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Oba Emmanuel Taiwo Ogunleye II Elemure of Emure

Updated January 3, 2012

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This website describes the life and achievements of His Royal Majesty, Alayeluwa Elemure Oba Emmanuel Taiwo Ogunleye II Amugbayanwo, Elemure of Emure-Ekiti. He reigned in Emure Ekiti from 1965 - 1974.

Reign: 24th June 1965 – 25th November 1974
Coronation: 24th June 1965
Consort: HRH Olori (Queen) Christiana Abigail
Princess Adenrele Dele
Prince Adetunji
Princess Tejumade
Prince Emmanuel Temitope
Prince Oluwasegun
Princess Aderinsola
Prince Adeyemi
Princess Temilade
Full Name: Emmanuel Taiwo Ogunleye
Titles: HRM Oba (King) Alayeluwa, Amugbayanwo, The Elemure of Emure,
Ruling House: Adumori
Anthem: Emure Ijaloke/Emure Ilu Ewa
Father: HRM Oba (King) Ogunleye I Odundun
Mother: HRH Olori (Queen) Bolangbe
Full Sibling: Princess Alice Fagite
Grandfather: HRM Oba (King) Ogunsusi Ajirotutu I
Great-Grandfather: HRM Oba (King) Adumori Ogunragaboja
Religion: Christianity
Born: Circa 12th October 1922, Emure-Ekiti
Baptised: 10th October 1936
Died: 25th November 1974, Emure-Ekiti
Burial: 25th November 1974, The Palace, Alua Omolore, Emure-Ekiti

Since 1780 when Emure people came from Igbo-Owa to the present site called Emure Ijaloke, now known as Emure-Ekiti, eight Obas (kings) had ruled in the kingdom before HRM Oba Alayeluwa Emmanuel Taiwo Ogunleye II Amugbayanwo (Ajirotutu VI) was enthroned in 1965. He thus became the ninth (9th) Elemure, ruling from 1965 to 1974. All of them came from the Adumori Ruling House.

The first ruler (Elemure) at the present site was Adumori Ogunragaboja. The royal line, Adumori Ruling House was named after him. The Elemure’s ruling profiles are as follows:

1. Oba Adumori Ogunragaboja: 1780 – 1845
2. Oba Akepeola Aminmin I: 1846 – 1850
3. Oba Ogunsusi Ajirotutu I: 1851 – 1901
4. Oba Fagbegi Owoso (Ajirotutu II): 1902 – 1907
5. Oba Adeyemi Ayibiowu Atobatele (Ajirotutu III): 1908 – 1924
6. Oba Joseph Ogunloye Arosoye (Ajirotutu IV): 1924 – 1931
7. Oba Ogunleye I Odundun (Ajirotutu V): 1931 – 1952
8. Oba Peter Adebayo Ajimudaoro Aminmin II: 1953 – 1963
9. Oba Emmanuel Taiwo Ogunleye II Amugbayanwo (Ajirotutu VI): 1965 - 1974

The nine Obas (Kings) mentioned above originated from the Adumori Ruling House. The present ruler is Elemure Oba Emmanuel Adebowale Adebayo, Atayero bi Agogo Aminmin III, and he also comes from the Adumori Ruling House.

Life as an Oba (King)
After the coronation, Oba Elemure Ogunleye II Amugbayanwo and Olori (Queen) Abigail moved to the palace called Aafin Elemure, in the centre of Emure, the main official residence of the Emure monarchs.

Emure witnessed tremendous growth and expansion during his reign. HRM Alayeluwa Elemure Emmanuel Taiwo Ogunleye II Amugbayanwo was the Chairman of the Ekiti Southern District Council of Obas of the old Western State of Nigeria. During his reign, Emure-Ekiti’s Postal Agency was upgraded to a full-fledged Post Office in 1972. This was in acknowledgement of the position of importance occupied by Emure-Ekiti during this period. A new Post Office was built, second only to the Akure Post Office, which was the most beautiful in the old Ondo Province. A modern Motor-Park was constructed for Emure during this period. In 1972, a modern market was built in front of the palace. Many churches sprang up in the town during Oba Emmanuel Taiwo Ogunleye II’s reign. This includes the famous Apostolic Faith Church. The foundation stone for St. Paul’s Anglican Church was laid on December 30, 1971 and it was eventually dedicated in 1980. St. Peter’s Anglican Church was built and dedicated during his reign. The only ultramodern mosque in the town (yet to be completed) had its foundation stone laid in 1969. The Catholic Maternity, which has now been upgraded to a full-fledged hospital was constructed and commissioned in 1972.

Oba Emmanuel Taiwo Ogunleye II initiated a water scheme project as far back as 1968. The pipe borne water project was about to reach its completion.

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