Following a keenly contested royal search and rigorous process, Prince Sikirullai Alade Adebola Ogunlana, has emerged the Oba-elect of Magbon Alade, in Ibeju Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Ogunlana was unanimously adopted as the Oba-Elect by Ipatun, Oketun and Oga, which are the three quarters that make up the royal stool in Magbon Alade.
The Oba-elect was presented to the entire Magbon Alade indigenes on Sunday at a brief but colourful traditional ceremony by the kingmakers in Ibejuland.
Performing the traditional rites of presenting the Oba-elect to the townspeople, the traditionalist saddled with the responsibility said all the qualified princes from the three royal quarters were presented to Oketun and Magbon Communities for ratification, adding that Ogunlana emerged as the rightful choice to mount the throne.
Basking the euphoria of the joyful moment, the Oba-elect, Prince Adebola Ogunlana, expressed appreciation to all the royal families and kingmakers of Magbon Alade, promising not to let the town down.
Ogunlana further commended the kingmakers for particularly not ignoring the outcome of the traditional rights that eventually produced him.
The Oba-elect extended the olive branch to other contestants, who he described as very eminently qualified to mount the throne, should any of them have emerged.
He said: “Let me appeal to all the princes, who contested for this royaI patun, Oketun and Oga stool to forget about the contest and let us forge ahead as a family. Originally, we are one and we should continue to be. All of us should forge ahead and be magnanimous in victory. What we all stand for is the development of Magbon Alade.”
He further appealed to the Lagos State Government to come to the aid of Magbon Alade community by immediately ensuring electricity reaches every part of the town.
Ogunlana added that his priority as the Oba of Magbon Alade will be to work with and galvanise all sons and daughters of Magbon Alade to ensure rapid development of the community, clean water, education, health care for children and mothers especially the aged.
Dignitaries at the unveiling ceremony include Honourable Kazeem Raheem representing Ibeju-Lekki II at the State House of Assembly, the Chief Imam of Magbon-Alade, Chief Igara Moruf, Chief Yakub, Pa Alade Kazeem, Alhaji M.O Kazeem and Alhaji Kola Akinsanya.
Loyalty: Ooni Sets To Reward Princess Toyin Kolade
All her life, Princese Toyin Kolade with the moniker ‘Iyaalaje Apapa’ has dedicated all her life looking into the affairs of the downtrodden. She has vowed to keep touch lives regardless of the propaganda and hatred tied to it by naysayers.
Those close to the Fisolak Global Resource boss would attest to the fact that; she is an hardworking and supportive woman. She has been championing the revatilization of the Yoruba culture and tradition with the help of His Imperial Majesty, The Ooni of Ife, Oba Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi, most especially, as the sole promoter of the annual Aje Festival (Festival of Wealth)in Ile-ife the cradle of Yoruba race.
Ever since the coronation of Oba Ogunwusi in 2015, the affable business woman has showed unflinching support and loyalty to him in all ramification. Like the popular axiom; There is reward for hardwork and loyalty; Sources disclosed that; the cosmopolitan business woman is getting set to be bestowed with the highly coveted Yoruba title as the ‘Iyaalaje Oodua’ (Head of market men and women in Yoruba land) by the Ooni of Ife.
Sources further gathered that; preparations are already in top gear as the ancient city of Ife will welcome top political officials, Captains of industries and socialites who will move in their large numbers to celebrate with the stylish Osun State born philanthropists. “The title coronation party will be a massive one. It will hold sometimes in the first week of March 2021 after the annual Aje Festival in February. The title for Princess Toyin is like putting a round peg in a round hold. She is sparing no cost to fete all invited guest that day. Those few who will be privileged to attend will never forget in a hurry.”
Stanbic IBTC Receives Outstanding Community Service Award
In recognition of its meritorious contributions to the development of Olambe Community in Ogun State, Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, has been honoured with the Outstanding Community Service Award in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category.
The award, organised by Ascend Hotels Limited, in conjunction with Rainbow Entertainment, was held recently. It was an avenue to recognise brands and personalities who positively impacted the community through their activities.
The selection process was based on wide consultation with various community leaders and endorsement letters that provided specific details about the reputation, dynamic growth and sustainable business achievements and award recipients’ qualifications. Expressing the Bank’s appreciation for the recognition, Wole Adeniyi, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, stated that the organisation is excited to reap the fruits of its various corporate social responsibility initiatives which is a testament of the hard work we put into supporting the underserved within the communities we operate. Adeniyi reiterated that the Bank, besides its business objectives, also strongly believes in giving back to the communities where it operates to create an enabling environment in society continually. “Through our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative, which is hinged on three major pillars, namely: Education, Health and Economic Empowerment, we consistently reach out to underserved communities and provide the assistance required to make the society a better place,” Adeniyi added.
Congratulating the leading financial institution on behalf of Olambe Community, Wale Olatunde, Chief Executive Officer, Ascend Hotels Limited, urged other corporate organisations to take a cue from Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC.
He stated that the development of the various communities in the nation was a collective responsibility. According to him: “We must be intentional in offering adequate support to the government and the people of our communities to achieve the desired growth.”
Speaking on the award won by Stanbic IBTC Bank, Olatunde said: “This is a well-deserved honour given to the organisation for being dependable and supportive over the years. We recognise and appreciate the positive impact and contributions of the organisation to Olambe Community.”
MC Ajele set for holiday in Dubai, recounts 2020 experiences
One of Nigeria’s foremost entertainer, comedian, actor and astute wedding compère, Adeyemi Ajele, popularly called MC Ajele has recounted the ugly, good and best experiences of the year 2020.
The versatile humour merchant, who has concluded plans to enjoy about 3 weeks holiday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, recounted that though 2020, started great, the year nosedived into a shadow of a year, when the pandemic shut all actives within the country for almost 4 months.
‘What a year in retrospect, 2020? We thank God we all made it into this brand new year. I just hope we won’t overhype this one too, as we did to 2020. I’m grateful to God, despite all the chaos of the year, I triumphed. At least, we did some major events, got some corporate deals, and I was able to use the forceful holiday around April, May and June, to concreting my emotional stability’.
The ace comedian who singled out the anchoring of Bishop David Oyedepo’s daughter, Joyce, as a great comeback described 2020 as a year that’s just greatly quintessential.
‘When we did the Joyce wedding, it was a great comeback. And after that many private events surfaced creating another good side for 2020’
‘I was privileged to anchor the Africa Digital Awards, 2020, the Olusoga 70th birthday, LASAA end of the year, even the first Ilaje Music Festival amidst others’
On plans in Dubai, he said its a time to plan for a greater 2021.
‘I just want to have time off work, be privately engaged with some developmental planning, like I want to find my feet in Agriculture and some stock market trading, maybe Forex. It will also afford me the opportunity to unwind after we did back to back in the last weeks of 2020’
MC Ajele, enjoined his fans to keep the love coming in, as he’s got lot in the bag for year 2021.
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