Ojude-Oba 2018 may have come and gone, but as usual, it was not devoid of its own side attractions. This year’s festival was not only grand, glamorous and colourful, it was also celebrated with extreme pomp and pageantry. The display of matching colourful cultural attires by people of various age groups also added glamour to the event.
As expected, many age grades were dressed in unique beautiful attires while many female celebrity women made fashion statements in their uniform attire. One thing that stood some of the female Regberegbes out is that, many of them rocked matching shoes, matching jewelleries, same make-up and same headgear styles while they all came out to display dance amidst singing and drumming.
Perhaps, we should let you know that the over 100-year-old festival welcomes over 45,000 visitors every year. They come singing, dancing and drumming to pay homage to the paramount ruler of Ijebu-land, HRH Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, Ogbagba 11. The age-grades and the Oba’s subjects take turns to pay homage to the Awujale of Ijebu-land.
Many of the age grades make sure that some of their friends also come to witness the historical event in unique attires. While we were busy appreciating many of the female age-grades fondly called Regberegbes, the two Queens of Olori Sikiru Adetona, Olori Iyabo and Olori Kemi Adetona walked in. They were part of the early callers at the 2018 Ojude Oba. Olori Iyabo, who is the first wife of Oba Awuajale doesn’t look her age at all. Though she is in her early 80s, she looks many times younger. She was spotted in burnt orange attire matched with same monotone headgear. What about the junior wife, Olori Kemi? She walked in like an angel at few minutes past 10am. The tall “Ayaba“ who is in her 50s, was adorned in an 18carat jewelry kept talking every time she moved.
While we were busy appreciating how the Awujale Queens dazzled, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, the Deputy Governor of Ogun state, stepped in. Her husband is Otunba Biodun Onanuga, the Giwa of Bobakeye. She was there in her capacity as the representative of Ogun Governor. Of course, she never walked alone, she shone like a star with Mrs Funmibi Oduwole Adebayo, the wife of Ijebu-Ode Local Government Chairman. Hon Oduwole, who is a top member of Egbe Bobakeye. Funmi runs the popular Rostal flowers decor.
Guess what happened when Otunba Afolasade Risikiyat Adunni Adesoye walked into the pavilion where 2018 Ojude-ode was held? The elegant wife of Otunba Adegboyega Adesoye, the “Iya egbe“ Arobayo is one of the top Awujale Otunbas. She stood out elegantly in a special green HOH Lace with her best friend, Mrs Morufat Shabi. Though they rocked same luxury Lace but we spotted the mother of all diamonds on their neck. It was a silver and coral diamond set. Of course, it was not strange to see Adunni Risikiyat rocking one of the rare diamonds, because of her line of business. Among friends of Alhaja Sade Adesoye who dazzled with her are Alhaja Sekinat Stevens, Alhaja Bukola Alli Balogun, Mrs Bimbo Pitan and popular Mother of Music act, LAX MUM.
At few minutes past 12pm, a black luxury Benz S550 series car rode straight into the pavilion and many couldn’t wait to see the beautiful woman behind the tinted glasses. Behold, it was the beautiful wife of the Senate president. Though she looked quite simple in Iro and Buba but still, her skin glowed throughout the event.
We haven’t told you about tall, sexy Mrs. Balogun, one of the Deroot sisters. Though she doesn’t belong to any age grade but this classy woman shone in a burnt Orange HOH lace matched with Orange headgear. Her elder sister is the Iya egbe of one of the age grades.
Let’s take you through how the female Regberegbes stole the show at 2018 Ojude Oba. For many of them, it is not just about what they wear, their choice of jewellery also matters. It took many of them over 10 months to decide on what to wear, where to buy, which jewellery to choose and with which shoes to match.
