As the race to become the Alaafin of Oyo heats up, Prince Atiba-Adediran Adedeji Shittu Ghazali Fatah of the Atiba Adediran Ruling House, Ese Apata Compound, Oyo, has declared his interest to become the next Alaafin of Oyo.
In a letter to the Baba Iyaji Quarters, Oyo, the Atiba-Adediran ruling house presented the new entrant as its candidate for the Alaafin stool.
The ruling house stated that its decision to present Prince Adedeji Atiba-Adediran as its candidate was in line with the Atiba Descendants Chieftaincy Declaration (Ref. Number 486/55, dated 8th December, 1976).
The Atiba-Adediran wrote: “Our candidate Adediran Adedeji Fatah, remains our choosen one. He has the tenacity, capacity and ability, with vast exposure to the ethics of our empire to aspire for the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo.
“We all support his candidature, having been satisfied with all his required documents, humanity and his ancestral lineage of Omo-Oba Ese Apata, we believe in his experience, vast exposure and contribution to development of Oyo empire”, the statement added.
Speaking on his ambition, Prince Fatah Adedeji Adediran said he was eminently qualified to become the next Alaafin of Oyo.
He said: “I am eminently qualified for the throne of our fore fathers to take a central position and lead our kingdom from the present position of obscurity to a well-deserved one in the comity of traditional rulers in Nigeria.
“The role of traditional rulers of today is different from that of our fathers. Much work with ingenuity is highly expected from our Alaafin of today.
“The next Alaafin of Oyo is expected to provide solid leadership, seek for the economic prosperity and the progress of our kingdom, thereby transforming the inherited poverty to prosperity.
“My late father taught me the customs, culture and traditions of our fore-fathers from my infancy until he passed away. I have further improved on what he taught me by my personal efforts by regularly visiting the palace to learn more of our culture”, he stated.
In the meantime, Prince Fatah Adedeji Adediran was born at Ese Apata Compound, Oyo. For his elementary education, he attended Fazli-Omar Nursery and Primary School, Bashua, Shomolu, Lagos State. He proceeded to Mahmud Ahmadiyya College, Abule-Eko, Ijede, Lagos State for his secondary education.
After his WAEC Examination, Prince Adediran Adedeji Fatah attended M&M Computer Networking for a Diploma Certificate course with the aim of advancing his knowledge in Information and Communication Technology, to impact in nation building.
He thereafter attended Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, Oyo State where he obtained his first degree in B-Tech. He is presently studying for his MSc in the same higher institution.
Prince Adedeji Adediran started working as a marketer with Metel & Betel Nigeria Ltd, Mafoluku Oshodi, Lagos State and also worked as an administrative officer with Rashmond Logistic Ltd, Apapa, Lagos State.
As a young National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) member, he worked in Works Department of Irepodun Local Government Area, Kwara State, using Auto Cards software.
The aspiring Alaafin of Oyo is an entrepreneur and investor who is performing excellently as the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Royal Prestige Guest House and Resorts Nigeria Ltd, Ilorin, Kwara State.
Prince Fatah Adedeji Adeniran is also the chairman of Adfat Prince Ventures, a booming electronic business in Omu-Aran, also in Kwara State.
Married and blessed with children, he promised to seek to promote peace and unity of his community at all times, if fortune smile on him and he becomes the next Alaafin of Oyo.