THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Sunday, May 5, 2019|
Cameron, Texas, USA
suffered dyadic tragedies in the season of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ nearly a month ago. One was closer to home; the untimely transition of my second son; Oluwafemi Emmanuel Fayemiwo, and the second person; His Royal Highness, Oba Dr David Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi III, the Olowo of Owo. The former left us at the young age of 26 while my friend and king left us at 77. Many of my native people of Owo and other admirers may be unaware of my relationship with the deceased Olowo of Owo. Many of the princes and princesses of the Olateru-Olagbegi Royal Clam may not know that I ghost-wrote the only biography of the late Oba Dr David Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi III. The original manuscript of his only biography; "In the Wilderness of Life: The Travails and Triumph of a Monarch" is here with me in Cameron Texas.
For starters, many of the young princes and princesses of iconic Oba Titus Olateru-Olagbegi II (1910-1999) were my contemporaries and juniors at the famous Government Elementary Primary School, Owo. In addition, however is the family linkages that exist among Owo natives; either from the paternal or maternal aisles, many of my people are related; in addition to marital relationships somehow, the familiar roots and relationships are organically rooted. Although few have bloodlines and claimant to the kingship, yet the bonds of relationships among kindred and between folks run deep. It was political differences that separated our people during the Action Group-AG- and the Nigerian National Democratic Party-NNDP skirmishes of the 1960s between Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Samuel L. Akintola. Owo people used to be one unified and united people, but politics separated our people leading to arson and murders in the ancient town later exacerbated by Obaship tussle. The political differences still run deep among my people today that many sons and daughters of once -united and homogenous town still find it difficult today to bond and interact with one another. It is that bad! We pray that upcoming generations will borrow a new leaf and bury the political hatchet of the past so that our town can move on and leap forward in Yoruba Land nay Nigeria. The senseless war of attrition in Owo will stop in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
In spite of the combustible inferno of political differences that is still simmering in my native Owo today, somehow, the elites in the town have moved on in the interests of peace and co-existence. This was what motivated my cousin, mentor and benefactor; Brother Tunji Fagboyegun, the financial backer behind my publication; Razor Magazine in the 1990s to invite late Prince Adeyanju Olateru-Olagbegi to come on board as chairman. Many people were unaware of our struggle to de-militarize Nigeria and remove Sani Abacha from power in those giddy years of Nigeria's march to democracy was financed by many patriots whose name were off the print. My uncle, the late Reverend Johnson Olajide Fagboyegun of blessed memory and his late wife my aunt; Mama Olawunmi Fagboyegun would never know that they contributed immensely to the democracy Nigerians are enjoying today by proxies. They funneled money through third parties and rendered underground to support our patriotic war and struggle to see the end of military dictatorship in Nigeria. Brother Olatunji Fagboyegun did a lot financially, strategically and morally under the radar to support our publications and so many good-natured fellows who will be prominently acknowledged in my forthcoming autobiography.I thank them all for their love for Nigeria Now back to the late Olowo of Owo, Oba David Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi III.
Our paths first crossed in 1974 while in secondary school in my native Owo. As a dashing 33-year old prince and a lawyer, Uncle Fola was a lady's man. He was toasting one of my lady teachers who also happened to be my school mother. Thus, each time the young law school teacher was on his way from Lagos to Owo, he would have a stopover at my school to see his girl. Many occasions I was the emissary to my school teacher who is happily married now to a senior military officer living in the northern part of Nigeria. Anyway, that was our first encounter and early rapprochement before I entered the University of Lagos in the 1980s. I still recall how Mr. Gbenle Philipa law student- who is late now- and I would visit Uncle-Prince Folagbade at Surulere Lagos during his marriage to late Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi (nee Akinola Cole) (August 4, 1953-December 17, 2015). I remember those days when Uncle Fola would nudge me to read Law, rather than Mass Communication both of which I eventually read after I relocated to the United States. During those visits, there was a subconscious thought in our mindset between late Brother Gbende Philip and I after visiting Brother Fola that someday, Uncle Fola would mount the royal throne of the Olowo of Owo as the Crown Prince of the Olateru-Olagbegi Royal Family. Our prescient inkling eventually came to past as he succeeded his father as the Olowo of Owo in 2000.
