A Day Lagos stood still....

By Dr Agboola Kotun. From the bank of the Lagoon at Isale Eko to the old Queen Victoria street now Nnamdi Azikwe street where you h...

By Dr Agboola Kotun.



From the bank of the Lagoon at Isale Eko to the old Queen Victoria street now Nnamdi Azikwe street where you have headquarter of Lagos muslims and by extension to the administrative head office of Lagos in Popo Aguda, city hall, the premier local govt in Nigeria,opposite the first catholic church in Nigeria,ending at Epetedo where you have Abari cemetery, the first public cemetery for Lagos Muslims and was the final abode of one of the most celebrated Lagosian in the last three decades, prince Muhammed Jimoh Ademola Adebayo Adisa Adeniji-Adele.


For more than eight hours on wednesday, the 11th day of May 2016,the ever busy streets of Lagos stood still for the final burial rites of this Lagos prince.

People from all walks of life came out in their multitudes for the final farewell of prince of hope to the land of no return.
Traders of different ethnic groups, business men and women,artisans, academia,politicians, princes and princess from all the Lagos royal houses,you cannot miss the presence of all Lagos white cap chiefs with the staff of office of HRM Alayeluwa, Oba Riliwan Aremu Babatunde Okikiola Akiolu, all came to pay their last respect for the prince of the people.

The downtrodden was not left out . Prince Ademola was born with silver spoon and was trained using the same spoon ;grew up to equip himself with the use of silver spoon but replaced it with wooden spoon by identifying with the less privilege in the society. Little wonder they rolled out drums to celebrate the exit of this Lagos icon.

Yes, they were absent! Not even their representatives. The two past governors and the present one, the annoying one was the one he served as a commissioner in his government. That he stood solidly behind during his political turmoil with his predecessor. The reason in the air was because he identified with Jimi Agbaje at the last election. Anyways,he is gone to rest and left them with all the 'wala'

Kudos to Prince Toyose Olusi, the executive secretary of Lagos Island local govt and his team for a job well done. He proved he is a worthy royal cousin to the late prince.

The prince is gone but his good deeds are fresh in the memories of those that had encounter with him in his life time.

The prince is gone but his hope of a better Lagos,a Lagos for all where the indigenes will be well celebrated, still lies in our minds.

May his soul rest in peace.

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