21st June, 2010
The Awujale of Ijebuland,Â Dr. Sikiru Kayode Adetona, today danced to Gbedu drum from the Osugbo Iledi Awujale headed by High Chief Bolanle Bakare, the Oluwo Osugbo Ajogun Awujale and High Chief Idowu Osimodi Odele Ourin-Awujale.
They Awujale Descendants also visited from Ajase Port Novo, Benin Republic, to pay homage to the monarch. They were led into Ijebu-Ode by their monarch, Nam Da Roi Zoumon Gbewedo Tognon. They also came with their masquerade to celebrate with the Awujale.
The Osugbos, who also prayed for the monarch, were supported by the other 51 crowned kings in Ijebuland and the Oloritun-in council.
Speaking with P.M.NEWS, Chief Bakare described Awujale as king of kings and a father to all.
According to him, â€œOba Adetona has brought pride and joy to all his subjects in Ijebuland and we pray for him to have long life and sound health on the throne of his forefathers.
â€œWe want the people to know that the Osugbos are also praying fervently for the unity of the nation and the creation of the much awaited Ijebu State.â€
In a chat with our correspondent, the visiting Ajase monarch described Oba Adetona as his brother as they are from the same descendants.
The Ajase monarch said: â€œWe are here in hundreds to celebrate with the Awujale as he has always associated with us. He is a nice man, well respected monarch in Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. In Ajase land, right now, banners and posters of Awujaleâ€™s 50th anniversary are displayed to show our solidarity with this great son of Oduduwa.â€
The popular masquerades in Ajase land, Gbale Tchodo, Abinon Maukou and others were moved to Ijebu Ode to celebrate with Awujale
Later today, the Awujale will commission a special ward at the General Hospital, Ijebu-Ode built by the Egbe Obafuwaji Okunrin.
Many dignitaries witnessed the events including chiefs.
The Awujale is expected to commission the re-named popular Ejirin Road, Ijebu-Ode.
A statue of the Awujale presented by otunbas and chiefs will also be commissioned by the local government.
â€”Biodun Onafuye/ Ijebu-Ode