The 21st President of Omo Aj’orosun Club Ibadan, Alhaji Abiola Alli has affirmed that history is one of the major asset that can be use in shaping the future for better.
Speaking with journalist in Ibadan shortly after leading students and members of Omo Aj’orosun Club to the Palace of Balogun Ibikunle with the purpose of exploring the history of the late warlord of Ibadan, Alhaji Alli stressed that the importance of the visit is to be alive with history.
He noted that the visit is one of the lined up activities in marking the 42nd anniversary of the club, stressing that history is very important in human existence.
He said, “history is very important in everything that we do, for it will help us to know what has happened in the past, and it will also help to know what you are doing presently, it will also enable you to know what you are going to do in the future, so what we went to do at the Palace of Balogun Ibikunle is to know the historical background of the late warrior Balogun Ibikunle and how he was able to capture so many villages and towns for Ibadanland and also to know exactly what the people living in his place are doing presently as regards the legacy he left behind.”
“We are so happy for we have learnt a lot of things that from the visit, because they are able to tell us some things about the place, and they also conducted us around the facilities.
“We went there with some students that were selected from all the eleven local government areas located within Ibadan metropolis with the aim of inculcate the importance of history into the young ones because they are the ones that will take after us and if they where they are coming from they are going to take charge from it and things won’t be so difficult for them in moving forward in the future and I think they also enjoyed themselves too because they asked questions and they were also conducted round the important places within that palace and all of us were happy.” Alli said.
In his welcome address the Oota Balogun of Olubadan who also doubles as the Arole Balogun Ibikunle, the Head of Ibikunle’s clan, Rear Admiral Akintola Lateef Adetokunbo (rtd) stressed the need for all and sundry to always embrace their culture and traditions.
He noted that Ibikunle Palace is one of the most prominent place in Ibadan metropolis, stressing that government should not renege in their effort at ensuring that Yoruba history, culture and traditional values goes into extinction.
Dr. Abass Gbolahan Ibikunle, the Mogaji of Oyedeji Ibikunle’s clan, who lectured the the visitors also took them around the facilities at the Palace.
In his lecture, Dr. Abass gave detailed account of Balogun Ibikunle while he was alive.
Some of the special attributes of the late warlord is that he was never defeated in any battle.
Late Balogun Ibikunle according to the history came to settle in Ibadan from Iloko which is present day located in Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo state, while his mother is from the Soun of Ogbomoso’s linage.
Balogun Ibikunle in his lifetime had 90 wives, but only eleven of them gave him male children, he lived in his palace, that was built with 1013 rooms located at Ayeye area of Ibadan, and it was said to have been the most biggest compound in Ibadanland.
Among othe places visited are the Balogun Ibikunle’s tomb, his shrine containing the Oosa Popo, (Popo’s deity) and Osa Osun (Mami water deity), as well as the tomb of all the mogajis of Ibikunle’s.
Some of the members of the club that were on tour to the palace are Town Planner Uthman Afeez, Surveyor General Femi Akintola, Chief Omosapamo, Chief Clement Adeogun, Dr. Fayemi Fakayode, Dr. Femi Oyetunji, Alhaji Adewale Ogunsola, Rear Admiral Jide Oguntola (rtd), Dr. Lawal, the current publicity officer of the club among others.