Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has called for the immortalization of the music legend, Stephen Oladipupo Owomoyela – Orlando Owoh who died on November 4, 2008.
Speaking at the 29th Ifon Day Celebration in Ifon , Headquarters of Ose Local Government Area, Governor Akeredolu said the highlife maestro made impacted many lives in the world.
“He was one of our products. His life represented the unity of Ifon and Owo. I wish we set aside one day to celebrate his life and legacy “, he said.
Orlando’s Father hailed from Ifon while his mother was from Owoh. As a young man Owoh initially entered into the carpentry trade until 1958, when he was hired by Nigeria’s Kola Ogunmola Theatre Group to play drums and sing. Owoh went on to form Dr. Orlando Owoh and his Omimah Band in 1960, and over a musical career of forty years became one of the leading proponents of highlife music.
Governor Akeredolu also reiterated that his administration would continue to embark on projects that have direct bearing on the well-being of the citizenry.
While calling for a collaborative understanding to develop the state, Arakunrin Akeredolu outlined several ongoing and completed projects his administration initiated for the overall benefits of the people including the ongoing General Hospital at Ifon.
Governor Akeredolu revealed that his Administration has secured waiver for the importation of mordern medical equipment for the State- owned Hospitals.
He added that he would continue his commitment to policies and programmes that will make life better for a larger percentage of the citizens.
His Royal Majesty, Oba Isreal Adegoke Adeusi i(JP) Olufon of Ifon applauded the Governor for his various development initiatives in the State.