Home Birthday Lebi Morayo, Salewa Olafioye, Bode Ojajuni, Princess Bajowa, Oladunni Odu, other Ikale sons and daughters celebrate Abodi at 80th birthday and 20th coronation.

Lebi Morayo, Salewa Olafioye, Bode Ojajuni, Princess Bajowa, Oladunni Odu, other Ikale sons and daughters celebrate Abodi at 80th birthday and 20th coronation.

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The people of Ikale hosted dignities across Nigeria as a first class Ikale royal father, Abodi of Ikale, HRM Oba George Babatunde Faduyile marks the grand finale of a week long programme drawn to celebrate the twain epoch festivity : his birthday celebration and coronation anniversary.

The week long activity had started earlier in the week with environmental sanitation and beautification of the town as well as the flag off of Abodi of Ikale’s palace on Monday, while the installation of new Chiefs held on Tuesday. The women Breast cancer enlightenment campaign was the programme which held on Wednesday as well as skill acquisition program for Ikale women.
There was intercollegiate quiz competition among schools in Ikale Land at Methodist High school Okitipupa in which students of Ikoya High school came top. On the same day, non- indigene cultural display held at the palace of Abodi.
On Friday , the newly installed chiefs visited Abodi at the palace and in the afternoon Abodi launched his new book “Ewa Ikale”.

At the grand finale on Saturday , the government field Ikoya was a beehive of resplendence and class as very distinguished royal fathers , the elite class and captains of industry graced the royal event.

In his goodwill Message at the celebration, Ondo state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, represented by his commissioner for Local government and chieftaincy affairs, Chief Mrs. Lola Fagbemi , described the celebrant, Oba Faduyile as a very peaceful monarch , expressing no surprise that his reign in the last two decades has been very peaceful.
Governor Akeredolu said that the king’s domain is very germane to the socio- political scene of Ondo state. The state Governor charged the people of Ikale to continue to support Abodi and to also support his Governor.

 The Deji of Akure , His Royal Majesty, Oba Aladetoyinbo congratulated the celebrant , noting that Abodi is a well respected royal father among his colleague Obas and he is a voice of reason when delicate issues crop up in the council of Obas. He prayed God to grant The royal father long life and a peaceful reign.

Bar. Lebi Morayo , the host at the event appreciated the good people of Ikale for rallying round Abodi, noting that the cultural essence of the celebration cannot be overemphasised. Morayo said he is elated at the all round success of the weeklong programme, stressing that at anytime , he is for the cultural growth and advancement of Ikale land.

 In his remark, The Olukare of Ikare and Chairman Ondo state council of Obas, HRM Oba Akadiri Momoh while congratulating Oba Faduyile said he he is one of the kings in the land whom he so much respect because of his frankness and forthrightness.

In her speech, the Chairman of Okitipupa Local government, Mrs Morenike Alaka maintained that Abodi is a pride of Ikale nation , noting that the people of this land will continue to be proud of him.

ACP Bode Ojajuni (left), with his wife Barrister Folashade Ojajuni (right)

The celebrant , Abodi of Ikale Oba George Faduyile in his vote of thanks said he is genuinely grateful to God who has made him to witness the august occasion of his 80th birthday and 20th coronation anniversary in good health and peace of mind. He said though people have said his reign has been peaceful, which is true, it couldn’t have been possible without God’s support. He thanked dignitaries and well wishers who had come from other part of Ondo state and beyond. He also saluted the commitment of the planning committee who ensured the weeklong programme was hitch free and successful. Oba Faduyile called on the people of Ikale to live in peace among one another as the bedrock of all communal development is peaceful coexistence.

A major highlight of the event was the cutting of the birthday cum coronation anniversary cake, which was supervised by Princess Oladuni Odu.

Speaking to our reporter at the event, Princess Oluyemi Bajowa, the Iye Lumure of Ikale Land congratulated Abodi whom she described as a quintessential Oba and a very refined royalty. She said the institution of Abodi of Ikale has come a long way and Oba George Faduyile has continued to dignify this stool with his royal carriage and intellectual disposition at all time. The London trained barrister, who is also a traditional chieftaincy title holder at the palace of Abodi said she is honoured to identity with Oba Faduyile at the epoch making celebration.

From his base in United states of America, Dr. Salewa Olafioye, a stakeholder of Ikale world congress , and founder of The United African Community Organization (UACO), in a telephone conversation with our reporter congratulated Oba Faduyile , and saluted the good people of Ikale for supporting Oba Faduyile. Dr Olafioye who is the Aare of Ikale land equally said the Ikale nation is lucky to have Oba Faduyile as a royal father in this period when Ikale is yearning for development.

The highlife maestro Omoba Demola Suzi and the Biripo folklore musician Omotola Emaye serenaded the gathering with their respective brand of music .

Among the dignitaries at the event were the following royal fathers who were ably represented : The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ojaja ll, Oba of Benin. omo’noba N’edo Ukuapkpolokpolo, The Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Victor Kiladejo, The Olukare of Ikale, Oba Akadiri Momoh, The Olowa of Igbara Oke, Oba Francis Agbede, The Alakpa of Kiribo Oba Johnson Ajayi, The Odede of IgboEgunrin, Oba Philip Kalejaye, The Malokun of Atijere, Oba Samuel Edema, Oba Earnest Idepefo, the Majuwa of Moribodo; the Kalasuwe of Apoiland, the Oniju of Iju Odo and many other royal fathers.

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