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Successful People Outstanding Royal Father of The Month: HRH OBA ADEWALE OSIBERU

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OUTSTANDING  ROYAL FATHER Of The MONTH: HRH OBA ADEWALE OSIBERU

By Charles Segun Adegbite


Everything about this monarch reflects royalty. His giant and intimidating physique, his intelligence, analytical mind and wisdom, audacious life with coolheaded behaviors, his international exposures with sound computer cum digital knowledge and leadership acumen, set him apart among his peers.

  HRH Oba Osiberu


His Royal Highness OBA ADEWALE OSIBERU, a first class traditional ruler, former Acting Chairman, Remo Council of Traditional Rulers, chartered mediator, computer programmer,  system analyst and information management expert and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators of Nigeria (FICMC) is the ELEPE OF EPE, Sagamu, Ogun State,

BIRTH & EARLY LIFE


He was born on  7th. September, 1956, in Sapele, in the old Western Region, now Delta State, into the Osiberu Royal Family of the Olasubo Ruling House of Epe, Sagamu, Ogun State. 

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Young Adewale then grew up in Ibadan, Oyo State, due to his father's job with the then Western Region Government of Nigeria, which required  deployment to Sapele and redeployment to Ibadan.

L-R: Anthony Joshua(AJ), Oba Osiberu and his Queen, Olori Engr Olubukonla Osiberu, in Elepe's palace.


EDUCATION 


He attended Mrs Fawole's Nursery School, Molete, Ibadan,  and finished his primary education at Methodist Primary School, Bodija, Ibadan, in the old Western Region (now Oyo State)in 1968.


He then proceeded to the famous Baptist Boys High School (BBHS), Abeokuta,  and later finished his secondary education at Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu Igbo, also in Ogun State.

L-R: AJ and daughter, with Elepe and AJ's auntie and Mum, inside Elepe's palace


He thereafter travelled to the United Kingdom to study at the Institute of Data Processing, London, in 1976. He embarked on the Parts I&II (Intermediate) and finished it in 1977.


His desire to know more led to his enrolling for the Parts III & IV(Finals) of the computer courses in that Institute, which he did and completed between 1977–1978.

After returning to Nigeria and working for a period of 10years, he went to England again to study more at the famous London School of Economics & Political Science, where he got Post Graduate Diploma(PGD) in Management of Information Systems,(1989-1990).

L-R: Elepe, with daughter(back), wife and son, inside Epe palace


PROFESSIONAL AND MANAGEMENT  COURSES CUM SEMINARS  ATTENDED,


To broaden his knowledge more, he attended several  IT Professional Training courses and seminars at home and abroad in the following areas:


o Programming and program languages

o Structured programming

o Systems analysis and design (with different methodologies)

o Computer Network design

o Computer network management

o Novell Netware Management

o Microsoft WindowsNT Network Administration

o Microsoft Windows Exchange Server Administration

o Structured Network Cabling

o Bankmaster Banking Software.

Anthony Joshua with Elepe, inside Akarigbo's palace


WORK EXPERIENCE/CAREER DEVELOPMENT


After his graduation from the Institute of Data Processing in England, he realized the need to return to Nigeria to impact the nation's economy as a Systems Analyst.


So, in September 1978, he joined the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), which has metamorphosed to National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and  Electric Distribution Companies)


Between 1979 and February 1982, he worked with Data Masters Limited, Lagos. And, in March 1982 he got a job offer of a Computer Programmer at Crusader Insurance Company, Lagos, where he worked meritoriously, and consequently got promoted in April 1986 to the post of Assistant Manager, working as the company's Systems Analyst, until January 1988.

R-L: Olori Osiberu, Oba Osiberu, Anthony Joshua, Kayode Segun-Okeowo and others.


He then travelled to England that January and got a new appointment in February that year, as a Computer Manager in London. He, however worked till September 1989, and then opted for freelance appointments as a contract Analyst/Programmer, while undergoing his PGD programme.


He worked with a number of companies mentioned below on contractual appointments:

➢Pantex Computer Limited, Wembley, London

➢Continental Illinois Bank, Blackfriars, London

➢WangUK Limited, Eastcheap Street, London

➢WangUK Limited, European Headquarters, Brentford, London.


With his post graduate training and more jobs experiences and exposures in the corporate world, in England, he had developed adequate expertise and advance operations in Computer Programming, System Analysis and Computer Management, which made him to be sought-after by the founders of Fountain Trust Merchant Bank Limited, Lagos, Nigeria, when they secured license from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to operate in 1990.

L-R: Joshua, Akarigbo, Elepe and others.


So, he returned from England in 1990 and became part of the team that established the bank that year. 

He consequently established and managed the Information System Department of the bank; and was in charge till March 1994 when he resigned to establish a private computer company that would specialise in the installation of Local Area Networks (LAN) for organisations.

