•Details Of The Classy Party
On Sunday, 19th June 2022, Eko Club came alive, when the leading social club founded in 1974 held a big 5-in-1 celebration. The classy event took place at The Arcade of the club which is located inside the clubhouse, off Bode Thomas Street, Surulere, Lagos. Music was by King Sunny Ade (the King of World beats.)
The event was well attended by very many dignitaries. The club is a reputable one, made up of many distinguished and eminent personalities in Lagos. The names of members read like all the who-is-who in Lagos.
The club is well run by the President of the Club Hon. Barrister Tajudeen Jaiyeola Agoro and his Executive Committee members (2021-2023) like Mr. Razmk Olugbenga Amodu, Fnim, Chb – Vice President, Mr. Muhammed Faiq Akanji Abou – Hon. Gen. Sec., Barr. Adedapo Ogunlewe – Asst. Gen. Sec., Mr Jlbril Adebayo Idris – Treasurer, Mr. ‘Tunde Hassif-Mumuni, Ohb – Financial Sec., Prince Jubril Mobolajl Ajasa-Oluwa – Social Secretary, Mr. Ismaila Erinfolami – Asst. Soc. Sec., Alhaji Hakeem F. Amode, Ohb – Sports Secretary, Alhaji Jeleel Olubodun Olubori – Internal Author, Alhaji Sadiq Animashaun – Welfare Officer.
At the event, the President of the Club revealed a lot about the 48- year-old-club. His welcome address was well presented and it earned him resounding applause. “In the name of ALLAH, The Most Benevolent, The Most Merciful.
The Distinguished Members of the Board of Trustees of Eko Club, Highly Revered Members of the Guardian Council of Eko Club, Members of the Executive Committee of Eko Club, Our Highly Respected Elders of Eko Club, All other Blessed Members of Eko Club, invited guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, BLESSINGS!”
“My speech this afternoon will commence with words of praises and glorification of THE ALMIGHTY ALLAH for HIS DIVINE INTERVENTION in the opening of The Club, having been sealed illegally and unjustly for 2 whole months by The Nigeria Police Force at the commencement of this administration.
ALHAMDULILLAH, ALHAMDULILLAH, ALHAMDULILLAH RABILALAMIN!
“I want to deeply thank and very sincerely appreciate All Members of Eko Club for their unwavering and unalloyed support since the inception of the current administration of this Great Club led by my humble self.
It is very pertinent that I specifically thank a selected number of Members of this Great Club who have been extra supportive in terms of finances, prayers, connectivity and selflessness.
They include the following persons but are not limited to; (1.) Alhaji Muritala Muhammed Ashorobi, GCHB (2.) Prince (Asiwaju ) Rabiu Adio Oluwa, GCHB (3.) Alhaji BabsAndoyi, GCHB and (4.) Engr. Mutiu Gbajumo, GCHB.”
“It is my sincere prayer that the ALMIGHTY ALLAH continues to bless, protect, guide, guard, strengthen and fortify them as they proceed with life’s journey.
Our administration has embarked on some legacy infrastructure projects. Some of the projects were birthed by previous administrations and completed by us while others commenced under my leadership.”
“Some of these projects include but are not limited to;
(1) All facilities and equipment of the club that were affected negatively due to the illegal sealing of the club were repaired and/or replaced.
(2) A see-through demarcation fence was constructed in between the main club building and the event centre area. This was done to protect the expected privacy for fresh conviviality of members of Eko Club which is a private member Club.
(3) We completed the premier lounge located in the Kessington Pools and Gardens (Swimming Pool).
(4) We changed all the doors of the Blessings Hall and the billiards room to modern and more secure doors.
(5|) We sank 3 new boreholes with water treatment plants to enable the supply of fresh water to the swimming pool, Blessings Hall and other parts of the club.
(6) In the area of Sports, we have put full life into activities at the Oba of Lagos Multi-Purpose Sports Hall. In this regard, we collaborated with Mr. Aruna Quadri who is the Champion of Table Tennis in Africa and ranks 6th on the list of best Table Tennis players in the world. Mr. Aruna Quadri donated 8 complete sets of Tennis Tables with all necessary accompanying equipment. He has also organized different competitions in this regard. In addition, Karate Training is also presently available in the Oba of Lagos Multi-Purpose Sports Hall.
