The Erudio Alphabet Company, a publishing outfit, will be releasing a book on the history and evolution of Osun state on August 27.
In a statement on Thursday, the company said the book, titled ‘Courage & Character: The Definitive History of Osun State,’ is to celebrate Osun at 32.
The 460-page book will contain accounts of the people’s struggle, the creation of the state and the highlights of each state administrator or governor from 1991 to 2018.
The book is dedicated to the “Omoluabi of Osun” described as having “brave hearts, unrelentingly optimistic, and flinty in their determination”.
“The book recounts the history of the struggle of the people for their state till military president Gen Ibrahim Babangida acceded in 1991,” the statement reads.
“The book covers the activities of the various administrations, concluding with that of Rauf Aregbesola.
“There are sections on the governments of Col Leo Ajiborisha, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, and the military interregnum featuring Colonel Abel Akale, Navy Captain Anthony Udofia, Lt Col Anthony Obi, Col Theophilus Olufemi Bamigboye.
“The reign of Chief Bisi Akande brought back the civilians. The book Courage and Character has extensive documentation on the government of Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Rauf Aregbesola.
“The book is dedicated to the abiding memory of the first executive governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke.
“Courage & Character is Volume One of the Osun Trilogy. It offers a rich narrative in four parts. President Muhammadu Buhari wrote the foreword, and immediate past governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola authored the preface.
“Sections include the story of Abdulsalami Agbaje, an Ibadan high chief, described as ‘the unlikely catalyst’ for creating the Oshun Division following a gang-up by the Ibadan nobility in the 1940s.”
Speaking about the book, Temitope Lakisokun, CEO of Erudio Alphabet, said: “the Osun story is essentially about people’s rejection of subjugation and oppression; their quest for independence and sovereignty and the struggle for survival and relevance”.
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