On Friday 5th of October, Owu kingdom, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, witnessed another grand event in the history of chieftaincy titles, when popular businessman, Chief Rotimi Martins, popularly called Mato was installed, the Jagunmolu of Owu Kingdom by His Royal Majesty, Oba Dr. Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu, the Olowu of Owu kingdom.
The installation started at the home of General Olusegun Obasanjo at Ita Eko, Owu, area of Abeokuta. The event kicked off at OBJ’s home because he is the Balogun Owu, and every title that has to do with Balogun has to be done at Obj’s home before they finally proceed to the Owu palace, to show the King the new chief and also receive his blessings. This is also where the new Chief will be presented his Certificate of title. The classy event was graced by Chief Rotimi Martins friends, in and outside Ogun State. Our ABEOKUTA Correspondent, Bunmi Mustapha brings you hot gists from the event.
BALOGUN ERUNMU PRESENT FOR PRESENTATION
Major General Ekundayo Opaleye (rtd), a former Military Governor of old Ondo State, who is the Balogun of Erunmu, Owu kingdom, has three integral part, the Owu, Erunmu and Apomu. General Ekundayo Opaleye is the Balogun of one of the integral parts, while Olusegun Obasanjo is the Balogun, the Prime Minister of Owu kingdom. He was present to participate in the right of installing the Jagunmolu since the title evolves from the Balogun of Owu land title.
WHY JAGUNMOLU WAS INSTALLED IN OBASANJO’S HOUSE
Although most of the chieftaincy titles bestowed to people in Owu kingdom is usually done at the palace of the Olowu, in the case of any title that is under the Balogun of Owu, the installation is usually done at former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s house in Ita Eko area of Abeokuta. After the installation rights, has been done by Obasanjo, they we all proceed to the palace of the Olowu to show the king the new Chief, and to receive blessings and certificate. This was done.
CHIEF NIYI ADEGBNRO CAME
Chief Niyi Adegbenro attended. He is one of the high Chiefs in Egbaland. He is a onetime President of Abeokuta Sports Club. He is also the Osi Balogun of Owu kingdom. He came to perform his rights by praying for the newly installed Jagunmolu and also to celebrate with him.
OBA AGURA WAS PRESENT
Oba Saburi Babajide Bakre, the new Agura of Agura kingdom, Ogun State was part of those who witnessed and gave his blessings to the new Jagunmolu. According to traditional rights, the Agura is expected to be present at any function that has to do with Owu kingdom, because Owu and Gbagura people sees themselves as one family. Apart from attending the traditional rights at Chief Olusegun home in Ita Eko, Oba Saburi was also present at the reception which was held in Chief Martins home.
CHIEF AKIN OBIMAKINDE’S ROLE
Chief Akin Obimakinde is one of the high Chiefs in Owu. He played a vital role during the installation at Olusegun Obasanjo’s home. He was the anchor of the day and he was the one who placed the installation beads on the new Jagunmolu.
ABOUT CHIEF ROTIMI MARTINS
The celebrant, Chief Rotimi Martins, the newly installed Jagunmolu of Owu kingdom is an astute business magnate. He is the Chairman and CEO of Midway Airlines. He is popularly called Matooo. He is one of the Lagos big boys and a successful business man too. Before he became the Jagunmolu of Owu , he had been bestowed with different chieftaincy titles. He is the Jagunmolu of Erunwon, Omotaiyese of Erunwon.
OBA MEWA AND HIS ENTOURAGE FULLY ON GROUND
Alhaji Jubril Kusimo, one of the Clearing and forwarding top shots, in Ogun State, popularly known as Oba Mewa, graced the event. The socialite is known to grace events with his massive entourage. That was what also happened as he came with his people.
OGUN FORMER SA, BAYO ADEYEMI CAME
Honourable Bayo Adeyemi was a 2 term Special Adviser on Education during Senator Ibikunle Amosun’s tenure as the Ogun State governor for two terms. He is also an active politician. He aspired to contest for the house of represent to represent his people in Aiyetoro in the last election, and he was also at the installation party.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, General Ekundayo Opaleye, Elder Sunday Gbemijo, Chief Akin Obimakinde, Femi Jayesimi, Chief Niyi Adegbenro, Bayo Adeyemi, Tunde Fadare, Akinwunmi Lawal, Lanre Gbemisola, Alhaji Jubril Kusimo, Alhaji Musbau Badmus, Femi Winners, Rafiu Ogunmodede, Bola Kasimawo.