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Chief Simeon Adekunle Akinlonu

This year, we celebrate the 20th Coronation Anniversary of HRM Oba (Dr.) Idowu Abiodun Oniru, Akiogun II, a courageous and dogged fighter, unassuming, highly principled and very modest in all aspects of life and whose lifestyle and philosophy is worthy of emulation.

It is an honour to me and my family to pay tribute to a Royal Father, who over the years has been my friend, mentor and a role model.

The journey of life with Kabiyesi started in 1971 (forty four years ago) in our office in Western House 8/10 Broad Street, Lagos. As a young Chartered Accountant, he embraced and encouraged me and assured me of his fullest support. Ever since then, he has kept to his words as a principled gentleman. He brought me into Oniru Royal Family, introduced me to our great Father Oba Yesufu Abiodun Oniru. The confidence in me grew to the highest level when papa made me his cashier, to the extent that I was keeping his passbook. Many other confidential documents were put in my care. This confidence of accepting me into the larger members of Oniru Royal family was anchored by Kabiyesi. He is an exceptional family man who cares for his wives, children and the larger members of the family as well as those who are lucky to come his way. He has encouraged not just his children but all members of the larger Oniru Family to embrace

education and has continued to empower members of the family and all those fortunate to come his way.

As we look confidently to the future, we count with pride a success story of your reign. May divine providence guide you in all future endeavours.

Time and space will not allow me to write all I know about Kabiyesi.

However, let me join thousands of your admirers to wish your reign continuous prosperity and joy in the land of your forefathers.

 

On behalf of my wife, children and family I wish Kabiyesi continuous success, I pray that the good Lord, the one who knows it all, will continue to direct your footsteps.

Have a happy and joyous coronation anniversary!

 

Chief Simeon Adekunle Akinlonu

Bobajiro of Iruland