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The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Michael Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo today mediated between the family of the late Apala maestro, Alhaji Ayinla Omowura and the author of his biography, Dr. Festus Adedayo. It will be recalled that there has been lingering misunderstanding between the two parties since May 6, 2020 when the book hit the market. One the late Ayinla Omowura’s daughter, Halimot had in the wake of the crisis granted an interview to a Yoruba tabloid, ‘Akede Agbaye’, alleging defamatory contents in the book. The family also accused the author of selling the book without their involvement.
Responding, the biographer, Dr. Festus Adedayo expressed his disappointment in Ayinla’s family, adding that the late Apala singer’s kinsmen supposed to be grateful to him for intellectualising their father after four decades. Adedayo also revealed that he had not recouped 50% of over three million naira invested on the publication. He attributed this to the economic climate and unforseen circumstance like coronavirus pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic halted the launch of the biography proposed to mark forty years of Ayinla’s tragic death in May, 2020.
The Baagbimo of Egbaland, Chief Akanni Akinwale, who represented Alake appealed to both parties to settle the matter amicably.
Both parties have agreed to officially launch the 537-page literature on May 6, 2021 to mark the 41st Anniversary of Ayinla’s transition. The proceeds from the launch would be set aside to establish Ayinla Omowura Foundation.
In attendance were the eldest child of Ayinla Omowura, Alhaja Kubura, her sister, Alhaja Mariam and Samsondeen Omowura. Members of Adedayo’s crew, Waheed Ganiyu and Idris Oderinde also grace the parley.