On His New Olori Omoba Akile Ijebu Title
K1’s best friend, Bolaji Basia is in a happy mood right now because of K1’s Olori Omoba Akile Ijebu chieftaincy title. He says: “As K1’s best friend and closest person to him, apart from his family, I’m very honoured for this title and for this achievement that is being bestowed on him by the Awujale of Ijebuland. As we all know, Awujale is not the kind of Oba that throws title here and there, to every Tom, Dick & Harry.
Personally, Awujale for me is the most respected living Yoruba King. Personally, this is my own opinion. He is the most respected living Yoruba King. He is not the type of Oba you hear negative things about. He knows when to talk. When Awujale talks, everybody listens and he is very highly respected by the Ijebus and even non Ijebus like us. So, when he decided to give such a very huge title of Olori Omooba, which I think Wasiu is the second person, that will be bestowed with such title, after the demise of the great man that died, Awujale must have thought very well that the only person that he can give this title, that will do justice to the title is King Wasiu.
We are not talking about Money here. There are more respectable, richer Ijebus. You know Ijebu people are very hard working people and they are doing well, everywhere all over the world. But for Awujale to say it is not by how rich you are or how much money you have in your bank account but it is about how you proclaim the Ijebus all over the world, which Wasiu has been doing even before the title of the Olori Omooba was bestowed on him. I’m very happy. As it is right now, I’m one of the happiest persons on earth. You know what it is for your friend to own such a big title. It gives me so much joy. Like I was saying, it will make the Ijebus more popular, and with his contact in the government, it can as well bring one or two good things to Ijebu for Ijebu people. I think that will go a long way for Ijebu people as well. You know doesn’t suffer fools gladly. He will do what is right in his own way. What I do not want people to do is to compare him with the past Olori Omooba because they are completely different people. They have completely different personalities.
Wasiu is Wasiu, and Wasiu is fun to be with. Look at what is happening now, I don’t know what where he is now is called, but I think they call it Ipebi. You can see the kind of high calibre people that have been coming home to pay homage to him. If you don’t look at it very well and you don’t know what is going on, you might think it is another Oba that is being installed. That is the kind of clout that he is going to bring to the title, and he is going to look into how he can better Ijebuland. He is so passionate about making Ijebu a better place. We talk about this most of the time. He is so passionate about how to make Ijebuland a better place, hence, he decided to leave Lagos and relocate to Ijebu and he is doing so many things on his own, without the assistance of anybody. It can only get better with the title of Olori Omooba. Wasiu is so proud to be an Ijebu man. I’ve not seen anyone who is as proud as Wasiu Ayinde being an Ijebu man. He has so much that he’s been planning to do himself. It is not for me to start to talk about it now. May be when he starts talking to the press he can talk about those things. But one thing I know very well is that Ijebu will be a different place after his installation. I wish all the Ijebu people well this time that king Wasiu Ayinde is becoming the Olori Omooba. I wish them well for a lot of good things that is coming.
Finally, I wish Kabiyesi longer years in good health. Personally, I think after the Kabiyesi has grown much older and decides to go to his ancestors, I wish the title of Awujale will come to my friend, as the next king Awujale of Ijebu land which I think he has every right as a Prince of Ijebu, which is not impossible. I think he could attain that position and that will be the best thing I can think of that will happen to him. This is me, there is nothing bad in wishing yourself a good thing. Moreover, you wish someone else well and also wishing yourself well.
This is my own opinion. Everything I have said here is my opinion. That is what I wish for him. If he can attain the throne of his forefathers. I will be very happy for him.”