+His 12 Yrs On The Throne As ORANGUN Of Oke Ila
Oke-Ila Orangun was in festive mood last week as the Orangun of Oke-Ila Oregun, Alayeluwa Oba Adedokun Omoniyi Abolarin, marked his Diamond Jubilee and used the occasion to appeal to corporate bodies, State Government, Local Councils, and well to do sons and daughters of the town to support his efforts at developing the town.
The need to fast track the development of the town informed Kabiyeesi’s launching of an appeal fund to equip and standardize facilities at his school, Abolarin College in Oke-Ila. Expectedly, the noble intention of the king to expedite the development of his domain was the thrust of his Diamond Jubilee celebration which attracted Governors, Kings, Socialites, Industrial and Commercial Barons, politicians of different hues also stormed the birthday party to celebrate with Oba Abolarin.
Oke-Ila-Orangun is near Osogbo in Osun State and the town went agog for the celebration. It played host to movers and shakers of the society who came to honour its monarch. The large number of high class guests was a proof of the high esteem accorded the Aroyinkeke 1, the Orangun of Oke-Ila.
Ekiti state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, led the well wishers from his state. Former governor of Osun, Chief Bisi Akande also came. Chief Akande was the acting National Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC). The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) at the just concluded governorship election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore was among those who came to congratulate the monarch.
Many traditional rulers also came. They are: Oba Abdul Rasheed Ayotunde-Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Adeyemi Adeyanju Alawode IV-Olororuwo of Ororuwo.
Oba Rufus Olayinka Ogunmole-Alaagba of Aagba also came.
Oba Abolarin ascended the throne 12 years ago to serve his people. His passion to continue the legacy of his forefathers paved way for him. City People’s Assistant Editor, Sunday Adigun, and Photo Journalist Abdulrasheed Sanni were at the event to bring you all the gists.
ABOUT THE 3-IN ONE EVENT
The event was 3-in-1. The first one was the installation of 3 prominent personalities as achievers. The second was the grand reception of Oba Adedokun Abolarin's 60th birthday. And the last was the fund raising for Abolarin College, the school for less privileged pupils he established several years ago.
The first leg of the event which was the installation of 3 new Chiefs kick started in his palace at about 8am, before all the guests moved to the Town hall for the Colloquium in honour of Alayeluwa Oba Adedokun Abolarinwa for the reception of his 60th birthday and fundraising event for Abolarinwa College.
AT THE PALACE FOR INSTALLATION
Oba Adedokun Omoniyi Abolarin played host to many important personalities in his palace as he installed 3 new Chiefs respectively with different titles such as, Asoju Oba of Oke-Ila Orangun, Yeye Asoju Oba of Oke Ila Orangun, and Yeye Aare Ona Eko.
CHIEF AJIBOLA OWOSEYI BECOMES ASOJU OBA
There is no other person that is suitable for this title other than Chief Ajibola Owoseyi, CEO of Closewatch Security Services. He is the new Asoju Oba of Oke-Ila Orangun, while Yeye Asoju Oba of Oke Ila Orangun went to his heart throb.
TAIYE OWOEYE BECOMES YEYE AARE ONA EKO
Lead City University Pro Chancellor, Prof. Babajide Owoeye’s wife, Mrs. Taye Owoeye became Yeye Aare Ona Eko to complement her husband who has also been the Aare Ona Eko of Oke-Ila Orangun.
ALL ROADS LED
TO THE TOWN HALL
After the installation and taking of pictures, with the king, Oloori and the newly installed chiefs, everybody moved to the town hall for the 2nd segment which is the colloquium in honour of Alayeluwa Oba Adedokun Omoniyi Abolarin on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
THE OPENING PRAYER
Rt. Rev. Jide Adebayo the diocesan bishop of Igbomina West led the opening prayer.
ABOUT THE MC
OF THE DAY
The Mc of the day is no other person than Mr. Seye Oyeleye, Director Gen. Of Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) commission set up to manage the integration process for all the South West States.
ABOUT THE STUDENTS
Kabiyesi Oba Adedokun Abolarin is a great father. The brief background he gave on how he picked on some of the students of Abolarin College was amazing, and actually brought tears out of many guests. Kabiyesi narrated how he picked some of the students from the gutters, garages, markets and many he adopted due to the sudden death of their parents. Before he stretched further, he recognized the presence of Chief Bisi Akande, who he said was amazed of his presence because he only called him on phone. Kabiyesi also appreciated all his colleague-Obas who were there. According to him “We are doing this because of our tomorrow, some people labored for what we are enjoying today. What will happen in the next 40 and 50 years nobody knows, but we have to lay a good foundation for our children so that they won’t cause us when we might have gone.
If Jesus accepts, I pray in the next 40 to 50 years Yoruba land will not lag behind”.
