THE BIOGRAPHY OF ONILALA OF LANLATE; OBA ALH CHIEF ABDUL-LATEEF OLAWUYI OLAGOKE

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BIOGRAPHY OF ONILALA OF LANLATE

In Yoruba land, the Oba is an unquestionable monarch. He is not primus inter pares (first among equals), he is revered and widely known as being second only to the gods- “Igbakeji Orisa”.

His Royal Highness, Oba Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Olawuyi Olagoke, Arowooje II, Onilala of Lanlate is an humble, pleasant, considerate, patient, reasonable, fearless, God-fearing and exceptionally friendly.

You’ll learn a lot from his biography!

Kabiyesi and Governor Seyi Makinde

EARLY LIFE

His Royal Highness, Oba Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Olawuyi Olagoke, Arowooje II, Onilala of Lanlate was born on 22nd August, 1954 to late prince Raheem Olagoke of Bioku Ruling House and Mrs. Olatooke Olagoke of Alaarun’s Compound, Isale Togun, Lanlate. He is the second child of the family of Five children but the first male child.

The father who was a farmer in his lifetime lived in Jobi village near Maya, Lanlate together with his family including the little Abdul-Lateef. In 1963 and on request, he was released to live with his maternal grandmother; late Mrs. Fadewe Abake of Elegun’s Compound, Oke-Imale, Lanlate in preparation for his elementary education.

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Between 1963 and 1969, he attended St Paul African Church School, Lanlate and obtained Primary School Leaving Certificate. At the time, Financial constraints and other considerations within the family precluded him from pursuing his desire to further his education in 1970. However, due to his love for education, he eventually enrolled as a private candidate, sat for 2005 May/June WAEC and obtained good results for future use.

CAREER AND JOB

Owing to his inability to further his education in 1970, he joined his uncle Mr Sunday Ayorinde in Ifo town, Ogun state to take apprentice in fashion designing where he spent two years. Rising from his love for education, he eventually enrolled as a private candidate, sat for 2005 May/June WAEC and obtained good results.

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In his determination to be self dependent and be responsible for the upkeep of his family being the first male child, In 1972, he left his uncle to join a business tycoon in Abeokuta, Alhaja R.A. jooda as a sales clerk from where he discovered that Timber business is very lucrative and decided to go for it by joining Mr. Amos Jibulu; now of blessed memory.

Between 1979 and 1984, he made his modest living from his timber business in both Abeokuta and Igboora using it to sustain his family as well as other commitments and interests. Being a responsible and very hardworking man, he ventured into farming from 1984 – 1993 in order to be self sufficient.

In 1994, he re-opened his timber business in Ijebu-Igbo and managed it directly and sometimes by proxy until 2006 when he officially completed the process of his nomination as the king of Lanlate.

KINGSHIP

Arising from the passage of Kabiyesi Babatunde Oloye of Bioku Ruling House in 1984, the entire Bioku Ruling House consensually appointed him as Mogaji in line with the tradition, the position he held successfully for several years. Obligatory however, the position necessitated his initial relocation back home thereby disrupting his timber business.

On January 30, 2007, His Royal Highness, Oba Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Olawuyi Olagoke ascended the throne of his fore fathers, but as Baale of Lanlate following the approval of his appointment in 2006 by his Excellency, Sen. Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja, the former Governor of Oyo state, Nigeria.

Alaafin of Oyo and Onilala of Lanlate

Lanlate kings date back to the era of Oyo empire. Alaafin, or Superior was owner of the all crown kings Palaces worldwide in the Yoruba language, was the title of the emperor of the medieval Oyo empire of southwestern Nigeria Yorubaland; the official title of the ceremonial ruler of the contemporary Oyo. Lanlate kings has always been a subject to Oyo town, hence Baale of Lanlate. But earlier this year; 2019, he was upgraded to a full-fledged king as approved by the Oyo state government and with the full consent, presence and supervisor of the Alaafin of Oyo; His Imperial Magesty Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.

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PERSONAL LIFE

His Royal Highness, Oba Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Olawuyi Olagoke, Arowooje II, Onilala of Lanlate is an humble, pleasant, considerate, patient, reasonable, fearless, God-fearing and exceptionally friendly.

In 1976, he got married to Olori Mrs. Ganiyat Olagoke and today the marriage is blessed with promising children and grandchildren. Kabiyesi loves his people and he is loved by all and he has some awards based on social and religious activities to his credit which includes 2011 Peace Award by ANUNSA, The Polytechnic, Eruwa Campus among others. Religiously, he performed holy pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina in 2011.

Kabiyesi is many things to many people:

  • Lanlate Youth Muslim call him “MUKADAM”
  • Lanlate Youth Association pronounced him as “OBA ALADE MEJI”
  • Committee of Friends in Ijebu-Ode call him “OGBAGBA AGBOTE WOLE I”
  • Maya Community pronounced him “OLUBORI”
  • Eruwa Muslim Community named him “SURULERE I”
  • To World all Souls Winners Evangelism, he is “OTA YAGO LONA I”
  • He is “ILUFEMILOYE I” to the entire Lanlate community

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The writer with Chief Adesokan; the Asipa of Lanlate 
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The writer with His Royal Majesty, Oba Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Olawuyi Olagoke, Arowooje II, Onilala of Lanlate.
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His Royal Majesty, Oba Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Olawuyi Olagoke, Arowooje II, Onilala of Lanlate.

Special thanks to:

  • Chief Falola Adigun OKUNADE
  • The Asipa of Lanlate; Chief Adesokan
  • His Royal Highness, Oba Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Olawuyi Olagoke, Arowooje II, Onilala of Lanlate

Reference:

Program of events of the final presentation of staff of office to Oba Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Olawuyi Olagoke, published 26th of January 2013

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