Self- Government in Western Nigeria

In March 1953, Anthony Enahoro at the age of 29, moved a motion for internal self- government for various regions in Nigeria.  He submitted that Nigeria should be granted independence in 1956 but this was met with stiff opposition from his fellow parliamentarians who ensured that the motion was killed. The motion for Nigeria’s independence was not successfully moved in the Nigerian Parliament until 1957.

By 8th of August 1957, The defunct Western Nigeria was granted self-government (political). ATÁYÉSE a Yoruba self- determination organization propelled by the vision and commitment to accomplish;

  • Autonomy of the Yoruba nation within a truly FEDERAL UNION OF NIGERIA and the furtherance of Yoruba interest worldwide;
  • Generation of inform discourse, debates and ideas on economic, political, social and cultural policies aimed at making Yoruba nation a highly developed and value – oriented society.

Under the distinguish Chairman Chief Tokunbo AJASIN and Secretary Comrade Wole AINA, organizes event to celebrate commemoration of this historic feat annually. The aim of the celebration is to look back to history, in re- evaluating and redressing the past of the Yoruba peoples to know and ascertain that the present and future of the region can be better, it should also be noted that feat was critical, and celebrating it is believed to help bring forth the memory of the building of an egalitarian society by the for bearers.


R-L Chief Tokunbo Ajasin, Com. Wole Aina and Myself at an event in Ibadan.

The 2012 edition which I was privileged to attend was organized as lecture with the theme: 1957 Self- Government: The foundation of Yoruba demand for Internal Self- Government succinctly delivered by Prof. Ezekiel K. Ogundowole formerly of the department of Philosophy, University of Lagos, at the Banquet Hall of Premier Hotel Mokola, Ibadan, while that of 2014 was hosted at the Freedom Square, Lagos.


Artist at the celebration of commemoration of Self Government of Western Region in Lagos.

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My 10k Scam Story. 
Date: Friday 24-07-2015
Location: Access bank Aare, Ibadan
Destination: UBA Awolowo, Ibadan.
Transport Mode: Okada.
Time: 10:20am


I stopped a bike and negotiated to pay #20 to my destination,  little wonder why he agreed to collect #20 having billed me #30 moreover,  this is #Ibadan it shouldn’t cost more than that. As the okada was about to move a guy stopped him, I got down for him to sit in the middle, as we set out move the supposed 2nd passenger(Olundun)  said something to the okada man. The only thing I  heard him say was #Ekiti, while the bike man shouted haaaa! Come down guy, you are supposed to board a bus going to Oja- Oba over there be careful with what you are carrying oo, don’t let area boys hijack it from you #Ibadan is now like #Lagos. As expected.  I kept mute having come down from the bike to avail  Olundun get down.
Then the bike man (Askari) started the unfortunate conversation. Alhaja see this guy ooo, he’s carrying that effective  herb (egbo igi) used to cure stroke these days, could you believe that thing sells for #950k here,  I have seen someone used it before,  more so the man (one Baba aleewe legbo) he   is looking will so much appreciate it, I then replied him, why tell him to go to oja-oba when he can go to Bode market ( the Ibadan main market for herbs) , Askari then said, alhaja help me tell him then, I said no problem,  called olundun to tell. As I was about telling him, Askari interjected, at that point. I knew something was up, though I still acted ignorant while being aware of my environs, carried my bag very well.

Askari now interrogating olundun, oh boy, I thought young people can’t find that herb how on earth did you get it?

Olundun: My father is the Oluode (Chief hunter) of Ekiti, he gave it to me to come sell it.

Askari: Why come to Ibadan then, why didn’t you sell it in Ekiti?

Olundun: Egbon it’s because they wanted to buy it for 300k, I was told it sells for more in Ibadan that’s why I’m here ooo.

Askari: You see, I was just telling Alhaja it sells for 950k here. Thank your God today it’s  your lucky day.

Me: Abi ooo. (In my mind you are dead)

Askari then faced me Alhaja, Wabilahi Taofeek, Ya Lateef, Warafanahu Makana Aliyah, I kept telling him the meaning one by one. (In his mind, it’s their lucky day) You see Olundun you can see we are going somewhere but if we (being Askari and myself ) take you to your destination, how much will you give us?

Olundun: I will give you #500

Askari: Are you mad do I look like an okada man who is hungry, anyways, you will give us 10k each, guess what Olundun agreed sharpalay.
All this while the Okada is parked and I was already looking at my destination.  While the negotiation is going on I bolted in.

Me: Askari let’s go now, you can see I’m in haste, if not I would’ve trekked to my destination, oga you are waisting my time.

Askari: Alhaja I’m sorry,  you know I want us to take this guy to that man, then I will come back and drop you here.

Me: Ehnn!! Did I just hear you right, when I’m almost at my destination,  oga do quick and goan drop me where I called joor. More so, I don’t know anywhere in Ibadan,  I will have to make a call to get to my next destination from here. That Bode I told you earlier, I also heard of the place from someone.

Askari: haba na, let’s just help this guy, at least he will give us 10k that’s a fast money, (at that point I was already putting together the sequence of epe (curse) I will give both of them)

Me: No problem, I have heard you. But in my mind I was aware there is a place police man stationed at my destination.  On getting there , oga lemme drop.

Askari: Alhaja I thought we are going together na.

I was already halfway down the okada, my bag clinched very well to my underam, #20 in the other hand, oga lemme do what I came here to do. It’s timed. However, since you said you once had a relative who had been treated by Baba, I’m sure you can take Olundun there, but I will advice you go to Bode market,  oga, be careful there oooo so they won’t dupe you, you can ask to see their chairman.  After preaching my sermon, I handed the #20 to  Askari stepped back and gave them the Waka ( 👋👋 ) and middle finger. May you never be fulfilled.


Adejokeiyabadan at the entrance of our village house. #MudHouse #Villagevisitation

Later in the day, while narrating to different people,  I wasn’t halfway before they told me, they had encounter such in Akure.

But how dare they try to kidnap me with just 10k, I should have have even negotiated for more since the herb costs up to 950k, well they would have agreed, knowing that they had nothing on them.
Olundun came to Ibadan from Ekiti to sell herb (egbo-igi), he didn’t land in Bere, Iwo-Road, Challenge, Sango or even Bodija  but landed in Aare-Osuntokun.

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