Have you heard of Oba Moshood Osuolale Wuraola Adeyeri, before?
Then watch the video below!
Have you finished? Lol
Now, that was a video report in 1983 when NYSC Camp marked its 10th year anniversary of being launched in Iseyin town of Oke Ogun Oyo State, and documented by ace broadcaster of TSOS and a Prince of Iwoye Ijesha, Dotun Onibokun.
Kabiyesi in that video was speaking frantically into the future about prospects the NYSC camp will bring to the sleepy town of Iseyin, particularly the relationship between the corp members and his subjects.
Truly, the NYSC scheme has popularized the name “Iseyin” beyond western boarder, as many Graduates from different campuses and States, will always go to google to search about Iseyin town once posted to Oyo state.
It is a must. I did same when posted to Yikpata Camp of Edu L.G of Kwara State too years back. Lol. That’s it.
But beyond the fortune of the scheme and kabiyesi hope, there was a twist of history for the people of Iseyin town and for those who were too young in 1996 NYSC Camping year.
Kabiyesi Oba Osuolale Adeyeri II was invited to give a speech at the same camp he was part of its founding years ago, and there on the camp, he slumped and died at just 42yrs. And that marked the end of a glorious era for the good people of Iseyin town. The young Oba who became a king at just 24yrs, spent 18yrs on the throne.
One of his daughters who was only 9yrs when Kabiyesi gave up the ghost, ran into this video luckily and funnily through my Dotun Onibokun chronicles of Old Reports and was happy to ever grow up to watch her late father whom she barely enjoys to learn from speaking on TV. Smiles.
Really, the event tells much about the circumstantial nature of life, and of course the benefits of keeping records.
I think we must sincerely thank Prince Onibokun who now lives in New York for being a gift to the new generation for those nostlagic throw back media reports.
Prince Dotun Onibokun was a Senior News Reporter at TSOS now BCOS, in the Old Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria in the 80’s – where he did excellently well, to put together some of these Nostalgic news reports that give us much to remember and a lot to Imagine of the Old Nigeria.
Born in to the Royal home of the Onibokun of Iwoye Ijesha town in Oriade Local Government of Osun State – Young Dotun had his Primary and Secondary Education in Ilesha Osun State before travelling abroad to Study Mass Communication in the US, where he graduated in 1978 and proceeded immediately for his Masters Programme in Political Science and finished in 1981.
Understanding the importance of National service, Prince Dotun Onibokun moved to Nigeria in October 1981 for his NYSC programme and worked with NTA Ibadan as Reporter for a year, till August 1982 when he passed out from the scheme.
Immediately after his NYSC Programme, he secured a working offer with the Television service of Old Oyo state, the T. S. O. S now BCOS Ibadan, as a Senior News Reporter till 1984, where he cut his teeth and brought a difference to news reporting in Nigeria as an expert.
From BCOS, he moved to the Polytechnic Ibadan where he worked, as a Mass Communication Lecturer for ND and HND programme, and from there, work took him to First Bank of Nigeria, before he finally relocated back to the US, where he had worked for many years with the New York City Government and retired in 2016 meritoriously.
Prince Onibokun is now into full Private Media Practice in New York City, with special interest in documentary and TV Journalism, with a state of the Art studio in his home.
Prince can be contacted through the publisher of this blog, Omoelublog.
Again, It is also worthy to put in records that Late Oba Osuoale M. Adeyeri II, who traced his lineage and that of Iseyin town to three brothers from Ile-Ife, “Ogbolu, Ebedi and Olumoyero” – was the 25th Aseyin of Iseyin, one of the longest serving Aseyin even at 42yrs, first educated Aseyin of Iseyin and the first beaded crowned Aseyin of Iseyin who got his crown from Alaafin in 1979.
Truly history doesn’t forget.