Why I Am Now Studying Political Science At U.I – FUJI Star, SAHEED OSUPA

Many don’t know that Fuji
Star, King Saheed Osupa’s real name is Akorede Babatunde Okunola,
popularly called SAHEEDON PAPA by his fans. He is a big name in Fuji
He is married and blessed
with  kids.
He is an Actor,
Scriptwriter, Producer and also a musician.  The first movie he appeared
in is entitled: “Omo Ori Eni”. Before he produced his  movie  called 
“Agbere Oju”
And the song that brought
him into limelight was “Master Busters” he has over 30 albums to his
credit.  Last week, City People’s
reporter, NIFE KAZEEM, paid him a visit at his Ibadan home and He told why he is back in school for his Political Science
degree course at the University of Ibadan.

What led you into Fuji music?
I was so much loved by my parents. Let
me say I was the best child of my mum. To be honest,  I was a spoilt
brat. They didn’t scold me, whatever I said I wanted, they wouldn’t
argue with me. They always gave me whatever I wanted. Because, I really
disturbed my mum through childbirth,  so she believed  if anyone should
beat me, I would die.
(Laughs) So, I just decided one day  and told them that I wanted to be a fuji music singer, they said they wanted me to study.
People think you’re the most aggressive among your contemporaries?
 It’s cool, but one thing is clear to
those who know me very well. This act that I am wearing, it is Fuji that
shaped me into it. I am just trying to meet up with their act, to make
it real.
I heard that you’ve gone back for your degree programme?
Yes, I really need to because that is my late parents’ wish.
And what are you studying?
Political Science, at the faculty of Social Science, department of Political Science.
Are you planning on becoming a politician?
Not really! I just want to be a political theorists because I’m still going to obtain my Master’s degree in Political Science.
Are you dreaming of contesting for any post in future?
I’m not, I just want to make correction
to some mistakes through my column, on social media. And to be a role
model  to some boys that I trained .
Are they successful?
To become successful in life it is  only
God ‘s doing because everything depends on your destiny. I can only try
my best as a human being.
Are you married?
Yes and blessed with kids. They are all in the States.
Do you have any issues with anyone in the industry?
Not at all. But I don’t know if anyone
has any with me. In my  case, music is just the smallest part of my
vision, because I believe I can still do more beyond music. But I am not
leaving music, because it is part of me.
The major reason I went back to school
is to obtain my degree in Political Science, I believe I can still make
an impact on the society one way or the other.
There is this axion that says.  Dogs and
monkeys are not contemporaries. Simply because I find myself in the
same  bracket with some people  does not mean we must reason alike, as
for me, I still have a very long way to go.
You being a Political Science Student, what can you say about the present crisis in Ibadan?
Nigerians should pray for our leaders
and God bless Nigeria my country. In Oyo State now, there’s something we
call “Pandemonium” a royal rumble thing in bracket.
What they say is that the authorities in
the state are bastardising the culture of Ibadanland and those in power
say the king should dance to their tune, which is not in the history of
Yorubaland at all.
No one messes with the power or orders
of the King. And we have what is called Convention, which is part of the
culture, the normal way of doing things right in Yorubaland.
There’s something we call “Ipebi” in
Yorubaland. For someone to become a king, you have to go to “Ipebi”, 
For the preparation of the new role. I don’t think there is something
like that again in Ibadan.
The authorities believed they could just
pick or call anybody, without  going through the normal traditional
rites and rituals and make him an Oba..
These days, the  new kings, are crowned in the office of the Governor.
Is this forbidden in Yorubaland?
The culture of Yorubaland  forbids the
act of just picking someone from any where to become king. You can not
just say these are the new kings and start giving them crowns. I called
that bastard culture. Constitution of  a state must include part of the
culture. Just to suite the people.
Going against the culture that has been in place for many years is inappropriate and bastardising the culture.
I personally,  disagree with the Governor.
In my findings, I was told that people
in power did that just because they believe that the refusal of Olubadan
to comply with the wish of the  authorities called Progress Kind of
Change is against their interest, which Ibadan people  called
So, they now say the refusal of the
Olubadan to comply with the step the authorities took was at the behest
of those who are in  Politics. The governor believes it is the
politicians around Baba who are dictating to Olubadan, believing  that
they are the ones telling him not to obey him.
And why is Olubadan  not willing to obey? Is  it  because it is against culture and tradition?
There is this theory in Political Science we call Dualistic Theory of Democratic State.
And it says that we should find a way of bringing together the two. Bring forth a perfect representation of the people.
Anybody in power should just try and
make friends among the people, who don’t like you. Just to do things the
way of the people, who put you in power  and anybody in position of
authority should use power with a modicum of maturity.
People know you have the power. But you
don’t need to parade your power and  say I have the power to do this or
that or do whatever I wish  to do. After all, the cases are in court and
till  ‘Kingdom come they might not win the case.
What is your advice for the people of Ibadan?
Just to keep their fingers crossed
because there’s nothing they can do about the situation of things now.
They can not challenge the authorities in power now.
But what is going on at the moment is absolutely wrong.
Why don’t you advise them and share your own views with both sides?
No! I can’t
Because  I’m still a young boy.  We can’t talk about what’s happening among the elders.
What do you expect me to say in this kind of situation than to just hope for the best.

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