During the succession battle and the subsequent battle royal and inferno that engulfed my town, I was already here in the United States with my entire family after my gruesome ordeal in the hands of the schizoid tyrant of Nigeria, late Sani Abacha. Meanwhile, I was part of the movement playing a positive role behind the scenes following the death of Oba Adekola Ogunoye II (reigned from February 6, 1968-November 2, 1992) and the second return of Oba Titus Olateru-Olagbegi II( August 1910-1999). The late NADECO leader and Asiwaju of Yoruba Land, Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin (November 28, 1908-October 3, 1997) upbraided me for teaming up with the Olateru-Olagbegis to return the deposed monarch back to power reminding me at his country home in Oke-Ogun Owo that my late father, Ademola Olumuyiwa Fayemiwo was the secretary of the AG in the 1970s that took the decision to remove Oba Titus Olateru-Olagbegi II from the throne. Papa Adekunle Ajasin acknowledged this historical fact in his autobiography: "Ajasin: Memoirs and Memories." I told Papa Ajasin that the reason I was intimately involved in moves to re-install Oba Titus Olateru-Olagbegi II was to exorcise the ghost of yesterday's political bitterness and bile among Owo natives and at any rate, a successful ruling house as formidable and prominent as the Olateru-Olagbegi could not be removed from the royal clan of Owo. I explained to Pa Ajasin that from what I could gather in historical archives, if Oba Titus Olateru-Olagbegi II didn't die on the throne, none of his siblings, numbering nearly 200 would be able to lay claim to the Obaship forever and I averred that would be impossible as a matter of practicality. I also told Papa Ajasin that the seed of animosity sowed by the AG crisis of the 1960s would grow and consume the next generations of Owo sons and daughters. My pleading and persuasions did not sway Pa Ajasin. I still remember those days of strategies and back moves when Prince Yanju Olateru-Olagbegi would park his car near the cocoa house in Oke-Ogun Owo adjacent to Pa Ajasin's residence and wait for me to mend fences with Pa Ajasin. He was the Chairman, Stoks Communications Nigeria Limited, publishers of Razor Magazine of which I was the editor in those days. Anyway, by the time Oba Titus Olateru-Olagbegi II returned to the throne the second time following the passage of Oba Adekola Ogunoye (?-1993), Pa Ajasin had died and Olateru-Olagbegi only spent six years on the throne before he too succumbed to the inevitability of death.
The death of Oba Titus Olater-Olagbegi II in 1999 opened the floodgates for all manners of jockeying for the stool thus ratcheting up old wounds, past animosities and smutty conflagration which nearly destroyed my town. I was speechless as I read right here in the United States the bloodletting, arson and murders that dominated both local and world newspaper headlines on the Obaship succession in Owo. Even the Amnesty International (AI), the United Nations and other human rights groups fulsomely reported on the wanton destruction of property and human lives simply because of succession to the throne. It was during this period that the late Olowo of Owo, Oba David Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi III came to the United States. We had known for more than 30 years as earlier disclosed and so he sent for me when I was in graduate school at the State University of New York (SUNY-Albany), New York. I was among the indigenes of Owo sons and daughters in Maryland and DC that welcomed him to the United States. We were able to catch up on old time and we had tete-a-tete at his son's Prince Leke's house in Maryland, USA. It was during this period that I had the opportunity to see for the last time, Alhaji Azeez Lasis Ajanaku-Makun who came to pay homage to the Olowo of Owo and many of my townspeople that I had seen for a very long time since I relocated to the United States. It was during this period that we laid the groundwork for his autobiography. I also wrote his various speeches which he delivered to various organizations and associations of Owo sons and daughters in North America and the UK toward sensitizing them to the political situation in our home town, notably the Obaship succession crises. It was during the summer break in 2005 and I took time off to be with his highness in Maryland/DC, USA to interview him and gather materials for the biography. He gave me pictures, rare pictures and documents and I had him on tape on rare and vintage stories about the history of Owo, the people and his vision for our town. Of course, it was his story and autobiography which he paid me to write. But the following year when we met again to cross the "T"s and dot the "I"s of the biography, we ran into great fundamental disagreements.
