The Ogun State Government on Tuesday night announced the passing of the Olowu of Owu in Abeokuta, Adegboyega Dosunmu.
The announcement was made in a statement by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Afolabi Afuwape.
The statement said the traditional ruler passed away on Sunday after a brief illness, noting that he was 80 years of age.
The commissioner said Dosunmu who was a veteran TV producer, ascended the throne in 2005 as the 13th Olowu after Adewale Adisa Odeleye, Lagbedu 1 who passed away in 2003.
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has however expressed shock over the death of the traditional ruler.
This was contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin.
The Governor prayed that “God Almighty grants Kabiyesi’s soul eternal repose, and the people he left behind the fortitude to bear this loss.”
The deceased, a close ally of former President Olusegun Obasanjo was a civil servant, broadcaster and politician.
He attended King’s College in Lagos state in 1956, and was later admitted into Hendon College of Technology in London to study Drama and Television Production in 1963.
He also attended Landmark Baptist College, Tennessee, the U.S. in 1987 where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Theology.
He worked at the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Ebute Metta, Lagos State and later on joined a broadcasting organisation where he became the Head of Drama Department.
He established a private film production outfit, Starline Films Limited after leaving the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) in 1975.