Sunday, 23 August 2015

Kogi Deputy Governor, Senators, Celebrities closed down Ekiti State for the Jemibewons + How Abuja Textile Merchant, Honey Bee “Sacked” Senator Bode Mustapha


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'I thank God for the Celebration of my Father's life' Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon seems to say
In the last of the series of reports from Late Chief John Bosede Ajayi’s funeral between August 6th and 8th at Ibadan and Orin-Ekiti, your Africa’s number 1 celebrity encounter blog Asabeafrika unveils what celebrities did to add color to the final ceremony of the late 85 years old father-in-law of the First Governor of Oyo State and former Police Affairs Minister, General David Medayese Jemibewon (Rtd). Enjoy more stories and picture from the event.
Commander turned Evangelist Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi on stage
Ebenezer Obey and Taiwo Omotunde entertained guests
Juju Maestro turned Evangelist; Commander Ebenezer Obey was the Chief Entertainer for the reception of Baba JB Ajayi’s funeral while another big musician, Taiwo Omotunde from Ibadan also performed. Their stages were set side-by-side on the field of Orin-Ekiti High School where the reception held.  Taiwo Omotunde who is highly gifted started performing some two hours before the arrival of Commander Ebenezer Obey, he quickly left his own stage when Obey arrived as a mark of respect for a very senior colleague. Taiwo Omotunde only returned to stage four hours later when Obey was almost done. Although there were four major tents on Orin High School field with over 5000 guests but Baba’s children did everything together. Chief (Mrs.) Modupe Jemibewon’s arcade drew many big wigs from Lagos and Abuja, while her junior siblings controlled guests from others places including Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti state.   Dance Queen, and entertainment consultant, Tessy Alero Yembra was the MC.
Miss Temidayo Omolola Jemibewon joins Dad, General David Jemibewon with Mum, Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon  in a photo op with Gov. Ayo Fayose, ex-Gov. Niyi Adebayo & Skye Bank Chairman Bar. Tunde Ayeni
Fayose, Mimiko’s men storm event
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose’s Chief of Staff, Chief Dipo Anisulowo and his Ondo state counterpart Dr. Kola Ademujimi were some of the top government functionaries from the two PDP states that stormed Baba JB Ajayi’s funeral. The two big politicians were seen exchanging banters with each other and equally added color to the event as majority of their supporters followed them down from their respective states.
Mum & Daughter, Chief (Mrs.) Modupe Jemibewon with daughter, Miss Temidayo Omolola Jemibewon
Baba's body finally leaves the Church for its final resting place
Senator Ayo Arise too
The controversial Ekiti PDP Senator Ayo Arise was also at the event and he really enjoyed himself to the fullest as he had friends and well-wishers milling around his table with choice drinks and meals falling apart for his consumption.
(L-R) Dr. Peter Obafemi, Senator Ayo Arise with a guest
Why Senator Bode Mustapha spent 3 nights in Orin
If there was one man who gave his very best to the event and equally supported the Jemibewon family well, it is the Egba born ex-PDP Senator turned APC stalwart Senator Bode Mustapha. Bode Mustapha who is a  High chief in Egba land and who was the Campaign Director for Senator Ibikunle Amosun’s re-election  bid in Ogun state was the cynosure of all eyes as he adorned his trademark fashioned dress with his initials “BM” inscribed on the upper crust of his grey attire. He had all the attention in the world from both politicians and society women who wanted to get his phone number at all cost. The senator who was in Orin since 7th of August didn’t leave until 9th of August. On asking why Bode Mustapha was steep-deep with Orin people and Baba JB Ajayi’s family,  a female source close to the palace of the late Olorin of Orin confided in this blog that Bode Mustapha is the Akinrogun of Orin Land. Can you beat that?
(L-R) Skye Bank Chairman, Bar. Tunde Ayeni, Chief (Mrs.) Agnes Modupe Jemibewon, General David Medayese Jemibewon and Captain Mother Joko Oni
Skye Bank Chairman too
Barrister John Olatunde Ayeni the Chairman of Skye Bank and major investor who bought NITEL through a consortium was one of the big guests at the event; those close to the Jemibewons said Ayeni couldn’t have done less as his growing years were actually spent under the tutelage of the General. The General is said to be like a Big Uncle and one of the few Nigerians who encouraged the business man and investor to dream big in his struggling days. He was fully on ground on Saturday, August 8th as he was seen alongside his uncle, General David Jemibewon receiving guests. He and Jemibewon later left Orin Ekiti together with the Skye Bank Chairman personally driving the retired Army General out of town.
