He was born in Lagos (19/02/1938), and was taken to Zaria along with his late sister, Rolayo Adebimpe when Papa was transferred as a railway official in 1940. He was tutored at St. George’s Primary School, Zaria (1941 – 1946). He attended the then Abeokuta Girls’ Primary School in Ake (1946 – 1948) and schooled at the only elitist school for children in Abeokuta at that time – Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti’s class (January 1949 – December 1950). He was admitted to the Abeokuta Grammar School in January 1951. At AGS, he performed brilliantly, in academics, literary and debating, sports, etc. He was made the senior prefect in his final year at school (1956) for his fine leadership qualities of courage, loyalty, empathy, friendliness and comradeship. He left the school in flying colours, and proceeded to West Ham College of Technology in London for one year (October 1957 to June 1958). He gained direct admission to Trinity College, Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland (EIRE) in October 1958 to study medicine. This is the third oldest University, after Oxford and Cambridge, in Great Britain and Ireland. He was successful in his choice of profession – medicine. Here, he bagged the degrees of BA (1962), MB,CH.B, BAO (June 1964). He furthered his studies to postgraduate level and added more degrees to his qualification M.A. (1967), DT.M & H (1967), D.P.H (1969), D.I.H. (1970), FMCGP, FWACP.
Kabiyesi’s father – Pa. Joseph Somoye Tejuoso who died at the age of 60 years, lived from 1908 – December 27, 1968. He was a teacher at St. John’s Primary School, Igbein, Abeokuta in the early 1930s where he taught the famous Oyewole twins – Femi and Dotun, who were classmates with the then young, charming and beautiful Princess Esther Bisoye Karunwi who later became wife of Pa. Somoye Tejuoso – Chief Mrs. Bisoye Tejuoso, the third (3rd) Iyalode of Egbaland, and mother of the present Kabiyesi, Osile Oke-Ona Egba, Oba Dr. Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso, Karunwi III, Oranmiyan. Pa Joseph Somoye Tejuoso’s father was the late Chief Moses Tejuoso. He died at the age of 85 years. His mother was Mrs. Ekundayo Tejuoso (popularly known as Iya Olobi). Chief Moses Tejuoso was the Oluwo of Ago-Oko, Oke-Ona Egba, Abeokuta. He was also a Councillor at the Abeokuta Divisional Council until his death in 1945. He was one of those who donated the piece of land on which the present Cathedral of St. James African Church, Idi-Ape, Abeokuta was built.
In the early 30’s, Pa. Somoye Tejuoso was one of the three (3) very famous teachers and friends living in Abeokuta – the others were Mr. Kosoko and Mr. Obafemi Awolowo who later became the well-known and famous Patriarch Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Lawyer, Politician, Visionary, Elder Statesman of blessed memory.
Little wonder then that Pa. Somoye Tejuoso became the leader of the Yorubas in Zaria. At the Nigerian Railways where he worked as a Clerk at the locomotive department from 1940 – 1957, he was popularly known in Zaria as the leader or ‘Olori’. He was the co-founder of the Lisabi Club in Zaria. He was also the Chairman of Action Group in Zaria as at the time of the grand tour of the North by our Political forefathers – Sir Herbert Macaulay, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti and the then great unionist – Michael Imodu in the year 1945/46 when the then young 7 year old Dapo had the honour and privilege of taking a group photograph with them.
Oba Tejuoso lost his father – Pa. Joseph Somoye Tejuoso on the 27th of December, 1968, whilst in the United Kingdom for Postgraduate Studies. He had earlier lost his only surviving sister Rolayo Adebimpe Tejuoso on the 30th of December 1965 at the age of 25 years. She was born on the 2nd of July, 1940. She was then an undergraduate student at the University College, Dublin (UCD) in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.
He loves God and His Christ. He insists he wants all whom he comes in contact with to make Heaven. He wants to keep hell empty. Hence, his Christian-like zeal for God. He has encouraged his extended family to do away with idolatry. Like the Biblical Gideon, he caused the Obatala Idol in Karunwi’s Compound at Ago-Oko, Abeokuta to be destroyed in the full glare of the public and enjoined all present to do so in their various homes if he, the King, was still alive after 7 days of the removal of the idol. This was on his birthday, the 19th of February, 2005. He is of course, still very much alive and well until today.
Kabiyesi shares the Word of God like breath with all and sundry. He preaches the Word of God passionately and openly. He has been part of Christian Crusades in Abeokuta, Agege, Oshogbo, Akure, Ibadan or wherever the Spirit of God directs him. He is Chairman of the Governing Council of the Prison Rehabilitation Mission International (PREMI) while Bishop Kayode Williams is the Director General. They went to Oshogbo in Osun State and Akure in Ondo State for two separate divinely guided and fruitful 7-day crusades. His Evangelical Outreach – Oba Karunwi III, Evangelical Movement (OKTEM) moves to all nearby villages to attest to the Power of God and to win souls for Jesus Christ. Its goal is to “win a soul each day for Christ”. At his residence, Daily Prayers are said and Bible Study and Fellowship are regularly held every Wednesday. This involves the entire family, workers and other outsiders and visitors alike.