One female that many haven’t stopped taking about till date is Egbe Bobamayegun Asiwaju Obinrin, who won the first prize at 2018 Ojude-Oba. They are the age grade between 1974/75/76. Their colour was simply unique with the combination of Champagne Gold Buba and Majenta Iro Aso-oke. They were led by their Iyalode, Kemi Popoola Anchor. It comprises of 100 beautiful women who run good businesses. Their shoes and purse also complimented their attire for the massive event. Do you want to know why they won? They had a traditional attire called “Olode Marun“. This is an ancient way of dressing where the wearer wears headgear, and use Iyun bead as jewelry on hair, neck, and legs. You will also use another aso-oke on your arms. You tie your iro and also tie another ipele on it. It is ancient and this made them stand out from many of the Regberegbes. Their Iya Egbe, Alhaja Ibilola Solaja Jumlar, the oil magnate and top rice dealer in Daleko market and their Baba Egbe, Asiwaju Olajide spared no cost to make sure they look good at 2018 Ojude Oba. Among many of the their members were Yeye Sokoya Bukky, Yeye Yetunde Rasak, Hassan Joke Namako, Olugbede Adesunbo, Olugbedu Adesimbo, Okanlawo Sunny, Rasidat Quadri, Osimorin Kikelomo, Adesewa Anifowose, Bukola Balogun, Toyin Ogundipe, Yemi Soyemi , Onanuga Iyanu, Rasheedat Odusanya, Okanlawon Simi, Alhaja Obasa Salewa, Kolawo Opeyemi Bidemi Ogunjobi, Ayinke Soderin, Tawa Ogunfuye, Omolola Owoyele, Ayomi Ladejobi, Balogun Toyin Elizabeth, bolaji okusi, Dupe Okusi, Sola Adekoya and many others
We haven’t told you about Egbe Bobamayegun Obinrin Aremo Alara Akile Ijebu(1974-1976) They also dazzled at 2018 Ojude-Oba. They were led by Iyalode Kubrat Aregbe and their Iya Egbe Chief Mrs Yetunde Godimowo. Iyalode Kuburat is a top fabric merchant and their colour theme was a bottle green and burgundy affair. What about their Gele tag “Gowon Style“. It was a particular headgear which was in vogue during former head of state Gowon’s era. Other Egbe Bobamayegun Obinrin Aremo who dazzled were Otun Iyalode Adeyinka Oyekunle, Eta Iyalode Adeperusi, Asiwaju Oredipe Gbemisola, Balogun Olawunmi Okenla, Obede Kuburat, Osisnusi Mosun, Mariam Keshiro, Idowu Raji, Atinuke Idris, Osinawo Bolanle, Bukola Olusanya, Mosun Runsewe, Salewa Sotobi, Princess Dele Bunmi, Bola Kuforiji, Ekundayo Adebola, Fowosere Tawa, Adebiyi Yetunde, Adebamiro Yinka, Tokunbo Osineye, Kareem Seyi to mention a few.
