The annual Ojude Oba Festival is here again. After 2 years break, the festival will hold on Tuesday, 12th of July 2022 in Ijebu-Ode. Because of COVID-19, the festival could not hold on 2020 and 2021. And this year, it is returning with a BIG bang as many sons and daughters of Ijebu land will be gathering at Awujale’s Palace to pay homage to him, 3 days after Ileya Festival.
Who are the big women to watch out for at this year’s festival, you may ask? We can tell you. Year in, year out, some prominent Ijebu women usually attend and play prominent roles at this historic festival that usually records huge attendance. Some of them are big women who occupy key positions in the Ijebu Traditional council. They are Awujale’s titled Chiefs. Some are his Otunbas. Some are the Iyalodes, Iya Egbes and key officers of the various Age Grade groups.
Let’s tell you about them. One of them is Chief (Mrs.) Bisi Osibogun, the Iyalode of Ijebu. She was made the Iyalode of Ijebu 2 years ago by the Awujale. She is a valued member of the Ojude Oba Planning Committee.
There is also the Iyalaje of Ijebuland, Alhaja Korede Alatishe. There are others like Iyalode Badejoko Onabanjo of Egbe Olugbadebo Obinrin (Elite), Iyalode Alhaja Tamiudapo Owodunni of Egbe Bobayo (Obinrin), Iyalode Egbe Bobagbuyi Obinrin, Alhaja Bukky Ogun; Iyalode of Egbe Obaleke (Obirin) Otunba Iyabo Omotayo Odunmolorun; Princess Oyinade Adekoya (Iyalode Egbe Bobajolu Obinrin Original), Alhaja Yemi Balogun (the Iyalode Egbe Bobajolu Obirin Original), Alhaja Yemi Balogun (the Iyalode Egbe Bobajolu Obinrin Basiri), Alhaja Busurat Oguneye (Iyalode Egbe Obafuwaji Obinrin, The Great), Mrs. Oluwatoyin Ayanbadejo (Iyalode Egbe Obafuwaji Obinrin, Adedoyin), Iyalode Wasilat Kike Odutayo (Egbe Bobagbimo, Obinrin), Iyalode Mathilda Lara Oduekun (Egbe Bobakeye Obinrin, Surakatu), Mrs. Toyin Oluwole (Iyalode Egbe Bobakeye Obinrin, Double T), Alhaja Korede Alatishe Iyalode Egbe Bobagunte Obinrin), Iyalode Toyin Aberuagba (Egbe Bobagunte Obinrin Gold), Iyalode Abiola Okunowo-Akande (Egbe Bobagunte Obinrin, Olu Iwa), Princess Adebukanla Osibanjo (Iyalode Egbe Gbobaniyi Asiwaju) and Alhaja Kudi Shote (Iyalode Egbe Gbobaniyi Obinrin, Olori).
There is also Iyalode Yemisi Fasawe. How about the Iyalode of Egbe Jagunmolu Obinrin Original, Alhaja Risikatu Akinsanya? She is one woman to watch out for. So also Alhaja Toyin Sanni (Stainless). She is the Iyalode Egbe Jagunmolu (Obinrin T2). How about Iyalode Taiwo Odumosu? She is the Iyalode of Egbe Arobayo Obinrin (Akile).
Let’s tell you about Iya Egbe Ayinba Yemisi Fasawe and Iyalode Folashade Kasali of Egbe Tobalase Obinrin (Obalofin). There is also Iyalode Bolanle Kuforiji Adeyemi of Egbe Tobalase Obinrin (Akile), Iyalode Olayinka Momodu, the head of Egbe Tobalase Obinrin (Rontex), Iyalode Kuburat Aregbe, the head of Egbe Bobamayegun Obinrin, Aremo Alara Akile, Iyalode Oluwakemi Popoola Ango, the Iyalode Egbe Bobamaiyegun Obinrin, Asiwaju Akile, and Iyalode Islamiat Sowumi (President of Egbe Bobamaiyegun Obinrin Akile).
Let’s reveal other celebrity women to watch out for at this year’s Ojude Oba Festival in Ijebu Ode. They include Yeye Ewa Olayinka Sanni who lives in America. She is a lady of Style. She is the Yeye Ewa of Joga Orile. There is also the ever-beautiful & stylish Kaffie Anifowose who also lives in America. Both of them are friends. They usually travel down to Nigeria to celebrate Ileya and Ojude Oba.
