Back to the cradle

…Iwo families reunite with Oyo blood

In Iwo and many Yoruba towns and communities, the Amin Arabic Training Centre needs no introduction.

Beyond Iwo and Yoruba towns, the National Council of Arabic Schools does not also require introduction as umbrella body for about 50 islamic school proprietors.

The gathered that the two institutions had their seeds planted by the late scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Muhaliy Akanbi Badrudeen.

Badrudeen was said to have traversed different countries, especially the Arab world, where he was known as a global citizen from Amin family compound, Iwo, a model lineage respected for its acclaimed adherence to and promotion of Islamic faith.

Not many, however, know that Badrudeen’s root is actually in Oyo in about 50 kilometres away. It was learnt that this issue of origin had sometimes been a subject of debate because of the Amin’s family deep-rooted link with the growth and fame of Iwo.

Now, the mask is off the argument following the transition of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi on April 22, 2022 at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Like other delegations across the length and breadth of Yoruba land have since paid condolence visits to the bereaved royal family, representatives of the Amin’s family on Tuesday, May 30, 2022, were also in Oyo for the same purpose and hosted by a widow of the late Alaafin, Ayaba Ramat Adeyemi otherwise known as Iya IleKoto who expressed her appreciation to the guests and prayed for them.

However, beyond the condolence visit, the representatives was in Oyo to reunite with the Adeyemi’s family recognised as their cradle before migration to Iwo. With the Amin’s family on the visit was the Agbele descendants, both of whom were welcomed back home by the Mogaji of Alaafin, Prince Hassan Oranlola Adeyemi who was overwhelmed at the sight of his guests.

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It was also learnt that the Mogaji is a “sibling of the late Oladepo Oranlola who contested the throne with Baba Alaafin and died in our house.”

The Onisaji of Oke-Isaji, Oba Sabitu Akinade Alade was the leader of the delegation and went down memory lane. He recieved compliment of the Mogaji who also reminisced the cordial relationship in the family in the past.

A member of the delegation, Alhaji Lukman Badru said the trip ought to have been made long time ago but held procrastination responsible for the delay.

Badru, however, gave credit to God that the jinx was eventually broken, even though, according to him, on a sober note due to the passage of Oba Adeyemi.

“That notwithstanding, that history has finally been revisted, and we are all happy. An important strength of Yoruba, as a distinct ethnic group, is our interconnectivity through migrations at one time or the other in the past. For instance, composition of Ibadan by warriors from different towns and communities, is a natural example of what I am trying to say. I’m happy to have been part of the representatives to Oyo.

Aside the Onisaji and Badru, others on the trip included Special Adviser (political matter) to Osun State Governor, Alhaji Debo Badru, a retired Vice-Principal, Federal Girls’ College, Alhaji Bashir Badru, a retired Director at Osun State Local Government Service Commission, Alhaji Adefayo Alabi and a host of others.

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