- Its Called Egbe OBAYORI (Okunrin) Akile IJEBU
A new age group, “Obayori (Okunrin) Akile Ijebu (Kuye)”, formally known, as “Ijebu Regberegbe (Okunrin) 1977-1979” has emerged. And it is going to be one of the brand new age group that will take part in this weeks 2018. Ojude Oba Festival in Ijebu-Ode. They are Ijebu sons born in the year 1977, 1978 & 1979, has been operating underneath for the past four years under the Coordination of Mr. Ayodeji Kolade Kuku, until Sunday, 30th July 2017, when at an epoch-making event, the Egbe decided to elect its Executive Committee Members known as, Giwa-in-Council.
The historical event was part of the prerequisite for the official and traditional recognition by His Royal Majesty, The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, CFR.
The emergence of the Giwa, Alhaji Suraju Lasisi, and other executive committee marked the beginning of a new dawn in the Egbe.
Prior to the aforementioned, the Egbe has set up an electoral committee known and referred to as “THE AFOBAJES” on 9th April, 2018. The committee were has follows: (1) Mr. Opeyemi Idris – Chairman (2) Hon. Muyiwa Aserinkan- Secretary (3) Mr Adekunle Adetola – Member (4) Mr Saheed Mustapha -Member (5) Comrade Akeem Akilo – Member (6) Mr Ganiyu Adesegun – Member (7) Mr Oluseun Osibajo – Member. The committee was saddled with the responsibility of ushering in the new leadership for the Egbe. The process ushered in the new face of Giwa-in-Council.
THE GIWA IN COUNCIL (GIC) AND THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY
OF THE EGBE
(1) Giwa Egbe: Alhaji Suraju Lasisi (2) Otun-Giwa Egbe: Ayodeji Kolade Kuku (3) Eta-Giwa Egbe: Odunlami Salami (4) Secretary: Muyiwa Aserinkan (5) Treasurer: Adekunle Adetola (6) Publicity Secretary: Comrade Akeem Temitope Akilo (7) Financial Secretary: Sesan Otukoya(8) Chiefwhip – Gbenga Sowemimo.
THE HIGH CHIEFS!
Immediately after the emergence of Giwa Alhaji Suraju Lasisi as the Giwa Egbe, he made the following appointment: (1) Balogun Egbe – Balogun Saheed Kafaru (2) Asiwaju Egbe – Asiwaju Abiodun Fashina (3) Bashorun Egbe – Bashorun Oludaisi Yusuf-Legacy (4) Babalaje Egbe – Babalaje Gbadebo Alatishe (5) Ogbeni-Oja Egbe – Ogbeni-Oja Gbolahan Olokuta (6) Obalofin Egbe – Obalofin Babajide Odusanya (7) Kakanfo Egbe – Kakanfo Segun Ayeni (8) Seriki Egbe – Seriki Sola Kuku (9) Olor’ogun Egbe – Olor’ogun Musbau Olawale Kuku. (Misty) (10) Agbaakin Egbe – Agbaakin Prince Yakubu Owoyele (11) Taiyese Egbe – Taiyese Gbenga Sowemimo (12) Aremo Egbe – Aremo Monsuru Korede Shittu (13) Bagiwadara – Bagiwadara Abiodun Onabanjo (14) Bobagunwa Egbe – Bobagunwa Adebola Adebanjo (15) Akinrogun Egbe – Akinrogun Sesan Ogunkoya (16) Akogun Egbe – Akogun Wale Raji Anomo (17) Olu-Omo Egbe – Olu-Omo Tijani Quadri.
The history of Egbe Obayori (Okunrin) Akile Ijebu (Kuye) age grade will not be completed without mentioning the names of its pioneer Executive Committee Members. They were has follows: (1) Ayodeji Kolade Kuku – Coordinator (2) Muyiwa Aserinkan – Secretary (3) Prince Olusheye Adebowale – Treasurer (4) Gbenga Sowemimo – Chiefwhip (5) Olabanji Oduwole – Assistant Secretary
However, having put in place the structure for the egbe, another landmarks achievement was the appointment of Baba Egbe, Iya Egbe, Akeweje Okunrin, Akeweje Obirin and the Adviser by the Giwa-in-Council.
Hon. Ademorin Kuye!
- Former Executive Chairman Somolu Local Goverment • Former Commissioner for Local Govt. and Chieftancy Affairs, Lagos State • Presently, he is the Senior Special Assistant to the President Muhammad Buhari on Local Government and Employment Generation.
Chief Mrs. Morohunkeji Atoyegbe. A fabric merchant and the CEO of “Glory Store Fabrics” located in Lagos State.
Commandant Alhaji Dhulkifli Rasaki Olusesan. Commandant Budget, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Alhaja Suliat Malo.
Hon. Adetunji Atunrashe.
Otunba (Mrs) Onikepo Atewologun.
OUR LOGO……OUR SYMBOL: WHAT WE
Our logo is our symbol. The colour scheme, and all patterns of the logo symbolizes what we stand for as far as our Egbe goes, much of what we do will seem unchanged. We will continue to observe and evolve our Code of Conduct. We will continue to grow our memberships globally through innovation and creativity.
COLOUR BLUE: Colour Blue is associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes : trust, loyalty, wisdom & confidence. The blue was the strongest and most recognisable colour from our previous colour palette.
ADE-OBA [Beaded Crown]: The Beaded Crown as the symbol of the royalty of the Awujale and the Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, OPA ASE [Sceptre]: Symbolized royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty of the Awujale and the paramount ruler of Ijebuland, IRUNKERE [Horse Tail Fly Whisk]: Its stand as symbols of blessings; and, our MOTTO is our SLOGAN, “Aseyori Ni Ti Wa o” meaning; “Success Is Ours”.
We wanted a logo that will concisely convey everything that our Egbe stands for. It had to be fundamentally apparent that we are a traditional group, that we are reliable, informed and above all else we are culturally oriented.
2017 OJUDE OBA PARTICIPATION!
As at the last Ojude Oba Day celebration, 2017, the last and the latest Regberegbe age grade in Ijebuland was “Egbe Bobamaiyegun Akile Ijebu”. They are the Ijebu sons and daughters born in the year 1974, 1975 & 1976.
However, the next to this group is “Egbe Obayori Akile Ijebu”. These are the Ijebu sons and daughters born in the Year 1977, 1978 & 1979 according to the official age grading gazette from the Awujale’s Palace.
This Obayori group, as at 2017 Ojude Oba festival, had not been officially inaugurated and traditionally recognized in Ijebuland, since the Awujale & the paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Alaiyeluwa Oba (Dr) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, CFR, JP. Ogbagba II, is the only authority to certify and bestow royal blessing on any Age Grade before its public appearance.
Therefore, our social and economic participation in any event in Ijebuland had not received royal consent. Our Age Group, “Egbe Obayori”, then, known and referred to as “Ijebu Regberegbe (Okunrin) Akile 1977-1979” under the leadership of Giwa Suraju Lasisi and the Baba Egbe, Hon. Barrister Ademorin Kuye, went to 2017 Ojude Oba Festival to observe and watch the event so as to be acquainted with the traditional norms, value and ethics of the celebration as an observer.
Conclusively, in order to get the assent and certification of the Awujale, the egbe put forward a Letter of notification to the palace about the existence of the new age group, and sought for royal recognition of the Awujale.