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Remembering Radio OYO and It’s Jingles with Deep Nostalgia



By Femi Kehinde

In this period of global economic conundrums, anger, anguish and angst, it is better to go down memory lane and now remember, those things that had put smiles on our faces, and enhanced our moral values, more particularly, in this era of numerous Radio stations. Radio O Y O really stood out then.

Radio services, to the people of Ibadan, is perhaps, as old as mankind. The first Radio Station in Nigeria was established in Ibadan in 1939; the second station in Kano in 1944; both by the Colonial Government.

However, and effectively too, the Colonial Government started the Nigerian Broadcasting service in Oke-Are, Ibadan in 1955 with 2 studios at the Oxford house, Dugbe, Ibadan.

“This is Nigerian Broadcasting Service –B’olu badan ba ‘ku ta ni o joye (who is the next king, if Olubadan passes on); ojogede dudu inun takun (he eats an unripe plantain and suffers stomach discomfort); ko so ni gbese ni bi lo si le keji ( there is no debtor here go to the next house) and Eko je Ibadan lowo 130 (Lagos owes Ibadan 130 thousand pounds)” was the signature tune of the Radio Nigeria Broadcasting Service. The signature tune was the drumming ingenuity and creativity, since, 1956, of no other person, than the drummer-King, Oba John Adetoyese Laoye 1, Timi of Ede (December 1946 – May 16 1975).

Radio services in the Western Region of Nigeria had been popularized by the government of Obafemi Awolowo in 1955, when he brought Rediffusion boxes, for the listening pleasure, of the people of the Western Region. It was a repeater one channel radio broadcast signals which brought news, commentaries and general entertainment programmes, for a paltry sum of five shillings at the end of every month, to every subscriber.

The Obafemi Awolowo government also on 31st October, 1959 established the Western Nigerian Television (WNTV), being the first Television station in Nigeria and the whole of Africa, at Ibadan. As at the time of its establishment, many countries in Europe had not seen television or known what it was all about. In May 1960, the Radio arm- WNBS of the Western region, was established to compliment the WNTV. Ibadan became the beehive of broadcast activities with the heavy presence of Radio Nigeria, that had earlier come on stream on April 4, 1955 with a short wave transmitter located at Oke-are area of Ibadan.

In 1976, the Radio arm of Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) was established whilst its television component was founded in 1982 with a robust staff strength of about 4449. In 1978, the Radio 2 arm of Radio O Y O and the first FM station (frequency modulation) in Nigeria was founded on top of the Mapo hill in Ibadan. In 1984, at the advent of a new Military government in Oyo State with Oladayo Popoola as Military governor, merged the BCOS and Radio O Y O as one hence forth to be known simply as BCOS. In 1976, Engr. Oluwole Dare was appointed as the foundation General Manager.
After about 6 months and still on Acting appointment, he resigned and was succeeded by Chief Adebayo Faleti. At a later time, Engr. Dare reemerged a Sole Administrator of BCOS under the Military Government of Colonel Adetunji Idowu-Olurin. There were other succeeding GMs like Kunle Adeleke, Bisi Adesola, PSO Taiwo, John Fademi, who later moved to Osun State as the founding GM of Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). Biodun Sanda took over from him as GM of BCOS.

There were top notch officers in WNTV,WNBS, Radio O Y O, BCOS, Transmission Service of Oyo State (TSOS) and directors like Anike Agbaje Wiliams who had earlier worked with the likes of Dr. Yemi Faroumbi; an old veteran, Julie Coker, Bayo Sanda, Ade Adekanbi, Wole Oyebamiji , Femi Olajide, Dejo Olugbodi, Bunmi Ayegoro, Engr. Tola Ajani, Prince Kayode Adedire, Ayodeji Iyanda, Olatunde Iyanda, Toba Opaleye; who moved to Ogun State Television(OGTV), Akin Akinsolugba; who moved to Ondo State Broadcasting Corporation, Laolu Olatunbosun, Bamiji Ojo, Olori Abeke Lawore, Yanju Adegbite, Adeola Alagbe later Haastrup, Omolara Dada, Prince Ropo Ogunwusi (father of the current Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi);who was in charge of the audio section, Segun Oyewole(Segeto), Sade Ogedengbe, Biodun Oni, Femi Adefila; now founder of Rave FM, Osogbo, Funmilola Agboola later Perola, Adeola Akande later Adedotun, Ayobami Lawal, Olusola Ajala, Adesoye Oyetunde, Ademola Oladejo.