He has been divinely allowed to build many churches such as his Dabis Court Residence in Surulere, Lagos – St. Joseph’s Chapel in honour of his late father – Pa Somoye Tejuoso, Esther Bisoye Tejuoso Memorial Chapel at Ago-Oko, Abeokuta in memory of – Yeye Oba; yet another Chapel – Iyalode Esther Bisoye Tejuoso Memorial Chapel at the newly completed Church Complex at the Cathedral of St. Jude’s Anglican Church, Ebute-Metta, Lagos. Also the St. Joseph’s Bethany House at the Cathedral of St. Jude’s Anglican Church, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, was built and dedicated to the memory of his late father on the 27th of December, 1988 – the 20th anniversary of his father’s death. A prime motivator and contributor to the recently completed Church Building of St. John’s African Church, Olorunsogo, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, sponsored by St. James’ African Church Cathedral, Idi-Ape, Ago-Oko, Abeokuta. This was dedicated on Sunday, the 23rd of May, 2010 to commemorate the 21st Coronation Anniversary of Kabiyesi – Oba Tejuoso who was also earlier honoured to lay its foundation on the 18th of May, 1991 to mark his 2nd Coronation Anniversary on the throne of his forefathers as the Osile Oke-Ona Egba.
He is of course, the Grand Patron of the Egba Diocese, Ife/Oshogbo Diocese, Ibadan Diocese and the Lagos Mainland Diocese of the African Church. He is a Patron of The African Church Worldwide. He is also a Patron of the South West Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). In a modest way, he contributes to the growth of many Christian religious bodies as Grand Patron, Patron, Trustee, Adviser, Motivator etc.
SOME RELEVANT HISTORICAL FACTS CONNECTING OBA DR. ADEDAPO ADEWALE TEJUOSO STRONGLY TO IDI APE AFRICAN CHURCH, AGO-OKO, ABEOKUTA
(1) Oba Dr. Tejuoso’s PATERNAL GRANDFATHER, CHIEF MOSES TEJUOSO (Oluwo Ago-Oko) was prominent amongst those who donated the piece of land on which the present African Church Cathedral of St. James’Idi-Ape, Ago-Oko was built. Pa Tejuoso was also a Councillor of the Egba Divisional Council then.
(2) Oba Tejuoso’s MATERNAL GRAND UNCLE, OBA DAVID SOKUNBI KARUNWI, Karunwi II, Osile Oke-Ona Egba (1904 – 1918) laid the foundation stone of this same Idi-Ape African Church in Ago-Oko on the 17th of October, 1917.
(3) Late Bishop Onatolu was the 1st Clergy (1917 – 1919) and the 1st Bishop (1929 – 1942) of Idi-Ape African Church, Abeokuta. He was the husband of the sister of a wife (Mama Agbeke and Abeke) of my late Uncle – Chief Barrister Akitoye Tejuoso – Oluwo Ago-Oko and Oke-Ona, Lisa of the Egbas and the first BABA IJO of Idi-Ape African Church Cathedral, Abeokuta.
(4) Oba Dr. Adedapo Tejuoso moved from Zaria in 1946 at the age of 8 years (with his then 6 year old only sister) to continue his schooling at Abeokuta Girls School, Ake (1946 – 1948) and later Mrs. Funlayo Ransome Kuti’s class in Kemta Abeokuta (January 1949 to December 1950).
(5) These four years (1946 – 1950), Oba Tejuoso lived with Mrs. Onatolu (the sister of Mrs. Tejuoso – Mama Agbeke and Abeke). Mrs. Onatolu was the wife of this Late Bishop Onatolu of Idi-Ape African Church. We lived at Ijemo Ijako, in WASIMI AKE, Abeokuta (located exactly next door to the Ile-Ogboni, Ijemo and behind the St. Peters’ Anglican Church Cathedral, Ake).
(6) Oba Tejuoso was privileged to join the choir of Idi-Ape African Church. He was previously a member of the choir of St. Georges’ Anglican Church in Zaria.
(7) The anointing of Bishop Onatolu and his environment must probably have radiated to this young lad (called Dapo) who, much later, also tapped some further anointing from that great world class Evangelist, Reinard Bonke when he came for a world class crusade at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta in the year 2002.
(8) No wonder Oba Tejuoso was divinely inspired TO FOUND AND INAUGURATE the 1st EVANGELICAL SOCIETY of the African Church, World-wide, at Idi-Ape African Church, Abeokuta on the 4th of April, 2004 (04.04.04) to commemorate the 100th year anniversary (the Centenary) of the Coronation of the Late Oba David Sokunbi Karunwi, as Karunwi II, Osile Oke-Ona Egba. This took place on the 4th of April, 1904 (04.04.04). That day in 1904, happened to be an Easter Monday. Oba Karunwi II was coronated with anointing oil by the then BISHOP OLUWOLE of the Anglican Church, Lagos. He was the first Christian Oba in Egbaland. Oba Tejuoso, Karunwi III was also installed as the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Prisons Rehabilitation Mission International (PREMI) on that memorable day in 2004 (04.04.04).
Any wonder, therefore, the role, Oba Tejuoso Karunwi III is currently playing in Egbaland and Nigeria? Food for thought. Long may the King reign in Jesus Mighty Name (Amen).