Written by Vision Africa Magazine   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 22:45

The Duke Adedoyin Oluwasesan Adelekun, was born in Ikoyi in Old Ogbomoso Local Government of Oyo State on January 27, 1947. His father was later. Prince Samuel Olowookere Adelekun, a direct descendant of Owa Obokun, Oba Alobetoriayese l of Ijesaland. His mother was late Princess Dorcas Adesoro Adelekun, a descendant of Owa Obokun, Oba Atayerobiagogo l of Ijesaland. The father was an 'Osomalo', a trader in Ogbomoso for many years until late 1940's when he left to contest the vacuum created by the death of his father, who was the Duke (Looja) of Odo-lju town at that time. At birth, his father named him Adedoyin and the mother named him Oluwasesan for reasons best known to them.

Doyin, as fondly called by family members, relations and friends, had his primary education at St. Peter's (Anglican) School, Isona, Ilesa; St. Peters' (Anglican) School, Oke-Egan, Ede and Olubi Memorial School, Elekuro, Ibadan. He had his Secondary Education at the prestigious llesa Grammar School, llesa and Government College, lbadan.

He studied Civil Engineering at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He later specialized in Bridge Engineering at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England, where he undertook his post-graduate studies.

Doyin started his engineering practice in Kano with Messrs Ove Arup and Partners, a British Firm of Consulting Civil Engineers. He had a brief taste of the civil Service as an Executive Engineer with the Lagos State Ministry of Works and Planning. He was seconded to Oyo Federal Survey School for a pre-diploma course in Land Surveying. He left the Civil Service Oyo to join Messrs Etteh Aro and Partners, another firm of Civil Engineering Consulting Firm. Etteh Aro and Partners, remains one of the leading Nigerian Civil engineering Consulting Firm. He was sponsored for postgraduate studies by Messrs Etteh Aro and Partners. He was with Etteh Aro and Partners for many years. He had a successful practice with them, he became a Partner with them before he teamed up with a few of his friends to establish a company called Integrated Builders Limited, a firm of Engineers, specializing in providing Building and Civil Engineering Services- Constructionwise. Presently, he is the Managing Director of the company Integrated Builders Limited, one of the leading indigenous construction companies in the country companies in the country today. They have built houses, constructed bridges and roads. Their completed projects are located all over the country. The company takes pride in jobs well done. Like the mentor Etteh Aro & Partners, they take interest in training Engineers and they do religiously.

There is a perfect working relationship between Messrs Etteh Aro and Partners and Integrated Builders Limited till date.

Doyin is a corporate fellow member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. He served as the Secretary of Ibadan Branch of the Society before he was elected to serve as the Assistant National Publicity Secretary. He was, for many years, a member of the Society's Governing Council.

He is a member of several professional bodies relating to Civil Engineering. He was the Secretary of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineers with headquarter in Zurich, Switzerland for several years. He is a Chartered Engineer and a corporate member of the Institute of Civil Engineers of Great Britain and Ireland and member of the Institution of Highway engineers of Great Britain and Ireland. He is registered with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering practice in Nigeria.

Doyin is a Prince with many feathers in his cap. He is a quiet achiever. At every opportunity, he is ready to contribute his quota to the development of his community. He was at one time or the other appointed to positions where he had opportunity to contribute to the development of his society. Among the appointments he held were the following.

-Justice of the Peace (JP) in 1987 by the Hon. Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Oyo State.

-Director, Nigerian Sugar Co. Limited, Bacita, Nominee of Odu'a Investment Co. Limited (1987-92). On the Board, he was a member of Finance and General Purpose Committee.

-Director, Afribank Nig. Plc (Dec. 1994 - Jan. 2001). On the Board, he was ChairmanFinance and General Purpose Committee; Member, Establishment Committee and Credit Committee of the Board. He was Chairman - Afribank Insurance Brokers Limited (1995  99).

-He was member of the Governing Council of Osun State College of Technology, EsaOke (1998-99). He served as the Chairman, Council Projects Committee.

Doyin believes in serving humanity anywhere the opportunity surfaces. He belongs to some voluntary non-political organizations, where he served meritoriously. He is Rotarian of repute. He believes in Rotary and enjoys Rotary. He is Past Secretary of Rotary Club of Ibadan between 1982 and 1983), and later served as District Governor, Rotary International District 9130 (comprising Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Kwara, Niger, Zamfara, Kebbi and Sokoto States plus Federal Territory Abuja from 1987 to 1988. Under his leadership, Rotary International impacted positively on many lives. He is presently the most senior of the active Past Governors in Rotary International District 9130 and a very reliable Past Governor as such.

