By Sarafa Sindiku
Igbogi is a big town in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, southwest Nigeria. The Baale ( Head ) of the town died years back and the royal stool has been vacant ever since.
In Youruba tradition, it is not customary to leave the throne empty for a long period of time.
But the crisis of who will succeed the late Baale, High Chief Mufutau Arigbanla 1 of Igbogi was a contentious one among Chief Dele Akinosho, Chief Yaya Ajenifuja and Chief Osomo Sakariyau.
The peaceful town of Igbogi never witnessed peace of late due to the fact that it has been a very tough battle amongst the three major contenders in selecting who will succeed the late village head.
The elders in the town have at various times called on each of the families of the contenders to seek truce and arrive at a reasonable compromise. But it seems there is no end sight to the intrigues.
Here are the profile of each aspirant;
1. Chief Yaya Ajenifuja: He was born a Methodist. He was a ardent member of the church in the ancient town of Ilogbo in the year 1950. He attended Papalanto primary school in Ewekoro. He could not further his education due to the death of this parent during the Biafra war in Nigeria. He arrived Lagos with his uncle in the year 1970 to learn cloth weaving. He is a socialite with his means.
2. Chief Dele Akinosho: He was born into a traditionalist family in the year 1953. His late father was a friend to the famous screen legend, late Chief Hubert Ogunde, an actor, playwright, theatre manager, and musician who founded the first contemporary professional theatrical company in Nigeria, the African Music Research Party, in 1945.
Some are of the opinion that he believes in occultic powers, which was as a result of his family background and relationship with the Ogundes. He is well educated and connected in the society. He is a friend to high and mighties in the society. ‘Chief” as he’s fondly called has never hide his believe in ‘African juju’.
He wines and dines with the powers that be in Ogun State and beyond. He is most likely to emerge the new ‘Oni gbogi’ but only time will tell.
3. Chief Osomo sakariyau: As at the time of writing this report, we could not verify the actual date of birth. He was the favourite of the late teachers in gbogi community because he was once a school principal. The retired teacher seems to be the least on the list due to his conservative life style and least influential.
As the time ticks, and days goes by, the indigenes of gbogi kingdom and the entire people of Ogun State are eagerly waiting to know who will emerge the new ‘Oni gbogi.’