30 Years Af­ter, Bolu Akin-Olug­bade Re­mem­bers Late Par­ents


If Aare Dr. Bolu Akin-Olug­bade, the Rolls Royce-lov­ing bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man, would de­fine his par­ents, he would claim that the walls of their hearts were lined with gold and sil­ver; he would say that they lived by a moral code that dwarfed old Eng­land’s claim to chivalry and hon­our. Then he might say that even in their absence; that old dif­fi­dent vir­tu­os­ity they left be­hind, res­onates poignantly like the time­less lyric of a heav­enly chant. There are too many ways to de­scribe Bolu’s par­ents, and even the best couched ad­jec­tives couldn’t do jus­tice to the task. Some days ago, the very stylish man had a be­fit­ting re­mem­brance party and spe­cial prayer for his par­ents, Chief Akin Olug­bade and Chief Gla­dys Iya­bode Akin-Olug­bade, the Otun Iyalode of Owu King­dom. Madam Akin-Olug­bade, who died on Oc­to­ber 21, 1988, went to the great be­yond within a year af­ter she lost her hus­band, the pa­tri­arch of the fam­ily, Prince Akin-Olug­bade, the first Aare Onaakakanfo of Owu King­dom, Abeokuta, Ogun State. Aare Bolu’s par­ents died many years ago and their absence has only made his heart grow fonder of them thus his de­ci­sion to host a spe­cial re­mem­brance party and prayer ses­sion for their de­parted par­ents. His beau­ti­ful wife, Ladun, was a per­fect host­ess that day. She is the ma­jor source of joy to Bolu. For a man with the world at his feet, lit­er­ally, earthly things shouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily ex­cite him. But, close fam­ily sources say Ladun is no mere wife to Dr Olug­bade. She is ce­les­tial, al­most sur­real even – the one who can wish away the crippling stress of run­ning a con­glom­er­ate with just the sooth­ing po­etry of her voice. And he treats her as such. Be­yond her rav­ish­ing, age­less beauty, Ladun is said to sim­i­larly wor­ship the ground her hus­band treads; gives him peace of him which eludes many a man and short­ens his lifes­pan; and does his bid­ding like she was born to do it with­out be­ing ob­se­quious.

How­ever, Dr.Olug­bade was given the Award of Owu In­de­gene Hero for 2018 by the Owu Obas, the Owu Chiefs and the good and law-abid­ing peo­ple of Owu in the six Yoruba states dur­ing the Odun Omo Olowu Cel­e­bra­tions. It was the first time such an award was given to any­body and Aare Akin-Olug­bade was cho­sen to be the first re­cip­i­ent.


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