How Oluwo educates us
The name of the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba (Dr) Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, means many things to many people just like every other public figure. But regardless of opinions, which can be either right or wrong, it is incontrovertible that this charismatic golden monarch educates us in a way that resets our thinking. As John Dewey noted that education is not preparation for life; education is life itself, highlighting some of the areas in which the monarch that charts his own course deepens our education is right on target.
1) Superiority to deities
The Oluwo said recently that contrary to the perception that monarchs are authorities second to gods, he is actually superior to gods and only comes next after the Almighty God, the Supreme Being. This profound statement actually digs a dagger into the heart of fetishism, voodoism and all manner of traditional practices that stunt development. With historical evidence to boot that the ancestor of the Yoruba race, Oduduwa, did not worship any deity, the message to the traditional institutions especially in the Southern states is that human sacrifice, magic and occultic rituals are wrong.
2) God makes kings
The Oluwo believes that it is only the Almighty God that makes people kings. His evidence is that attending theological schools can make one an Imam or Pastor but only the Almighty God can determine who would become a king. In that sense, all those who are desperate to attain positions should know that only God crowns efforts and regardless of the extent people go in order to achieve their aims, it is important they know that only God grants success. So, while ambition is in order, desperation that defines the Nigerian sociopolitical environment is pernicious.