Monday, 22 October 2018


A good lesson to learn on arrogance from the story of Late Bode Thomas: Bode Thomas whom street was named after Surulere, died on Nov 23, 1953 in a most mysterious manner. Bode Thomas was born to a wealthy trader, John Thomas in 1918. Himself, FRA Williams and Remi Fani-Kayode (Father of Femi Fani-Kayode) attended Law School in London, and jointly established the first law firm in Nigeria called "Thomas, Williams & Kayode". 

The law firm was established in Jankara Lagos. Bode Thomas was an excellent lawyer, but also very arrogant. Because of
his education, he was made chairman of the Oyo Divisional Council at one time while Alaafin Adeyemi of Oyo (father of the current Alaafin) was a mere member! 

On Bode Thomas' first appearance in council after being appointed chairman, all council members stood up for him in deference, to welcome him, except Oba Adeyemi, who, for cultural reasons, should not show deference to anyone in public, not even his mother! Bode Thomas rudely shouted at the King "...WHY WERE YOU SITTING WHEN I WALKED IN? YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO SHOW RESPECT?" Then, Bode Thomas was 34 years while Alaafin was in his 60s. 

The Alaafin felt very insulted and said "SE EMI LO NGBO MO BAUN?" (Is it me you are barking at like that?) Bode Thomas responded by shouting in vocabularies which Alaafin didn't understand, so Alaafin just told him... "MA GBO
LO" (continue barking). This was on November 22, 1953. 

Bode Thomas got home and started barking! He barked, barked and continued barking like dog all night until he died in the early morning of November 23, 1953. Bode Thomas was the Balogun of Oyo. So, when next you drive on
Bode Thomas street in Surulere Lagos, note the man who cut short his life due to arrogance and naughtiness.

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