•They Are His Traditional Chiefs
If you don’t know them before by now, you must have become familiar with them. They have been in the public eye in the last few weeks because they recently lost their dad, His Royal Majesty, Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru of Iruland. They are stylish and businessmen of repute. They need little introduction. They call the shot amongst their contemporaries.
We are talking of the suave looking 4 sons of Oba Idowu Oniru, Segun, Tijani, Demola and Olumide. They all have beautiful beginnings with a rich pedigree and from the royal lineage. They took after their father in business. Their reputation and popularity could be likened to their father and prestige family name, Oniru. They attend the best schools home and abroad and are surely doing well for themselves. Their fathers’ influential status opens doors for them within the corridors of power. Some of them run some of their father’s businesses coupled with their personal job and that furthers strengthens the father-son bond as the 4 are part of his traditional chiefs.
The crown prince and 1st son is Prince Adesegun Oniru, the Aremo of Iruland, the heir apparent to Iru dynasty and former Commissioner for Waterfront Development and Infrastructure in Lagos State. He started his education at the Holy Cross School in Lagos and St. Benedett Private School in Ibara, Abeokuta. At the age of twelve, he left the Nigerian shore for England for his secondary education. He was at the Goring Hall School in Sussex and then the Stafford House Tutorial College for his “A” levels. He attended Waltham Forest College (UK) where he obtained a National Diploma in Civil Engineering in 1988 and the University of Westminster where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1991. He also holds a certificate of competence in computing and software.
One of the sons, Prince Tijani is one of the white cap chiefs who is traditionally one of the ministers to the king and often hold a palace (Iga) title as well as Ejiwa (agbo elegba title). The Ejiwa titles confer status in a structural hierarchical system which determines the order of dominance at Elegba. The 3 others rule in the capacity of traditional chiefs, which is a title conferred by the king according to custom or tradition in order to elevate an individual’s status. Oba Oniru has many sons, but these 4 are the ones who take part in his chieftaincy calling as an Oba. They all have their individual titles and are doing well representing their father in that aspect. Prince Tijani O. Oniru is the Opemoluwa of Iruland, and also the Oluwo Ejiwa of Iruland.
Next in Line as a Traditional Chief is Prince Ademola Oniru, he is the Ojele Olofin Ejiwa of Iruland. He is also the chairman and CEO of Oniru private beach, he married Lagos designer, Banke Oniru.
Another of the brothers is Prince Olumide Ilumo Oniru, who is also part of the traditional chiefs. He is the Ojomo Ejiwa of Iruland and the Otun Oba of Ilashe. During Oba Oniru’s 20 Years Coronation Anniversary and his 80th birthday, they all gave a glowing tribute of their father whom they confidently said they are the man they are today because of the values he instilled in them by teaching them the importance of integrity, honesty and patience.
TAYO FAJORIN OYEDIJI