Michael Olanrewaju, Osogbo.
Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi honoured the wife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun with the brand of Moremi Ajasoro of our time
This was at the launching of a literary book published by Oduduwa House Foundation titled Moremi Ajasoro that took place in Moremi Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Saturday, July 14, 2018
The serene academic environment of the University roared into a carnival like scene with arrays of royalty and political juggernauts to identify with the foremost African monarch as well as Mrs Amosun.
In his remark, Ooni Ogunwusi disclosed that the essence of the publication and its launching was to make the younger generation of Yoruba to know the history of Yoruba heroine-Moremi.
He added that our culture is our culture and it must not die.
Ooni disclosed to the amazement of the audience that he had composed a poem in honour of Mrs Amosun for the occasion. The poem titled “Strength of a great woman” by Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja11for Mrs Amosun reads thus;
“The grestest test for any human in this world is “taste of power,” you can NEVER satisfy every soul in life… But the greatest grace you can get is how best to manage every human and this is usually “heavenly given”.
This makes me remember the story of Queen Moremi all the time. A powerful and courageous queen, whose warmth, selflessness and carriage found her way strongly in the heart of powerful kings in the black history. The 1st Oba of Benin, 1st Alaafin of Oyo and the 6th Ooni of Ife – Oranmiyan The Great, Ooni Obalufon Alaiyemore(The Progenitor of some parts of Ekiti, Ijesha and Ijebu kingdom). Ugbo dynasty amongst others. As a lover of our history and heritage, I still wonder how Moremi managed to achieve all these…
So, NO Moremi victory, NO Yorubaland… Hmmnnn…
Behold, I met a perfect match of her characteristics – Her Excellency, Mrs Olufunsho Amosun!!!
Our very own in Yorubaland, whom I remain very proud of as Arole Oduduwa, the progenitor of Yoruba race.
She completely takes after Queen Moremi positively in all ramifications.
Very beautiful, so amiable, intelligent, super humble, soft spoken, courageous, selfless, very down to heart, ever listening, just like Moremi Ajasoro herself…
Her down-to-earth benevolence, humility, generousity and magnanimous accessibility towards the needy makes her a role model.
She is a loving wife who has added lucid values to her amiable husband, she is a caring mother of her children and she has saddled herself with the responsibilities of motherly role for the underpriviledged children in the society.
She has been a passionate lover and tireless promoter of the African culture and tradition especially in support of Cultural Tourism Agenda in Ogun state, in Nigeria and Beyond.
With unprecedented achievements as the First Lady of Ogun State, this amazon has indeed creditably managed her enviable status with outstanding noble qualities
With this dedication here today, her name has been written in gold and she has become a heroine of the entire Oduduwa Family of over 500 million members both in Africa and in the diaspora.
Mrs Amosun greatly epitomizes African womanhood per Excellence.
She is very exemplary in her charismatic leadership style that must be emulated by any woman who wants to be called “a good woman”
She is a perfect reference for the common saying “behind a successful man there is a woman” as she has remained a strong pillar behind the success of her husband as Ogun State Governor; Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
It suffices to say that we have a plenitude of justifications to show love to Mrs Amosu in this regard
While I can go on and on talking about this uncommon jewel, saying that her worthy recipience of the dedication of this book by me today stemmed from my convinced appreciation of her great personality endowed with inherent attributes of empathy, selflessness, humility and commitment to the course of Moremi”s legacy for the betterment of the entire black race…
Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II. Ooni Of Ife( Arole Oduduwa)
Earlier in his remark, the Chairman of the occasion, the Olugbon of Orili-Igbon, Oba Olusola Alao charged the women to enter the political podium of governance as Moremi did in ancient times.
According to him, Moremi stood for justice, freedom and upliftment. Argueing that we are preserving our tradition and culture, he tasked our women to rise to the clarion call to serve our fatherland.
Eminent personalities that graced the occasion include Governors Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo States, the Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, wife of the Governor of OPsun State, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola, wife of the Kwara State Governor, Mrs Omolewa Ahmed represented by the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Bilikisu Oniyangi.
Royal fathers present include the Osile of Oke Ona, Oba Adedapo Tejuosho, Olu of Ilaro, the paramount ruler of Yelwa land, Akarigbo of Remo land, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, Olowu of Owu land, Oba Adegboyega Dosumun, Ataoja of Osogbo land, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Olanipekun, Larooye 11,Oba of Lagos represented by the Lagos white cap Chiefs.
Senators Lanre Tejuosho and Dada from Ogun State as well as the Speaker for Ogun State House of Assembly were also present.
Ace broadcaster, Chief Bisi Olatilo and the publisher of Ovation Magazine, Bashorun Dele Momodu were present while the Nollywood was represented by Saheed Balogun
All the speakers at the forum lauded the efforts of Ooni Ogunwusi in promoting and re-awakening of Yoruba culture, tradition and unity in Nigeria and diaspora. They all summed up that the literary work is an addition to his onerous efforts.