Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, departed Alaafin of Oyo, who died few days ago raised the bar of leadership across Yorubaland, Prince Hakeem Abiodun Adeyanju Ayinde Ladigbolu, has said.
The prince, who is from Agunloye ruling house that is expected to produce the Alaafin, was born almost the same time the departed monarch was installed 52 years ago into the family of late Prince Lasisi Sanda and Ayomo Musili Adejoju Ejide Ladigbolu of Abiola compound, Lagbondoko, Oyo.
”I can attest to the fact that Oba Adeyemi did well as our Alaafin. He is someone we would continue to remember and I cherish.
”I want to extend my condolence and that of my family to the bereaved monarch. We would have loved to have him on earth for more years but God is the ultimate decider of everything,” the Dublin-based prince, who grew up in Oyo said.
Prince Ladigbolu had his primary, secondary and partly tertiary education at St. Mary Anglican Primary School, Iyalamu 1, Ansar deen Grammar School, Opapa, Oyo and HSC at Olivet Baptist Heights School, Oyo respectively.
After, he proceeded to University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba where he had his tertiary education before he relocated to Ireland when he got married to struggle as a youngman and blessed with beautiful children.
”It has been exciting and interesting being a Prince of Oyo because anywhere I go or find myself or I have had cause to mention my name, people easily identify my source which I have been proud of and always thank God to be one. Though, on the other hand, it has been a little bit very challenging because of people’s expectations from me as a Prince at all time. But to the glory of the almighty God, I have been up to the task and I have not been found wanting in any responsibility expected of me.
“Honestly, I have the love of Oyo at heart and that is one of the reasons why I love to declare the identity, associate with people of likeminds to promote Yoruba culture and fight for the rights of Yoruba in general and Oyo in particular. Despite the oppression and colonialism in Ireland, with the glory of God, I have been able to serve in different capacities in the association called Egbe Omo Yoruba and Nigerians association in Clare (Ireland) to organise different traditional competitions, such as Yoruba literary and debates for students, cultural dancing competitions and other activities annually over there. Also, I have worked in conjunction with some other individuals to render charity to Nigerians, Yoruba in particular to mention but a few.
”For more than 10 years now, I’ve made it a culture to come home at least twice in year. With the little that I have, I have been sponsoring some Oyo indigent students’ education, paying for their WAEC/ NECO exams and there are people that can testify to this,” he explained in an exclusive interview with OYOINSIGHT