The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi has revealed how he met his pretty wife Queen Channel in Canada and why he does not joke with this slim built beauty of a woman. “Many often wonder why I usually don’t joke with my wife,” he told City People a few weeks back. “I will tell you today. It is because she has done a lot to make our marriage work. She has no business accepting to leave Canada to come and live in Iwo, in Osun State with me. Its a lot of sacrifice. Her country, Canada is a beautiful place, where everything works. I love Canada. Its a place where anyone will not want to leave to come and live in Nigeria. But this beautiful lady decided to leave Canada to come and live here with me. She didn’t have to do that. For her to leave Canada and come and stay here means she loves me. Its just that she loves me.”
“If she doesn't love me she wouldn't stay here, because she has a good life in Canada. She has everything that you can think of, that will make her stay back. She was doing great in Canada and she decided to leave all that and stay here with me. I couldn't believe that she would”.
Is that why he is usually all over her? “I have to be all over her. I don’t have an option. I went to Canada in November and I could see how beautiful Canada is. Its like being in Heaven. Heaven is there. That is why many of our children will not come back home because there is no conducive environment. That is also why many of our children are relocating to Canada. Life is so hard here. There is no light here. There is no water here. All the basic things in Canada is like luxury in Nigeria. I mean the basic amenities that the poorest man in Canada has. It is luxury in Nigeria. It is what a Minister or a Senator will have in Nigeria. I am talking about the basic things of life that any layman will have in Canada. Its just a joke in Nigeria. We need to start retracing our steps. Its either we bring in an influx of white people to come and help us, or, we bring in our Diasporas. But our Diasporas are not ready to come to this place. As far as they are concerned, in this place is suffering. In Nigeria, we are suffering. People die like any thing. Human life is not valuable in Nigeria.”
When he met his Oloori what was the attraction? He broke into laughter for a few minutes. “She is beautiful. That was an attraction. She is Slim. You can see her. She is more beautiful than Cleopatra. When you see her head, you can see a crown, like the crown of Cleopatra. When she first became a queen, I was not given the inspiration to crown her. Later, I was given the inspiration and I gave her a crown. She is beautiful. She is a nice person. And you can see, down the line now, its been 3 years and we are still strong, for her to live in Africa. As I am here now talking to you, she is inside playing with my son, Oduduwa. She stays with me. That shows she is a nice woman.
Whether she has or she does not have, she won’t complain. She will just be there. You wouldn't know. She does not show the challenges. She’s faced with. She is able to cope with any situation. That is why I have to give it to her. I have to give her the thumbs up. Wow! Canada is beautiful. Canada is a land that you want to be there all the time. When she is coming back to Nigeria, she knows she is a Queen. And she is happy to come back home. Me, when I go there, I know I am a King, I can’t stay out long. Believe me, if I don’t care about my people, as a King, I would be living in Canada. That way you won’t need to deal with the problem of people out there. You will just leave it and travel. But I love my people a lot and that is why they love me too. I love Iwo people I love Osun people. I love Yoruba people and then Nigerian people as a whole and then we go back to the Black people.