Ayorinde, Reps Honour Late Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi
The greatness and enduring ideals of the Late Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi 111 reverberated on the floor of the House of Representatives in Abuja as Honourable Dr Bode Ayorinde reeled out his legacies to the admiration of the members of the green Chamber with the permission of the House Speaker, Right Honourable Yakubu Dogara.
In his tribute, Hon. Dr Bode Ayorinde and other members of the House of Reps of Ondo state extraction extolled the late Oba for his peaceful disposition, his sagacity and dexterity in his twenty (20) years of reign in Owo Kingdom.
Hon. Ayorinde, who moved the motion for the observance of one-minute silence in honour of the Late Oba said the deceased was a former Chairman of the Ondo State Council of Obas, and succeeded his father, Olateru, as the Olowo of Owo, in 1999.
According to Dr Ayorinde, the late Oba Folagbade was the eldest son of the late Olowo of Owo, Sir Titus Olateru Olagbegi II, who ruled the town between 1910 and 1998.
In his submission at the floor of the House, the Speaker Honourable Yakubu Dogara describe the late Oba as a great man right from when he was their lecturer, stressing that the late Oba’s greatness has since reflected and radiated amongst many members of the 8th Assembly and even beyond.
Oba Folagbade, who died in the early hours of Wednesday last week was born on June 26, 1941. He was 77 years old.
He was given the Staff of Office as the Olowo of Owo on December 11, 2003, by the late Olusegun Agagu, former Governor of Ondo State.
In 2014, Oba Folagbade celebrated his 15th coronation in Owo an event that was attended by all sons and daughters of the ancient town.
He received his first degree in law from London, United Kingdom (UK) and attended Nigeria Law school in 1968 before practicing Law under the late famous Fatai Rotimi Williams.
While working at the law school as a lecturer, he married the late Bisi Cole and they have four children. He retired as a reader in 1999 and rose to the peak of his career as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
As of the time of his death, he was married to Ololade Olateru-Olagbegi, a barrister and law lecturer at Ondo State University, and they are blessed with children. He was appointed as Chancellor of University of Benin (Nigeria) in 2005 and later University of Abuja.
He was the Chancellor of the University of Jos, (UNIJOS) Plateau state until his death.