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ALADE URAKA OF POKA

His Royal Highness Oba Ayodele AliruPRINCE AYODELE KOLAWOLE ALIRU was born on 4th April, 1940 at Itun-Oloja Quraters, Poka-Eredo, Epe, Lagos to the family of Mr. Rabiu Aliru from Uraka Ruling House of Itun-Oloja Quarters, Poka - Epe, Lagos and MRS. Osefatu Aliru, Iya Alaje Musulumi of Oke Poka Quarters, Poka, Epe, Lagos both of blessed memory.

He started his prirnary education in 1950 at Pobo Community Primary School, Poka Eredo, Epe, Lagos, Nigeria and thereafter transferred to Igbagbo Aladura Primary School, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria in 1952 and where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1957. He proceeded to Pobo Secondary Modern School, Poka Eredo-Epe, Lagos where he obtained Secondary Modern School Certificate in 1959.

He began his career with Mobil Oil Nigeria Limited, Awolowo Road, (S/W) Ikoyi, Lagos as a sales supervisor in 1961. In 1969, he joined Lever Brothers PIc., Dock Yard, Apapa-Lagos where he worked and rose to the post of Quality Control Manager before leaving for Ibadan, Oyo State in 1974. He worked as a Production Manager at Ogunsanya Products Limited, Ibadan. Oyo State where he provided a solid foundation for the Production Department of the Pharmaceutical Company.

He joined Kopek Construction Limited, Oluyole Industrial Estate, Ibadan, Oyo State in 1978 as Public Relation Manager where he retired honourably in December 2011 and heeded the call of his people to come and serve the Poka Community. He is married to Yeye Chief (Mrs) Risikat Dupe Aliru of Rowosogun Quarters, Igbooye-Eredo, Epe, Lagos and blessed with children and grandchildren.

ALADESHONYIN OF ODO-NOFORIJA

His Royal Highness Oba Babatunde OgunlajaFifty-nine years ago, a boy was born into the family of late Pa Chief Michael Obayomi, who was then the Oloritun and head of Oligbe Ruling House. He was the third and only son of his father's five children. His late grandfather was Ogunlaja, Ogunbotu under the lineage of Magunshen and Kalejaiye Ononlu family of Oligbe Ruling House of Odo-Noforija.

That baby boy was Babatunde Olaogun Ogunlaja who became the (twelfth the second period, or the seventeenth since the foundation of the Aladeshonyin dynasty of Odo-Noforija Kingdom) and the present Oba Aladeshonyin of Odo-Noforija Kingdom, a year ago. The mother of Oba Babatunde is (Mama Agba) Madam Christiana Adesola Ogunlaja (Nee Joseph).

It was also noted that (Mama Agba) Christiana Adesola is also from a Royal family in Odo-siwoloye while her mother, Beatrice Adebanke also from a Royal family from Idomowo area of Ijebu-Ode and Oke Liyepo, Oke Abass at Bado-Oba in Apakeji of Epe township.

The grandmother of his father, Pa Michael Ogunlaja had her Royal blood with the Bekuloye family Ita meta Ruling House at Noforija while part of the Oriki’s at Poka town appeared." Awon leni ti Nkole Gbe Iledi-Lai se Awo" Omo Apeno Ola.

Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja after his educational school proceeded to Lagos, where he gained employment as a store-keeper with a British Company and afterwards with Ilupeju Supermarket then at Obanikoro, Lagos. Among other part-time courses, he took a course in Electronics.

With his wide exposure, he later proceeded to work with a construction company in the Republic of Benin and linked with Nigeria embassy in Cotonou, He later became a Director when they got their company registered in Nigerian as Enterprise Gomez (Nig) Limited and Mr. Phillip Gomez happened to be the Chairman/Managing Director as a foreign partner.

After many years, he left Nigeria for the United Kingdom to work with the Executive Cleaning Company and later set up his personal business as an importer and exporter; his major business then was to bring in used cars and used items for sale.

Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja loves music and driving. He was a honest politician and the patron of Odo-Noforija Development Front, he is also the Grand Father of Harvest Committee 2004 for St. David first African Church, Odo-Noforija, among others.

ALARA OF ILARA

His Royal Highness Oba Akeem AdesanyaAn old adage says that the quality of a man is not measured by the amount of his wealth, but by his general behavior which also goes along that not the size of or population of a town that could endowed its culture heritage that which had been originally glorified by nature. Though the present sage of the town called ILARA in Epe Division has limited land area but it has an age long custom and culture in heritage from Ile-Ife cradle of Yoruba race.