Iyalode Egbe Tobalase Akile Ijebu(1971-1973), Alhaja Bolanle Adeyemi didn’t leave any stone unturned to make sure her age grade stood out at 2018 Ojude Oba. Their choice of colour was Nigeria green with wine. Not only was their attire beautiful, they also had the best collection of “Macerati shoes‘. Their Iya egbe, Alhaja Tolani Lawal also supported them. Among other members of Egbe Tobalase who dazzled were Alhaja Fausat Saliu, Lase Kemi Yinusa, Basorun Sola , Abolore Odunwole, Olawunmi Abosin, Ronke Benson, Bisola Sanusi, Adenike Teriba, Fatimo Agboola, Bisola Badejo, Jumoke Adesanya, Idayat Raji, Zainab Hassan, Remi Bello, Muyi Olokodana, Kuku Ganiyat, Abey Odushote, Ajoke Fatimo, Olasinbo Modupe, Sola Talabi, Bukky Agboola, Edu Yetunde, Suyi Oduniyi, Tutu Owodunni, Yemisi Okuyelu among others
Another female celebrity Regberegbe who dazzled at 2018 Ojude Oba is Egbe Tobalase Obinrin Obalofin. Dont forget that their Iya Egbe, Ayimba Yemisi Fasawe is a top fabric merchant in Lagos. They rocked a cream Lace matched with Majenta headgear. They bought their fabrics from Sunshine fabrics while all their make-up was from Funmi Make-over. It was Iyalode Folasade Kasali that led them into the pavilion. Not only is their attire unique, they had a special matching aso-oke as hand fan. Among many of their members who dazzled are Ronke Akodu, Modinat Adeyemi, Dr. Wunmi Abimbola Okuneye, Balogun Fatimo Adekunle, Jumoke Inyang, Labake Ademola, Sade Kuti, Bola Orefeko, Bimpe Fetuga, Funmi Olagunju, Yemi Ikusedun, Basirat Adelaja, Bolanle Adebayo, Toyin Tolase, Bisi Ola-Dada, Tutu Adeeko, Toyin Pelewura, Bose Ogunowo, Mariam Oseni, Ola Olokodana, Ftaimo Olubodun, Deola Adewunmi, AAtinuke Kola, Damilola Omowani, Kemi Aromashodun and many others
Egbe Tobalase Obinrin Rontex also had a field day at the 2018 Ojude Oba. Their Iya Egbe is Otunba Mrs Ronke Carew. They dazzled in Majenta Aso-oke mix with Pink. Their choice of Coral beads made them stand out. Their Iyalode, Iyalode Olayinka Oloworoku also had no hiding place. Wumi Adeoye, Odia Debby Sanusi, Kudirat Adebayo, Timileyin Sodeinde, Odeni Yinka, Fausat Ogunsanwo, Kafayat Buraimoh, Tosin Alawiye, Ibironke Fajimi, Ibitola Olatunji, Jumoke Adesanya, Sakirat Oduwaye, Bukky Rosanwo, Bisoye Oseni, Bosede Adbulsalam, Adekemi Koletowo and many others.
Just like their names, Egbe Jagunmolu Obinrin Stainless(1965-1967) looked ever so beautiful at 2018 Ojude Oba. Though their Iya egbe, Alhaja Amudalat Stainless wasn’t sighted during the parade but her age grade stunned many in their attire too. They were clad in torquise velvet lace matched with a yellow headgear and a matching yellow purse and shoes. Alhaja Mosun Kay, Alhaja Abukia Akanke, Adeyinka Ajenifuja, Alhaja Fausat Ailere, Alhaja Omowunmi Adebanjo, Abiola Lawal Adetutu, Princess Adetoun Macaulay were among many sighted at this year’s Ojude oba.
Though this age grade are in their 70s but they know the rudiment of fashion and spared no cost to make sure they were noticed. We are talking about Egbe..Obaleke Obinrin(1944 TO1946).which comprises of rich ijebu business women. They were clad in special luxury sequence Lace matched with yellow and turquoise headgear.. Their Iyalode is Ronke Olowu. Other members are Alhaja Busura Alebiosu, Bewaji Kuku, Bola Owoduni Tinubu, Ronke Olowu Alausa, Sola Adaranjio, Jumoke Yussuf, Doyin Ayanbadejo, Bintu Osibo to mention few.
The Iya egbe Arobayo, Otunba Folasade Adunni Risikiyat didnt leave any stone unturned to make sure that Egbe Arobayo dazzled many in a monotone coral lace bought from popular Lagos fabric merchant, Mufuti Savage. Iyalode Taiwo Odunmosu was the one who led her age grade. Though they now have new intake of members, they all looked pretty and prepared for 2018 Ojude Oba. Among those new members sighted were Omolade Akinola, Bakare Tiuti, Bola Alimi, Aderonke Adetutu Adekunle, Peter Omolara, Khadijat Taiwo Oduwole, Rashidat Oduwole, Wunmi Dada, Toyin Kuku, Nike Surakatu, Bukola Sarunmi, Kemi Kuku and others.