Speaking further, Kabiyesi talked about how his emergence as the king didn't initially go down well with his family and tore the family apart 12 years ago. “When I became King 12 years ago, it was a calamity for my family. They wondered how a lawyer that is doing well will come to this kind of town to be the king. But we thank God the story has changed. He also talked about why he established the school, which he called a movement to unite the Yoruba land.
He called out some of the students of the school who are from different states like, Delta, Igede, Igbomina etc, then gave kudos to all his colleague Obas who also have their children here and has been supporting them. Abolarin College school has students from Ororuwo, Aagba, Otan Aiyegbaju etc.
One thing that amazed all the guests was how Kabiyesi was able to mentioned the names of all the children off hand one after the other, that simply tells that there is a great bond and connection between the children and Kabiyesi, indeed Oba Adedokun is a father.
In conclusion, Kabiyesi charged every individual seated not to be selfish and always try to reach out to the less privileged “Nigerian Elites are too selfish. If we don’t take care of our children they will not give us rest.”
GOV. KAYODE FAYEMI HONOURS OBA ADEDOKUN ABOLARIN
While the keynote address and brief background of the students was going on by Kabiyesi, Ekiti State Gov, Dr. Kayode Fayemi came in with his entourage. Kabiyesi appreciated him for coming. Kabiyesi talked about how he discussed the take-off of the school with Gov. Fayemi 13 years ago and how he welcomes the idea and he has been supporting him so far. Also Kabiyesi appreciated him for the rehabilitation of the ongoing road construction.
AARE ONA EKO GAVE KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Prof. Babajide Owoeye, the Aare Ona Eko of Oke-Ila Orangun, who is also the Pro-Chancellor of Lead City University, in his speech commended the efforts of the former Gov. of Osun State, Gov. Aregbesola and the present Governor Oyetola.
He also appreciated the presence of Gov. Kayode Fayemi. His keynote address centered on Kabiyesi, stated that he was among the people who kicked against his decision to become the King because they felt Kabiyesi was too young. “Kabiyesi and I have come a long way, and I want to apologise publicly today for almost discouraging you then, but I can now see why God put you here as the king. Kabiyesi and I have the same peculiarities and one of it is our passion for education. We have the same calling on that and its reflecting today. I therefore encourage every one of us to support Kabiyesi on how to get Abolarin College well equipped, because you can tell Kabiyesi is focused. He knows what he’s doing and he’s doing it diligently.
WHAT CHIEF AKANDE SAID ABOUT KABIYESI
“What we are doing today will surely become history tomorrow. Kabiyesi scared us with his remarks because he has really done a lot, using his qualities and what he has become, to create a great future for Oke-Ila. But how to let this great gesture, and selfless service go round is left to us and the government. How I wish I’m still in government, but let us continue to support him and remember him in our prayers. The unity of this country is very important, lets work on it.
GROOMING CENTRE DONATED CLASS BLOCK TO ABOLARIN COLLEGE
Grooming Centre from Lagos donated class block to Abolarin College, Oke-Ila Orangun to promote education for the less privileged and the unveiling was done by Chief Bisi Akande.
QUEEN SOLAPE PLAYED HOST TO ALL THE GUESTS
Oloori Solape Abolarin, the beautiful and amiable wife of Alayeluwa Oba Adedokun Omoniyi, Abolarin, played host to all their guests. She made sure everybody was satisfied with food and drinks.
Chief Sola Giwa, Chief Gboyega Okegbenro, Dr. Lekan Adelakun, Mr. Niyi Owoeye, Olumide Olayomi, Funke Odumbaku Olayomi, Ayo Adelumo, Gbenga Ajala, Aare Muyiwa Omisade, Prince Gbenga Lufadeju, Oloori Olutoyese, Olori Maureen Adewole, Sunday Akosile, Sir, Gbolahan Olayomi, Lady Olayomi, Chief Kunle Famoriyo, Ayo Afolabi, Hon. Adelami Baderinwa, Dr. Obawale Adebisim, Hon. Adediji Josua, Hon. Olusola Adejengbe, Alhaji Rasheed, Dr. Olumide Babatunde, Mr. Muhammed Atolagbe, Mr. Olusola Ibitoye, Mr. Segun Elemide, Mr. Olajide Olagunju, Hon. Afolabi Khadijat Basiru Ajibola Bashiru, Siji Lagunju, Gbenga Ajala, Dr. Lekan Adelakun, Niyi Owoeye, Mr. Ayo Adelumo, Hon. NIyi Afuye, Hon. Kayode Babade, Olumide Olayomi, Dr. Ayoola, Prof. ABO Oyediran, Mr. Dandy, Prince Yekini Omisore, Mr. Bisi Ajiboye, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Dr. Alex.