As any writer/author will attest, any writing material that doesn't define its message has no evergreen utility. He wanted a historical rehash of the Obaship crisis to revolve round him as the personality, personification and protagonist which I was comfortable with, but I do not write for writing sake. I write for a message and try as much as possible to define that message ab initio in all my writings and books. I reject the jejune notion of writing for art's sake; rather, the utility of my writing must be stated and defined. I told the Olowo that, based on my several hours of conversations with him in Maryland/DC, Virginia, GA and other venues, the central motif of the biography should be the power of the Holy Spirit in saving him from the diabolical machinations of his traducers and opponents during the Obaship crises. Since he told me passionately and convincingly his Damascene Experience and how he became a born-again Christian as a result of that Olowo of Owo Obaship tussle, I suggested that the title of the proposed book should be: "The Triumph of A Born-Again Monarch." He initially agreed with me on this title, but later when I sent the second draft of the manuscript to him, he was conflicted. It appeared some forces in Owo and in his inner circle counseled against the title and instead suggested another title thus: "In The Wilderness of Life: The Travails and Triumphs of a Monarch."
I argued that the message of our Lord Jesus Christ should not be subordinated to any message and based on his existential testimony as s result of the Obaship crises; we should give the Glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He argued that certain groups and his admirers would be alienated by that narrow title which I countered that, the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is indeed narrow just as He Himself told us: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" (Matthew 7:13-14). When we could not reconcile our differences, I politely stated that my name should be removed as the author, while the king preferred to use his name as the author and I was okay with his decision. The autobiography was eventually launched at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria with late Vice-President Alexander Ifeanyichukwu Ekwume as Chairman. Of course, I did not attend the colorful event in Nigeria. I am sure; his wife Olori Ololade Olateru-Olagbegi must have been disappointed at our fundamental disagreement, because she was around in Atlanta, GA when the biography was in the work. So also Prince Leke Olateru-Olagbegi!
The Olowo of Owo was a genial and personable man, a great king and warm character. He truly gave his life to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and is now with his Maker. I hope and pray my townspeople will allow the Holy Spirit to guide and guard them in choosing a worthy successor to the Olowo Throne. I pray that the carnage the town witnessed in 1999/2000 following the passing of Oba Titus Olateru-Olagbegi II would not repeat itself again as the kingmakers deliberate on who steps into the big royal shoes left behind by His Royal Highness, Oba Dr David Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi III.
Death is such a painful sting anytime any day. No matter how young or old a person is, losing a loved one can be very agonizing and brutal. I lost my mother a cough away to my 15th birthday and my father two years later. It has not been easy traversing this wicked and demon-infested world cursed by the disobedience of our First Parents; Adam and Eve. But thanks and heartfelt gratitude to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Who came to rescue us from the stranglehold of Satan, sin and self. For His redemptive work on the Cross of Calvary, we who have invested our future, hope and eternity in His Saved and Secured Hands can face Death in his stinking face and exult that death is only a segue to our Eternal Abode. Just as our Messiah, Redeemer, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ assured us and I believe him intoto: "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die" (John 11:25-26). My son, Oluwafemi Emmanuel Fayemiwo has gone to a far better, secured and peaceful place and I will join him later in the year 2061AD. The condolences on his passing are still pouring in:-
Dear Sir, I am very sorry to learn of the untimely passing of your son, may the Lord console the family he left behind. Your article on the loss of your son really touched me, advising adult children in North America and the Western World is not easy but we just continue to trust the Almighty. I read your articles on Nigerianworld.com, please continue to be passionate for the things of the Lord. ---From Sister Sade Akhigbe Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
Dear Moshood, My condolence to read the above title write up and the loss of your adult son. My prayers is for God to continue to lead, guide and give you strength at this and every hour of tragic loss. Best regards,--From Lekan Odeleye, PhD NJ USA.