(L-R) Pastor (Mrs.) Jumoke Peters, Rev. (Mrs.) Dupe Oshitelu with Captain Mother Joko Oni
Ex-Bond Bank MD, John Darlington showed up
For a long time, John Darlington, MD/CEO of the defunct Bond Bank have disappeared from the social scene only for him to re-appear at Orin Ekiti during Baba JB Ajayi’s funeral. He was seen at the church and later caught following the Skye Bank Chairman, Tunde Ayeni about. The light complexioned John Darlington is rumored to be working for some of Ayeni’s firms including Skye Bank on the board level.  He kept to himself all through and ensured he never leave the ambience of Ayeni  
Former First Lady, Mrs. Ajoke Murthala Mohammed
Late Gen. Murithala’s wife storm Orin Ekiti
Wife of the assassinated Nigerian head of state and one of the respected statesmen of his time, General Ramat Murithala Muhammed, Ajoke stormed Orin Ekiti for the Jemibewons. The aged Ajoke who still wears a very fresh look despite her old age was sighted sitting alone and keeping to herself all through the afternoon party of August 8th.  Efforts by several journalists to speak with Mama Murithala were passionately rebuffed by her as she was not going to say anything to anyone. Since her husband was assassinated on Friday February 13th 1976 in a military putsch organized by Colonel Sukar Bukar Dimka, Ajoke has remained very quite to a fault. Ajoke Murithala Muhammed is said to be very close to the Jemibewons of Kabba.
Founder & CEO, Honey Bee Textiles Ltd, Abuja Princess  Bunmi Jegede
How Honey Bee sacked Bode Mustapha from Obey’s stand
If there is a medal for the best spender of cash on Commander Ebenezer Obey’s stage in Orin-Ekiti that person would be no other than Abuja big textile merchant and founder of Honey Bee Textiles Ltd, Princess Bunmi Jegede as she consistently appeared before the Juju music legend more than any other person at the party. The Oke-Ana-Iwaraja-Ilesa, Osun state born textile merchant who is a protégé of Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon was all out to make the best impression as she hijacked the stage and serenade Commander Ebenezer Obey with her ‘cowries’ and party sense. The most arresting occasion came when Honey Bee sacked Egba born Senator Bode Mustapha who was up stage spraying the musician when she arrived. Honey Bee had stormed the stage and tactically upstaged the senator as she took over and made the senator to step down the stage with the musician changing his beat and singing her praise to bits. She was on that stage for 5 different times and at intervals. Party analysts who saw Honey Bee’s action said she would have spent a fortune on stage for the sake of her big sister, Dupe Jemibewon.
Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon welcomes former Ekiti State Governor, Otunba Niyi Adebayo to the event
Dr. Iyiola Adelekan too
Another man who arrested the moment on Commander Ebenezer Obey’s band stand is the MD/CEO of Macmillan Books, Ilupeju-Lagos Prince Iyiola Adelekan. The rich and famous Owu-Egba born Prince Adelekan who is an in-law to Princess Bunmi Jegede (Honey Bee) stormed the stage with his beautiful wife, Princess Omolara Adelekan who is a junior sister to the Abuja based Textile merchant. They also dazzled the Juju Music maestro turned Evangelist with wads of naira notes and almost competed with Honey Bee in terms of staying power. The Owu born business man went a step further by asking the Juju music legend to play a special number “Ko sogbon toleda” which is the Prince’s favorite number from Obey’s old albums. He and his wife soaked themselves in the melody and philosophy of the number for hours on Obey’s stage, blessing the 73 years old musician in return with more wads of notes before they left the stage leaving everyone dazzled with their “cash power”. How much they spend? Please, let’s ask the Oba lola of Owu first before publishing.
Question that got Kogi Deputy Gov. rattled
Yomi Awoniyi the Deputy Governor of Kogi state is the scion of the famous Imopa, Kogi state born statesman, Chief Sunday Bolorunduro Awoniyi (CON) of blessed memory. His late father was a Senator for Kogi West between July 1993 and November 1993 and was at a time Chairman of the Pan Northern Nigeria group, Arewa Consultative Forum between December 2003 and November 2007 and later died on November 28th 2009 at age 75. Although the Deputy Governor’s father could be said to be a Yoruba of the Northern Nigerian stock and was the Aro of Mopa at his Mopa-Muro Local Government Area of Kogi state but his association with the Arewa Consultative Forum as its leader nearly brought a question to his identity either as a Yoruba man or Hausa man but he was able to remain a Yoruba with his name Bolorunduro and Awoniyi making the difference. That was why while fielding questions from a TV Journalist in Orin Ekiti and Yomi, the scion of the Awoniyi dynasty was asked if he was a Yoruba and if he could speak in the dialect, he was a bit rattled with a huge laughter escaping his chubby cheek. The Deputy Governor buried his head in his arms for 5 minutes, looked up to the female journalist and said to her “You are a great woman” before bursting with more laughter, saying “Question yen strange ga’an” (That question is strange). He asked in Yoruba dialect with more surprises on his face “Sepe mi o jo Yoruba ni abi bawo?” (Is it that I don’t look like a Yoruba or what?) He followed up with a strong declaration “Yoruba gidi ni mi lati Imopa” (I am a genuine Yoruba from Imopa) before offering his greetings in Yoruba dialect.