 Princess Jadesola Osiberu


So, in April 1994, he became the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Data Solutions Limited. And in 1998, he also set up a subsidiary company, DataBoard Limited, a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider(MCSP), which was providing Microsoft support as well as web presence to organisation.


PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO CORPORATE WORLD & HIS ACHIEVEMENTS IN NIGERIA


Without mincing words, Oba Osiberu was one of the few Nigerians who computerized the nation and brought digital revolution into Nigeria's economy from late 1970s.


He was Involved in:

•Development of Electricity Billing System for NEPA

•Development of Software Systems for a number of marketing companies, this

included software such as:

o Inventory Control

o Aged Sales Analysis

o General Ledger Accounting

o Payroll and Personal Management Accounting

Oba Osiberu was one of the few Nigerians who computerized the nation and brought digital revolution into Nigeria's economy from late 1970s


•He successfully designed and developed insurance applications to support:

o Life Insurance

o Group Life and Pensions Schemes

oGeneral Business Insurance

o Insurance Investments

o Accounting


•He successfully installed and managed Bankmaster Banking  software at Fountain Trust Merchant Bank and supported it for three years before resigning

    Jadesola's Movie


•He as well designed and installed computer networks (using structured cabling) for several organizations including:

o International Distillers Limited

o Toyota Nigeria Limited

o Eko International Bank PLC

oTexaco Overseas

o Afribank Plc

oTanus Communications Limited

o Bello, Bello & Associates

o Centre for Reseach in Reproductive Health.

L-R: Young Adewale with his elder brothers, during their elder sister, Iyalode Folasade Ogunbiyi marriage with Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi in 1972.


DESTINED INVITATION TO ROYAL LIFE


He was in that corporate position as MD/CEO of Data Solutions Limited, Lagos, in October 2001, when his extended royal family members implored his father to help them appeal to him to come and occupy the vacant stool of the Elepe, following the passage of the last monarch.


Since it was the turn of the Olasubo Ruling House of Epe, Sagamu, to produce the next Oba and the ruling house wanted the best man among them, who have all it takes to be the next monarch, and could come home to stay with his people, they opted for him.

A Royal Father & Chartered Mediator


With persuasion from his father, he agreed to sacrifice his private life comfort and some freedom he had been enjoying easily as a successful corporate man, to relocate to Sagamu and adapt to the lifestyle of traditional rulership, with all its Dos and Don'ts, and the custom of the people.


ROYAL WORLD EXPERIENCE


In January 2002 Epe kingmakers presented him to the government for confirmation and in February 2002 his recommendation as the Elepe-elect was confirmed by the Ogun State Government. 

On 1st. June, 2002, he was installed the Elepe of Epe, Sagamu. And consequently, became a permanent member of the Ogun State Council of Obas.

Oba Osiberu, during the burial ceremony of his mother in 2016


The coronation ceremony was unique and splendid, even as the curtain of a New Dawn was drawn, with rays of hope enveloping not only Epe kingdom, but the entire Sagamu, that red letter day.


The social atmospheric condition of the entire Epe community changed, and was full of splendor.

In fact, from the moment his recommendation by the kingmakers, as the Oba-elect, was confirmed by the State Government, the ancient Epe palace was pulled down and a befitting structure was built by him, to accommodate him, his nuclear family and the domestic staff.

Gov. Dapo Abiodun (middle) when he paid a visit to Elepe (right) in his palace in 2019


IIIS FUNCTIONS AS A TRADITIONAL RULER


As a First Class traditional ruler in Ogun State who knows his onions, he regularly performs the following responsibilities, among others:


•Liaison between the local community and the local and state governments


•Chairing of the weekly palace court where mediation of disputes in the community are held.


Based on his honesty, capacity to perform well and a lot of other virtues, he was also bestowed with the responsibility of being:


Chairman, Sagamu Security Committee; involving all Divisional Police Officers(6) andr representatives of other security agencies in the local government area.

 Gov Abiodun's Birthday Message to the Elepe


PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS IN MEDIATION.


To be more skillful in dispute mediation, conflict prevention and resolution in this ever changing world, so that he could perform better as a royal father, and bring modern perspective to crisis management and prevention, he embarked on Alternative Dispute Resolution Training and got Special Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification Course in March 2018.


Upon completion of the course, he was awarded  Associate of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators of Nigeria in 2018.


He thereafter embarked on Professional Mediation Skills Training which led to his induction into the fellowship category of the professional body in August 2020.


Consequently, he was awarded the Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators of Nigeria in 2020.

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SECURITY & COMMUNITY POLICING SERVICES


Without mincing words, his contributions to the security of life and properties in Sagamu, through collaborative efforts with the police and other security agencies, are commendable.


He does this as the:

Chairman of the Area Command Community Police Advisory Committee; which comprises of the Police Area Commander and all the Divisional Police Officers (12) under the area command, as well as other important dignitaries.

