I have been looking for an opportunity like this to reveal the truth about Ogboni. Lot of people and even members of the same fraternity will misinterpret or have a misconception about my intentions because they don’t want the truth to be said. As someone who is blunt, honest and believe in saying the truth and will not care what will happen in saying it. As the Yoruba adage says “OTITO L’OBA IMOLE DE’FE”.
I may not be 100 percent perfect as it is not all events that can mention or outlined via this medium but I believe for us to have a good recommendation and stand, the truth about Ogboni must be said. Many who are members of the fraternity do not know that Ogboni is not a religion but an association where secret is kept but worship comes in as mode of prayer. If some members don’t know what they are into, then what can we say of the outsiders who are novice of what we are doing. I will not hesitate to mention brief history of the emergencies of some Ogboni fraternities association but will also brief you why they must emerge.
I have no bad intention towards any fraternal association but we need to let people differentiate
between the attitude of Ogboni and personal attitude included in Ogboni but are not part of Ogboni ethics. It is so unfortunate that people believe whenever any member of Ogboni fraternity
commits a crime; that such person is under the Oath of Ogboni society, it is misconceived that such atrocities are committed by the Ogboni society. All i am saying to you here, emphatically, is that
personal attitude and behaviour has taken over Ogboni society contrary to the real attitude expected of an Ogboni member. It is worthy of note that this unworthy attitude are perpetrated due to the selfishness of the leaders and heads in some factions of Ogboni. We cannot continue to keep quiet while these frivolous acts continue; tarnishing the image of the fraternity all because of death threats from such evil people. As the adage says “if we don’t die now we will surely die one day and better it is to die saying the truth than to live a pseudo life”.
I was born and bred in the OLUAWO’s COMPOUND, Irapa-Oja in Ifelodun Local Govenment Area of Kwara State, Nigeria. This indicates that my great grandfather is an Ogboni [then why must i die a
coward?]. Despite my knowledge of Arabic and Islamic studies at Masters’ Degree level and my
knowledge of the Christianity as a Missionary scholar, I choose to be a traditional worshipper because that is where the truth lies.