However, what makes Radio O Y O through the arrays of these quality and talented broadcast journalists and veterans were beautifully espoused in its radio jingles, ewi and ijala chants, beautiful ewi rendition, philosophical muses and short dramas to educate, enlighten, entertain and disseminate information to its numerous listeners. The Jingles were fully loaded with wisdom, moral lessons, moral rearmaments, and moral awareness to create a better and reformed society.

1. ‘Baba Bola, mode ileyin lana eba len je, looni kan na eba le tun je. Eyin o lounje mi ju eba lo ni? Dodo ati ewa ki se ounje alakowe nikan, gbogbo e lo da lara.’
‘Baba Bola, I was in your house yesterday, you were eating eba, today also eba. Don’t you have any other diet aside from eba? Beans and plantain are not educated people’s food only. It is all good for the body.’
Baba Bola’s answer was sharp and direct:- ‘Ka to ri garri oun ra nko?’ That is, is it easy to even find garri to buy.

That was about 40 years ago when garri was cheap and the common man’s staple. Today, garri apart from being expensive is now also on the rich man’s menu list. The moral lesson of this jingle was to promote and encourage healthy dietary habits and balanced diet. This Jingle was voiced by Ayodeji Iyanda and Bamiji Ojo.

2. ‘Asiri ikooko ko gbodo towo aja tu. Ma se fi asiri idanwo han olufe, ma se fi asiri idanwo han omo ile iwe; a ki ma ma nse iru e ko ma hun ni o.’ – This was a serious admonition, warning and advisory to teachers and invigilators not to leak examination answers and that it has serious repercussions.- This Jingle was voiced by Alabi Ogundepo, the Ijala chanter from Saki.

3. ‘Onimoto rora gbese le, onimoto rora sare o. Ina piti gbenle, ja ilekun e. Esinsin je taya e ke. A sare tete ko koja ile, arigbere ko koja ona- This was an advisory against reckless driving. – This Jingle was voiced by Ronke Oke-Ibadan and Olatunde Iyanda. Beautifully, Hubert Ogunde’s music on ‘Onimoto’ would be chipped in.

4. ‘Ka ko ka ko!(sound of a shoe) Ode tun ti ya. Ibo lotun da? Eni Ijo, ola ariya. Awon oremi lope mi, mi o de le malo ti won ba pe mi tori to ba kan mi awon na lo ma ba mi lo.- That is, ‘Another party again? Where next? My friends invited me and I have to honour the invitation because when it is my turn they will honour mine too.’ -This Jingle was voiced by Raliatu and Ronke Oke-Ibadan.

5. ‘E fura! E fura o! Pansa o fura pansa jona! Aja o fura aja jin! Onile ti o ba fura ole ni o gbe lo.Teba fe sun lale ke tana yi ile po, kesi tun ti ilekun gboin gboin. E toju dukia o kama ba farawa le ole lowo.’- This emphasises vigilance and security consciousness whenever the night falls to prevent burglary attacks.

6. ‘E jowo nibo ni ile igbonse yin wa?’
‘Awa oni nto jo baun nibi o.’
‘Bawo lese wa n se?’
‘Bi ka so soju agbara tabi eba ona.’
‘Please, where is your toilet?’
‘We don’t have such thing here o’
‘Then how do you manage, how do you live without a toilet in your house?’
‘We either throw it into a river/stream or by the roadside or wherever’ -This Jingle was voiced by Olori Abeke Lawore and Ayodeji Iyanda
‘This was an advice on hygiene and the need to have decent toilet in houses.’

7. ‘Iya aburo se ko si nkan?’
‘Kini kan ma nbe leyin nkan.’
‘Mummy, hope there is no problem?’
‘There is always a problem thereafter oooo’ – Was another cautionary message.

