Oba Ogunleye’s book, seeking roles for traditional rulers in Nigeria’s constitution, for launch on January 26

Oba Femi Ogunleye

The public presentation of a book, written by one of Nigeria’s foremost monarchs, the Towulade of Akinale, Abeokuta, Oba Femi Ogunleye, canvassing codification of constitutional roles for traditional rulers in the country, will hold on Thursday, January 26, 2023.

Venue of the event is the Reception Centre of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex, Abeokuta, at 11am.

The book is entitled: “Owu Akinale in Contemporary Abeokuta: The Reflections of a Journalist, PR Icon, Law Scholar and Traditional Ruler.”

Oba Ogunleye, a veteran journalist, was in his heyday, especially in the 70’s, an accomplished Aviation Reporter after which he was appointed as Spokesperson/General Manager, Public Relations of the defunct Nigeria Airways.

At close to 80, when he marks his birthday next year, Oba Ogunleye is at the verge of bagging a PhD in Law at the Babcock University, Ilishan, in the next few months.

The Towulade of Akinale is a lover of education and learning as throughout his 70s he enrolled for a first degree Law Programme at Crescent University, Abeokuta and later followed up with a Master’s and the present PhD programme which he started about three years ago.

The book is the Monarch’s reflections on Owu Akinale in contemporary Abeokuta as well as an informed, educative and entertaining account of a participant witness and Reporter of the historical records of his ancestral homeland.

Speaking in an interview, Oba Ogunleye said: “the book is an analysis of the need to codify the roles of traditional rulers in Nigeria in the Constitution and this makes the book a must read by the traditional institution in Nigeria.”

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