‘You got it wrong on Funke Akindele’
The attention of our families — Awofusi Descendants Family and Keji Odofin Royal Family— was drawn to the publication in the media (not The Guardian) on July 6, 2022, and which deserves my prompt response adequately, as the Olotu Awofusi Descendants Family. The publication has grossly affronted the two families.
I, Prince Adebisi Ọlanrewaju Olukọga; the Olotu of Awofusi Descendants Family, hereby deemed it fit to respond and correct the misgivings in the narratives given by you Otunba Ayodele Elesho, Agba Akin of Ikorodu, on behalf of His Royal Majesty, Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi, Adegorushen V, Ayangbure of Ikorodu Kingdom.
Be it as it may, Kabiyesi was correct in denying any relationship with Funke’s mother, because, her mother is not an indigene of Ikorodu. But it is pertinent to state unconditionally, and with due respect; His Royal Majesty was not right to have denied her father, the late Very Reverend Godwin Olusoji Akindele, and by extension her daughter, Funke Akindele, of the royal blood of Lasunwon and indigene of Ikorodu, believing Kabiyesi to still be in unobtrusive denial of the Royalty of Lambo Lasunwon Genealogical branch of the great Lasunwon Royal Family, our ancestral family route.
Funke’s father, the late Very Reverend Godwin Olusoji Akindele, has the ancestral backing of both Awofusi Descendants Family and Keji Odofin Royal Family of Lasunwon Ancestral lineage and therefore, challenging this incongruity stating further that the late Oba Afolabi Salawudeen Oyefusi, Oguntade II, Rademo, Ayangbure of the Ikorodu Kingdom 1971–2014, to which the monarch privileged him (the late Very Reverend Godwin Olusọji Akindele), to have superintendent over schools within Ikorodu division, especially being an indigene are: (1) Lagos State Model College, Igbokuta, Imọta, Vice Principal; (2) Keme Balogun Secondary Schools, Ibeshe as Principal; and (3) United Senior High School, Ikorodu as Principal, where he eventually retired. He was also a Rev. in Patriarch Mobọlaji Methodist Church, Ikorodu Diocese.
Furthermore, Funke as an indigene of Ikorodu Kingdom was a recipient of the prestigious Fellow Of The Ikorodu Oga Development Association (Ikodass), in 2010 as Ikorodu Citizen’s Role Model Award.
Consequently, the family deduced the denunciation of her indigene of Ikorodu to a political undertone as tenets of undemocratic tendencies, which is a recipe for dirty politicking. After all, in the doctrine of democracy, there should be freedom of speech and freedom of association.
Therefore, there shouldn’t be any need for her persecution for her political proclivity. Aside from that, Funke Akindele has distinguished herself as an actor of international repute.
Thus, the Awofusi Descendants Family and Keji Odofin Descendant Royal Family would highly appreciate the rectification of Funke Akindele the Ikorodu Citizenry Rights, the refutation that was somehow peddled through the Ikorodu Division Youth Voice and the Gazelle News of July 6, 2022, from where the story originated by publishing a rejoinder clearing the misconceptions’ issue, as well as the social media houses that circulated the story.
Long live Keji Odofin Royal Family; long live Awofusi Descendant Family, and long live Lambo Lasunwon Royal Family. And long reign the Monarch Oba Adewale Shotobi, Adegorushẹn V, Ayangburẹ of Ikorodu Kingdom.
•Olukoga, the Olotu of Awofusi Descendants Family writes from Ikorodu, Lagos