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Meet the First Registered Building Engineer to become a King in Nigeria

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His Royal Majesty Oba (Bldr) Asunmo Ganiyu Aderibigbe Balogun, Jamade 1, the Paramount Ruler of Odo – Ayandelu was born on the 17th of July, 1962 to Prince Asunmobiu Omolaja Balogun, the first cleric to visit Mecca Late Chief Imam of Odo – Ayandelu, a member of the Jamade Ruling House and Princess Latifatu Balogun – nee Oyefolu, from the Olufoworesete Ruling House of Imota, Lagos State. While his father was a bicycle repairer and Muslim Cleric, His mother was a petty trader and a farmer.

Between 1983 and 1986, he was at Ijebu-Ode Technical College to study Block Laying and Concreting. His first working Experience was at the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) where he served in the public works department.

He then secured employment at the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), now Power Holding Company of Nigeria ( PHCN) as a masonry officer ( IV ). Knowing fully well the importance of education, he enrolled for a part-time programme in building Technology at the Yaba College of Technology in 1989 and obtained the National Diploma and Higher National Diploma in 1997. As a student, he was the Chief Whip of Building Students Ruling Council. As a staff of NEPA, he served as a union leader and headed several positions which included the Public Relation Officer between 1990 and 1992 and General Secretary for six years, 1993-1999.

His Royal Majesty Aderibigbe Asunmo rose to the post of Assistant Manager, Building, in-charge of maintenance of PHCN quarters and offices nationwide, under Senator Liyel Imoke, Late Chief Bola Ige, Barrister Ogbaga and Chief Segun Agagu all former Ministers of Power in Nigeria.
Today, Oba Ganiyu Aderibigbe Asunmo is;

  1. Cooperate member of the Nigerian Institute of Building, (NIOB)
  2. Licensed Registered Builder with Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON)
  3. The first Nigerian Registered Builder by CORBON to become a monarch over his community.
  4. He has attended many Workshop/Seminars organized by Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Nigerian Society of Engineers, Craftsman Association of Nigeria in order to develop his skill as a professional.
    His Royal Majesty has bagged many Honors and Awards;
    i. As a father of peace award in Educational Advancement by National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) in Epe Division of Lagos State.
    ii. An award of ICON of Leadership/Corpers friendly qualitative award by National Youth Service Corps(NYSC).
    To mention but few.
    He is married to two beautiful Oloris namely;
    • Olori Abimbola Oluwayemisi Asunmo-nee Ayinuowo of the Lasademo Ruling House, Imota, Lagos and
    • Olori Nneka Juliet Asunmo Nee Ogboto of Onitsha in Anambra State.
    He is blessed with nine children. He is today the sixth Oba to rule Odo-Ayandelu and the first from the Jamade Ruling House. His hobbies include; Reading, Music and Sports.
    His major dream as Oba of Odo-Ayandelu is to transform the community into a vibrant industrial and
    commercial nerve centre that will be envy of all towns across the Country.

His Royal Majesty was installed as the King of his community on the 13th day of April, 2010

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Caption: Mariam Asunmo


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