By Osa Amadi and Chukwuma Ajakah
By the circumstances surrounding this review of two pastors, we are persuaded to believe that the honor of having to review these God-inspired literary works of Oba Dr. Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso, Karunwi III, Oranmiyan, Osile Oke-Ona Egba, did not come. accidentally.
Just days before the three intimidating volumes of the publications titled “My 30 Years of Stewardship on the Throne of My Ancestors” were brought to our Arts desk for review, the two reviewers had been involved in an intense theological debate on the relevance of the Old Testament of the Bible to the Christian faith, especially the continued payment of tithes today by Christians.
A co-reviewer (the editor) had argued, with biblical support, that the Old Testament, along with its tithing mandates, had been repealed and replaced by the New Testament. The other reviewer disagreed with the editor’s theological position. So the matter remained pending, only to be resurrected and somehow resurrected now by Providence through these writings of Oba Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso, who dedicates pages 701-722, volume 1 of his books, to broadly discuss the problems of the Old One. Testament and payment of tithes for Christians today.
Interestingly, critics found Oba and the editor on the same page on the topic: That the Old Testament dispensation, along with its command to pay tithing, has passed, a biblical truth that many men of God today dislike. accept because of the financial rewards it provides.
When meeting Oba Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso, one almost meets another King David of the Bible, not necessarily because of his material wealth, but because of his anointing by the Lord Jesus, who is undoubtedly the source of his immense wisdom. as can be seen from the three volumes that make up this compendium: “My 30 years of stewardship on the throne of my ancestors.”
An unshakable believer in Christ, this outstanding man of God on the forefathers’ throne has demonstrated great ability and wisdom to adapt to the traditional demands of his bench and faith in the Lord Jesus by recognizing a distinction between idol worship. and culture. “People confuse idol worship with our culture or tradition,” he writes on page 736, vol. 1 of the book. “Certainly, idol worship has nothing to do with our culture or tradition…. A religious tradition is separate from the tradition or culture of our homeland. And when we talk about tradition and culture, it depends on where your focus is. “
Born in 1938 in the family of Pa Joseph Somoye Tejuoso and Chief (Mrs.) Esther Bisoye Tejuoso, 3rd Iyalode of Egbaland, HRM Alayeluwa Oba Dr. Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso attended St. George Elementary School, Zaria de (1941-1946 ), Abeokuta Girls’ School, Ake: Before the boys separated (1946-1948), Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti’s class (1949-1950) and the prestigious Abeokuta High School (1951-1956), where they he served as chief prefect, inadvertently honing his leadership skills.
After his secondary school, he transferred to West Ham College of Technology, London (1957-1958) and then to Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (1958-1964) to continue his studies. He graduated as a physician and worked with the Lagos University Hospital (LUTH) as a Senior House Officer before establishing the Teju Industrial Clinic (now Iyalode Bisoye Tejuoso Memorial Hospital) in 1970.
Before his accession to the throne in 1989, this lovable leader had effectively combined managing the hospital with his responsibilities as Managing Director of the Teju Foam Industry, which was established by his mother.
Although the story of his commitment to the Christian faith sounds incredible to many, Oba Tejouso’s spiritual attachment to Christianity goes hand in hand with a long tradition of acknowledging and serving the supreme God as demonstrated by his predecessors. Chief Adeyanju, author of The Creoles (Kiriyo) and the Gospel in Nigeria, reveals that “The rulers of the Karunwi dynasty have always paid due attention to Jesus Christ’s order of ‘Go Ye’.
King Karunwi I, the Osile who reigned between 1897 and 1899 loved the Creoles. His palace was not far from Wasimi-Ake, where the Creoles lived. Thus, they were able to meet regularly and exchange ideas on various topics including the need for a better life for the citizenry. His association with Rev. D.O. Williams, the vicar of the ‘Exeter’ church in Ake the year he ascended to the throne sparked his interest in education and thus encouraged the people of his domain to emulate the Creole way of life. “The monarch died in 1899 , leaving many undoubtedly that “he would have had an impact on the educational and spiritual development of his subjects if he had had the privilege of reigning for much more than two years,” says Chief Adeyanju.
Furthermore, this account reveals that King David Sokunbi Karunwi II (1904-1918) was the first monarch to be educated in Egbaland. He was a Christian and had attended CMS High School, Lagos. King David Sokunbi Karunwi II was reputed to have played a vital role in ensuring that his people received the immense benefits of both the gospel and Western education. He also played a pioneering role in establishing both the famous elementary school and the African Church in Abeokuta: “He identified with the goals of the Creoles.
