AN ACCOMPLISHED PRAGMATIC LEADER - HIS ROYAL MAJESTY LATE OBA (DR.) SALAUDEEN AFOLABI ADEKOYA OYEFUSI, PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 March 2015 00:18

A distinguished royal highness Born on July 8th 1931 to the Royal Family of Oguntade  The Rademo Ruling House, Ikorodu. His late father, Prince Omotayo Lawan Oyefusi, was the Oloku of Odo Nla, Ikorodu a branch of Rademo Ruling House of Ikorodu, Lagos State.

is mother late Princess Suwebat Olusanya Oyefusi nee Ilariogun a princess in her own right hailed from Moloda Ruling House in Ayepe, Ogun State.

He attended Methodist Primary School, Ikorodu and later moved to Lagos to continue his education at Christ Church Cathedral where he completed his Government Class II in 1984. He came back to Ikorodu to complete his secondary education at Oriwu College, which was founded in 1949, He was a foundation member of the College.

Having completed his secondary education, he worked briefly with Ikorodu Business Commercial Company as a post of a Storekeeper Grade II in 1963.

He resigned and started his own business by floating two companies one after the other i.e Oyefusi Brothers & Sons Ltd and Button House (Nig.) Ltd at No 10 and 26 Dosumu Street and 26A  Oke-Arin Street, Lagos respectively. The Button House (Nig.) Ltd, became a household name and one of the leading importers of all tailoring materials with Messrs Rasaq Okoya Trading & Sons (Button Stores) now Eleganza and Patient Stores. They were competitors in the Tailoring Materials world in those days.

A dynamic Oba who is widely traveled, during the course of his business and after he had visited many countries including: London, Nottingham, Leicester, Manchester all in the UK and Naples, Forsano, Millano, Rome, Czechoslovakia, Hohehems, Germany, France, Singapre, Southern Korea, Taiwan, Taipei, Hongkong, Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya, Paris, Italy, Germany, Dubai, the USA to mention but few.

It was in 1970 when he left on a business trip for Expo 70 that his business ambition was interrupted by his entire family. Actually the news of his nomination as the next  incumbent to occupy the stool of Oba of Ikorodu came to him first, through late Chief S.O. Gbadamosi who also was on the Expo 70 trip. He quickly terminated his business trip and returned to his associates in Hong Kong. It was there he went back to Nigeria, this time as Oba in the making. He has no option than to accept his destiny. He became the Oba of Ikorodu 39years ago.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY, with continuous prayer, Ikorodu during his reign, has transformed to a big city with the largest industries and banks have already moved down to Ikorodu with influx of people coming down to Ikorodu Town to live. His people are very understanding and loving.

OBA OYEFUSI is a lover of his people who always fight for the right of his subjects. He had at many times been described as a charismatic Oba who is very courageous and brave. Once he holds on to the truth, he always stands by it and pursues it to a logical conclusion. He has also been described as “OBA TI KO GBA EGUNJE” meaning “A KING WHO DOES NOT TAKE BRIBE”.

He is a devoted Muslim and very religious. He believes in God first. He is a silent donor, during Alhaji Lateef Jakande's era as Lagos State Governor, he donated his salary to Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi for that period.

A successful entrepreneur of high acumen, a disciplinarian of the highest order, a silent philanthropist and a member of many clubs.

He is the Permanent Vice Chairman  Lagos State Council of Obas and Chief, Chairman  Ikorodu

Division Chieftaincy Committee, Patron  Lagos State Security Committee, Life Patron  Ikorodu

Peace and Security Committee, Vice Patron  Yoruba Tennis Club, Life Patron  High Society Club of Nigeria, Life Patron -  Oriwu Club of Ikorodu, Grand Patron and Patron of many social and charitable clubs both in Ikorodu, Lagos State and Nigeria in general.

His numerous Awards which include:

1. National Honour Award-Commander of the Order of Niger, Federal Republic of Nigeria  22/07/2010. 2. Laspotech Students Union Government  Award., 3. Oriwu Club of Ikorodu  Presidential Award  1995, 4.IKODASS  Plaque of Honour, 5.Klub D.Ace  Award, 6. National Council of Muslim Youth, Organization  Merit Award, 7.Oriwu College Old Students Association

Golden Jubilee Merit Award, 8. Luth Day  Award

for Excellence,  9. Health Care Award  2000, He has over 64 Awards to his credits.

 

His hobbies include writing, swimming, listening to music (mostly religious and Juju music), Praying, interacting with people and fashioning. He is very fashionable. He loves good food and loves to look good at all times. He is a non  tribalistic Oba.

He is blessed with good children, grand children and great grand children. He is also blessed by God with a prudent wife  Olori Muyibat Olayinka Oyefusi (The Most Glamorous Queen of Our Time), whom he described as a God sent mother, a loving wife and a TOTAL WOMAN. Kabiyesi is a man of the people, he is well-loved by young and old. He is very kind, generous and very hardworking. Above all he is a home lover, a contented person and very God-fearing. Infact, he is the King Solomon of Our Time.

A pragmatic Oliver in the art of construction and council engineering and known for its success and goal setting in the engineering profession.

The firm was formally incorporated as a multifunctional engineering company on 13th March 2001, and has since commenced active practice.

The firm comprises seasoned structural/civil/mechanical engineers with proven expertise in various engineering fields.

 

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