Sunday 28 April 2024


Hajji Azeez Arisekola Alao was turbaned as the Aare Musulumi of Yoruba land on June 14, 1980. He was just 35 at the time. 

Same 1980, he was also conferred with the chieftaincy title of Bobagunwa of Ejigbo, by the Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyeyode Oyesosin. He was the Aare Ikolaba, given by the late Olubadan Daniel Tayo Omopeunnu Akinbiyi in 1981.

Ever since the turbaning ceremony, Hajji Azeez had stopped attending social events where he would spray musicians. He became conscious of his public activities till he breathed his last. Earlier before his becoming the Aare Musulumi, he'd been a socialite. Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi benefitted from his generosity. He waxed an album in his honor. "Oyinbo oni Datsun mi..." By 1979, Arisekola had become a popular distributor of Datsun cars, when he was barely 34.

So, it's no exaggeration to say that Arisekola had been a millionaire since the late 70s. It's noteworthy to acknowledge that he started as a Gamalin 20 distributor, walking from one place to another just to sell the product. By the late 1980s, he'd registered his Lister Group of Companies. He was the Chairman/Managing Director, Lister Group of Companies.

When Babangida became HoS in 1985, Arisekola became a friend of Mr. President, though their friendship had been active since the early 80s. He also benefitted from the Abacha military administration. You remember how UI students mobbed him in 1996? They didn't spare his Limousin. Remember this song?:

S'ebi alasalatu la ba de bi

A de Adamasingba lo d'Abacha

S'ebi Alasalatu la ba de bi...

Hajji Azeez Arisekola Alao 

Akanmu ìkó

Ajagunna isowo

Omo Rabiatu Olatutu Abegbe

Omo Alao Olaniyan

Oko Olaronke

Oko Afusa 

Oko Alh Mariam...

Baba Fatima

Baba Ismaila

Baba Abdullahi

Baba Adijah

Baba idris 

Baba Ruqoyat...

Omo atarugbo f'owo fe omidan

Omo eni a le mu ta ran alanjagbila 

To gbe ori alanjagbila mo mi

Atare kere ina latare

Ajagunna isowo tiwon n pe ni Okebadan

Pelenge olola 

Awo erin tii damu isona

Omo agesin beri odo....

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