The crème-de-la-crème of the Nigerian society were over the weekend the guests of the Chairman of Mapcotec Nigeria Limited and a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Surveyors (NIS), Surveyor (Dr) Segun Osifeso, when he was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Aare Atunluse of Aworiland and his wife, Chief Mrs Olufunke Osifeso, Yeye Aare Atunluse of Aworiland, by the Olota of Ota, Oba (Professor) Abdulkabir Obalanlege, and all Awori Obas in Ogun State.
At the epoch-making event were the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the representatives of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Adetona, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams, Chairman, Premier Lotto Nigeria Limited, Chief Kessington Adebutu, the former Chairman of the Federal Housing Authority, Senator Ayodeji Otegbola, and matriarch of the G.K Animashaun family, Chief (Mrs) Edith Animashaun.
The guests list also included Bishop of the Diocese of Awori, (Anglican Communion), Rt. Revd. (Dr.) Johnson Akin Atere, former Ogun State Commissioner for Information, Chief Fassy Yusuf, members of the Olota-in-Council, the Chairman and members of the Body of Fellows of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (Ogun State chapter), Awori sons and daughters from home and abroad, members of the diplomatic corps, senior government functionaries and members of the organised private sector.
The royal fathers present included the Onilogbo of Ilogbo, Aworiland, Oba Samuel Ojugbele, the Onitetiku of Owode-Ota, Oba Wasiu Ogungbayi, the Olofin of Isheri, Oba Nurudeen Adekambi, the Onimeran of Meiran kingdom, Lagos State, Oba (Dr.) Samuel Oroja, the Onikoko of Koko-Ebiye, Aworiland, Oba Joel Fasina, the Alagbara of Agbara, Oba (Barr.) Lukman Agunbiade, and other prominent Yoruba traditional rulers, who were all entertained by a popular Juju musician and rib-cracking jokes of ace-broadcasters, Yemi Shodimu and MC Olororo.
In his remarks, chairman of the occasion, Dr. Oba Otudeko, thanked the Olota of Ota, Oba (Prof.) Abdulkabir Obalanlege, all Awori Obas in Ogun State and the loving people of Aworiland for considering Aare (Surveyor) Osifeso and his wife, Chief (Mrs) Funke Osifeso, worthy of the honour, assuring that being a friend of the Osifesos for over 50 years, the honourees won’t let them down.
While speaking on the conferment ceremony, the Ekerin of Ota, High Chief Bamgboye Osunlabu, explained that Surveyor Osifeso’s sojourn in the community had marked a turning point in Aworiland as he had always been supportive of all projects aimed at bringing succour, hope and relief to the town and the people.
“I am extremely happy with the Osifesos for their milestone achievements, which had impacted greatly on the quality of life and economy of the people and the community”, said the Ota High Chief.
In his reaction to the glowing tributes, Aare (Dr.) Osifeso gave praises to God, the Olota of Ota, all Awori Obas in Ogun State, sons and daughters of Aworiland for the honour, stressing that if not for their love, cooperation and supports, all he had achieved since he came to the town would have been a mirage.
He, however, expressed optimism that Awori Kingdom would witness greater development going by the prevailing peace, monumental changes and life transforming projects that have existed since the installation of Oba Obalanlege as the Olota of Ota about a year ago.