From records, Adesowon who was later known as the first Oba Alara, is a prince who migrated from Ile-Ife, and as it was customary in those days, to establish his own kingdom outside Ile-Ife.

He left Ile-Ife with his slave and many followers. He also took with him a goddess, known as ADUREN as his guide.

On his journey from Ile-Ife, Alara stopped at many places only to be told after few months or years by his guide ADUREN to continue with his journey. At each place that he stopped, Alara left behind some of his slaves and followers at places like; Igbogun, Ise, Ilagbo, Ide, Oni, Ita Obaiye, Talara Etimi, Talara Oke and Abigi.

Alara moved through the riverine to finally establish his kingdom at Epe where he had four children namely - Logon, Labolo, Kitanyi and Kemolu.

As soon as the children reached the age of manhood, the Alara's Aduren ordered him to leave Epe and move up land. He obeyed, but left behind many of whom he shares the land at Epe. The areas occupied by then were Ajagannabe, Ehindi, Itungbehin and Etitun Quarters.

The importance of Alara of Ilara stool cannot be over-emphasised as it could be seen with each successive administration both Military and Civilian either in the former Western region of Nigeria or in the Lagos State had always recognised his unique position not only in Epe Division but also in the state as a whose

In the Old Colony Province. The Alara was recognised as an Oba and always contacted by the then Admirristration on all major administrative matters concerning Epe Division. Before the advent of the British Administration and during the Colonial days, he was the only Oba that is so recognised in the whole of Epe Division.

With the new Nigerian Constitution in 1951, the old colony province was merged with then Western Region of Nigerian. When the regional Government created a House of Chief, Oba Alara was one of the foundation traditional rulers.

That formed the members of the house in the years 1951. From 1956, the Alara still retain his membership of the house.

When Epe Division was in the Western Region of Nigeria, the Alara was both the Chairman of Eredo Chieftaincy Committee and the President of the then Eredo District Council by virtue of his office of Oba Alara of Ilara.

In 1975, the Alara and Onibeju were member of the council of Obas and Chiefs of Lagos State representing Epe division. To date, the Alara had maintained the membership of the council and now one of the four permanent vice-chairman of the council of Obas and chiefs in the State.

His Royal Highness Alaiyeluwa Oba A.O.Adesanya, the present Alara of Ilara ascended the throne as the 54th Alara Epe on 10th October 1960 at the tender age 16 years

Born in the year 1944, he attended the Ansarudeen Primary School Ijebu¬ Ode where he obtain first leaving certificate in the year 1956. He became a pupil teacher in the year 1957 at Moslem School I, Odogbolu as well as Moslem School Owu-Ijebu From1956 to 1960 from where he was selected to occupy the throne in 1960. Oba Adesanya succeeded Late Oba Bakare Onamade who died in the year 1960 after reigning for fourteen years.

The thirty-seven years reign of Oba Adesanya has brought in many programme and development not only to lIara but to Eredo and Epe Division in general. The monarch has brought within, the establishment of many industries like Oluwalogbon Farm Settlements-the leading farm settlement in the state: Oluwalogbon Block industry, Tele Olukuya Sawmill Industry, Sadiq Motor Industry, Igbonla Farm Settlement, a joint ventures of Federal and Lagos State governrnents, basket and cane workers Industry as well as Branch of Society General Bank in his domain.

Oba Adesanya cherished the culture and custom of his people and he is never found wanting in giving his royal fatherly support to all-the event as at when due for celebrating. The people of Ilara by custom celebrates the Agbo, the Aduren, Molokun, Mesuele, Ogbeni and Moko cultural events annually with all its attendance fame.

Oba Adesanya maintains a very cordially relationship with both the local and the state government administrations commenting on his relationship with the both tiers of government.

OMOLA OF ODOMOLA

His Royal Highness Oba Sikiru OdukoyaAlaiyeluwa Oba, Sikiru Taiwo Adewale Odukoya was born in Ilese - Ijebu on the 19th day of March, 1939 to Prince (Hadji) Ismaila Olubowale Shekoni Odukoya of Shalo Ruling House, OdomolalFidipote Ruling House Ijebu-ode and Princess (Hadja) K.W.A. Odukoya of Kapo Ruling House, Ilese.

