Monday, 7 August 2017

Late Iyalode Adunni Bankole’s mother, Gbemi Adesida’s last Interview with Asabeafrika + Her relationship with OBJ

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The two in their life time, Chief (Mrs.) Gbemisola Adesida and Chief (Mrs,) Adunni Bankole

Chief (Mrs.) Gbemisola Adesida was the Iyalode of Owu Kingdom and the mother of late Chief (Mrs.) Adunni Bankole, the Iyalode of Gbagura land and Yeye mokun of Owu-kingdom who died on Saturday 2nd, 2015.  
Chief (Mrs.) Adesida passed away early this morning (August 7, 2017), 4am at the ripe age of 82. She allegedly clocked 82 last month (July 11) and passed away this morning in her Okupe Estate, Mende-Maryland—Lagos home. She is equally the Iya Adinni of Mende, Maryland—Lagos
Sometimes ago, the agile and brilliant Iyalode of Owu kingdom spoke to your Africa’s Number 1 Celebrity Encounter Blog, Asabeafrika at her late daughter’s Ikorodu-Lagos residence during the dedication of a new house which had former Nigerian President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, General Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR) in attendance.
Chief (Mrs.) Gbemisola Adesida who was looking trim and prim that morning  joined a congregation of well-wishers to offer prayers for her daughter who named the new building—Praise Court. The Iyalode of Owu kingdom was alleged to have used her influence to bring General Olusegun Obasanjo to the  event that morning as both of them, apart from sharing  childhood in Abeokuta, they are both chiefs in the royal court of Owu. While Chief Obasanjo is the Balogun of Owu, she is the Iyalode of Owu kingdom in Abeokuta—Ogun State (South West Nigeria) She is survived by 6 children (Her first Child and the highly respected Chief Mrs. Adunni Bankole passed away in January 2nd, 2015, thereby leaving her with only 6 boys); 15 grand children and 2 great grand children.
As her body is being prepared for burial this afternoon, Asabeafrika re-present her exclusive interview and pictures for your enjoyment. Enjoy the excerpts

Mama your daughter is opening a new house today, how would you describe the experience?
Iyalode of Owu, Chief Mrs Gbemisola Adesida & Yeye Mokun of Owu, Chief (Mrs) Adunni Bankole
It is a joyous day for me. I can’t describe it less. I have been thanking God all the time and God have made it for me to see today. Today which is a pleasant one for my daughter; I am very, very grateful to God for sparing my life to be around. God is indeed merciful.
How did you feel when she became so ill last year and nearly passed away but miraculously bounced back to good health? What was your reaction like as a mother?
Late Chief (Mrs.) Gbemisola Adesida
It was a very, very challenging moment of my life but I put my trust in Allah because I know He will never do anything at half for me. That is the only Person I put my trust in, the only Person I have in life. And I thank God he heard my prayers, ALLAH is my strength and to Him goes all the glory.
What were the things you taught her when she was growing under your wing?
Chief (Mrs.) Gbemisola Adesida
I remember I always told her to depend on prayers, to thank God and give all glory to Him because He is always behind those who worship Him in truth. Those who know Him and come closer to God and I thank God that my daughter is very, very close to God. I thank my God.
Do you often beat or spank her as her mother?
Mama & her lovely daughter in their life time
You don’t expect less from a disciplinarian mother. She will say “Mi o Mo boya iwo iya yi lo bi mi?” (I don’t know if you are my real mother) “To ma’a ma so pe nkan-nkan ni kinse, nkan-kan ni kin see saa” (That you will be telling me to do this, do that) now she is telling me that all that I have told her, that all I have been doing, slapping her, doing things for her, she is now enjoying it and she is very grateful for that. She is a good daughter and I thank God for her life.
You are the Iyalode of Owu Kingdom while your daughter Adunni Bankole is the Yeye Mokun of Owu Kingdom and Iyalode of Gbagura. What is so unique about mother and daughter being Iyalode in two different powerful Yoruba Kingdoms?
Mama & her daughter loved the kids in their life time
Iyalode omo iya l’ode that is what they call her now and like I said, we shall return all glory to God, God has made it so and I am grateful to Him for His mercy upon our lives.
So, what is unique about Owu Kingdom? Is there something that we don’t know about Owu? Can you tell us as the Iyalode?
The GDA with late Chief (Mrs.) Gbemisola Adesida
Aah! Aah!! (Sings) “Owu La koko Da o, bie dowu e bere wo” (Owu is the first town of our ancestors, if you get to Owu, ask question)”. Because we Owu people are always found everywhere, enterprising. We work hard for whatever we earn, very agile, very industrious. We don’t depend on anybody. And we always associate things to God. We are God’s own people.
Today, we saw a very great man, a General, a politician and statesman extra-ordinary in the person of General Olusegun Obasanjo who is the Balogun of Owu Kingdom coming down to this community  to open your daughter’s house. How would you describe your relationship with General Olusegun Obasanjo?
L-R: Chief Obasanjo, Late Chief (Mrs.) Adunni Bankole & Late Chief (Mrs.) Gbemisola Adesida

