By: Idowu Olamide Esther
The Olota of Ota, His Royal Majesty, Oba (Prof.) Adeyemi Abdulkabir Obalanlege has closed ties with the Orangun of Ila, HRM Oba Wahab Kayode Oyedotun during a courtesy visit of the former to Ila Orangun’s palace earlier today.
The Olota had earlier visited Olubadan of Ibadan as part of his tour to South West traditional leaders where the duo met behind closed doors.
While receiving the Olota in his palace, the Orangun of Ila said he was happy that he broke the very long jinx between the Ila and Awori people in that the two prominent tribes in Yoruba land had never had anything to do together prior to now. “There had been no connection between Ila Orangun and the Aworis before which is why the news of Olota’s visit gave me joy”.
Oba Oyedotun however, fed his guest with a bit of Ila Orangun’s history. ” When Okanbi was given birth to, his father was saddened because it had been predicted that he would die. Olori Ayanse Adetiri was chosen to bear the king another son and after 9 months; she gave birth to a son. When the child was taken to the Oracle to inquire about his future, the Oracle’s response was, Ifagbamila Oranmigun. A big house was built for him and his mother in Iloro quarter in Ife, which was called Ile-nla. The house is now called Ila”. The monarch narrated.
He thanked the Olota and his entourage for covering lots of mileage in order to close ties between Ila Orangun, Ota and indeed Awori at large. He further stated that his move would further strengthen the existing peace between Yoruba Obas in Nigeria.
Olota, in his response appreciated the Orangun of Ila for accommodating them. He said that all are Aworis are one until the period of Western region when some were divided into Ogun and Lagos States, adding that regardless of the division, Aworis were still one. He further stated that he had commenced a tour round Yoruba Obas, citing Ooni of Ife, Alaafin of Oyo, Olubadan of Ibadan among other Yoruba Obas which he had visited as part of his bid to ensuring that Obas in Yoruba land were united, despitetheir geographical location or religious affiliations.
VOA News correspondent reported that Orangun of Ila conveyed Olota and his entourage round the palace where they were shown artifacts, landmarks and other notable formations within Ila town.
Those in company of Olota of Ota in the visit included; Olukotun of Otun, HRH Oba AbdulAkeem Odunaro, Ekerin of Ota, High Chief Bamgboye Osunlabu, Balogun of Ota, High Chief Idowu Isiaka Balogun, Baale of Egushi, Chief Moroof Alagbe, Otunba of Ota, Chief Segun Johnson, among others.