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Recently, the Yoruba Tennis Club celebrated its annual abalabi event. This event is an age-old traditional ceremony of Yoruba cultural display to mark a new year or the emergence of the harvest. There is usually an old person who is gaily dressed in Yoruba traditional attire and all members of the club don their “Aso Oke” in line with the Yoruba tradition. Prayers are said copiously, members are blessed and fresh fruits are served to mark the onset of the harvesting season. This traditional occasion was for many years being staged with the late Pa Chief Ogundipe (Poforo Poforo), ex Director of Federal Ministry of Works, as the Baba Abalabi. The latest staging featured Mr Tony Somade, ex Gregorian and member of the Catholic Friendly Society (CFS) as Baba Abalabi and in a rare demonstration of his knowledge of the traditions of the Yorubas and the Yoruba Tennis Club, he performed wonderfully brilliantly.


Our readers should, by now, be aware of the tussle that has embroiled the Island Club in the last five years, arising chiefly from the victory of Prince Demola Dada as the Chairman of the club. Trustees and the Chairman and his Management Committee have been not only at daggers drawn but actually engaged in hefty legal actions. All attempts by well-meaning society elders to bridge the gap and settle the rift have failed woefully. So had it happened that the selection of six new Trustees for the club was viewed as a smoke screen to present a new faction of Trustees that could be dominant enough to unseat late Sir Molade Okoya-Thomas, Asoju Oba of Lagos, not only as the Chairman Board of Trustees but to uproot his underpinning as the Caesar and primus inter pares of the club. One thing would have led to another and other elderly and established Trustees like Chief Oba Adejumo and Chief Musiliu Anibaba would have been swept away by this tsunamic action.

At the convened Trustees meeting, however which included new Trustee, Alhaji Quadri, a motion was tabled to elect a new Chairman from amongst them. Alas, a counter motion was moved by Chief Sonny Odokwu that a new Chairman could not be elected in the absence of the current Chairman Board of Trustees, Chief Okoya-Thomas.  This counter motion carried the day and that intention was kept in abeyance. Unfortunately, as fate would have it, Chief Okoya-Thomas passed away to Greater Beyond exactly one week after this delicately contrive coup d’état. This was Chief Okoya’s adieu and coup de grace   of victory in absentia.


The heat is on. It is all systems go in the matter of campaigns for chairmanship of the Island Club to replace outgoing Chairman, Prince Demola Dada. There have been text messages, some diplomatic, some derogatory, all in an effort to receive the votes of members by contesting candidates. We asked a leading member of the club who is also a betting pundit and his forecast is listed below with possible odds for each candidate.

  • Mr Banji Oladapo – 4/6
  • Mr Dipo Okpeseyi – evens
  • Mr Kola Abumere – 4/1
  • Chief Tunde Olowu – 10/1
  • Mr S. O. Jegede – 20/1

So, there you are, lay your beds. S’il vous plaît. Regular updates will be supplied to our readers.