Ẹ kú ara fẹ́rakù, Aláàfin of Òyó, Oba (Dr) Àtàndá Làmídì Adéyẹmí III (J.P, C.F.R, LL.D, S.A.P,D.Litt) gbogbo Ọ̀nà Ìṣokùn, Baba Ọba, Lágbàáyé!
On one of my numerous trips to Oyo town, the late Mama Jolaade Ewekeye was the first person to eulogise me along the lines of Ọ̀nà Ìṣokùn.
I returned to find out our relationship with the Ọ̀nà Ìṣokùn only to discover that my Great grandmother is from the lineage. No wonder our late Baba is named Akee, another age long cum royal name from Oyo.
My generation will either call it history or story for the Gods, but I have seen other people who will also trace their generation farther than this. In my assertion, having an understanding of your genealogy (who you are and where you are from) will definitely impact on your behaviour, disposition and outcome in life.
According to Rev Samuel Johnson, there are three powerful members of the royal family- Ọ̀nà Ìṣokùn, Ọ̀nà Àká àti Ọmọ -Àlà.
Ọ̀nà Ìṣokùn, Baba Ọba, Ọ̀nà Àká, Baba Ìṣokùn.
Elaborate ceremonies precede the actual ascension to the throne. After all the arrangements have been made and the signal that the Prince has been called to the throne, on the evening of that same day, he is quietly conducted into the house of the Ọ̀nà Ìṣokùn where he is attended to solely by the Omo-ni-nari. He is admonished and advised by those who stand to him in the place of a father. The Ọ̀nà Ìṣokùn seems to be the most responsible of the three because of his role to the eventual ascension to the reverred throne of the Aláàfin.
Ẹ kú ara fẹ́rakù, Aláàfin of Òyó, Oba (Dr) Àtàndá Làmídì Adéyẹmí III (J.P, C.F.R, LL.D, S.A.P,D.Litt) gbogbo Ọ̀nà Ìṣokùn, Baba Ọba, nílé, lóko àti lẹ́yìn odi!
Olútáyọ̀ Ìrántíọlá ni Atọ́kùn, Yorùbá Lákò̩tun