8. ‘Dandan lowo ori je, tu lasi laso ibora. Owo ori lafi ko Mapo…..’
‘Payment of taxes is compulsory. It was tax money that was used to build Mapo Hall’ -This emphasises the need to pay taxes regularly, as at when due just as necessary as a blanket or cover cloth. After all Mapo hall was built with tax payers money by the colonial government during the time of Captain W.A Ross in 1929.

Sanusi Adebisi Giwa Idikan’s act of philanthropy, was demonstrated in his first tax rescue effort in Ibadan. Payment of tax by every male adult was made compulsory by the colonial government. Most Ibadan adults were subsistent farmers who could not afford the payment of tax and thus evaded tax payment. The punishment for tax evasion was detention in Mapo, which also served as the treasury office. A detained tax defaulter usually found it difficult to get someone to bail him out because most adults were tax evaders and an attempt by a tax evader to bail another tax evader will land the rescuer in detention. This tax problem became such a society anguish that a Balogun of Ibadan, Balogun Ola, a son of Baale Orowusi committed suicide in protest of the detention of Ibadan young men for tax evasion. This valiant self-murder was recognized by the Ibadan people, who named him Kobomoje (the one who displayed gallantly against timidity).
Sanusi Adebisi Idikan was perhaps Ibadan’s wealthiest man of his time. The payment of tax became a social symbol and tax defaulters were usually mocked and despised by the popular song –‘Owo ori ti d’ode o, o o’ode o baba wa loko san’-payment of tax has come, our fathers were the first to pay, the idiots and lazy ones who have not paid are in detention in Mapo’-awon ode ti o le san o won nbe lati mole ni Mapo’.

Adebisi was displeased with the tax situation in Ibadan. His philosophy had always been- (the rich must help the poor who are vulnerable). Adebisi had at this time been one of the set of Ibadan elites, if not the first person, to ride a car, apart from his stable of horses. For effect, he had his horse dispatch rider-Ladimeji, to ride in front of his car on his way to Mapo, to see the chief tax officer for the Ibadan Colonial Office. In his meeting with the officer in the colonial office, he brokered an understanding-‘I want to be paying tax on behalf of every taxable adult in Ibadan.’ The officer was shocked, nonplussed and asked him if he knew the financial implication of his gesture, but Adebisi insisted. Henceforth, the colonial officer would calculate the amount of tax expected from all Ibadan taxable adults and would go to Adebisi Idikan’s residence to collect the money. That was the amazing level of Adebisi Idikan’s kindheartedness and humaneness.

9. ‘Oremi, mode office re lana awo oju re to fi sori tabili re ati kootu re, to gbe ko, eyun fi han wi pe o rin ji na.’
‘My friend, I was in your office yesterday, your pair of eyeglasses on your table and the coat you hung, showed me you were within the premises.’
‘Ore, e mi ma fi dagbon ni. Ona mi ti jin.’
‘My friend, I just used that as a decoy. I had gone far.
‘Haa! Eyun o mo mo daa’- ‘Truancy is not good’
– This was voiced by Ayodeji Iyanda and late Ayobami Lawal

10. A lady asked her boyfriend for more money and the man sparked- ‘Is it everyday that I’ll be giving you money, what of the ones I’ve been giving you?’ The woman replied; ‘Se owo to wa larin wa ni receipt ni?’ That is, ‘does the transactions between us require receipts?’

Radio O Y O ooooooo was the signature tune of the Radio station with drums and percussions. I remember Supo Kosemani’s 5 minutes to 6pm proverbs, its interpretations and philosophical muses were delivered for 5 minutes before the 6o’clock news, interviews and commentaries. Whenever the program was heralded, he was always at his best elements in explaining Yoruba proverbs, idioms, norms and idiosyncrasies.
However, the Jingles were not always in Yoruba language alone, there were some of its English variants like;
1. ‘Attention please! Attention please! Calling all drivers! Calling all drivers! Calling all motor scooter drivers! Excessive speeding can kill, have consideration for other road users’; a sweet rendition by Yanju Adegbite and there will be added music; ‘Aringbere ni yo moye dele, asare tete ko ni moye kan je’- That is, to be late is better than the late.
2. Avoid dirty and unripe fruits.
3. Cocaine is a killer.
4. Be careful with fire.
5. Don’t waste water.
6. Don’t jump the queue.
7. Don’t park your car just anywhere.
And some many other English jingles:
‘Sleeping on duty?’
‘Sorry sir! sorry sir!’
‘Sorry for yourself, you mustn’t have a naira added to your pay’

