Ekiti State monarch, Oba Jacob Fatunase Ala, Okunoye II, the Alaaye of Oke Aiyedun in Ikole LGA of Ekiti, who clocked 100 years old recently, made the statement during an interview with Sam Nwaoko.
Speaking on his education and life as a teacher, Oba Jacob narrated:
"[I studied at the] Methodist Primary School at Aiyedun here.
"After the primary school, I taught for a year as a junior teacher. It was a must for the Methodist. Then I went to Wesley College, Ibadan to train as a teacher. Then I came back to teach here, went to Kogi to teach in primary school.
"After three years in primary school, I went back to my alma mater to teach. A lot of people passed through my fingers between 1945 and 1948 and then again between 1975 when I finally retired from service and 1979 when Ajasin came on board.
"Teaching was my profession. When I was a pupil teacher in the primary school, I was a flogger. When I wanted to give you six strokes of the cane, I tell you to stretch out both hands because I couldn’t waste my time raising my hands six times. The two hands must be there and you must keep steady otherwise I begin again. My wife was one of the many students I treated in that way. My own wife!
"One of her friends had said to her: ‘Ha! You’re going to marry that man? Ha! You are going to receive a lot of whipping! But I confess to you that we were together all the time till she passed on, we never settled any quarrel with somebody coming in. If she had any disagreement or she felt bad about anything, we settle in bed."