Memorial website in the memory of your loved one
On behalf of the Council of Chiefs, sons and daughters of the Koro Community (at home and abroad) and the Kwara State Government, the Adegoke family announces the transition of our father, grandfather and great grandfather, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS OBA ELIJAH ADEGOKE OYUN, OLUGBOI III, THE OLUKORO OF KORO who was called to the great beyond on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the age of 92.

Tribute from the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed:

This memorial website was created in Kabiyesi's memory, to celebrate his life and to honor his legacy.


Service of Songs: Friday, March 20, 2015 (6 pm)
Memorial Service & Thanksgiving: Saturday, March 21, 2015 (10 am)
Remembrances & Reception: Saturday, March 21, 2015 (12 Noon)

Venue: Koro, Ekiti Local Government Area, Kwara State

Travel & Accommodation Logistics

Accommodation arrangements have been made at hotels in Egbe (4 kilometers to Koro), Omu Aran (50 kilometers to Koro) and Ilorin respectively. All guests flying into Ilorin on Friday (October 20) from Abuja or Lagos will be accommodated in Ilorin and transportation to Koro early on Saturday morning will be provided. Escorted buses will depart from the designated Ilorin hotels at 7am on Saturday for Koro.

If you are driving from Ilorin, look out for the turn off to Koro (on the right) immediately after Eruku on the Ilorin-Kabba highway. If driving from Kabba on the Kabba-Ilorin highway, the turn off to Koro (on the left) will be a couple of miles after Egbe.

Also, most guests from the south-west (Lagos, Ibadan, etc) will be accommodated at hotels in Ilorin and Omu Aran while guests traveling by road from the north, south-east and south-south are requested to proceed to Egbe where hotel accommodation has been arranged for them.

Driving Directions

Guests traveling from the north (Kaduna, Jos, Minna, Abuja etc) by road.
Take the Abuja-Lokoja highway to Lokoja. From here, proceed on the Lokoja-Ilorin highway through Kabba to Egbe.
Google Map Directions:

Guests traveling from the south-west (Ibadan, Lagos, Osun etc.) by road.
From Ibadan proceed directly to Ilorin or use the Ibadan-Oshogbo highway and then connect through Ajase Ipo to Omu Aran and then Egbe.
Google Map Directions:

Guests traveling from the south-south and south-east (Port Harcourt, Benin, Calabar, Enugu, Owerri, etc) by road.
From your destination, connect to the Auchi-Okene highway all the way to Okene. From there, proceed to Kabba, then Egbe and to Omu Aran where hotel accommodation has been booked. Alternatively, drive from Port Harcourt to Benin-Ore-Ondo-Oshogbo highway and then connect through Ajase Ipo to Omu Aran.   
Google Maps Directions:

Contacts for Travel & Accommodation Logistics

Ilorin: Professor Alfred Adegoke (+2348184244749) & Mrs Olabisi Adams (+2347039581081)
Egbe: Mr. Kunle Adegoke (+2348034009618)
Port Harcourt: Mrs Ibanga (+2348187304170)