It is important to give special recognition again, to the founding fathers of broadcast journalism in Ibadan, Yoruba land and Nigeria- Olaniran Ogunyemi Ogungbemi, Dokun Famubode, Akin Otiko, Sanya Oyinsan, Yemi Faroumbi, Julie Coker; the first voice on the WNTV as continuity announcer on the 31st of October, 1959, Anike Agbaje Williams, Adebayo Faleti, Kunle Olasope, Victor Adeniyi, Nelson Ipaye, Yomi Onabolu, Sam Adegbe, Ayo Ogunlade, Kunle Adeleke, Tunji Senjobi, Toun Adeyemi, SF Ayo Vaughan, Tunji Marquis, Alex Conde, Dipo Bibilari, Dipo Babalola, Laolu Oguniyi, Lola Showunmi, Bankole Laotan, Jibola Dededunola, HO Robbins; Foundation GM of NTA, Abeokuta, Biodun Shotunji, Ishola Folorunsho, Tolu Fatoyinbo, Ernest Okonkwo, Laolu Oguniyi, Laolu Olumide, Yemi Ogunyemi, Goke Akinlabi, Olanrewaju Adepoju, Tunbosun Ladapo, Kunle Hamzat, Funmilola Olorunisola and many other great veterans.

Radio O Y O, rise up and walk again to reinvent and rejuvenate this glorious past as a worthy source of emulation by the numerous Radio stations that have now populated our environments. It is so bad, that our best is in our yesterday. May this giant continually grow and blossom like the oak tree.

Hon (Barr.) Femi Kehinde, Former Member, House of Representatives, National Assembly, Abuja, representing Ayedire/Iwo/Ola-oluwa Federal Constituency, of Osun State (1999-2003) and also Principal Partner in the Law Firm of Femi Kehinde and Co (Solicitors).

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National Day Schools Competition: Aijay Media Celebrates Nigeria’s Rich Heritage




The Aijay Media Annual National Day Schools Competition, held every October 1st, is set to hold this Tuesday.

The event, as always, is programmed to showcase the best of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage, and traditions as well as celebrate the country’s national day, with varieties of competitions, which have grown in popularity over the years, attracting participation from schools all over Lagos State.

This year’s competition revolves around the “Theme: Nigeria Will be Great If …”, with different schools competing in various categories such as traditional dance, poetry, drama, and music. Students are to display their talents, creativity, and prowess in interpreting the theme.

The CEO of Aijay Media, Mrs. Ijeoma Oka, said that the competition is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents, celebrate their cultural identity and proffer their own solutions to the anomalies in our country.

The Competition is also an opportunity for schools to win prizes, including educational materials. This Last year’s competition saw many schools taking home prizes, with Tenderhands Montessori School, Lagos emerging as the overall winner.

Mrs. Abiola-Seriki Ayeni was the Special guest of honour at the previous year’s competition. Speaking at the event, she commended Aijay Media for organizing the competition and called on well-meaning Nigerians, government, and companies to support this vision. She also urged Nigerian youths to embrace their cultural heritage, promote national unity, and work harder.

Given the success this competition is expected to attract, it is expected that more schools and organizations will participate in the future.

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NLC, TUC Declare Indefinite Strike




The organised labour unions, comprising the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), have declared an indefinite strike effective from October 3, 2023.

TUC President, Festus Osifo declared the strike at a joint press conference also attended by the President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero in Abuja on Tuesday.

Ajaero, who spoke first, carpeted the Federal Government over what he described as lackadaisical stance to address demands raised by the unions since the subsidy removal policy took effect.

