THE OWU DAY FESTIVAL: Celebrating An Icon Of Tradition – Chief Adigun Olanihun Egbeyemi

It is imperative to always celebrate personalities of great relevance and impact; Born in the 50s’ Chief Adigun Olanihun Egbeyemi of the Atanda Aminu-Oje Egbeyemi lineage in Owu-Abeokuta, Ogun State in Nigeria is one of such personalities.

Though, not born with the proverbial silver spoon, he fend and struggled through childhood inculcating the usual survival “hustle “spirit and was able to at his prime be a man of substance that he is today. Growing up and as a determined young man, he moved to Lagos, the city of Excellency, where he was educated and set out to fame on the wings of hard work and diligence.

By profession, he is a trained land surveyor, building contractor and business man. As one of the building contractors of repute; he executed several contracts within the country especially in the southwest geopolitical states during the Babangida-military administration. He was able to build sizeable reach and contacts within and outside the government through the support of his fellow Owu man, Balogun Ekundayo Opaleye (the then Military Governor of Ondo State).

He has been involved in construction of notable roads and buildings across the country, as a result of his professional effort and extensive political reach.
His personality can best be described as that of a blend of an elite, radicalism and tradition; a stern believer and custodian of tradition beliefs that sometimes belly his elitism; he has been bestowed with several chieftaincy titles including the Otun Bobagunwa of Orile-Owu. He is an advocate of upholding cultural or traditional beliefs of our forefathers as he constantly believes no other culture and tradition is as rich as ours.

Chief Adigun is a strong believer of the ‘Awoist ideology’ which invariably never left him out of active politics, his support for the political process in 2011 cannot be overlooked as his effortless support was instrumental in the victories of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidates in the heated political contest of 2011(general elections), where several ACN candidates emerged. His grassroots’ mobilization and philanthropic wills and traits steers the ever consistent loyalty he enjoys from the people of Owu and this has willed him the confidence of men in the corridor of power.

As a lover of sport, he has sponsored several rural competitions in the State and has financially empowered both youths and the aged which makes him very popular and influential.

A dynamic leader, astute traditionalist, the Otun Bobagunwa, (a worthy and honorary title bestowed on him by the late Olowu of Orile-Owu, Oba Afelele) could also be in line as the next Balogun of Owu, a position currently held former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

This is instructive because the Egbeyemis are part of the over twelve houses traditionally entitled to the position. History in fact recorded that the Egbeyemi lineage once emerged as the 7thBalogun of Owu land. Chief Adigun currently remains one of the qualified personalities to assume the position given his strong traditional antecedents, political reach and also being the close confidant to the Head of the Egbeyemi Family. This will be a climax of an illustrious career and trajectory for Chief Adigun, as the Balogun of Owu is traditionally the Prime Minister (Second in command) to the Olowu of Owu.

Aside being a traditionalist, he is a business mogul; he has virtually dived into all forms of businesses ranging from land and housing, Car business and farming. Etc. His passion to impact lives has made him a generous donor and a constant visitor to orphanage homes. Chief Adigun has served as patron to several indigenous clubs within his state and environs, he also has to his credit several awards, traditional titles and honorary certifications from bodies, traditional leaders’, nongovernmental and governmental organisations.

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