Yeye Olayinka is the Iya Egbe Bobadega Okunrin Akile Ijebu. There is also Chief Mrs Iyabo Ninalowo, the Aso Oke Fabric merchant. There are also members of the prestigious Egbe Tobalase Obinrin Obalofin Akile Ijebu.
There are also members of Egbe Gbobaniyi Asiwaju Obinrin Akile Ijebu (1962-1964) The Iyalode is Olukorede Osinowo-Adeyefa, Otun Iyalode is Adetoun Obasoto, Eta Iyalode is Woleola Iyabo Amoo and Balogun is Rotimi Alakiu Shittu.
Other Executives are Yeye Gbobaniyi Shola Olorungbebe, Otunba Balogun is Tope Oruleba Jamole, Secretary is Wunmi Irokosun, Treasurer is Rasheedat Sodiq and Social Secretary is Kike Ramon.
Let’s tell you about Bosede Ogunsanya, Basirat Okwusi, Modupe Bakare, Asanat Alawiye King, Modupe Oke, Kafilat Tobun, Yinka Shoyoye, Adedotun Enamejewa and Kudirat Quadri.
There is also the Egbe Obayori Obinrin Akile Ijebu (1977-1978 and 1979). The group is receiving the Traditional recognition & royal Blessing from the Awujale. Queen of Aso Oke, Iyabosola Ninalowo is their Iya Egbe.
Iyalode Abiola Basanya is the head of Egbe Obayori Obinrin Akile Ijebu. (1977-1979) she has been entrusted with the leadership of the Egbe since 28th June 2019. Let us also tell you about Egbe Gbobaniyi (Obinrin) Olanrewaju Akile Ijebu. The (Iyalode) is Niyi Olajumoke Dairo, the (Otun Iyalode) is Niyi Titilola Osinowo Turton, the (Eta Iyalode (UK) is Niyi Latifat Ogunde, (Iyalaje) is Niyi Iyabosola Blaze, (Otun Iyalaje) is Niyi Funmilayo Ikuyajesin, and the (Balogun) is Niyi Kemi Balogun.
There are other members like Niyi Funmilayo Santos (Otun Balogun), Niyi Fausat Adeyemi-Abiose (Secretary), Niyi Bukola Alatishe-Onikoyi (Treasurer), Niyi Olabisi Bello (Financial Secretary), Niyi Mosunmola Balogun (Director of Socials), Niyi Kafayat Agbabiaka (Legal Adviser), Niyi Toyin Oloko (Chief Whip), Niyi Tawakalitu Adebanjo (Ex-officio), Niyi Abiola Abimbola (Yeye Gbobaniyi), Niyi Bolanle Kazeem (Yeye Fiwajoye), Niyi Foluso Kuku-Aroyewun (Yeye Fehintade), Niyi Rashidat Irawo (Yeye Atoyegbe), Niyi Adebimpe Abdulkareem (Yeye Bobajoko), Niyi Folashade Olaleye (Yeye Meto), Niyi Oluwakemi Bello (Yeye Jagunmolu), Niyi Ibironke Okoya (Yeye Arobayo), Niyi Oluyemisi Bilesanmi (Yeye Fehintade), Niyi Funmi Sijuade-Olujumu (Yeye Maiyegun), Niyi Omolara Akinola (Yeye Arogundade), Niyi Adenike Ayamolowo (Yeye Ayora), Niyi Lola Okeowo-Blaise (Yeye Tunwase) and Niyi Funmilayo Araba (Yeyeluwa).
Other members of Egbe Gbobaniyi (Obinrin) Olanrewaju include Niyi Oluwatoyin Oladipo, Niyi Yetunde Onasanya, Niyi Tayo Asuramu, Niyi Olayinka Laguda, Niyi Abayomi Hussein, Niyi Ronke Balogun, Niyi Shola Ojeniyi, Niyi Temidayo Aranmolate-Cole, Niyi Adetoun Olutayo and Niyi Olaide Kamson.