Tributes and Condolences
Our tribute to a great father   / Olu Ajayi (Friend to his son Prof Jimmy Adegoke )
Kabiyesi, I did not have the privilege to meet you while you were here on the earth. But reading through the tributes paid to you by your sons, I was moved by the fondness with which they recall the times they had with you. Baba you have done well...  Continue >>
Kabiyesi was Something of a Man   / Sylvester Osagie (Family Friend )
In this world, there are men, and there are men. Kabiyesi was a man of extra-ordinary gravitas. A man of enduring influence. He was something of a man. A conversation with him had a lasting impact; Bequeathing a legacy of effective spoken English, ...  Continue >>
You Are My Hero   / Alfred Adegoke (Son)
Bami, It is still very difficult for me to come to terms with the fact that you finally left us. Maybe because you spent so much time with me in the last fifteen years or more of your life. I had the singular privilege of taking you back and forth to...  Continue >>
Tribute to my Grandfather   / Eteyen Adegoke (Grandson)
Though my memories of my grandfather are few and far between, through the accounts from my Dad, I am aware of his influence on his household and beyond. He was a loving father, through affection and discipline. He worked hard for the betterment of Ko...  Continue >>
I remember when I was 7; we were in Kaduna, where I was born, precisely NO 50 Kurumi Avenue, Costain. My father was working at the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Kaduna. He would go to the office in the evening just to check on his staff an...  Continue >>
Tribute to My Father Oba Elijah Adegoke Oyun.  / Pastor Charles Adegoke (Son)    Read >>
Tribute to my father  / Chris Adegoke (Son)    Read >>
What a Father!  / Jimmy Adegoke (Son)    Read >>
Trust in God's Plan  / SUNSHINE AYAKO     Read >>
Death of a Monarch  / His Execellency, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed Governor Of Kwara State     Read >>
More tributes and condolences...
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His legacy
His Royal Highness Oba Elijah Adegoke Oyun, Olukoro of Koro (Olugboi III), was born to the family of Pa David Oyun (alias Baba Egbe) and Sarah Dada on 8th October 1922. He was married to his late wife Alice Abosede (AB) and is blessed with many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He grew up under the guardianship of Pastor Abraham Ajayi one of the first indigenous Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) Clergymen in our district. He received his Elementary Education at SIM School Egbe and later obtained his Standard Six Certificate in 1940. He began his teaching career after his employment by the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) as pupil-teacher in 1941. Between 1941 and 1952 he taught at various schools in places like Egbe Ponyan Ogbe and Ejiba.

In 1953 he gained admission to the then Institute of Commerce Ibadan for an advanced Certificate Course. On his return he was posted again to SIM School Ponyan to teach (a place he regards as his second home). Many of his age-long friends hail from Ponyan prominent among them is the current paramount ruler of Ponyan HRH Oba Kuponyi. Towards the end of 1955 he left Ponyan and indeed the teaching career for an Executive Course (Accounts) at the Institute of Administration Zaria. On his successful completion of the course he secured employment with the then Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation NBC as Senior Accounts Clerk at its Ilorin station. Not satisfied with his academic attainment yet he proceeded to the Institute of Administration (Congo Campus) Ahmadu Bello University Zaria on in-service arrangement for Advanced Administration Management Course in 1968/69 Session. He continued his work at the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation NBC where he later crossed from Accounts to Administration Department. He rose through the ranks from the post of Administrative Assistant to the post of Controller of Administration. He retired in 1984 as the Controller of Administration. He served meritoriously the NBC that later became FRCN at many duty posts which include Lagos kaduna Maiduguri and Ilorin where he later retired at Radio Kwara where he had earlier transferred his service from FRCN. Throughout his life he was a member of SIM/ECWA and was for many years a member of Board of Elders and Gospel team of ECWA Church Amilegbe Ilorin.

He became the Olukoro of Koro in 1988 and was crowned Oba on June 5, 1994. The people of Koro enjoyed unparalleled peace, stability and progress during his reign as Oba. Some the achievement recorded under his leadership include the following: peace and order reigned supreme in the community; physical expansion of community infrastructures; reorganization and strengthening of Chieftaincy institutions; expansion and rehabilitation of primary and secondary schools in Koro; provision of pipe-borne water; provision of electricity; establishment of a number of cottage Industries e.g. cassava flour mills, gari processing plant etc.; and tarring of Koro – Eruku road.

Kabiyesi was preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of 40 years, Mrs. Alice Abosede Oyun (Nee Sanni) who passed unto eternal rest on December 17, 1992 and he never remarried. Four offsprings, including an infant son, also preceded him in death.

To commemorate Kabiyesi’s 90th birthday, his children completed a 200-seat multi-purpose community center furnished with satellite TV reception capability and donated the building to the Koro Community. The building was commissioned by Senator Simeon Ajibola who represents Kwara South Senatorial District in the National Assembly.

His Royal Highness Oba Adegoke Elijah Oyun, Olukoro of Koro, passed on to a glorious rest peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the age of 92.
HRH OBA ELIJAH's Photo Album
Kabiyesi at 90
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