How Oluleye escaped abortion at pregnancy
Here comes the mysterious story of how Oluwole Oluleye would have been aborted while in his mother’s womb but narrowly escaped only to become a source of inspiration to millions of Nigerian youth today.
Shortly before his mother passed on in 1991, she took him to Ife-Odan to show him a piece of land that she desired that the children should develop in the future. While they were walking along the main street in the town, a man beckoned to him and shouted from afar saying; “Felicia se omo ijohun re e?” and she replied “beeni”! Out of curiosity, he turned to his mother and asked what that meant. She took a long look at him, shook her head and gave a big sigh. She informed him that in those days, people were not encouraged to marry outside their communities and that for his father to have come from far away Ekiti land, she was sure to be abandoned, especially as there were so many suitors in town for her.
Later on in their discussion, his mother described the man as an abortion specialist for young girls. And that the man actually persuaded her to have an abortion when she had his pregnancy, which she completely refused, insisting that such could only happen unless it was natural miscarriage. She stuck to her love James and the rest is history today. If she had listened to the counsel of the “abortion specialist”, he definitely would not be standing before us today. This was God’s first intervention in his life even as a foetus; as he had decreed that he must come into the world to fulfil a destiny. I am here today by the divine will of the almighty God.
Dr. Oluwole Oluleye was born about sixty years ago to a seamstress mother, the late Felicia Olajumoke (Nee Bolaji), of Ile Araba Ife-Odan, in the present Osun state, and a school headmaster father, the late the late James Johnson Oluleye of the Adurogbangba Moogunje family, of Aaye quarters, Efon-Alaaye, in the present Ekiti State. His mother later became a successful homemaker (by virtue of raising her seven children to be graduates and several other relatives who lived with them), while his father later joined the Nigerian Army and rose to become a major General, and later a Federal Commissioner for Establishment and Service Matters, as well as the Finance Commission
He had his early education in several schools, as he was literarily an itinerant student moving correspondingly to his father’s various transfers. His first taste of primary education was at the Christ Church Mapo2 at Beere area Ibadan. Then to Apaukwa Municipal School, Army Barracks, Enugu, 1st Reece Squadron School in the GRA, by Durbar hotel in Kaduna, and back to Apaukwa again, where he finished his primary education in 1965.
As it was in most primary schools in those days, they took the common entrance examination to various schools, including the military school, Zaria. For him, he took only one entrance examination and that was to the Government College, Umuahia. His interest in the school stemmed from the fact that his uncle, Supo Abidakun, had his secondary education there.
He passed the entrance examination and his father who coincidentally had an official function in Port Harcourt, took him along and dropped him off at Umuahia for the interview, which was made up of an aptitude test and games- athletics, football etc. He reported at Igbo Ekiti Grammar school early January 1966.
Shortly after, the first coup occurred with loss of lives of senior army officers one had come to be familiar with. On getting to Enugu, he discovered that it was God that led him to have left the school when he did, as the first battalion Nigerian Army were directed to move by train to Kaduna.
Two major incidents happened during his secondary school days that bear recalling here. His mother remained the family’s official driver responsible for picking her children and his cousins who were living with them from various schools in Ibadan and its environs. His father was responsible for the training of these cousins. Around 1968, they were on holidays and she came to Ibadan to pick them all. It was routine for his father to know the route they were taking and the time of departure. On this particular occasion, they picked a cousin from mayflower college Ikenne, and they were in the middle of a narrow bridge around Ikenne and an oncoming lorry’s brakes failed and entered the bridge, which could only take one vehicle at a time. It was in the rainy season and the river was overflowing with a strong current as it had rained all day. They were squeezed against the railings and the river was barely four feet below. They were screaming as death stared them in the face. Policemen responded and a towing vehicle was brought later to drag the lorry out to free them as traffic had built up rapidly. A generation would have been wiped off, but for God’s benevolence and mercy towards them. Amongst those in the car then are doctors, engineers and professors today.
Sometime in 1969, he took ill and was brought back from school. He was kept at home using native concoction as it was believed the disease could not be cured by orthodox medicine. It was diagnosed as yellow fever. It got to a point that he requested to be taken to the military hospital, as he preferred to die in the hospital. He was admitted into the ward with soldiers from the war front that had the same problems. They were all dying one after the other beside and around him. He felt his time to die was nigh. He was the only one who survived among ten of them in the ward. This incident shook him and made him realise there was just a thin line between life and death.
"I must not fail to mention two women who God directed to assist me", Oluomo said "The late Mrs. Omololu, a matron at the UCH and wife of Prof. Omololu of the nutrition department at the University of Ibadan in the 1970’s. My father wanted me to study law, whereas his interest was in agriculture and specifically animal husbandry. He loved the practical aspect of caring for the animals. It was Mrs. Omololu who God used to prevail upon my father to allow me study what I had interest in", he said in a brief chat with Fountain Newsbreaker.
While at the moor plantation, his principal was Dr. Elizabeth Crockett DVM, Ph.D, and she had profound influence on him. She taught animal parasitology and pathology. In his second year, she called him and asked what his future plans were. She encouraged him to go to the USA, he applied and got a visa through her assistance.
To Be Continued in January Edition.. Watch Out!!!