The 17th Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti, Oba Ademola Ajakaiye, Oyinyosaiye Uyin II, is the pioneer Chief Judge of Ekiti State and former administrator of the National Judicial Institute, Abuja.
The monarch, who was at various times commissioner in the defunct Western State and old Ondo State, tells ABIODUN NEJO that his exposure, hard work, diligence and love for his people made his journey to the throne and peaceful tenure possible
What was your growing up like?
I was born here in Ekiti about 80 years ago. I was born to the family of His Royal Majesty, Oba Samuel Ajakaiye, Oyinyosaiye Uyin I, who reigned between 1940 and 1946. My mother was Olori Leah Alade Ajakaiye, who is deceased.
I attended All Saints Primary School, Iyin Ekiti between 1943 and 1946. After the demise of my father, I relocated to live with my half brother in Offa.
I was in Offa in 1947, where I attended St Marks School, Offa. I was in Offa until 1950, when I had to follow my elder brother to Oyan in Osun State, where I finished my elementary education.
I returned to Offa when I gained admission to Offa Grammar School. I was in the school between 1953 and 1957. After that, I got an employment with Western State.
While you were in primary and secondary schools, can you recall a prank you played on your mates?
I was very young. I was one of the youngest in my class because I started school very early. So I really played with very young ones like myself.
All I used to do was to wrestle with others. I was a good wrestler and I still had one of my old mates around here. He is an Alhaji now. We were both good friends and wrestlers.
While growing up, did your mates give you any special treatment which gave you an indication that you would be a king someday?
No. There was no indication at all. I was so free, but they knew I was a prince. Incidentally, because there were no motorcycles in those days and whenever I was going to school, one of my father’s aides would carry me on his back to school.
During break time, he would come to school to take me home for breakfast, then he would return me to school and come back again to carry me at about 1.30pm after closing time.
But the palace was not far away from the school. No special treatment at all. At the school, I was being flogged and disciplined like any other pupil.
All along, did it occur to you in any form either through dream or revelation that you would one day become a king?
I never had any dream about the throne at all unlike my dreams before I became a judge of the high court or like my dream before I became the Chief Judge of Ekiti State.
I had no inkling except that an elderly man who told me many years ago that I would become a king. I never took him seriously. Even many of my friends, when I grew up, never knew me as a prince. I was very free.
How was your relationship with your parents – Kabiyesi and Olori?
My relationship with my parents was very cordial. But unfortunately, my father died when I was about eight years old. My mother also died when I was about 20 years old. I didn’t live long with her since I left Iyin in 1946.
I was staying with my hal brother all through. I was only coming home during holidays. I grew with my half brother and his wife.
What kind of relationship did you have with your siblings?
It was very cordial.
While growing up, what did you think you would become in life?
When I was in Offa Grammar School, I liked broadcasting. I was looking forward to being a broadcaster. But when I left the school in 1957, I started working with Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, along with some students from other quarters and schools. I met a friend who said he was studying law.
So, when I saw some lawyers in Ibadan, I got fascinated with their dressing and big cars. Then I thought I could be a ‘big man’ like th