Ogbomoso is one of the oldest city in Oyo state. The fame of this popular Yoruba settlement predates many years back.
It was founded in the 17th century and it has over a million people living and working in the city.
Ogbomoso has also produced some of the most successful people in Nigeria contributing their quota to the development of the town.
Here is a look at some of the prominent people from Ogbomoso town:
1. Christopher Alao –Akala
Christopher Alao-Akala is a distinguished Nigerian police officer and politician. He was a former Governor of Oyo State from 2006 to 2011.
For over a period of twenty years, Alao-Akala served diligently in the Nigerian police force where he was responsible for a number of high profile assignment. Alao-Akala while in the Police force had the opportunity of attending a number of career development programs which led to his quick promotion in the force.
He retired from the force in 1994 and ever since then he has been active in politics. He is also a business man, he set up TDB Global venture in Lagos and has branches in Ogbomoso town. Alao-akala is also the founder of Parrot-Fm radio stations in Ogbomoso and several other businesses.
2. Alapomeji Ajifolajifaola (9ice)
9ice is one of the finest artistes to have come out of Nigeria. He hails from Ogbomoso in Oyo state and he is currently serving as special adviser to the Oyo State Governor.
His style of music is afro-hiphop with a strong blend of the Yoruba language. He was born on the 17th of January 1980.
9ice has sang in some of the biggest musical shows in Nigeria. His biggest performance was at London during the 90th birthday tribute of Nelson Mandela, where he sang his hit single, Gongo Aso.
He founded Alapomeji Records and has sang along side some of the biggest musicians in Nigeria such as Tuface, Pasuma, Oritse Femi.
He is a holder of notable awards such as the Hiphop World Awards Best Vocal Performance Male 2008, City People’s Award 2009, Hiphop World Awards Best Album 2009 and a host of others.
3. Oba Oladunni Ajagungbade
Oba Oladunni Ajagungbade is the Soun of Ogbomoso. He is one of the most respected traditional rulers in Nigeria and he is usually looked upon whenever matters concerning peace and mediation is concerned.
The Soun of Ogbomoso is a custodian of the values, customs and traditions of the people of Ogbomosoland. He took over the throne from Soun Ajiboye Itabiyi in 1973.
He is a descendant of Kumuyede who is the son of Jogioro and grandson of Soun Ogunlola; the founder of Ogbomosoland.
The influence of Oba Oladunni Ajagungbade spreads from Ogbomoso to the whole of Oyo state. There is no doubt Soun Ajagungbade will remain a popular figure among the people of Ogbomoso for a very long time.
4. Ladoke Akintola
Ladoke Akintola was the former Premier of western region between 1960 to 1966. He was a respected politician, lawyer and orator.
Ladoke Akintola was born on the 6th of July 1910 and died on the 15th of January 1966. He is regarded as one of the founding fathers of Nigeria.
Upon completion of his law degree in the United Kingdom, he returned to Nigeria to form the Action Group (AG) together with Obafemi Awolowo. He was a former Minister of Health and also Minister for Communication and Aviation.
During his tenure as premier of Western Region he was involved in a number of developmental projects such as the Premier Hotel, Obafemi Awolowo University Ife and other notable projects.
Ladoke Akintola was well loved by the people of Ogbomoso. To ensure his name remain engraved on the people, the only university in Ogbomoso, Ladoke Akintola University of Science and Technology (LAUTECH) was named after him.
5. Solomon Aisa-Ige
Ogbomoso is home to some of the oldest churches in Nigeria. However, one denomination of church seems to hold sway in Ogbomoso, that is The Baptist Church.
Solomon Aisa-Ige’s influence in the growth of Baptist Church in Ogbomoso is far reaching. He was the longest serving pastor of any church in Nigeria. He was the pastor of Ijeru Baptist Church in Ogbomoso from 1917 to 1976.
Solomon Ige’s early encounter with the Baptist missionaries inspired him to study medical sciences. He attended the Baptist day school and Baptist Academy.
He then attended the Baptist Theological School in Saki for his theological training where he finished in 1917. He started his career as a teacher in Baptist Day School before he was called to become a pastor in Ijeru Baptist Church, Ogbomoso.
6. Benjamin Adesanya Maja Adekunle
Benjamin Adekunle played a significant role in Nigeria civil war. He was an a Brigadier in the Nigeria Army as well as a commander in the civil war that took place between 1967 to 1970.
Benjamin Adekunle father is an indigene of Ogbomoso while his mother belonged to the Bachama tribe of Adamawa. He was born in Kaduna but had his secondary school education in Okene, Kogi state.
After his secondary school education he went to Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in Uk. Upon completing his training he came back to Nigeria and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Nigeria army.
During his times as a soldier he attended several training within and outside the country. He was one time Aide-De-Camp to then Governor of Eastern Region, Sir Akanu Ibiam.
During the civil war he led a group of soldiers known as the 3 Infant Division to capture some towns in eastern Nigeria such as Youngtown, Bomadi and Patani, Koko, Sapele, Ajagbodudu, Warri, Orerokpe and Ughelli.
7. Sunday Adewusi
Sunday Adewusi was Nigeria’s former Inspector General of Police. He took over from Adamu Suleiman and was succeeded by Etim Inyang in 1983. Sunday Adewusi hails from Ogbomoso in Oyo state, Nigeria.
He was born in Nassarawa and he attended the Roman Catholic Mission School between 1944 to 1948. He completed his primary education at Baptist Day school, Jos. He joined the Nigerian Police Force in 1948 where he trained at the Police Academy.
He was Aide-De –Camp to the then Governor-General of Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Nmandi Azikiwe. Sunday Adewusi distinguished himself in several positions he held.
He attended several top management training on policing around the world which helped to shape the Nigerian Police Force. He was a beneficiary of a number of awards notably; the Grand Commander of the order of Niger in 1999. He is a proud son of Ogbomoso land and he was instrumental in the siting of LAUTECH in Ogbomoso.
These are some of the prominent people from Ogbomoso, we would welcome any suggestion as regards other prominent people from Ogbomoso not mentioned in this article.
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