•In IKENNE-REMO, OGUN State
It all bubbled in Ikenne-Remo on the 25th of February 2018, as the quintessential woman of style & Medical Doctor, Ambassador Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu, the 5th and last child of late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Yeye Odua H.I.D Awolowo, hosted family and friends on her iconic 70th birthday at Our Saviour’s Anglican Church Ikenne-Remo, Ogun-State, it also doubled as the day she was installed as the Iya Ewe of our Saviour’s Anglican Church, Ikenne-Remo. City People’s Assistant Editor, SUNDAY ADIGUN and City People’s Photo-Journalist, JIMMY ABDULRASHEED attended the party and serves you the details.
BEHOLD THE AGELESS BEAUTY
That Ambassador Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu is beautiful is simply stating the obvious, she is one of the style matriarchs of our time. An epitome of beauty, blessed with a lovely figure, she has aged gracefully at 70 that you can even mistake her for 50. Ambassador Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu is the fifth and last child of Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Yeye Odua H.I.D Awolowo and the former Ambassador to Netherland. She combined her outfit with lovely hair fascinators and lovely pearls to go with.
WHAT THE 2 IN 1 EVENT WAS ALL ABOUT
The party was all classy and everyone who attended had fun. It was a 2 in 1 party. Dr Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu celebrated her 70th birthday and also celebrated her title as the Iya Ewe of Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, Ikenne-Remo. There was also a thanksgiving session at the church on that same day, followed by a grand-reception which was held right in the compound of her late father, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
THANKSGIVING AT OUR SAVIOUR’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
The thanksgiving service for the 70th birthday was held at Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, Ikenne-Remo. It had many dignitaries, family, friends and well-wishers in attendance; Alake of Egba Land, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his wife, Aare Ona Kakanfo Otunba Gani Adams, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Oba K.A Shotobi (Ayangbure of Ikorodu), Oba(Barr) A. Solagbade Tijani Osokowu (Alado of Ado, Sagamu), Oba Sikirulai Adeyiga (Onirolu of Irolu), representing Ooni of Ife, HRM Oba Adekunle Adebowale (Agbolu of Agbaje-Ife kingdom) and HRM Fayemi Johnson Olumayowa, (Elerefe of Erefe, Ife), Chief (Mrs) Abah Folawiyo, Deputy Governor of Osun State Mrs Tomori Laoye, Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Olopade, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga representing Gov. Amosun of Ogun State, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Olusegun Osoba, former Gov of Ondo State Olusegun Mimiko, Akarigbo of Remo, Mr Yinka Odubakin and many others. There were hymns rendition, communion, and special prayers for the celebrant and her family, followed by thanksgiving.
MOST REV.DR.M OLUSINA FADE’S Sermon
The beautiful sermon was delivered by Most Rev. Dr. M. Olusina Fade. who in his message congratulated Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu, as read thus “My dear sister today you are 70, and you are thanking God. For someone to clock 70 years is by the grace of God.
That you are 70 is not because of your medical expertise but by God’s grace. Let me quickly tell you why you are thanking God today. You are thanking God because you are a living soul. Olatokunbo you are alive today, you are not been celebrated posthumously, that is why you are thanking God today. You are born into a good family, ‘Awolowo family’ the name that is synonymous with integrity, honesty, transparency, fairness, justice and equity, that is the family into which you are born. You are thanking God for that.
You have the privilege of sound education, you qualified as a Medical Doctor. God gave you rare privilege to serve your country Nigeria at different times. Twice in this country you have served and Nigeria benefitted from your cerebral fitness. I know you are thanking God for making you relevant in your generation. At home, you have also been distinguished by the grace of God as a visionary icon, by propagating what your family is known for, and making sure that it does not go into extinction.
Our sister, together with your sister we can say the lines are falling unto us in pleasant places. God has given us good inheritance, and also the greatest reason I believe you are thanking God today is the fact that you know our Lord Jesus Christ and he has saved your soul. And my prayer for you is that the knowledge that you have known in our Lord Jesus Christ will become deeper and deeper and you will serve Him to the very end in Jesus name.
AWOLOWO’S COMPOUND WAS FILLED TO THE BRIM
Owning to the important dignitaries, friends and families who stormed the venue, Awolowo’s compound was filled to the brim. Almost all the seats were occupied. Important VIPs who also came with many entourage and various types of automobile were seen all around the car parks.
EFUNYELA HALL WAS MEANT FOR THE FORMER GOVERNORS AND DIGNITARIES
Entertainment of all the former Governors present, like Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Olusegun Mimiko, Olusegun Osoba, all the Obas, and dignitaries like Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Mr. Yinka Odubakin, and many others were being taken care of by Malas Catering Service inside Efunyela Hall.
CHIEF SEGUN OSOBA COORDINATED THE CAKE CUTTING
Chief Olusegun Osoba was called upon to coordinate the cutting of the cake, as he sang one of the favourite songs Baba and Mama usually sing at the campaign ground, and the song goes thus “Ha egbe mi e wa sia bo ti nfe lele, Ogun Jesu fere de na, afe re segun, do di mu emi fee re de beeni Jesu wi, ran dahun pada sorun pe awa yo di mu”. And at the shout of Up AWO, the celebrant cut the cake.
THOSE WHO LEND THEIR SUPPORT AND FELICITATED WITH THE CELEBRANT
Egbe Alaafia Tayo/Omoleye of Ikenne Remo, The Liyangu Akarigbo ruling house, Nigeria football supporters club, IIkenne Development Association, National Youth Soccer Association. They all lend their support and congratulated Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu.
CHIEF EBENEZER OBEY WAS ON THE BANDSTAND
The grand commander himself was the musician of the day. As he serenade guests with some of his classic hits which got people dancing.
Oba Babatunde AJAYI (Akarigbo of Remo), Alake of Egba Land, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his wife Chief (Mrs) Bola Obasanjo, Are Ona Kakanfo Aare Gani Adams, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Oba K.A Shotobi (Ayangbure of Ikorodu), Oba (Barr) A. Solagbade Tijani Osokowu (Alado of Ado, Sagamu), Oba Sikirulai Adeyiga (Onirolu of Irolu), representing Ooni of Ife, HRM Oba Adekunle Adebowale (Agbolu of Agbaje-Ife Kingdom) and HRM Fayemi Johnson Olumayowa (Elerefe of Erefe, Ife), Chief(Mrs) Abah Folawiyo, Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mrs. Tomori Laoye, Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga representing Gov Amosun of Ogun State, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Olusegun Osoba, former Gov of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Akarigbo of Remo, Mr Yinka Odubakin, Barrister Taiwo Akinoluwa, Dr (Mrs) Funmi Aragbaye, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Prof. Oyediran, Prof Idowu Olayinka, Prof Aderinto, Deaconess Omolewa Hameed, Erelu Olushola Obada, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Otunba Adebayo Adeniyi, Hon. Bola Ilori, Chief John, Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa, Prof. Akinkugbe, Chief Idowu Sofola, Senator Bucknor Akerele, Dr. Yemi Ogundeyi and many.