Dear Dr. Fayemiwo, May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. I cannot even begin to understand what you are going through right now, but I would like to offer my prayers and condolences to you and your family. We are saddened by your loss however; we celebrate the life of Oluwafemi Fayemiwo. We know he is watching down from Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the memories of Oluwafemi and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead. The greatest comforter Himself: The Holy Spirit, will comfort you all around In Jesus name. From Dr. and Mrs. Dabiri, New York, USA.
Dr. Fayemiwo: I write to express my heartfelt condolences to you, your wife, your ex-wife and other members of your family on the recent passing of your son, Mr. Oluwafemi Emmanuel Fayemiwo. I learnt of his very unfortunate demise when, after a very long hiatus, I logged onto the nigeriaworld.com website a few hours ago. I had called your number ( 773-660-8917 ) since then to commiserate directly with you but a message said that number has been disconnected. Then I decided to send this correspondence, in the meantime. Once again, please accept my deepest condolences on this sad and unfortunate event. May God Almighty grant the young man's soul eternal and peaceful repose and may He give you and other members of your family the fortitude to bear this very painful loss. Amen. ---Akeem A. Soboyede - Attorney at Law Minnesota/ Washington DC USA
My dear Lawyer Soboyede; That telephone number was our old number five years ago in Chicago. The Lord God Almighty has provided a befitting place for us here in beautiful Cameron TX for His Utmost. You can reach us here at The Jesus Christ Solution Center at 254-605-4035. Thanks and it is well with our souls in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
Dear Sir, I always read your articles and I must say you have blessed me tremendously. I am indeed very sorry about your son and also very sorry that I am writing you under this sad circumstances. I pray that God will replace your sorrow with the oil of gladness. Amen. Regards to the entire family .--Yemi Oke London. UK
Dear Dr Moshood, I just read with rude shock the sudden demise of your dear son Oluwafemi, the devil is a great liar! He has lost yet again in your life! I cannot describe my deep sense of pain and utter sadness at this irreparable loss, the only news that gladdened my heart was that he died having our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in his life, what a awesome consolation! Dr Moshood, I really empathize with you at this very challenging and traumatic period, death is a debt that all mortals must pay, only Jehovah Lord God has the sole reserve of knowing when and how. Please remain your very rugged and daring Man of faith, there is a purpose for everything in God's agenda for our lives, it's usually difficult for us as human to comprehend God's dealings with us, especially the negative ones, but He alone does whatsoever He pleases.
My fervent prayer is that the Holy Spirit of the Living God, who alone is the greatest Comforter, will comfort you and grant you His grace and the fortitude to bear this monumental loss in Jesus Christ Mighty name! Amen! All is well with you. My kind regards your dear wife. Yours sincerely---Senator Grace F. Bent, CON Distinguished Senator, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja, FCT Nigeria.
Good Afternoon from Chicago Dr Moshood The untimely passing of your son Oluwafemi Emmanuel was brought to my notice only recently. I am sadden by your loss and comforted by his short but event and, impactful life. He has travelled celestial heights to a much nobler life. Do accept my condolences as I pray that passage of time and more importantly Father God will comfort and console you. God bless your family. Sincerely----Chief Jimmy Gboyega Delano, President & CEO, Ilora LÓriginal Beauty Concepts, Director, Asher Xino Corporation, Chicago, IL USA.
PROGRAM NOTE: If Satan and his fallen spiritual bastards, including their pitiful and pathetic human hirelings think they can distract us here at The Jesus Christ Solution Center, Cameron TX USA on our God-given assignment, they are sorely mistaken. My son is in heaven and I will go to him in the distant future. But our series on false prophets and false denominations which we started few weeks ago will resume apace after this mourning period. Take it or leave, we shall not be distracted!