If there is any Regberegbe who didn‘t let others outshine them, at 2018 Ojude Oba, it is Egbe Gbobaniyi Obinrin. Their cobalt blue aso-oke made them look unique. They also rocked unique eye glasses that added to their beauty. They had matching shoes, purse, and jewellery too. Ebony pretty Iyalode Adebukola Osinbajo was the one who led them at the parade. Their Aso-oke was supplied by Princess B fabrics store. Olukorede Adeyefa, Funke Olugbile, Woleola Iyabo Amoo, Tope Awosanya, Jumoke Sadiq, Sola Olorungbebe, Rotimi Alakiu Shittu, Olabisi Edu, Basirat Okusi, Kudirat Quadri, Rasheedat Iberu, Toyin Sanni, Bimbola Alatise, Kehinde Yusuf, Bose Obe, Bukola Osifowora, were among many who stole the show at 2018 Ojude Oba.
Can this list be complete without mentioning Egbe Bobagunte Obinrin Akile, Bobangute Oluwa, and Bobangute Gold? The answer is No. They both emerged 2nd and 3rd respectively at 2018 Ojude Oba. Though their attire looked similar but they both glowed differently at the event. Let us gist you about Egbe Bobagunte Obinrin Gold which has Iyalode Toyin Aberuagba has their Iya Egbe. Their Iya Egbe is Chief Mrs Bisi Edioseri while they have Baba Ijebu, Chief Kessington has their Baba Egbe. They rocked Alari Aso-Oke on Etu with same shoe and purse. Otun Iyalode Bolanle Bashorun walked with Alhaja Ikeade Adegbesin, Mojibade Yisa, Ronke Kazeem, Jumoke Balogun, Lara Ogunyemi, Tutu Oloko, Adetutu Bolade, Alhaja Muti Ajibade, Laide Balogun, Joke Dokunmu, Sola Ayodele, Alhaja Fausat Lawal, Dayo Aboko, Bolanle Kinoshi, Daramola Olawunmi, Bunmi Haruna, SIdika Balogun, Kudirat Adesanya to mention only a few.
What about Bobangunte Omoba Akile Ijebu headed by Iyalaje General of Ijebu-land, the rich Ijebu business woman who is one of the closest allies of Olori Kemi Adetona? Her age grade made many heads turn 360 degrees. Their choice of traditional ara was unique. Iyalode Korede Alatise spared no cost to make sure they stood out at 2018 Ojude Oba. This must have been why they won big at the event. Other members who rocked with her were Kemi Ganiyu, Keji Odukoya, Nike Asorona, Alhaja Tutu oloko, Olori Sade Kasali, Princess Sade Alatise, Yeyeluwa Salawa Abeni, Yetunde Olarenwaju, Alhaja Sade Ayeni, Sade Adejoa, Yinka Dagunduro, Yemi Araba, Iyabo ShOFU, Iyabo BALOGUN, Ayoka Adenubi, Bukky Agoro, Taiwo Bello, Remi Obileye, Iyabo shittu, Tinu Whab, Iyabo Olabode, Fusho Hassan, Biodun Hassan, Kemi Soneye, Kudi Jackson, Moji Oriola, Dede Jimoh, Toyin Agbomeji, Kehinde Awojobi, Ronke Odunsi, Korede Salami, Bisola Otubu, Yemisi Abiodun, Bunmi Sojunrin, Funmi Kehinsoro, Bose Fetuga and a host of others.
The Guntes Oluwa were also not left out. They were led by Iyalode Abiola Ogunowo. Everyone of them was clad in sky blue attire matched with same jewellery and traditional Etu headgear. Olori Olabisi Falodun Koleosho, Tolani Lawal, Bunmi Dada-balogunj, Olayinka Olokodana, Bisiriyu Bunmi, Modinat Shote, Omowunmi Odusanya, Basirat Bakare, Basirat Soyen, Yeye Afolajoye, Oyin Ladega and Yeye Olusola also looked pretty at the pavilion.
