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Hon Adewale Temitope: The Omoluabi With Steeze

Announcing that Hon. Adewale Temitope Adedeji, OON, member representing Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, has introduced yet another groundbreaking initiative for his constituents is no longer news. It is as routine as reminding Lagosians to wake up early to beat Monday traffic. This has become a way of life, a norm for constituents who had long been deprived of effective representation. This is a testament to his unwavering dedication and relentless drive for progress, traits that have endeared him to his constituents and set him apart.

A meticulous perfectionist who consistently strives for unparalleled excellence, Hon Adewale Temitope’s remarkable ability to achieve the best possible outcomes keeps both himself and those who work closely with him in a constant state of proactive diligence. As a bonafide Omoluabi — a Yoruba term that loosely translates to “a person of honour who believes in hard work, respects the rights of others and contributes to the community through deeds and actions”— he epitomises the highest standards of integrity and dedication. Hon Adewale Temitope is not only an exemplar of excellence worthy of emulation but also a man who lives and breathes innovative ideas, which are the backbone of any successful politician.

Blessed with a disarming smile, Hon. Adewale Temitope is an orator par excellence, a master of words, and a brilliant mind. His vast knowledge of politics complements his natural charisma, creating a unique blend of style and ease—referred to in Nigerian slang as “steeze.” This term, combining “style” and “ease,” describes a distinctive, effortless, and cool manner of carrying oneself.

While this may sound unfamiliar to some of the older generation and those less attuned to the social dynamics of contemporary Nigeria, the Gen Zs and a select few will undoubtedly recognise and appreciate it. Hon. Adewale Temitope epitomises this quality, effortlessly embodying a unique and appealing persona that makes him a distinct and effective representative.

Briefly glancing beyond his charismatic persona, there emerges a remarkable list of his accomplishments as a dedicated representative of the people—a list so extensive that, as one of his aides, it is always a challenge to keep up. Much has been written about his monumental strides in education through the ATA-EI, reflecting his unwavering commitment to transforming Ifako-Ijaiye into the most educated local government in Nigeria by 2037. When considering infrastructure development, his efforts are exemplified by the facilitation of numerous road construction and rehabilitation projects within Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01. Like a brilliant mind with far-reaching influence, his impact is evident in health initiatives, empowerment programmes, employment opportunities, and welfare packages for constituents.

Like a million stars, Hon. Adewale Temitope shone brilliantly at the Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin Students Legislative Summit held in Ibadan in April. Out of the blue, on the grand stage, a young man from Yaba College of Technology asked him to list his educational achievements for his constituents. By the time he was done, the hall erupted in applause. This was the well-deserved reward for a man who has continually strived for excellence—for his people and future generations. An Omoluabi from Ifako-Ijaiye with undeniable ‘steeze’.

Akinleye Segun, media head to Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji, OON, write from Lagos.