OBA JIMOH OLADUNNI OYEWUMI AJAGUNGBADE III JP, CON, SOUN OF OGBOMOSOLAND: JOURNEY TO THE THRONE
His Royal Majesty Alayeluwa Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III JP, CON, To be born into royal lineage does not confer automatic kingship status on all princes. Princes are born but kings are made through divine intervention.
His Royal Majesty Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III JP, CON, Soun of Ogbomosholand was born on May 27, 1926- a month after the birth of another monarch, Queen Elizabeth II of England.
His father was His royal highness Oba Bello Oyewumi and is mother was Alhaja Selia Olatundun Adunni Oyewumi.
Oba Bello Oyewumi married so many wives and had 63 children. As fate dictated, 31 of the children were female, a situation not quite attractive to the monarchy in those days because they would rather have preferred male children because of succession imperative.
In the case of Oba Bello Oyewumi, his children all lived together in peace and harmony in the royal palace.
Prince Oladunni Oyewumi was the youngest of his mother’s three male children, a development which attracted open rivalry, serious recriminations and unpretentious jealousy among the other olori (wives) whose children are mainly female.
After the birth of Prince Oladunni, so many troubles began to brew in the palace while Olori Olatundun was abandoned with her fate.
Olatundun left the palace, and then relocate to Ibadan with an uncle domiciled in that city. After about six years in Ibadan, Prince Oladunni started his elementary education at St Patrick School, Oke Padre, Ibadan.
Through God’s intervention, an unexpected opportunity opened for the ambitious Prince to travel to Jos. He arrived at Jos on May 17, 1944.
In Jos, Prince Oyewumi started a business career and worked as a textile trader for so many years. After saving about 50 pounds, he ventured into buying and selling of bicycles from Lagos.
It was then a profitable business when you buy direct from the company (UAC). Prince Oladunni was visiting G.B Ollivant merely for window shopping when he met one Mr Smith, a Scot and one of the company managers is with whom he struck an instant friendship which led to a business.
The intimacy and interaction with Mr Smith, the G.B Ollivant expatriate manager, sharpened Prince Oyewumi’s business acumen and instilled discipline in him.
Rapidly, he expanded his business horizon and got involved in bigger deals with PZ, SCOA and CFAO, among other conglomerates.
To assist the young Prince Mr Smith introduced him to Mr Holford, the Manager of Barclays Bank where he opened an account in 1949.
By 1950, Prince Oyewumi had become sufficiently established in his trading business that he decided to get married. Consequently, he got married to his most senior wife Olori Igbayilola Oyewumi.
By 1958, the wealthy prince had started showing interest in estate development and property acquisition and in that same year the Prince met a European who so much admired his entrepreneurial ability that he offered to take him on a business vacation trip to the continent of Europe upon which they travel to France, Paris and United kingdom.
In 1973 when the Oyo state governor invited the Gbagun ruling house to present a candidate for the appointment as Soun of Ogbomosoland after the passing away of the former king.
Ninety-four members who were of the Gbagun ruling house met and two candidates emerged to contest for the vacant stool but it turned out that 90 out of the 94 decision-makers favoured the candidacy of Prince Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi.
With such majority support the then Prince Oladunni who became the Soun to the delight and acceptance of his people.
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