In pursuit of development for Ogbomoso
Sir: World War II veteran and celebrated American author, salesman and motivational speaker, Hilary Hinton ‘Zig’ Ziglar, in his famous quote, said: ‘‘If you want to reach a goal, you must see the reaching in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.’’
There have been enormous proven researches to the effect that visualising the outcome and understanding the ‘how’ to a predetermined destination would get a man of vision there no matter the obstacles.
A prominent Prince of the Olaoye Ruling House and frontline in the race for the next Soun of Ogbomosoland, Prince Gbolahan Idowu Oyegoke-Olaoye, is well-cast in the class of visionary leaders as defined by Ziglar. He is already upbeat with ideas and thoughts on how to uplift the revered Soun of Ogbomoso throne and the ancient town with value-additions.
As the process of selection gets underway, the multi-talented and multi-disciplinary prince and descendant of Oba Atanda Olaoye Orumogege, a past Soun of Ogbomoso, has unfolded his vision for the development and growth of the ancient kingdom if he emerges as the next paramount ruler.
Prince Oyegoke-Olaoye said his immediate preoccupation would be the reconciliation and unification of all the princes and various interested parties as the father of all. He also said the pursuit of religious harmony among the various adherents of the major religious faith – Christianity, Islam and traditional religion, amicable resolution of all pending court cases instituted in the contest for the throne, and promotion of peace would be expeditiously implemented.
‘‘In the past few weeks, there has been some kind of pause on the religious harmony of Ogbomosoland. I’m sure it is not a big task; everything is generated from the choice of who should become the next Soun of Ogbomosoland. I am sure by the time this is resolved and it turns out to be yours sincerely, we will speak to every religious leader individually and collectively.
‘‘We will tell them what our town has been in terms of religious harmony. We love each other and there is no family you get to in Ogbomoso that you will not find in all these religions – Christianity of several denominations, Islam and traditional believers. We feast together during festivals; there is no dichotomy among us. We will find a way to resolve that; it will be a very short period of time,’’ he said in a recent interview,
Oyegoke-Olaoye also stated that he would find amicable resolutions of pending litigations occasioned by the choice of the new king, stressing that the Ogbomoso princes and the indigenes of the town are peace-loving people. ‘‘They love peace. They want to fight for their right but once they see reasons they will join hands and resolve things and move ahead.’’
He also promised to focus on key factors that can engender real development and growth of the historic town among which are human capacity development, youth empowerment, agriculture, industrialisation and harnessing the human resource asset by wooing indigenes in the Diaspora and friends to invest in the economy of the town.
Oyegoke-Olaoye is a complete family man, married with a wife for the past 28 years and blessed with children. He is a devout practising Christian, a philanthropist per excellence, a highly respected community leader and well connected with his roots – both the Olaoye Ruling House and the royal dynasty, the Palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso.
Ashiru Ayinde, a cultural enthusiast, wrote from Ogbomoso, Oyo State.