‘GRANPA’ Davido reacts to photo of his grandfather with ex-president of the US Farmers Union


Nigerian singer David Adeleke, better known as Davido, reacted to a photo of his late grandfather, Chief Ayoola Adeleke pictured with a former Farmers Union president.

It comes after an online magazine posted on Friday October 29, 2021 via Instagram a photo of the singer’s late grandfather, Leader Ayoola Adeleke, who is said to be a Senator and Labor activist conversing with Tony Dechant, President. of the Union of American Farmers.

Reacting to the post, Davido re-shared the photo on his Instagram story with the caption; “❤️❤️GRANPA”

Davido’s grandfather is reportedly a second senator and union activist from Ede. During his life he was also vice-president of the United Labor Congress of Nigeria as well as president of the Nigerian Red Cross, Ede Branch.

The message read; “Chef Ayoola Adeleke (@davido grandfather) speaks with Tony Dechant, President of the US Farmers Union; The chief is often referred to as “George Meany of Nigeria” on December 18, 1967.

Chief Raji Ayoola Adeleke was a second republic senator and labor activist from Ede who represented the Senate district of Osun 11 which includes six local governments – Ede, Oshogbo, Irepodun, Ifelodun, Odo Otin, Ila Orangun. Coming from a brilliant family, his mother, Madame Adeboyin of the OniIegogoro complex, was one of the most remarkable Iyalode (head of market women) Ede ever produced. It was said to be vibrant and effervescent.

Adeleke was born in his hometown of Ede on December 27, 1923. He was educated at St Peter’s Primary School, Ede, (1935-1938), Ibadan Grammar School, (1939-1943) and subsequently obtained a nursing certificate from nursing department in 1947. He was one of the first members of the pioneer union of Nigerian nurses in 1948.

During his lifetime, he was Vice President and Director of the United Labor Congress Organization of Nigeria, Federal Labor Advisory Council and President of the Nigerian Red Cross, Ede branch.

In 1976 he received the title of Balogun d’Ede. He married twice, his second wife, Mrs. Nnena Esther Adeleke was from old Enugu, he had five children including Senator Isiaka Adetunji Alani Adeleke (was the first civilian governor of Osun between 1992 and 1993), Ademola Adeleke (represented West Osun Senate District), Dr Adedeji Adeleke, Pro-Chancellor Adeleke University, Ede.

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