Ooni eulogises Alabi, promises support for construction of media centre
Thursday, February 23, 2023, will continue to linger in the memories of Oloye ‘Lekan Alabi and the planning committee of his 50th anniversary as a media icon.
The planning committee, led by Oloye Lekan Alabi and Comrade Seun Awodele, the Chairman of Freelance And Independent Broadcasters’ Association of Nigeria (FIBAN) in Oyo State were on a thank you visit to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) in his palace at Enu’wa, Ile Ife, Osun State, for sending a royal representation to the activities commemorating 2023 UNESCO World Radio Day, which was dedicated to honouring Alabi’s media exploits.
The opening prayer was said by Femi Adebisi, followed by introduction of the delegation by Taiwo Oguntoye, Special Adviser on media to FIBAN Chairman.
Giving an account of the world radio event, the Chairman, Oyo FIBAN, Comrade Seun Awodele handed over letter of appreciation and the program souvenir to Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II). Followed by the presentation of the proposed N500 million Oloye Lekan Alabi Media Resource Centre, which was launched at the world radio day celebration to immortalise Alabi and to serve as a capacity development centre for journalists and broadcasters across Nigeria.
In his response to the thank you speech of Alabi and the presentation made by Awodele, Oba Adeyeye charged the committee members to go and plan for the sod turning and flag-off of the proposed centre named after Oloye Alabi as a way of meeting the funding need of the project. The Ooni of Ife promised to leverage his influence from far and near to facilitate the presence of potential donors and promise to personally serve as the Chief Launcher.