Princess Taiwo Oyebola Agbona was in her final year at the Achievers University Owo, Ondo state, when she was called home to become a regent in her father’s land.
Common in Ondo, Ekiti, Osun and Oyo states, a regent is a person appointed to rule a kingdom because the mornarch is minor, absent or incapacitated.
Born into the royal family of HRM Oba J. B Agbona, Orimoro 11, the Alaaye of Aaye, who died on the 4th of May, 2017, Taiwo, the first daughter of the king was chosen to ascend the throne for a period of time pending the final decision of the king makers on the appointment of a king.
So, on the 24th of March, 2018, the graduate of Medical laboratory Science became a Regent of Aaye town in Ifedore Local Government, Ondo state.
In a chat with Woman.NG, Her Royal Majesty Taiwo said that when she was called to be a Regent, she had no choice but to do it for her father. According to her, she does the same work as kings do and is accorded the same respect given to a king.
As a Regent in school, Taiwo became popular as everybody wanted to be her friend. Although, her relationship with her friends did not change, they respected her more.
Being a Regent exposes HRM Taiwo to the elite world and she gets to express her leadership prowess, however, she reveals that “the negative side is that you won’t be able to mingle with your peers and you are restricted to so many things… As they say, uneasy is the head that wears the crown,” she said.
Even though she is used to the royal life, HRM Taiwo confesses that adjusting to life as a Regent was hard but she is coping.
“You will be seeing aged women and men prostrating and kneeling for you, you will attend meetings for a long period of time,” she said.
As a Regent, she is not allowed to kneel to anyone and will always be in male attires, among other rules.
Noting the support of the chiefs, HRM Taiwo said that she takes them like her parents and asks them to put her through because they had been there before her.
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