One does not know whether to call this news a bundle of joy for Ogun State top politician and father of Nigeria’s erstwhile speaker of Federal House of Representatives, Chief S. O. Alani Bankole, the Oluwo of Iporo Ake and Seriki Jagunmolu of Egbaland.
The very powerful politician, was said to have been blessed weeks past by two new babies from two different women. The big story which is now rocking the Rock City with intensity, is already making many to wonder what the goatee-politician of note is still having to do with child-rearing, let alone fathering two within one week from different women and at a very advanced age of over 70 years.
According to the hot gist, Chief Alani Bankole’s last but now not the least known wife, a fair-skinned lady, known as Bola (nee Ewebiyi), was said to have delivered a baby girl in an Abeokuta private hospital few weeks ago. The 26 year-old Bola, whom the unrepentant polygamist politician, Alani Bankole legally married about a year ago, is a graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago-Iwoye, with a B.Sc (Bus Admin), and is allegedly said to be the apple of Alani Bankole’s eyes, courtesy her fair-skin, beauty and young blood.
The baby we gathered has since been named Ganiyat according to Islamic tradition, just as a big party is under way come this Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to celebrate the arrival of the new baby. But just as gladdening as the news of Alani Bankole’s pretty young wife’s delivery of a baby girl, a rather startling news and very amusing one at that, trickled in that yet another woman, who hails from Ilaro in the Yewa axis of Ogun State, said to be in her 40s, was said to have within the same week, delivered a baby girl for the same Chief Bankole, who we gathered, was not befuddled in any way at the ‘supposed’ good news.
With these two new additions to Alani Bankole’s harem, the number of children he may be fathering now could be lost while counting, but as at the last count, the number of his children was put at 26. The Ilaro woman already has a 10-year-old boy from a previous marriage.
Meanwhile, the latter of the two new mothers of Alani Bankole’s babies, Bola is said to be so elated at her bundle of joy as she is leaving no stone unturned to throw a big naming ceremony-cum-party for her daughter Ganiyat Bankole, come March 13, when the baby will be clocking the traditional 41 days, according to Yoruba and probably Islamic practice.
We can tell you for free that Bola actually had an elaborate and well-advertised and publicized introduction/engagement ceremony with the much older Alani Bankole at her parents’ Ewebiyi residence, sometime in November, 2012; an event which had prominent and top family members, friends and associates of Alani Bankole in attendance. As for the other woman, who also gave birth to a baby girl for Chief Alani Bankole, much is not known about her, as the chief has over time managed to code his relationship with the 40 something years old woman.
The news of the baby’s arrival may however have been too much to shield or conceal, and it’s just got to be told. We hear the baby girl had also been named, but not too elaborate as that of Bola. Feelers from the Bankole’s household are that many are still in shock as to the motive of the politician on still having more wives at his age. According to sources, those already bearing his name have been left to carry their cross without recourse to him.