When Abeokuta Grammar School was to be founded in 1908, it encouraged the founding fathers who believed that the standard and level of education available at CMS Grammar School, Lagos should be introduced in Abeokuta to replace the CMS Training Institution which was transferred to Lagos in 1867 ., after the episode of housebreaking perpetrated by idol worshipers. He was present at the divine service in which Abeokuta High School was inaugurated and presided over the reception… King Karunmi II used his good offices to ensure that the good news, the word of God, reached his domain. This is how the Church of Santiago, Idi-Ape, Abeokuta was born on July 17, 1917. King Karunwi II laid the foundation stone for the church building. “
Further proof of the family’s Christian background is that King Karunmi III’s grandfather, Moisés Tejuoso, Oluwo Ago-Oko, was one of the leaders who donated plots of land for the construction of the Cathedral of the African Church of St James, Idi-Ape, Abeokuta, where he was buried when he died at the age of 85 in 1945. On the contrary, the devotion of the rulers and descendants of the Karunwi dynasty to Christian evangelism is legendary. Kabiyesi’s father had taught at St. John’s Primary School, Igbein, Abeokuta, where he met one of his female students whom he later married, the quintessential Esther Busoye Tejuoso.
“My 30 years of stewardship on the throne of my ancestors” records that the mother of the reigning monarch, Chief (Mrs.) Esther Bisoye Tejuoso (née Karunwi), a famous industrialist and philanthropist, was known to be an active promoter of activities evangelistic beyond denominational boundaries, revealing the matriarch as an iconic role model: “The generous culture of the third Iyalode of Egbaland towards the church and church officials was absorbed by his son, HRM Oba Dr. Adedapo Tejuoso, CON, Karunwi III, who began to demonstrate his love for God and his burning desire to carry out Christ’s mandate on evangelism from his youth. He had been a member of the choir in his elementary school days and when he was at Abeokuta Grammar School, he distinguished himself in all things evangelical by implementing to the letter all the directives of director Kuti, who was not only a pedagogue but also a great evangelist. . “
The celebrated monarch made a definitive dedication of his life to God when he turned 50 in 1988. When he turned 50, he donated two houses in Lagos to the church in fulfillment of his promise to “build a house of worship in his residence.”
In a prophetic letter he wrote to General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd) dated May 21, 1996, accurately prophesying Obasanjo’s freedom from imprisonment in the Abacha gulag, the Oba, Dr. Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso, made a deeply significant statement. that captures the whole essence of who he is and the secret of his power: “Eniti pray ni ni ise a nberu, aki beru eniti ama jise na fun” (When you fear the Lord, you have no one else to fear).
Upon ascending to the throne in 1989, King Tejuoso declared his spiritual stance denouncing idolatry and renouncing any association with any questionable group. He began his mission to preach the gospel to all nations by establishing the Oba Karunwi Evangelical Organization, which over the years has proven to be a true platform for his evangelistic feats through crusades and missionary engagements in various places, including villages. remote pagans where the gospel had never met or faced resistance. The anniversary book also reveals that “converts have always given testimonies to confirm that they accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior as a result of the evangelical efforts of King Tejuoso, Karunwi III.”
The Oba also organizes outreach activities that help meet the spiritual needs of his contemporaries inside and outside Nigeria, as he invites them to recognize, accept and celebrate the King of Kings. Furthermore, in fulfillment of the great commission “Preach the gospel to all nations,” he founded a Bible school that prepares many evangelists for the task. In addition to the celebration of the Kings’ Praise Day that it observes annually, the Oba still hosts regular prayer meetings and Bible study.
In spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, Oba Tejuoso also embraces other aspects of social responsibility by expanding its activities to strengthen the health, education, and law sectors for the benefit of the less privileged. For example, he participated in the struggle that resulted in the eradication of the Guinea worm in some rural communities in Egbaland, awarded scholarships to destitute students, and advocated for the rehabilitation of prisoners in society.
Although the amiable monarch must have been predestined to royalty, he was never overly ambitious. She lived through her childhood days without giving much thought to the meaning of the real names she bore. Speaking of royal dreams in the 30th anniversary book, the Oba says: “As for becoming king, it never occurred to me. I never thought about it. “However, he admits that others might have dreamed in his name:” The people I have in mind are my parents. My mother, the third Iyalode, Egba, Chief Bisoye Tejuoso, is a princess and a native of the Ayokan Ruling House; that house had produced two kings out of seven so far in the traditional 120-year stories of Oke-Ona Egba … the Osile (Oranmiyan, Oloko of Oko) had reigned from the ancient beginning at the source, as Alaafin from Ile -Ife, then as Alaafin from Oyo and later as Alaafin from Oko before becoming Oloko from Oko and then Osile ”.
The Kabiyesi posits that his father could also have imagined that he would become king: “My late father, Mr. Joseph Somoye Tejuoso, missed being a prince because of his father’s dislike for the tribulations of reign. From what I have been able to gather from family history, my grandfather Moses Tejuoso did not reject the first Oke-Ona Egba citizenship position out of pride. Rather, he was a modest, calm, and peace-loving gentleman, who feared the turbulence that was characteristic of the Oko people. He considered himself too young to die and leave his children like sheep without a shepherd ”.