Dolapo Ogutuga starts Nigeria’s First Winery

L-R: Funmi Ariyibi & Funmi Ajede grace the cover of Emotan with Deebee Wine's story.


Photography – Depo Adenle.

“George” Wrappers – One of the two models’ brought them.

Beaded necklace –    Anu Adams’ collection of old beads [ileke], the type women wore as decorations around the hips way, way back.

Dr. Dolapo Ogutuga, 1978.



‘Anu Adams’ has been the pen name of this blogger since my days at the Ibadan, Nigeria-based Daily Sketch in the 70s where having to get material for a 2-page Sunday spread – in addition to a weekly consumer affair Feature – called for, pardon my saying so, journalistic creativity.  The name has served as a by-line to several writings, including a book compilation.

Those who know me from way back would not be surprised at this revelation.  My baptismal name translates to ‘Anu’ in Yoruba while many of us siblings contracted our father’s name – Adamolekun – to ‘Adams’ as nickname in our younger days; I also signed ‘M. Tola Adams’ for many years in official documents.

B.  The logo for the winery, ‘Deebee’, was designed by a friend, Irene Bow, a Brit expat who, with her husband, Chris, lived at Ibadan back in the mid-70s.

C.   I’m proud of whatever little role Emotan Magazine played in this initial publicity of the efforts of a visionary, Dr. Ogutuga, efforts that have now led to Dee Bee Wines and Juices.  It is a stable that now produces white table wine, Holy Communion wine and a variety of fruit juices.  Among uncountable brands of table water today stands Dee Bee’s “All Clear” table water in a unique bottle shape.

Tola Adenle, Ibadan, Nigeria.

September 10, 2011.



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