(7) Also in the area of sports, the squash and billiards sections of the club have been given new leases of life. This has culminated in making them beehives of activities. Notable persons like The Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola has been a regular guest in the billiards room.
(8) The Kessington Pool and Gardens has had full attendance of Blessed Members and their lovely families since we put life into it. This has been a source of revenue for the Club.
(9) Our administration has secured approval from the Board of Trustees for the Construction of a Standard Lawn Tennis Court and Gymnasium. I respectfully urge all Blessed members to pay a visit to the Lawn Tennis Court and Gymnasium site which are under construction. This is to justify the need to raise funds for these projects as we as an administration do not intend to leave any project uncompleted.
(10) The Gafar Danmole Spa and Beauty Parlour is also at the front burner for completion by our administration.
(11) In addition, we have created the Main Bar of the Club. This is to create a conducive environment for relaxation, for members and their guests.
(12) We have made it a compulsory policy for all new members to partake actively by belonging to at least 2 sporting activities available in the Club. The available and fully functional sporting activities are; Squash, Billiards, Table Tennis and Swimming. This is to ensure that all members are healthy and fit.
(13) Our administration purchased and took delivery of 400 units of state-of-the-art chairs for our newly engineered Blessings Hall and to add value to our other event centres.
(14) We also replaced all the furniture in the President’s Conference Room.
It is worthy of note that I inform you of one very great stride of our administration. We have successfully reduced the Club’s debt profile from 83 million naira to a paltry sum of 20 million naira. GOD WILLING, we will ensure that no debt is left uncleared by the time we handover to the next administration.
Moving forward, I make bold to say that the club has never taken a loan from any bank or lending house to fund any of its projects. This is why I make a passionate appeal to all members to meet up their financial obligations to the club.
Today’s event, tagged 5-in-1 is an activity packed event. We are grateful to ALMIGHTY ALLAH for granting us the gifts of life and good health to be present here today.
To the inductees, I welcome you all to Eko Club. Eko Club is standing strong today because of the foresight of the founding fathers and continuous addition of positive values by members over the years. I urge you all new members to emulate that spirit of adding positive values to the Club. This is the only way the Club will continue to remain prestigious and great.
The popular saying ‘ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACKA DULL BOY’ is applicable here today. This is why we have put in everything necessary to make this event a fun-filled one. Please enjoy the evergreen sounds of King of Music Himself – King Sunny Ade. Kindly also enjoy the sumptuous meals and drinks put together by our amazing caterers and vendors here present today.
The club has very many popular V.I.Ps as members. The Grand Patron is Hrm Oba Riliwanu Osuolale Aremu Akiolu – Cfr.d. Sc. (Honoris Causa) Ll.b. B.l .. Mnim. mni f. Nig. Law Sch. Akiolu 1. Oba Of Lagos.
The patrons are: Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu – Governor Of Lagos State, Chief Adetola Olanipekun Shote, Hrm Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Kusenla Iii – (Elegushi Of Ikate Kingdom), Hrm Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, Abisogun Ii – (Oniru Of Iruland Kingdom).
The Board Of Trustees include the following: (1.) Alhaji Abdul Fatal Dawodu, Mfr. Gchb (2.) Mojeed Akanni Salvador, Gchb (3.) Wakeel Olawale Gbajumo, Gchb (4.)Alhaji Mutiu Adeboye Gbenro, Gchb (5.) Omo’ Ba Murphy Adebowale Adetoro, Gchb (6.) Alhaji Babs Ayinla Andoyi, Gchb (7.) Prince Rabiu Adio Oluwa, Gchb (8.) Engr. Mutiu .0. Gbajumo, Gchb (9.) Alhaji Mohammed Muritala Ashorobi, Gchb (10.) Rasheed A. Adeshina, Gchb.
Members of the guardian council include the following: (1.) Adetola O. Shote, Gchb (2.) Riliwan O. Dawodu, Gchb (3.) Fatai A. Doherty, Gchb (4.) Fatai Dawodu, Gchb, Mfr (5.) Rafiu A. Ayilara, Gchb (6.) Majeed A. Salvador, Gchb (7.) Mumeen Aiyefola, Gchb (8.) Mutiu A. Gbenro, Gchb (9.) Mutiu O. Gbajumo, Gchb (10.) Rafiu O. Egbeyemi, Gchb (11.) Nurudeen A. Shitta-Bey, Gchb (12.) Muftau A. Adetoro, Gchb (13.) Akintola G. George, Gchb (14.) Muheen A. Aka, Gchb (15.) Wakeel O. Gbajumo, Gchb (16.) Babs A. Andoyi, Gchb (17.) Akin Laguda, Gchb (18.) Taiwo Ishola, Gchb (19.) Alade S. Bashua, Gchb (20.) Waliu Gbajumo, Gchb (21.) Muritala Ganiu, Gchb.
