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REFLECTIONS: My Inauguration as First Culture Ambassador of Ife National Museum & Monument, By Oloye Lekan Alabi

Left pic: Kabiyesi Ooni Ojaja11 presenting me with my insignia of office.Partly hidden is my wife,Chief(Mrs)Tokunbo Alabi.Pic 2:33 years ago....My humble self at the old Oyo State 1987 Merit Award Night,at the Government House,Agodi,Ibadan .I was then the Press Secretary to the then Colonel Adetunji Olurin,the Military Governor of old Oyo State.

All religions and cultures of the world strongly believe that figure 7 stands for victory and perfection,on the holy orders of Almighty God.

As such,I cherish till date,the gracious consent of His Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife and Arole Oduduwa,Alayeluwa Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi,Ojaja 11,to my humble request that I be presented with my insignia of office by Kabiyesi,as the first Culture Ambassador of the National Museum and Monument,Ile Ife,on Friday,7/7/17,in Oduduwa Palace,Ile Ife.
Three days to the agreed date above,Kabiyesi Ooni,along with some selected Paramount Rulers across Nigeria,was invited to the Presidency in Abuja.

The Royal Fathers meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari ended in the morning of Friday,7th July,2017,putting my scheduled presentation of the insignia of office in jeopardy.Kabiyesi,thinking ahead of a possible delay/late flight from Abuja to Ibadan,Oyo State,passed a royal instruction to the Palace that in case of any delay in his arrival in Ile Ife,the Ooni-in-Council should act on his behalf,and proceed with the presentation.
On the scheduled day of the presentation,after waiting till about 3.00pm(the scheduled time was 11.00am)and without any likelyhood of Kabiyesi Ooni meeting up,the most senior member of  the Ooni-In-Council,as earlier directed by Kabiyesi,gave his nod for my presentation with the insignia of office to commence.
After protocol preliminaries and two speeches were over,I was called by the Master of Ceremonies,Chief Laolu Olatunbosun,who today is the Agoro(a kingmaker)in his hometown,Ago Amodu,Oyo State, (Ironically,I was the one honoured by the late Governor Abiola Ajimobi to present the new Agoro with his Staff of  Office),to rise for my introduction,pre the formal presentation.
As I rose,and my biodata was about to be read,the famous burgle of Ogun,the (herald)praisesinger of the Ooni sounded!Kabiyesi Ooni Ojaja 11 had arrived
afterall,defying all odds to perform his royal role that great day.In his speech,Kabiyesi Ooni told the distinguished audience,that rather than proceed to the Traditional  Engagement Ceremony of the daughter of a sitting state governor to the son of a Senior Special Adviser to President Buhari,he had decided to honour me and my guests.
And so thus figure 7 revealed its mysticism.
Come Tuesday,7th July,DV,it will be three years that Kabiyesi Ooni Ojaja 11 presented me with my insignia of office as the first Culture Ambassador of the National Museum and Monument,Ile Ife.Glory be to God.
I shall mark the 3rd anniversary,God willing,with a courtesy visit to the Olubadan Oluyedun Royal Family,Ibadan.Oba Oluyedun was the 3rd Olubadan of Ibadanland.He reigned after Lagelu and Maye.
It will be recalled that I celebrated my 1st presentation anniversary on 7/7/18 with the renovation of the tomb of the11th Olubadan,Aare Mohammed Obadoke Laatoosa(1871 – 1885).


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