Ojude Oba is symbol of Ijebu unity, says Adenuga
The founder of Globacom, Dr. Michael Adenuga, has commended the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, for using the yearly Ojude Oba Festival to address issues germane to the development of Ijebuland.
Adenuga, who spoke through the Regional Activation Manager of Globacom, Mr. Olufolahan Feseyitan, at a media briefing organised to herald this year’s festival, described the cultural event as a gift of the Ijebu nation to Nigeria and the world, “being a unique case study of religious tolerance and harmony.”
The festival, which has been in existence for about two centuries, is a spectacular celebration of the Ijebu people in Southwest Nigeria to showcase their rich cultural heritage.
The theme of this year’s festival is Ojude Oba: The uniqueness of the Ijebu nation.
“The yearly festival is a rallying point for all Ijebu to pay homage to the Awujale and collectively share thoughts on how to take the land to next level of social and infrastructural development,” Adenuga said.
Adenuga, an indigene of Ijebuland, also commended the monarch for what he described as the giant strides recorded since he ascended the throne of his fathers 59 years ago.
He noted that Globacom has been the chief sponsor of the festival for 16 years and acknowledged the efforts of the Awujale in uniting Ijebus through the festival.
“We note that Alaiyeluwa has been using his clout to bring high net worth personalities to grace the festival as special guests, thereby, raising its profile and the status of Ijebuland. We know that this year will not be different too.”
The side attractions for this year’s festival is the beauty pageant tagged, ‘Miss Ojude Oba Festival Beauty Pageant’ and a musical concert where the fuji icon, Abass Obesere, and multi-talented musician, Keshinro Ololade, popularly known as Lil’Kesh will be entertaining guests.
The telecommunications giant will be empowering 20 lucky winners of the raffle draw with 10 tricycles and 10 plasma television sets during the festival.
Also speaking, chairman of the festival committee, Otunba Wahab Osinusi, disclosed that the special guest this year is business mogul and philanthropist, Chief Kensington Adebutu, adding that the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, among other important dignitaries, are equally expected to grace the occasion.
According to Osinusi, the festival has been embraced not only by Ijebus at home and abroad but also by millions of people within and outside the country.
Speaking of the socio-economic importance of the event, Osinusi said, the festival is not only all about equestrian display, parade of culture and tradition but also “boost commerce and trade in its entirety as commercial and trading activities are at their peak before, during and after the festival.”