He accused the government of deliberate refusal to engage in a meaningful and constructive dialogue within the ambits of good faith during the 21 days ultimatum and the subsequent successful 2-day nationwide warning strike on the 5th and 6th of September 2023.

According to the NLC President, the National Executive Councils (NEC) of the NLC and TUC in their various meetings deeply analyzed the current situation in the country, taking into cognisance the extensive hardships and deprivation afflicting the citizens across all states of the federation.

He said both NECs unanimously condemned the government’s apparent conscious lethargy and tardiness in handling the consequences of its petrol price hike on Nigerians.

Ajaero also noted that the NLC and the TUC NEC-in-session observed that there is no disagreement between Labour and Government on the existence of massive suffering, impoverishment and hunger in the country as a result of the hike in the price of Petrol which demands an urgent need for remedial action.

He said the government totally abdicated its responsibility and had shown gross unwillingness to act, thereby abandoning Nigerian people and workers to excruciating poverty and affliction.

He went on to accuse the federal government of continuous grandstanding and forestalling all avenues to peaceful dialogue with organized labour on ways to save Nigerians from the huge hunger and suffering experienced across the nation.

“As a result of the unconscionable hike in the price of Petrol (PMS) by the Government, the Government has continued to demonstrate not just an unwillingness to mitigate the massive hardship in the country but also a complete lack of intention to take positive steps and empathy for the multi-dimensionally impoverished citizens of Nigeria.

“The federal Government has therefore not met in any substantial way, the demands of Nigerian workers and peoples as previously canvassed in our mutually agreed roadmap to salvaging the economy and protecting workers and Nigerians from the monumental hardship.

“The grace period given by the two labour centres has expired but trade unions continue to face severe threat from the State via the brutal and suppressive power of the Police and Government.

“The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) continues to be illegally occupied by the Government via the instrumentality of the police who have cloned the leadership of NURTW.

“The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) continues to be illegally occupied by the Lagos State government in total disregard to the Courts and the statutes.

“That the State has continued to blackmail and sponsor serious campaigns of calumny against trade union leaders in the social media using its buying and coercive powers instead of making efforts to lift the burden on the masses,” the NLC President stated.

When Osifo got hold of the microphone, he said, consequently, the NLC and TUC NEC-in-Session resolved as follows: “to, in the spirit of the Independence Day celebration and to demonstrate our resolve for a truly independent Nigeria to take our destinies in our own hands and rescue our nation

“To embark on an indefinite and total shutdown of the nation beginning on zero hours Tuesday, the 3rd day of October, 2023. To direct all workers in Nigeria to withdraw their services from their respective workplaces commencing from the 3rd of October.

“To direct all affiliates and state councils to immediately start mobilizing accordingly for action to organize street protests and rallies until Government responds positively to our demands.

“We enjoin all patriotic Nigerians to join hands across the nation to assist this government put the people back at the centre of its policies and programmes.”

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Nigerians Will Be Shocked If Chicago Varsity Releases Tinubu’s Academic Records – Obaseki




A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and member of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) in the last election, Dr Don Pedro Obaseki, has said Nigerians will be shocked if the Chicago State University (CSU) releases the academic records of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 

Obaseki who was the Director of Research and Documentation of PDP – PCC in the 2023 election explained that Atiku is seeking an open disclosure of Tinubu’s CSU documents because it is believed that the Supreme Court of Nigeria may be compelled to listen to fresh evidence in the petitions already submitted to it.

Speaking during a zoom conference hosted by Prof. Gold Emmanuel, a psychologist based in London, on Monday, Obaseki said it was because of the nature of the issue and the need for Nigerians to know that the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is insisting on the full disclosure of President Tinubu’s academic records by the Chicago State University.

He said even though President Tinubu has said the public disclosure of his CSU documents would cause irreparable damage to him, “Nigerians would even be more shocked to know more about the certificate in question.”

He said, “Even when the court of first instance and the appellate court have convicted someone to death minutes before the Supreme Court gives its final judgement and there arose fresh and compelling facts and evidence, the apex court is bound to listen to the fresh facts before making its final judgement.

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