Alani Bankole, Dimeji’s dad, is a popular politician in Ogun, South West Nigeria. Alani Bankole, the father of the immediate past Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, got married to two new wives who both gave birth within a space of two days.
This achievement by the 72-year-old politician has attracted people to his home in Oluwo area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital, where a naming ceremony of one of the new born babies took place on Tuesday. The naming ceremony of the child from the second wife has been scheduled to hold on Thursday in the same venue.
Both wives gave birth last week and the naming ceremonies are held according to Islamic Yoruba Culture, eight days after birth. The home of the Ogun State politician was filled to capacity with guests entertained with food, drinks, and music in celebration of the new wives and the babies.
One of the new wives is in her 20's while the other is in her 30's. Both are said to be graduates of different institutions of higher education. Their names are Faizat and Rukayat. At the naming ceremony, Mr. Bankole and his wife dressed in white lace, acknowledged greetings from guests as they moved round to appreciate the attendees.
The child named on Tuesday was called Rukayat. Mr. Bankole was seen beaming with smiles as he exchanged banters with his friends, associates and guests. Also in attendance at the naming ceremony was Dimeji Bankole’s mother who was surrounded by her friends. The former speaker was not seen at the occasion. He was said to be busy in Abuja. The elder Bankole said he is fit as a caterpillar, and jokingly said, "You can also come and learn the skill."