We grew up together, me and Obasanjo we grew up together. The Olowu of Owu Oba Dosunmu (Amororo II), Obasanjo, himself, Chief Bola Ajibola (Former Judge of International Court of Justice, Hague) do you know him?
Yes ma, the former judge at Hague
Late Mama, Chief (Mrs.) Gbemisola Adesida (M) her late daughter, Chief (Mrs.) Adunni Bankole (R) with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (L)
All of us grew up together and my daughter knew all these people as her father. Her biological father who is my late husband was a senior to all of them. He was their senior at the Baptist Boys High School, so they respect him, you understand. So, every one of these people that I mentioned are like fathers to my children, Bola Ajibola, The Olowu of Owu Oba Dosunmu and Chief Obasanjo. So, it is a matter of age grade, we were age grades and we grew in the same environment and that has remained our bond till today.
These days’ people don’t keep friendship as you did in your days, so what is the secret of your long friendship till date?
Mama & her daughter, Chief (Mrs.) Adunni Bankole watches as Chief Olusegun Obasanjo blesses Mrs. Bankole's new house in Ikorodu
Yes, then, we always believed in our selves at that time and we were working towards achieving a goal for Owu Kingdom or whoever we meet or whoever surrounded us. We always aspire for good things of life among our children; my own children are Bola Ajibola’s children. The Olowu of Owu’s children are Obasanjo’s children and vice-visa. That was how it was within us. That was it and that is it till today, we are still close knighted and for our age grade, unity comes first. Love is our hallmark.
In making General Olusegun Obasanjo come down to this extreme end of Ikorodu town this  earlymorning, 8 am is believed to be as a result of your influence as the Iyalode of Owu Kingdom and he as the Balogun. Can you tell us how you did it?
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo exchanging a joke with late Chief (Mrs.) Adunni Bankole after blessing her Ikorodu home in 2012
It was indeed a short notice as you said. It was just under one week. I just said to him “Baba, o n bo wa bami dedicate ile yi o”, bi mo kan se so fun niyen (Baba, you are going to help me dedicate my daughter’s house o, that was how I told him). Then two days ago he now phoned me that he was going to travel but he will be here by eight O’Clock in the morning because he has to connect his flight by mid-day and he came. You were here, he came and he just dedicated the house and he went off. That is him, when he makes a promise he keep it. He does so for people who share the same like mind with him, who believe in God, those are people he does such for. He is a man of integrity.
 How would you describe General Olusegun Obasanjo. What kind of person is he? Do you think a lot of people have a wrong perception of him?
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Late Chief (Mrs.) Gbemisola Adesida & Chief (Mrs.) Basirat Olayinka Ojugbele

Of course some people do but some people don’t., some people who are close to him know his aim and what he is aiming at for the greatness of Africa. In Nigeria, we don’t know who Obasanjo is. We don’t even appreciate him but as some of you are saying that he is the father of Africa, the whole of African countries are always asking for him. I don’t know where he said to me he was going to this afternoon that he left us. He is travelling, they will send their (aero) plane to come and carry him in order to benefit from his golden advice. What else do we want? We don’t appreciate him. But we should learn to appreciate him. We should ask ourselves “what is it about Obasanjo?” And if we start doing that, we will start seeing the light.
Can you tell me the secret of your trim look at 77?
Late Mama, Chief (Mrs.) Gbemisola Adesida

I clock 77 this very month. You see I don’t think much about anything and again I don’t put things in my mind. I am free, when I love you, I love you. I always tell the truth and I always tell people to say the truth in anything, in whatever situation they find themselves. It is good to be truthful; it is good to be good. If you have a like mind, nothing will worry you and for me that is the secret of life.
What would you say about your late husband who passed on early in the year?
Very quiet, nice and ambitious man., he was a great father to his children and he inculcated discipline into all his children. He was my husband and I cherish his memory.

Gbenga Dan Asabe

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