Let’s tell you about the founding Members. They are as follows: First Eko:Late Justice M.O Biosogun. The Father of the House Late Alhaji Sikiru Agoro. Others are (1.) Mutiu O. Biosogun (2.) Sikiru A. Agoro (3.) Rasheed A. Williams (4.) Waheed O. Gbajumo (5.) Adetola O. Shote (6.) Riliwan O. Dawod (7.) Tajudeen B. Akeju (8.) Fatai A. Doherty (9.) Abdul Fatai Dawodu (10.) Rafi A. Ayilara (11.) Anis A. Awelenje (12.) Farouka. Oshodi (13.) Wahab A. Dawodu (14.) Mojeed A. Salvador (15.) Mumeen A. Aiyepola (16.) Ganiu A. Williams (17.) Lateef A.ibrahim (18.) Gafara. Danmola (19.) Mutiu A. Gbenro (20.) Raheem O. Ope (21.) Suraju A. Onigbanjo (22.) Landa O. Adeyemi (23.) Shakur Ayo Alaka (24.) Gbolahan A. Jinadu (25.) Mutiu O. Gbajumo (26.) Rafiu O. Egbeyemi (27.) L. Olaseni Lawal (28.) Nurudeen A. Shitta-Bey (29.) Nureni I. B. Agiri. Others founding members are (30.) Muftau A. Adetoro (31.) Muniru A. Pampam (32.) Akintola G. George (33.)Femia. Shobowale (34.) Shakiru Alade Alaka (35.) Adebosun S. Williams (36.) Muheen A. Aka (37.) Wakeelo. Gbajumo (38.) Kayode O. Adeyeri (39.) Jelili A. Ashorobi (40.) Babs A. Andoyi (41.) Sikiru A. Tobun (42.) Lateef A. Dosunmu (43.)Akin Laguda (44.) Taiwo Ishola (45.) Ajinade S. Lawal (46.) Teslim A. Jimoh-Osi (47.) Aderemi L. Adeshoye (48.) Hammed J. Agoro (49.) Alade S. Bashua (50.) Waliu O. Gbajumo (51.) Raoof Olanrewaju Ojikutu (52.) Asheem M. T. Mogaji (53.) Hafeez O. Danmole (54.) Ganiu Muritala (55.) Memudu A. Giwa (56.) Hakeem O. Oki (57.) Ganiu G. Olorunrinu (58.) Rasheed. A. Adeshina (59.) Ladipo L. Eso (60.) Abiodun E. Salu (61.) Natik A. Oshodi (62.) Kashifi K. Shomade (63.) Rasheed A. Sufianu (64.) Hafeez A. Sulaimon (65). Sulaimon Onabiyi (66.) Folarin Doherty (67.) Ganiu B. Dalley (68.) Aliu A. Giwa (69.) Gbolahan Martins (70.) Olabode S. Tobun (71.) Babatunde J. Molake (72.) Ganiu K. Onikoyi (73.) Rilwan O. Williams (74.) Sikiru O. Oluwa (75.) Kamardeen Olaleye (76.) Kayode A. Ogunleye (77.) W. K. Idris-Animashaun (78.) Rasheed A. Shitta-Bey (79.) Gbolahan Mogaji (80.) Wakeela. Adebiyi (81.) Bunmi Joseph (82.) Bode Towolawi (83.) Monsuru O. Ajala (84.) Rasheed O. Ajao (85.) Rafiu O. Sodiq (86.) Sikiru O. Alli (87.) Biliameen Busari (88.) Umaru A. Saro (89.) Muyidee A. Agunbiade (90.) Monsuru A. Agboola (91.) Muyideen O. Atobajeun (92.) Noah A. Balogun (93.) Lateef O. Bada.
