…As Osinbajo, Tinubu attend in grand style

Abiodun OBA

 

The Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, is to host business, political and traditional leaders from all parts of Yorubaland, as the Yoruba World Centre celebrates the Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Imperial Majesty Oba Senator Moshood Olalekan Balogun on Sunday 19 June, 2022.

The special programme, organised by the Centre, in collaboration with Oyo State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and Tunde Odunlade Gallery, is meant to bring the lords of business, politics, administration and traditions in Yorubaland together to celebrate the new Olubadan. The former governor of the State, Senator Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja, is the Chairman of the occasion.

The Yoruba World Centre plans the event to coincide with His Majesty’s 100 days on the throne, and shall use it to repackage, preserve and represent Yoruba history, language, arts and culture as tools for cultural rejuvenation, mutual understanding, nation building and development.

Oba Sen. Lekan Balogun, while giving his royal approval during a visit to his palace by the organisers said: “I strongly believe you will organise a thorough programme befitting Yoruba as urbane, civilised and gregarious nation. As a custodian of culture, beliefs and values, whatever is considered as a way of promoting and preserving them will always receive my blessings.”

The celebration which holds at the Yoruba World Centre, the University of Ibadan, shall have the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo in attendance, as well as prominent traditional rulers, Yoruba leaders, business moguls, and administrators.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo will be the Keynote Speaker, while Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC Presidential Candidate, is expected as the Special Guest of Honour at an exclusive Yoruba leaders gathering to celebrate the new Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Senator Lekan Balogun on Sunday, 19 June, 2022.

Commenting on the event, the Coordinator of Yoruba World Centre, Ogbeni Alao Adedayo, says in Yoruba language, “A fẹẹ fi oko kan pa ẹyẹ meji ni!” (We want to kill two birds with a stone).

Alao said, “Our earlier plan was to celebrate the new Olubadan among our traditional rulers and other leaders, and we had thus invited both the Vice President and Asiwaju Tinubu. But we later realised that these two foremost political and government leaders from our own side here, had just come out of a competition which generated lots of misunderstandings among our people, so, we intensified efforts to ensure their presence for rapprochement, and we are glad to say they shall be with us on that day.

“We are not inviting them for politics, therefore, no politics will be allowed on the occasion. It is for them and other respected personalities to come and relax, enjoy the arts and culture of their own people, look at ways to make this culture become a tool for national unity, beneficial co-existence, youth development and empowerment. You won’t believe how glad we were when signals came that the two are coming to celebrate with the new Olubadan and the Yoruba people.” Adedayo said.

Oba Senator Balogun was crowned on March 11, 2022, and the coming Sunday 19th marks his 100 days in office, thus the Yoruba World Centre, in collaboration with the Oyo State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and Tunde Odunlade Arts Gallery, plans a huge celebration for the monarch.

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