Otun of Oyo Founder of Ladigbolu Grammar School Dies at 96

A former Nigeria’s ambassador to Congo and some other East African countries between 1979 and 1983, Chief Moses Oyedele Ogunmola, is dead.

He was one of the first graduates from the ancient town and was said to have single-handedly built the popular Ladigbolu Grammar School, Oyo.

Since creation, only two buildings have been added by government to structures within the institution.

That feat earned him the Asiwaju of Oyo from Alaafin Siyanbola Ladigbolu and Otun of Oyo from Alaafin Lamidi Adeyemi III.

He was said to have died on Sunday shortly after he was brought from Oyo into a private health facility in Ibadan.

Wale Ogunmola, one of his sons and former chairman of Oyo West Local Government, who confirmed the development to OYOINSIGHT.COM, said he breathed his last after speaking with his children.

This newspaper recalled that the deceased, who would have been 96 next year, was chairman of the old Oyo Local Government as well as that of Western Nigeria Development Commission (WNDC) now Odu’a.

Credited for authoring some books on Oyo history, Aremo Adebayo Adeyemi, the elder brother of Alaafin Adeyemi III, who joined his ancestors last year, was his closest childhood friend before the former died.

Described by social commentator and his Akeetan-Baale kinsman, Adetayo Adekunle as a man of many parts who featured actively and played noteworthy roles in educational, political, religious, diplomatic, historical, socio-cultural, agricultural and hospitality sectors, he was undoubtedly one of the greatest persons ever produced by Oyo since the town berthed at its present location in the 1830s.