Let us give you the Roll Call of the Presidents Of the Eko Club. They are: (1.) Chief Rasheed Williams, Gchb – 1975 – 1977 (2.) Late Gafar Akanbidanmola, Gchb (R.I.P) – 1978 – 1980 (3.) Alhaji (Chief)Abdulfataj Dawodu, Gchb, Mfr – 1981 – 1983 (4.) Late Waheed Olamide Gbajumo, Gchb (R.I.P) – 1984 – 1986 (5.) Alhaji (Chief) Ganiyu Ajadi Williams, Gchb (R.I.P) – 1987 – 1989 (6.) Late Munjru Aderjbjgbe Pampam, Gchb (R.I.P) – 1990 – 1993 (7.) Alhaji Sulaimon Adebodun Willjams, Gchb (R.I.P) – 1993 – 1995 (8.) Arc. Wakeel Aderibigbe Adebiyi, Gchb (R.I.P) – 1995 – 1997 (9.) Engr. Mutiu Oladipo Gbajumo, Gchb – 1997 – 1999 (10.) Mohammed Muritala Ashorobi, Gchb 1999 – 2001 (11.) Omooba Engr. Murphy Adebowale Adetoro, Gchb – 2001 – 2003 (12.) Alhaja Shakiru Adisa Anjorin, Gchb – 2003 – 2005 (13.) Alhaji (Chief) Hon. Waliu Olajide Gbajumo, Gchb – 2005 – 2007 (14.) Prince Rabiu Adio Oluwa, Gchb – 2007 – 2010 – (15.) Pharm. Shamusideen Alani Ope, Gchb – 2010 – 2012 (16.) Engr. Suli Owolabi Lawal, Gchb – 2012 – 2014 (17.) Alhaji Babatunde Faruk Grillo, Gchb – 2014 – 2016 (18.) Alhaji Babs A. Andoyi, Gchb -2016 – 2017 (19.) Chief Rasheed ‘Tunde Fanimokun, Gchb – 2017 – 2019 (20.) Dr. Shamsudeen Ade Dosumu, Mon, Gchb – 2019 – 2021 (21.) Hon. (Barr) Tajudeen Jaiye Agoro, Gchb – 2021 till date.
How about the Honourary members of the Eko Club? We can tell you. They are Chief Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose – Opeluwa of Lagos, Her Royal Highness, Princess Abiola Dosunmu – Erelu Kuti IV of Lagos, Chief Tajudeen Babatunde Idris – Alagbeji of Lagos, Chief Adesoji Ajayi-Bembe – Obanikoro of Lagos, Chief Ajayi Yusuf Akinlaja – Olorogun Atebo of Lagos, Chief Mukaila Lawai Oluwa – Oluwa of Lagos, Chief Haruna Bakare Badejo – Eletu Ijebu of Lagos, Chief Waheed Ishola Yusuf – Olorogun Agbeje of Lagos, Chief Ismalla Oladeinde – Olorogun-Ide of Lagos, Chief Lamina Olasheni Sasi – Sasi of Lagos, Prince Ayodele Oyekan – Bajulaye of Lagos, Chief Ahmed Olaribigbe Kareem Koyemi – Ashogbon of Lagos, Chief Rafiu Abayomi Olusi – Egbe of Lagos, Chief Omogbolahan N. Durosimi – Suenu of Lagos, Chief Waheed Abiodun Ayeni – Sasore of Lagos, Chief Ibikunle Bailey Oluwo – Jakande of Lagos, Chief Tajudeen Durosimi Etti – Etti of Lagos.
There are other Honourary Members of Eko Club like Alhaji Lateef ‘Femi Okunnu, San, Alhaji (Chief) M. O. Anibaba, Otunba Adekunle Ojora, Ofr, Con, Alhaji (Chief) Rasak Okoya, Chief Bode Emmanuel, Brig. Raji Rasaki (Rtd), Brig. Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Rtd), High Chief T. Akin Disu, Hon. Justice George A. Oguntade, Jsc, (Rtd), Cfr, Sir Chief Kessington Adebutu.