He started his academic career in Oke-Ijasi Preparatory School, Ijebu-Ode where he acquired the Nursery education, and continued the Primary School education in Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Ijebu-Ode where he finished Standard Six in 1953. He got admitted into Ijebu Muslim College, Ijebu-Ode January 1954 and wrote the WAEC/Senior Cambridge University Examination in 1958.

He worked in 1959 in the then Western Region of Nigeria Judiciary from where he won the Federal Government Sponsorship to read Science and Mathematics at the Federal Emergency Science School, Onikan, Lagos and finished in 1962. He worked for a while with Esso Nigeria Limited, (now Oando Pic) and won the Federal Government Scholarship to read Engineering in Europe in 1962. He was still in the Language School in Poland when he decided to transfer to Western Germany and got admitted into West Berlin Technical University (one of the best in the World) at the beginning of the Winter Semester in October 1963. This was after he had finished the required German language course, and Pre-University Practical Engineering course. He also passed the language test set by the University.

While in Germany he had the opportunity to work with many industries prominent among which were:

1. Grun & Bilfiger A.G. -Freiburg I. B.R. - Bauuntemehmung.

2. Dellschau Stahlbau G.m.b.h. - Berlin - Tempelhof.

3. Siemens A.G. - Berlin.

He was a famous avowed student Union activist, a Counsellor and a human Right defender. He was a part-time film actor with some studios in West Berlin. He came back to Nigeria in October 1972, and started work with Agip Nigeria limited, an Italian Oil Company in 1973.

While working with Agip, he went through many management development courses, and he resigned in 1983 to incorporate his own company, STA Techno Company Ltd. Established to handle the sale of Gas and other Petroleum Products and do Engineering works including contracts and other businesses. He also partnered his uncle to establish the Shekoni Farms Ltd. based In Odomola.. Lagos state.

As a young boy he was interested in the activities of the Boys Scouts of his youthful era. As an elder, he partakes in the community development activities of his peers. He is very generous and he is always prepared to help the needy.

Alaiyeluwa Oba S.T.A. Odukoya is happily married and blessed 'with many Children.

His hobbies are Swimming, the game of Chess. He loves dancing, gorse-riding and enjoys discussing current affairs, traditional and archeological history etc.

He has traveled to many parts of the world in general and Nigeria in particular.

He is a practicing Muslim. He believes in peaceful co-existence and shuns discrimination and corruption. He is a man of principle with very high integrity.

Constant prayers and strict adherence to his principles (Mentioned above) have contributed immensely to the success of Kabiyesi's administration of his domain between the time he was installed and date.

ORIJERU OF IGBOOYE

His Royal Highness Oba Michael OnakoyaFrom a very humble background Michael Gbadebo Onakoya, who has received his staff of office and certificate of recognition as the Orijeru of Igbooye, was born 62years ago to the family of Pa and Mrs. Onakoya Sanni on March 2, 1941.

He attended Local Government Primary School, Igbooye and at Igbogun riverine area for his elementary education. Shortly after which he was admitted to the St. Leo's Secondary Modem School (now St. Patrick's Secondary School), Eredo, Epe.

On the completion of his schooling there, he enlisted as an apprentice and on graduation, went into the printing industry.

A member of the Association of Professional Printer of Nigeria (APPN), the Orijeru operated a flourishing Printing Press, located in the Somolu Local Government area of the State, and dealt in the importation and marketing of printing materials until he was chosen as the traditional ruler of Igbooye in 1987.

A dogged fighter, the Orijeru led the battle for the transformation of the chieftaincy from that of Otunba to Obaship since his traditional installation more than 16 years ago. Undaunted by a legion of litigations by some troublemakers in the community, his fight for the emancipation of Igbooye and the upgrading of the chieftaincy paid off when the Lagos State Government, through the Executive Council, ratified his selection.

A staunch Christian and socialite, the Orijeru is a member of several social clubs including the Somolu Club, and IWA Club, Igbooye. He is the life patron of the Boys and Girls Brigade, 2nd Epe Company and the Chairman, Epe Chapter of the Youth, Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON). He is recipient of several awards including the pride of the Anchor (POA) and honour of the Anchor (BOA) of the boys Brigade of Nigeria.

A widely traveled man, the Orijeru has visited many countries including France, Britain and the United State of America.


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