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Chief Mrs Atinuke Abioro Remembers Husband 25 Years After

How time flies! It is 25 years ago that Alhaji Chief Bolarinwa Yaqub Abioro, a Big businessman and Muslim leader passed on. In his lifetime, his personality and image loomed large on the horizon. He was a great man. He was the Seriki Musulumi Egbado & Balogun Ipokia. He was the owner of the popular TYC Records, among his many other businesses.

Its 25years since he died and his beautiful widow, Chief Alhaja Atinuke Abioro, her daughter Mobola and granddaughter, Oluwatamilore are all remembering him.

What sort of a person was he? Citypeople can reveal a lot about this accomplished businessman who was well known across the South West. He was one of the most successful businessmen of his generation and the richest.

Let's tell you more. He was truly accomplished.

Alhaji Chief Bolarinwa Abioro was born on the 2nd of August 1927 to the humble family of Alhaji Ismail and Alhaja Falilat Abioro.

He started his early school life at a local primary school Ipokia and later a secondary modern school   He attended teaching college and worked as a school teacher in various secondary modern schools in the then Egbado district. He retired as a School Principal and set up a local Gbedu band.

He developed so much interest in music and that really brought him to limelight with the establishment of TYC Take Your Choice. TYC became a household name for searching for musical talents and promoting them by buying instruments and outfits for them and also sponsoring them for overseas trips.

Apart from musical interests Chief Abioro was a big Cocoa Merchant with the likes of his childhood friends like Chief Lekan Salami and others. They later came together to form an association AWAM Egbe Awawa Association of West Africa Merchants. It was extended to some of the men even outside Nigeria. Only one of them is alive now to the Glory of God Almighty. The late members were Hector Omooba, the retired Commissioner of Police, General Adeyinka Adebayo, Chief Kolawole Balogun, Chief Adeleke Oshinjinrin, Alhaji Adeyemi Odueke, Chief Omotayo Alowonle, Chief Olalekan Salami, Barrister Abiola Oshodi, Chief Oladipupo Onanubi, Kabiyesi Oba Okunade Sijuade, Olanrewaju Oshikoya and Alao Oladipupo Baba Oja. The surviving member is Chief Moses Odunuyi.


He was a strong supporter of Awolowo and contested an election and won to the house of Assembly in the Defunct Western Region.

He ventured into hospitality business and established Hotel Frontier in Idiroko and Royal Bed Hotel on Allen Avenue. He also ventured into furniture and furnishings. A great and well contractor and to the Glory of God he furnished Aso Rock Presidential Suite during the tenure of Shagari but unfortunately he couldn’t occupy the place before the bloodless coup that ousted his regime. He established Modern Domus Furniture Company and also Abidomus Furniture Making Industry dealing in both local and imported furniture and furnishings.

He had a very humble beginning but died a successful and well fulfilled man. He was the Seriki Musulumi of Egbado Land and Balogun of Ipokia. He left various marks in Egbado district. He was a great God father to many successful Governors and Senators without asking for personal rewards but good governance all over Nigeria.   He was the greatest humble successful man of great integrity. He was a very good friend to many great and successful men both living and late too numerous to mention, A great philanthropist and generous to a fault. He bought Records Manufacturers of Nigeria Limited which remains the first pioneer recording company for many artists on or not on TYC labels.

His widow describes him as the best husband any woman could pray for and a wonderful father and grandfather. His busy schedules did not prevent him from taking his wives and children to Mecca for Haji and also yearly overseas trips for holidays. His houses in Lagos, Ipokia and London are open to all his friends and family members.

He died on the 28th of February 1996 suddenly without any sickness and was survived by nine successful children and two wives, Alhaja Muyibat Abioro and Alhaja Dr. Atinuke Anike Abioro.

May his kind soul continue to rest in perfect peace. Apart from his biological children he brought up many other children and had over fifteen adopted successful children.

How did the widow of late Alhaji Bolarinwa Yaqub Abioro remember him? It is with prayers. For her, it’s a time for sober reflections.

She wrote a moving tribute. "Even in death you are never forgotten by Ipokia people, both old and young. You are highly appreciated my love and Ipokia is progressively moving forward, Alhaji Yakubu Ishola Bolarinwa Abioro, Omo Awuko gbinrin bi Eni nla igi.Omo asu Dede bi ojo. Omo afatari wo ran."

"I am grateful to Almighty Allah for giving you to me as a husband. Olowo ori Atinuke baby. Oko mi atata sun reo. Sun re sun re ololufe mi"



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