LIST OF NEW MEMBERS
Olawale Olaniran Oyeneyin -1341, Prince Abeeb Adesina Faronbi -1342, Babatunde Adeniji Akintonwa -1343, Abayomi Olakunle Alagbada -1344, Olawale Akanni Alakija -1345, Olaniyi Uthman Jones -1346, Olufemi Hafeez Oyetola -1347, Oluwaseyi Bola Tinubu -1348, Mutiu Ajao Are -1349, Albert Odetunde -1350, Olajide Basheer Danmola -1351, Muyideen Afolabi Oloyede -1352, Kamaladewale Sanusi -1353, Ahmed Olayinka Oluwa -1354, Prince Ifalade Ajasa Oyekan -1355, Muhammed Rosul Eshilokun -1356, Mustapha Olawale Opere -1357, Sikiru Omotayo Aremu Ibraheem -1358, Hafeez Ajibade Balogun -1359, Prince Silikifiu Aden Iran Akiolu -1360, Notiq Olayemi Etti -1361, Nurudeen Solaja-Saka -1362, Habeeb Oluwaseun Aileru -1363, Olanrewaju Saheed Opere -1364, Foluso Afeezajanaku -1365, Olubayo Olatomide Odejinmi -1366, Ajibade Ismail Nosiru-Ayeni -1367, Olugbenga O. Aroyewu -1368, Murisiku Omokayode Bombata -1369, Adebayo Wasiu Olayinka -1370, Tajudeen Saro -1371, Toheeb Olasupo Bakare -1372, Taofik Olakunle Owoiya -1373, Mutiu Ajagun – 1374, Wakeel Taiwo Nelson – 1375, Razak Olumide Gaji – 1376, Nasiru Oluwaseyi Dawodu – 1377, Fuhad Adeolamijuwon Oloto-Osho – 1378, Rafiu Kehinde Animashaun – 1379, Adekunlelateefoduah – 1380, Olanrewaju Ademola Lookman Agbetoba – 1381, Muhammed Oladimeji Tijani – 1382, Bashir Olanrewaju Laguda – 1383, Azeez Olanrewaju Lawal – 1384, Oluwakemiolasunbolawal – 1385, Olawale Hakeem Hameed – 1386, Folahan Akeem Elegbede – 1387, Rasul Oriyomi Olukolu – 1388, Rauf Babatunde Bello – 1389, Mojeed Abiodun Akanni Animashaun – 1390, Oladimeji Hakeem Fashola – 1391, Muslim Bolaji Adeniji-Adele – 1392, Adebiyi Saheed Amuwo – 1393, Oluwafemi Yunus Olubiyi-Agoro – 1394, Ajibola Hakeem Olubiyi-Agoro – 1395, Abdul-Qudus Omotolani Akinyemi – 1396, Kolawole Olorunwafadayomi – 1397, Mustapha Babatunde Kotun – 1398, Afolahan Akeem Animashaun – 1399, Adewunmi Ogunsanya, San – 1400, Rilwan Kolawole Onikoyi – 1401, Ibrahim Ajani Owolabi – 1402, Babatunde Oladeinde Williams – 1403, Odunugalookmanige – 1404, Tyson Abdulhakeem Oluwatosin – 1405, Lamina Sulaimon Ajibola – 1406, Gaji Tajudeen Omobolaji – 1407, Bolaji Vincent St. Mathew Daniel – 1408, Animashaun Quadri Oluwaseyi – 1409.
The Awardees at the event include: (1.).Mr. Fatai Akin Kekere-Ekun – (M/N 859) – CHB (2.) Prince Bolaji Ajasa-Oluwa – (M/N 925) – CHB (3.) Chief Ademola Alabi Oki – (M/N 364) – CHB (4.) Prof. Muh’d Taofeeq Abdulrasak (M/N 1026) – CHB (5.) Mr. Muh’d Faiq Akanji Abou – (M/N 968) – CHB (6.) Hon. Monsuru Alao Owolabi – (M/N 797) – CHB (7.) Alh. Hakeem Abayomi Nosiru – (M/N 1285) – CHB (8.) Alhaji Satar Olatunde Momoh – (M/N 423) – OHB (9.) Mr. Jeleel Olubodun Olubori – (M/N 748) – OHB (10.) Mr. Akinwunmi M. Lawai – (M/N 1067) – OHB (11.) Mr. Jubril Adebayo Idris – (M/N 1121) – OHB (12.) Prince Dapo Ogunlewe – (M/N 1042) – OHB (13.) Mr. Surajudeen Eko – (M/N 743) – OHB (14.) Mr. Irokosu David A. K. – (M/N 938) – OHB (15.) Alhaji Mukhtar Adio Danmola – (M/N 1146) – OHB.