Oba Adedokun Abolarin is the traditional ruler of Oke-Ila, Osun State.A great product of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife ,Osun state.
He was one time legal aide to former President of Senate ,Ayim Pius Ayim.
While some affluent Nigerians who stole from our Commonwealth chose only to display their idiocy in the number of State of the art galleries, buildings, cars, private Jets and other cursed materialism!.
HRM Oba Adedokun Abolarin chose to give hope to the hopeless through the best of it all…Education with Substance.
This Nigerian monarch built school with no school fees, free hostel, free food, and even teaches there.
Do you know this school? Abolarin College in Oke-Ila, Osun State. The students there pay NO school fees; enjoy free hostel, free food, free internet, free uniform, free laptop for every child, and 24 hours power supply; and all these expenses are paid by the town’s king. What is the most shocking is that the king teaches too in the school.
What makes this school remarkable is that one major criteria for getting admitted in is being poor. If your parents are rich, you cannot get admission. Unlike other schools, Abolarin College wants poor kids who are very brilliant. If you are poor but brilliant, the king will admit you!
The monarch believes poor brilliant kids should also be given an equal opportunity to become something in life- so that the future does not belong only to those born with silver spoons in their mouth. The king himself has a law degree and masters in law- and he also teaches in the school.
From what we gathered, the Oba Abolarin has only one wife. Obviously, he is not using the money of the kingdom to accumulate wives or properties; instead he is investing it in the education of future leaders while he aims to reduce the burden of illiteracy in the society. For him, it doesn’t matter the religion, it is not about nepotism, neither is it restricted to Yoruba children nor only children from Oke Ila; it is about any less privileged child anywhere who is willing to be educated. That is why the only criteria for admission is poverty and brilliance.
Many of those kids previously hawked pepper, sachet water, fruits etc. Some came from farms where all they did was work under the hot sun weeding and planting. Many are orphans, hawkers, child labourers, delinquents, children of petty traders, but now they have hope, and not just hope, a future.
The Alaafin of Oyo and Ooni of Ife may have more money than this monarch, but in years to come, Oba Abolarin’s impact will take him to the echelons of greatness. What if we also have many Northern Sultans and Emir engaging in this? All across history, change begins with just a man! Dare to live differently, making an impact. It is what we do with money and our other resources that counts, for money has no value in itself!
This man is planting seeds that will blossom in the future. In the nearest years, that town will be filled with successful and accomplished people. I love this.
God bless Oba Adedokun Abolarin. This is one man that fully has my respect. We should celebrate such a Nigerian! This king is a legend and posterity will never forget