AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CHIEF EBENEZER ADETAYO BALOGUN, JP THE OLU OF AJURA
Chief Ebenezer Adetayo Balogun was born on the 4th of October 1939 into the family of late Mr. Lasisi Balogun aka LOB and late Madam Nuratu Asabi Balogun (Nee Gbenle) a.k.a. Iya Kekere. His grandfather and grandmother are Oseni Balogun one time 4th Baale of Ajura and Oketoto Gbenle respectively.
Though Chief E.A. Balogun was born into a predominantly Muslim home, but his upbringing and engagement in life has witness a sound committed Christian life style.
He had his first elementary education at Saint John’s (Ang.) Primary School, Ajura later proceeded to the Central School, Ajebo, for his secondary education. From there he moved to Saint Patrick Catholic School, Oke Padre, Ibadan, at the age of twelve he lost his father.
This great loss affected his educational ambition as there was nobody to support him financially except through self-help.
Between 1958 and 1959, he gained Teaching employment at the Central School, Olowo in Ifo Local Government Area (Ogun State) under (UNA) Missionary School Authority. In 1959 he left the Central School, Olowo for Jos in the North in company of a friend called Mr. Samuel Lasile. In Jos he went back into teaching under the Methodist Missionary School at Zaria Road in Jos.
Chief later join the GBO Oilivant Nigeria Ltd in Jos, but quit to join the National Press of Nigeria and Daily Times Plc respectively, where he worked for over 28 years and rose to the position of Deputy Distribution Manager until his retirement in 1991.
“All Must Go as he was fondly referred to in the Daily Times Family, he was well known for his diligence commitments hard-work, tireless pursuit to complete assignment.
After his retirement in 1991, he was called to serve the community as the 7th Baale of Orile Igbore, Ajura on Saturday 14th September, 1991. This position he held for over nineteen years before he was considered as an Oba, Olu of Ajura Olusomiro 1, in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State on the 4th of February 2011, the position he held until Wednesday 26th October 2016 when he was called to glory.
Together with his longtime colleagues at the Daily Times of Nigeria, they founded Newsstand Agencies Limited, which was established in 1989 by a the three man founding team comprising of; late Chief Olufunsho A. Akindele, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Mr. Kola A. Solomon-Otinwa Executive Director and Chief Ebenezer Adetayo Balogun, Executive Director. Having put the company’s foundation in place, Board of Directors was then constituted and unanimously, late Chief Joshua Tani-Olu was nominated as the founding chairman of the company, whose main business was marketing local and foreign magazines. Kabiyesi held the position of Executive Director of the company till he passed on.
Chief E.A. Balogun got married on the 7th February 1963 to the then Miss Simiatu Alake Fadeyi, whom before her death on the 14th May 2012, was Olori Felicia Alake Balogun the marriage was blessed with four children.
Chief E.A. Balogun is a man with an exceptional service to his family, community and work of God, he is a patron to many church organisation community organization to mention few. He no doubt live an exemplary Christian life.
ORIKI BABA WA
Omo Igba, Omo Agbe Omo Agbariku Masa,
Omo Aruye bi Enikoniyekan, Omo Olode Agba,
Igba Tan Kati Ehin Kule wo Kara,
Kayisi Gbagede Omo Olodo Ide.
Abon Ojomu, Omo Olodoyeke,
Omo Eiye Fori Ope Dade
Adan Fori Ope Se Apeji
Agba ni won Nda, Ki won to wole Baba re,
Omo Odole Ayika Omo Odo Oko, Ayiyewo,
Omi Meta Labon ni, Ikan Pon Koko, Ikan Pon Baribari, Ikan Dudu bi Aro, Kose Re Aso, Yeke Simi Loruntemi,
Omo Olodo Ide
Omo Otunba Ilu Oloye Mejo. Inu Nkan Eni Koni Ikan,
Omo Apa Oba Gunwa,
Ageyi Owuyo, Omo Eruwe Ile,
Omo Osholefon Omo Oba KABIYESI. SUN RE O