The ancient town of Ajiran, Eti Osa was on lock-down as the renowned community mediator and philanthropist, Chief Nurudeen Adekunle Odofin bagged the highly coveted Odofin title amidst cheers and encomium.
The Odofin who was installed on Friday, 25th of June, was decorated in grand style on Friday, 02 July 2021 before the entire community members who came out en mass to show their support for the man of the people.
Chief Nurudeen Adekunle, according to the royal father of the town HRH Oba Tijani Adetunji Akinloye, Sateru II, the Ojomu of Ajiran land, deserved to be initiated into the Odofin title because is he had been a good ambassador and inspiration to many.
“He has been a mentor to many people in this community, to the youths, to men and women, and he has actively taken parts in many progressive projects for the development of this community. He is indeed a true Odofin-bred and should be accorded as such”, he said.
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Chief Nurudeen while growing up was referred to as Jeje, you know when they call someone jeje in Yorubaland, it means that he’s is very calm and easy-going and doesn’t want trouble. You can never hear him fight and hold a grudge. He is always calm and easygoing. This is not his first title. He was formerly Alase of Ajirunland. When the title of Odofin came and he is the next in line, he now took the Alase from him and gave it to another person, so as to make him a substantive Odofin of Ajirunland.
Brief Background About The Odofin
The chief was born and brought up here in Ajirun. He had his primary school at Mayegun Community primary school. His secondary school was at Igbo Efon. He was trained as a refrigerator repairer before he ventured into trading and other businesses.
He is a philanthropist, if anybody comes, he renders help for his family and outsiders. He is also a good listener and also settles many community disputes. This is the main virtue that was considered before he was unanimously agreed that he becomes the next Odofin of Ajiranand.
The new Odofin was regaled in the traditional wrapper and cap. He was accompanied by two other kingmakers who stood by his left and right hands as they walked into the palace to pay homage to the king, HRH Oba Tijani Adetunji Akinloye, Sateru II, the Ojomu of Ajiranland, who gave his blessings and ordinance. The Odofin and his team moved from the palace with the same outfit, and walked through the streets of Ajiran, at the full glare of the people, who cheer him and pray for him from one family house to the other. At some point, he was joined by some community members and youths and the momentum began to increase.
He was ushered to the Ojubo-Esu, a sacred place of the gods of Ajirun, where he, the Ajirun, offered a session of prayers and supplication along with his people, praying for peace, good health, and prosperity for the people of Ajirunland.
He was ushered back to the palace where other titled chiefs also offer their prayers for the success of his tenure as the Odofin.
Popular Socialite and a key part of Odofin’s dynasty, Princess Idowu Elegushi Garuba was also one of the key players in the settings of the event. She was seen moving from one canopy to the other to ensure that everything is in order. She took charge of the entertainment of guests and monitored all the vendors to ensure that guests are fully attended to.
Veteran music star Sule Alao Malaika was on the bandstand, to entertain guests. Esikay Generation also took another stand at the other end to serenade guests.
The event was anchored by popular OAP, MC Malian.