The Jemibewons & The Ajayis
Meet Princess Bukola Adeniran
She is pretty, charming and stylish. When she stormed the event, all eyes looked in her direction. Her name is Princess (Dr.) Bukola Adeniran, an Ikogosi born princess and wife of former minister of education and former Ambassador to the Republic of Germany, Ambassador Tunde Adeniran. Princess Bukola (Nee Olajubu) is a princess of the tourist community of Ikogosi in Ekiti state. She presently works with the National Assembly, Abuja. She was seen guided by a retinue of mobile police men when she stormed the party. She and her husband later exchanged pleasantries before she took her leave leaving the former ambassador behind.
Baba's Third Son, Barrister Abimbola Ajayi with well-wishers
First Female Deputy Speaker in Osun State Nike Omoworare
First Osun Female Deputy Speaker in the House
Honorable (Mrs.) Olanike Omoworare is the first female deputy speaker of Osun state House of Assembly. She served under the first civilian governor of the state, Senator Isiaka Adeleke aka Serubawon. She was at the event and spent three hours at the party. We learnt her own father and late Baba JB Ajayi were both Teachers in Ibadan in their younger days. While Baba JB Ajayi was Principal of St. Patrick Grammar School, Ibadan, Nike’s dad, Pa Omoworare was Principal of St. Charles Grammar School before he was relocated to An-Sar-Udeen Grammar School in same Ibadan.
Star Actress Funmi Tijani (M) with Kogi PDP Lady Politician, Mrs. Promise Rachael Olufemi
Gen. Jemibewon’s cousin in the house
She is one of the prominent ladies in Kogi state who presently works with Municipal Area Council, Abuja and equally into business. Rachael Promise Olufemi is a strong member of the group, Re-Start PDP in Kogi state, a sub group of the PDP Steering Committee. Her own mum is said to be General David Jemibewon’s mother’s younger sister. Although she lost her mum last year October, but family has refused to let the General’s mum who is now 105 years have the knowledge of her younger sister’s departure as that could break her heart.  Rachael is a grass root politician in Kogi state as well.
Senator Bode Mustapha (M) with Professor Tunde Adeniran & a guest
What Kogi Deputy Governor said about Baba
Yomi Awoniyi the Deputy Governor of Kogi State and scion of the late Mopa Prince, Chief Sunday Bolorunduro Awoniyi dynasty brought a message from Kogi State Government  to the people of Orin Ekiti and the entire JB Ajayi’s family Hear him “I am here in Orin Ekiti to represent my boss and Governor of Kogi state, Captain Idris Wada. The late Baba John Bosede Ajayi’s family is one family that is very close to our heart in Kogi state because one of Papa’s children is the wife of one of our foremost leaders in Kogi state that is General David Jemibewon.  That is Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon. So, I am representing his Excellency here, to express his sincere heartfelt condolence to the family of Baba JB Ajayi, praying that God will give the family the strength and fortitude to bear the huge loss. Baba lived a very good life and we are happy that his legacy is enshrined in the lives of his children; he left behind very, very great and wonderful children and I am sure that Baba’s name will continue to ring for greatness and goodwill through this children and Kogi state will always continue to support this family through their daughter Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon”
Princess Tessy Yembra (R) with Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon and friends
What first son said about JB Ajayi
Baba JB Ajayi’s first son-Dr. Dayo Ajayi a foremost surgeon and first medical doctor in Orin Ekiti describe his dad in this term while speaking to news men at the event “Yes, Baba was really great; he had the ability to be in many places at the same time and gave more than anybody could ever imagine. I think for that I will always remember him” on the biggest philosophy he gained from his dad, the medical expert said  “The philosophy of leadership, the philosophy of giving to the people, identifying with them and I think that is what endeared him throughout his lifetime” 