The Group has Akeweje Alhaja Risikat Fagade, Alhaja Risikat Otukoya as Special Adviser, Niyi Latifat Zakari (Eta Iyalode) and Alhaja Afusat Abioro as Iya Egbe. Let’s also talk about Funmilayo Orekoya, the CEO of Funmi Beauty World. She is the Iyalode of Egbe Arobayo Obinrin (Precious) Akile Ijebu.
The Secretary is Ehinmisan Adedoyin Moriam, Robayo Bukola Oyebamiji (Assistant Secretary), Robayo Folasade Adebayo (Financial Secretary), Robayo Adunni Tayo Talabi (Social Secretary), Robayo Iyabo Odufeso (Welfare Secretary), Robayo Olufunke Keshinro, Robayo Sola Halmin, Robayo Moji Adeyemi, Robayo Funmilayo Adeyinka, Robayo Olayinka, Robayo Bidemi, Robayo Basirat Awodeyi, Robayo Risikat Adunni, Robayo Folasade, Robayo Mary Adunnie, and Robayo Mosunmola Jibowu (nee Odulaja). The Chief Mrs. Aderonke Irawo-Osan is the Akewaje Egbe. Chief Mrs. Omowunmi Ijeboi-Jimoh (Adviser) Chief Adagunduro (CP).
There is also Egbe Jagunmolu Obinrin T2 (Stainless) Akile Ijebu on 25th July 2021, the group celebrated its 21st Anniversary at the Obalofin hall, Conference Hotel in Ijebu Ode. The Iyalode Egbe is Jagun Hamdalat Oluwatoyin Sanni. She is going to be at this year’s Ojude Oba, along with her members like the Iya Egbe, Alhaja Busurat Okeowo Ogunneye; Akeweje Egbe, Alhaja Khadijat Morayo Seriki (CEO, KADMOS Fabrics); Adviser Egbe, Alhaja Ganiyat Oluwakemi Bello; Otun Iyalode, Jagun Selimot Oluwamitoyin Shonibare; Eta Iyalode Jagun Nimotallahi Mosunmola Kayode; Asoju Iyalode, Jagun Arewa Oluwatoyin Sarumi and Co-ordinator, Jagun Oluwakemi Alatishe.
Apart from members who are based in Nigeria, they have vibrant members abroad like Jagun Taiwo Oba (USA), Jagun Biodun Bashorun (USA), Jagun Opeoluwa Shode (UK), Jagun Kemi Onanuga Shodiya (USA), Jagun Oluwatoyin Arewa Sharomi (UK), Jagun Modupe Samuel-Araba UK, Jagun Seun Funmi Phinero (UK) Jagun Olabisi Rufai Mayodele (UK), Jagun Gbemisola Ademola Soyemi (UK), Jagun Medina Maciver (UK), Jagun Ronke Olatokunbo Sewo (UK, Jagun Kemi Sijuade (UK), Jagun Dayo Adesanya (UK), Jagun Oluwabukola Adebowale Asoya (UK), Jagun Titi Balogun (UK), Jagun Oluwatoyin Olatunbosun (UK), Jagun Titilayo Orija-Odulaja (UK), Jagun Temitope Osoteku (UK), Jagun Sola Alli (UK), Jagun Abisola Jowosimi (USA), Jagun Aderonke Arowolo (USA), Jagun Tawa Aderonke (Italy), Jagun Elizabeth Nuga Aduke (Dublin), Jagun Folakemi Owodunni Idris (USA), Jagun Adetutu Oshun Badmus (USA), Jagun Yinka Ijaoye (Dublin), Jagun Modupe Salau (UK) and Jagun Bukky Adejonwo (UK).
There is also Chief Mrs. Oluwabukola Oluremilekun Ashabi Adesina, the new Yeye Bobakeye, Egbe Tobalese Obinrin Akile Ijebu. She is one of Naija’s celebrity women doing well abroad. She is based in Minnesota. We almost forgot to tell you about Abiamo Tooto, Hon. (Mrs.) Yetunde Shakirat Adesanya who is a leading politician in Ogun State.
There are also members of Egbe Bobagunwa Obinrin Akile Ijebu (Igbimo Alatunto which had its anniversary last January. The Iyalode Egbe is Oba Obinrin Gunwa Elizabeth Akinola and General Secretary is Gunwa Arije Olufisayo.
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