He belongs to many Social, Recreational and Religious Clubs/Societies, but with an abiding interest in home clubs for obvious reasons of being a Prince. He is a Trustee of Ijesa Felates Club, having served as the Director General of the Club for many years. He belongs to other clubs or organizations that have the development and progress of Ijesaland as their primary objectives.


Doyin was brought up in the Christian faith, evident in his unrelenting service to the Lord in local churches both in Ibadan and Ijesaland. He is an active member of St. Anne's Church, Molete, Ibadan, where he worships. He saw to the design and successful completion of the ultra modern building of the Church.

He is a very active member of Fountain of Hope Society of the Church as well as the Anglican Youth Fellowship. He is a Past President of Fountain of Hope Society of St. Anne's Church Molete, Ibadan. He is the Patron of many Societies in the Church, prominent among which are The Youth Christian Circle, Progressive Christian League. The Choir, Boys Brigade and the Girls Guild of the Church.

Back home at llesa, he is an active member of St. Peter's Anglican Church, Isona, where he worships. He is a member of Fountain of Hope Society of the church and a Past President of the said Society. He is the Patron of Boys Brigade and Girls Guild of the Church as well as Joy of Salvation Society among others. In the Diocese of llesa, he's very active. Fore more than ten years, he has been a member of the Synod as a Bishop nominee,

Doyin is a life of member of the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International, Premier Hotel Chapter, Ibadan. In December 2000, he went with his wife to Jerusalem to perform the Christian pilgrimage in Israel. They went with Oyo State team.

Doyin in service minded. He had served his people in many capacities and he is always willing to serve without counting the cost.

He is generous to a fault. No wonder the entire ALOBETORIAYESE family both at home and abroad, headed by late Barrister Adeyeye Adelekun, unanimously presented his candidature as a replacement to his brother and mentor, Late Prince Adeoye Adelekun, the immediate past Looja Odo-Iju town. Prince Adeoye Adelekun died in February 2004. after due screening by the Owa Obokun in Council he was installed the Looja Odo-Iju on November 18, 2005, in the palace of Owa Obokun by Oba Dr. Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran ll, Owa Obokun Ijesaland. Late Barrister Adeyeye Adelekun will forever be remembered for his role at ensuring that Adedoyin was coronated as the Looja of Odo-lju Town. He spent his time and his wealth in all ramifications. Unfortunately, he died on August 1, 2009 and was buried on November 18, 2006.

Doyin is a quite philanthropist, who is fonds of helping his people, in all facets of life, whenever they come to him for assistance.

Since he became the Duke, he has impacted positively on the community. He sponsored the construction of three culverts on the roads around the town of Odo-lju. Most of the roads in town and around the town had been unmotorable for years because of bad culverts before he became the Duke; within the short period of his becoming the Duke, he made the roads motorable.

He has empowered a lot of the community men and women. He has awarded scholarships to brilliant but indigent students of the community. Most importantly, there is unit among the people of the community and one can easily see the radiation of love on the faces of the community members. With the encouragement and cooperation of his people, he will be willing to do more.

The Duke is not totally made without the useful contribution of his immediate family. He is married to Mofoluke Adelekun (Nee Odeleye Fadahunsi). His amiable and loving better half is a Pharmacist of repute. They are blessed with five children whose greatest joy is seeing their father achieve his dreams. The children are making their marks in the fields of Engineering, Banking, Medicine, Law and Economics. He loves his wife and respects her. He loves all his children, as well. Anywhere they are he will look for them personally. In love, he builds self confidence in all his children.

Doyin is a jolly good fellow, by his friends and close associates he's 'LEKI, LEKI-ORO' or 'DELEK' or 'PRINCE', depending on where they met, llesa Grammar School, llesa, Government College, Ibadan, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria or life after school. These people must quickly get adapted to calling “HRH the DUKE” or “BABA LOOJA” like the ljesas will do. They've been to places together, enjoyed good times, danced and exchanged memorable pleasantries. He believed in his friends and works very hard to keep them. To different friends to means different thing. If you understand him, you cannot but love him and his ways.

Doyin enjoys playing squash and lawn Tennis. He enjoys playing Golf, as well. He enjoys reading biographies and auto-biographies. He enjoys talking and listening to people talk. He's a good listener, an excellent orator and a shining light in this generation. He enjoys traveling. He has visited and worked in all states in the country and has visited virtually all the countries of the world at his leisure times.

Indeed, it is worthy to celebrate the goodness of God Almighty in the life of our Duke  Prince Adedoyin Adelekun. Long may he live! He will surely take his people to the Promised Land-God willing.


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