THREE hundred and sixty five days ago, we had a sunset; 12 months ago, we had an end of a glorious era; however, despite this loss, we had the prestigious beginning of the biography and documentation of a successful reign of royalty.
From childhood through adulthood, Ooni Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II resonated in royalty.
When he ascended his forefathers’ throne, Kabiyesi re-invented royalty to culturally-perfected elegance, which earned him respect globally, not just as the custodian of the Yoruba source of civilisation and heritage, but also as one of Africa’s most revered monarchs.
Kabiyesi’s managerial skills transcended business circles, as he was able to stand for the rights of his people, even in the face of adversity.
As he was in life as a king so he has remained in his heavenly sojourn. Today, he is like an idol personifying royalty and honour for a proud Yoruba race.
As we remember our Ooni, it is important for every Yoruba son and daughter to appreciate his contribution to the respect the race now commands in the world.
- Akinola Iwilade,
Iwo, Osun State.