Dignitaries from all walks of life converged on the sprawling town of Ayede-Ekiti recently to celebrate the first year coronation anniversary of His Royal Majesty, Oba Abdul-Mumini Adebayo Orisagbemi, Arojojoye Abolokefa IV, the Attah of Ayede-Ekiti. The monarch who had an impressive anniversary celebration also conferred chieftaincy titles on some eminent persons within and outside Ekiti State. WESTERN POST’s Correspondent
ADEMOLA ATOBABA, who attended the event, brings the highlights…
FOR the people of Ayede-Ekiti in Oye Local Government Areas of Ekiti State, June 14, 2015 was another milestone in the history of the community. The day was specially set aside for the one year anniversary of HRM Oba Abdul-Mumini Adebayo Orisagbemi, the Attah of Ayede-Ekiti. A visitor would have mistaken the event for a meeting of first class traditional rulers and other dignitaries in the country given the calibre of attendance at the event.
But the gathering was no meeting; it was a ceremony to celebrate a distinguished monarch, Oba Abdul-Mumini Adebayo Orisagbemi. The weather was pleasing that morning at the Ayede Grammar School, venue of the anniversary ceremony. The sunshine depicting the season was like God giving blessing to the celebration witnessed by thousands of people.
To the people, it was a joyous occasion, and a time for merriment, wining and dining and above all a kind of re-union for all sons and daughters of Ayede at home and in the Diaspora who were at hand to celebrate with their friends and their beloved monarch.
It was an occasion to show-case the uniqueness of the community. It was a day they learnt a great deal about this “ancient but unique town” to paraphrase industrialist Chief Olawale Adeosun, a native of Abeokuta in Ogun State, who was installed as the new Bobajiro (Chief of Staff) to the Attah of Ayede-Ekiti. The visitors learnt how togetherness and unity could pave way for meaningful development in a community.
“I am so grateful today because it is an honourable thing to be honoured in a state and town that you did not even belong to. It a thing I personally really appreciate because coming from all the way from Abeokuta and to be honoured here in Ayede-Ekiti is a big plus,” Adeosun said
Chief Adeosun, therefore, encouraged all sons and daughters of Ayede and Ekiti State in general to come home and develop the state, noting that he had been in Ekiti for good number of days, moving round within the state and discovered that what the people had done here was great.
‘There is Peaceful Coexistence in Ayede’
Speaking with WESTERN POST, one of the High Chiefs of the town, Chief Kayode Adetifa, the Arole-Oba of Ayede-Ekiti, thanked God for the peaceful-coexistence and for making the day a reality for all sons and daughters of the community to come together and celebrate again.
In the same vein, the Chairman, Planning Committee of 1st Year Anniversary Celebration, Bishop Deji Afolabi described the ceremony as a success.
The National Vice President of Ayede Progressive Union (APU), Chief Afolayan Ige, said: “The one-year of the Attah Ayede on the throne has been wonderful because there have been various development projects, peace has been restored to Ayede Community and that is the reason, Kabiesi was able to give series of chieftaincy tittles to prominent people.”
Ige urged the people of the community to join hands with the monarch in order to usher in more development. Commenting on those who contested with Kabiesi, in a chat with WESTERN POST, Chief Olu Aare, who is the Apena of the community, advised them to sheathe their swords, adding that in every contest there must be a winner and a loser.
He urged them to surrender to the will of God and put heads together to rebuild Ayede Community for the betterment of generations yet unborn.
Oba Orisagbemi: Ayede Sons at Home, Abroad Should Come and Develop the Town
Responding, the celebrant, HRM Oba Abdul-Mumini Adebayo Orisagbemi, Arojojoye Abolokefa IV, the Attah of Ayede-Ekiti, thanked all friends and well-wishers, sons and daughters of Ayedeland for making the day a success. He appealed to them to make the development of the town their top priority. According to the monarch, Ayede is the place Ayede people can call their own, whatever the pleasure derived from staying in big towns and overseas, “one cannot call those places his own. Sons and daughters of Ayede should come home to develop this town, it is our own and together we can make it better”. He lauded the organizers of the anniversary and other dignitaries for showing him genuine love. Other communities in the South-west such as from Ondo, Osun, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo States and others within Nigeria and along the West Africa coast came to celebrate with Ayede and felicitate with Oba Orisagbemi on his 1st anniversary on the throne of his forefathers. Social, cultural, religious and other noble groups also graced the occasion.
Members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and RTEAN Lagos and Ekiti state branches, the paramilitary outfit Man ‘O War and the Nigerian Police Force and other private security organisations were on hand to control the mammoth crowd of people who came to witness the ceremony.
Fund-raiser, Conferment of Chieftaincy Titles
The highlights of the event were the fund-raiser, wherein a reasonable amount of money was realised for the community, and the conferment of chieftaincy titles by the Attah of Ayede on some personalities who have excelled in their chosen careers. Chief Adeosun from Abeokuta was installed the Bobajiro of Ayede, while his wife was made Yeye Bobajiro of Ayede-Ekiti. Also, Hon. Afolabi Olaoluwa Williams, a native of Ijero-Ekiti, was installed the new Aroba of Ayede. Williams, who could not hold his joy, said he was very glad to be alive to receive the honour.
The grand finale was the launching of an album entitled- “Igba Otun Attah Ayede”-. It was produced by a renowned Radio/TV presenter, Alhaji Olulande Agboola. Ace fuji musician, Alhaji Sefiu Alao (Omo-oko), and his wonder bands were on hand to entertain guests at the occasion.
Roll Call of Traditional Rulers at the Event
Prominent among the traditional rulers who added colour to the event were His Royal Majesty, Oba Barrister Sunday Ajiboye, the Oloye of Oye-Ekiti; HRM Alaketu of Ketu, Lagos; HRM Oluye of Iyemero-Ekiti; Onijara of Ijara-Isin, Kwara State, and HRM Oloba of Oba, Kwara.