran to the table.
Owa politely said to Papa Awo in typical Ijesa dialect “Esoni rerun Ojimomo” meaning “no one sees the mouth of Ojimomo.” It means that it was taboo to see an Oba eat in the public. Papa Awo said he quickly understood what Oba Aromolaran was trying to convey and he and Mama (both of blessed memory) quickly cordoned off a portion of the sitting room at Ikenne to serve Kabiyesi his lunch.
The above conveys Kabiyesi’s respect and love for tradition. It equally shows Papa and Mama Awo’s appreciation of what tradition represented.
Before becoming a traditional ruler, he made a success of publishing the Aromolaran publishers. He never gave up his love for scholarship after he had ascended the throne of his fathers.
Baba Kabiyesi, Owa, is a very warm and ever loving father.
He equally remains a fervent Christian. He has a special area designated for the Owa inside the Otapete Methodist Church, Ilesa.
He regards all Ijesas as his sons and daughters.
We are all happy children of Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland.
Today is a great day in Ijesaland as we celebrate the 86th birthday anniversary of our traditional ruler and father.
May God continue to bless Owa Obokun Adimula, Dr. Adekunle Aromolaran of Ijesaland. Long may you reign! We salute you and adore you!!
Long Live Ijesaland!!! Long Live Nigeria.