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ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE


With his skills acquisition and certificates in dispute and conflicts mediation and resolution, these outstanding Oba is:

•Presently one of the mediators in the Multidoor Courthouse in Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria.


HIS BRIEF ROLES AS ACTING CHAIRMAN, REMO COUNCIL OF TRADITIONAL RULERS IN 2016/2017


Following the demise of the then Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Late Oba Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, in August 2016, there were two vacua created, and the need to fill the vacant positions became imperative.


While the Lisa of Offin, Sagamu, who was the next in rank to Akarigbo, within the Akarigbo-In-Council hierachy, could fill the vacuum, as Acting Head of the Akarigbo Regency within Offin Townlet, he had no royal a nd legal authority to perform the roles of Akarigbo as the Acting Chairman of Remo Council of Traditional Rulers because he is an Offin high chief, a Leader of the king makers, but not an Oba(King). 


Since Lisa's chieftaincy jurisdiction and influence therefore can't be extended beyond Offin section of Sagamu, not to mention the entire Remoland, the Obas in Remo, having looked at Oba Osiberu's pedigree and the leadership skills he displayed shortly after the Oba Sonariwo was pronounced dead, unanimously appointed him to be the Acting Chairman of Remo Council of Traditional Rulers .

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Elepe had mobilised other Obas in Remo, shortly after the death of Oba Sonariwo was confirmed by the Akarigbo-in-Council, to ensure that Remo division of Ogun State did not suffer leadership crisis or absence, bearing in mind that the Vice President of Nigeria is even from Remo. The reason for such emergency meeting and mobilisation was because he realised, as a SYSTEMS ANALYST that no one could predict how soon or long the emergence of another Akarigbo would be, and the vacuum created must quickly be filled. 


Alas! That his bold moves and initiative won the hearts of other Obas, who expressed their confidence in him, and asked him to continue.


Consequently, he filled the vacuum created and represented Remo division effectively at the Ogun State Council of Obas, as a first class Oba and permanent member of the Council.

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While occupying that position, he ensured the fracas that broke out in 1988 after the death of the then Akarigbo, Oba Moses Sowemimo Awolesi(Erinwole ii) over the invasion of Awolowo Market by youths from Offin, didn't repeat itself.


He coordinated the activities of Obas in Remo effectively and related well with all other Obas in Ogun State. He ensured that there was peace in Sagamu and Remo. He didn't engage in any royal politics that could lead to crisis in the selection process of getting a new Akarigbo to prolong his own stay. Instead, he provided condusive atmosphere and  related well with all the parties concerned, thereby ensuring that the transition process of getting a new Akarigbo by the Ruling House, whose turn it was to produce the next Akarigbo and the Akarigbo Kingmakers was smooth and successful.


Barely a year after the passage of the late Oba Sonariwo, Remo got another Akarigbo-elect. And the new Oba was installed on December 7, 2017, just as he (Elepe) vacated the seat of the Acting Chairman at the appropriate time.

 

DISTINGUISHED ROYAL ICON AWARD


In celebrating his 15th Year on the throne in June 2017, the President of Sagamu Youth  Congress, Comrade Kayode Segun-Okeowo described the Elepe and the the Acting Chairman of Remo Council of Traditional Rulers, as "a progressive royal father who has deployed his fifteen years of reign to fast track the progress and development of Epe Community and Remo land as a whole".


While honouring him with Distinguished Royal Icon Award, the youths president further described him as a highly intelligent traditional ruler who combined native intelligence with modern wisdom to ensure that everybody under his care was well taken care of within the available resources.

       

ANTHONY JOSHUA'S VISIT TO HIM & AKARIGBO


On February 19, 2020, his cousin's son, Anthony Joshua(AJ) who was then a two-time Unified World Heavyweight Champion, visited this Nigerian monarch, in his Epe palace, in company of his Mum, Madam Yetunde and her sister, Madam Folake, with their children and grandchildren.


Thereafter, this outstanding. Monarch led AJ, his mum and others, to the palace of the Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Ajayi, where they paid homage to the royal father.

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE


Oba Osiberu is married to Olori (Engr.) Olubukonla Osiberu. And, their marriage is blessed with children.

His only daughter, Jadesola Osiberu, a talented actress and young movie producer of Jade Osiberu Films, whose movie, Isoken was rated "The Most Delightful Film Of The Year" , is now a rave of the moment in Nollywood.


HOBBIES

Oba Osiberu has interest in:

• Reading

• Swimming

• Music

• Gadgets

• Travelling


In view of this Monarch's pedigree, his leadership style, success stories and contributions to economic development through computer programming and data solutions, at local, national and international levels, many of which are not published here, 

   

     His Royal Highness,

OBA ADEWALE OSIBERU 

             Is Our

 Successful People 

OUTSTANDING ROYAL FATHER Of The Month 

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