Though their ages are between 1953 to 1955 but, Egbe Bobagbimo Obinrin all looked pretty in Onions and Burgundy attire as they were led by Iyalode Kikelomo Odutayo and Otun Yinka Adeyemi. Kike Odutayo, Kike Adeyemi, Ronke Ijale, Bolaji Onabulke, Ayinke Daddah, Ronke Enilari, Remi Adamson, Keji Salami, Toyin Lawal Agbakeke, Ejide Hassan, Ronke Mosuro, Tutu Alli-Oke, Busura Talabi, Wunmi Adetona, Ganiat Adesanya, Folake Odunlami, Alake Oshun, Doja Adeyemi, Funke Surakatu and many others
Just like the Bobakeyes Okunrins, the Bobakeye Obinrin Double T are also a fashion conscious set of Ijebus women who were fully ready for 2018 Ojude Oba. Their Iyalode, Toyin Oluwole made the best choice for her age grade as they all stepped out in unique burgundy attire with touch of green, yellow, and burgundy headgear. Titilayo Ogunoiki, Mosimo Williams, Ayo Afolabi, Moji Oduwole, Bike Okunuga, Yinka Kuye, Mosurat Seriki, Olufumi Kikelomo, Yinka Olukoyo, Titlayo Adekoya, Folake Abass, Jibola Baruwa, Opeyemi Alli, Atinuke Alakiu, Yetunde Olowu.
Of course there is Bobakeye Surakat Obinrin Akile Ijebu too. It was Keye Omolara Oduewu and Otun Iyalode Tutu Okuboyejo who led them. Rasidat Ogunbadejo, Taiwo Lawal, Bukky Adebayo, Adeyinka Osinkoya and Iyabo Orekoya who wowed many at 2018 Ojude Oba.
Other female egbe who dazzled at 2018 Ojude-Oba are Egbe Gbobagbuyi Obinrin(Iyalode Bukky Otukoya) Otun Iyalode Olayinka Adesanya, Egbe Obafuwaji Obinrin (The Grace 1950-1952), Iyalode Busuratu Okeowo, Mrs Adenike Sowolu, Mrs Iyabo Odejayi, Mrs Iyabo Teriba, Egbe Obafuwaji Adedoyin(Iyalode Oluwatoyin Badejo, Mrs Tinuola Adesina, Mrs Kikelomo Quadri), Mrs Kehinde Cole, Mrs Iyabo Adenusi, Alhaja Rotimi Osifeso, Mrs Otufele, Mrs Biodun Aiyeola, Mrs Yetunde Gbodimowo, Alhaja Iyabo Adeniji, Mrs OlUWNISOLA Awosedo) Alhaja Titi Abimbola, Alhaja Busura Alebiosu, Alhja Ololade Hassan, Olori Agba Yeye Atobatele, Olori Adesye Abosede, Adeola Obafemi, Alhaja Ronke Alimi, Alhaja Modinat Shoda, Bintu Ashabi Thompton, Kemi Adegunwa, Mojisola idris, Obilege Oluwakemi Sidikat, Tope Yinusa, Kemi Ayanlaja, Bola Akinsanya, Abiodun Akinsnaya, Salako Adeijatu, Sekinatu Adeyemi and Kudirat Boyejo, Bisi Balogun, were also part of the glitz and glamour at 2018 Ojude Oba.
Last on the list of female celebrities who dazzled at 2018 Ojude Oba is Egbe Arobayo Larotex who are those between the age grade of 1968/ 1970. They were in orange buba and multicoloured aso-oke as wrapper. The Iyalode Bisola Abatan was with the Otun Baolanle Basherah Yekeen, Abiodun Akinlabi, Tope Onabule, Adeola Tijani, Islamiyat Fasina, Joke Adesnaya, Adijat Ogundana, Fareedah Ayomide and many others.
–ABIOLA ORISILE (08038477798)