Some Lovely Ladies @ the Event



Representatives of The Olorin of Orin Ekiti



Otunba Jide Aina

Music Act, Taiwo Omotunde serenade Dance Queen Tessy Alero Yembra and Mrs. Nneka Ijaola (Nee Orisafele)



Mrs. Nneka Ijaol MD & CEO, Labase Fashion House (R) with friends at the Orin Ekiti Party

Mr. Babatope Olayemi of Goldfire Nigeria Ltd with Wife, Mrs. Olayemi Olayemi of Primary Health Board, Lagos with their daughter Olutishe

Most Reverend Felix Femi Ajakaye, Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese (L) with Most Revend Peter Kayode Odetoyinbo, Catholic Bishop of Abeokuta Diocese conducting Baba's final service

Most Rev. Peter Kayode Odetoyinbo, Catholic Bishop of Abeokuta Diocese (L) with another member of the Catholic laity administering final prayer on Baba's coffin
Madam Mary Itas Eyo from Abuja



His Excellency, Ayo Fayose, Gov of Ekiti State greets Most Reverend Felix Femi Ajakaye the Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese

Friends of Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon from Abuja


Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose; Skye Bank Chairman, Barrister Tunde Ayeni; General and Chief (Mrs.) Jemibewon with Ex Ekiti state governor, Otunba Niyi Adebayo

Dr. Princess Bukola Adeniran, Wife of former Minister of Education, Dr. Tunde Adeniran

Dad & Daughter, General David Medayese Jemibewon & Miss Temidayo Omolola Jemibewon



Chief (Mrs.) Modupe Jemibewon welcome ex-Ekiti gubernatorial aspirant, Dr. Peter Obafemi

Chief (Mrs.) Modupe Jemibewon doing a vote of thanks to all inited guests and the Catholic Church family

Chief (Mrs.) Hannah Afolabi (R) Reverend (Mrs.) Dupe Oshitelu (2nd Right) with others

Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon with some Nun Sisters during Baba's Reception

Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon with brother Dr. Tunde Ajayi welcomes Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose to the event

Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon with admirers during her father's funeral



Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon and friends storm Commander Ebenezer Obey's stage

Catholic Priests sanctifying Baba's grave before his children in-laws and grand children as Baba goes home finally

Captain Mother Joko Oni (M) with Friends

Beautiful Madams at the event

Barrister Tunde Oshinowo, aka Teddy Shine

Baba's Children, Dr. Tunde Ajayi, Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Jemibewon & Barrister Abimbola Ajayi by the grave side
Baba's Children gives him his very last honor with a funeral Veil
The Two Musical Acts who performed at  the event, Taiwo Omotunde from Ibadan & Commander Ebenezer Obey

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