On Saturday 23rd July, 2022, Alaiyeluwa Oba Abdulsamad Olalekan Kasali, the Obelu of Esure Imusin, held his 1st Coronation Anniversary, which was attended by Ogun State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Noimot Salako and her husband.
A lot of dignitaries also attended. For days, Esure town was agog with various celebrations. It was a 2-in-1 event that took place at the prestigious Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church Hall, Esure Ijebu – IMUSIN, Ogun State and paraded many top government officials, monarchs and other well-wishers. City People’s Reporter, Titilope Oshunlalu and photo journalist, Gboyega Adeleke, were there to serve you the gist from the crème de la crème event.
ESURE TOWN Stood STILL FOR HOURS
Right from the moment you drive through Lagos – Ijebu garage into Esure town, a big photograph of Oba ABDUL SAMAD OLALEKAN KASALI OBELU OF ESURE IJEBU IMUSIN was conspicuously mounted for all to see. The big banner was evidence and an assurance that the guests who were coming to share in the joy of Oba ABDUL SAMAD OLALEKAN KASALI and his new chiefs were in for a great time. All roads leading into the town were thronged with exotic and expensive automobiles.
The event also boosted economic activities of the town while it lasted. Oba ABDULSAMAD OLALEKAN KASALI, was overwhelmed with the level of development the town has witnessed under his reign. He beamed with joy as he majestically welcomed his guests.
INSIDE THE HALL WHICH HOSTED THE EVENT
As you drive into Esure Town, you will notice a big Catholic Church on the left which could seat over 3,000 guests. The hall is not far from the king’s newly built palace.
The hall was decorated with cream, white and magenta which also added glamour to the event.
GRAND ENTRY OF THE OBELU OF ESURE IJEBU IMUSIN
A few minutes past 11 am, the hall witnessed the arrival and grand entry of his imperial and royal majesty, the Obelu of Esure town, many guests who haven’t seen the royal entourage of Obelu of Esure town were amazed and appreciate the prestige and dignity associated to African culture. The villagers/town criers/traditional drummers kept chanting, singing and praising the ebullient and charming king, while the king waved with a smiling face to the crowd.
FORMER DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF OGUN STATE CAME
Former Deputy Governor of Ogun, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, was the Chairperson of the event. She walked in magnetically a few minutes after the Obelu of Esure, made his grand entry. She was present with the occasional her amiable and loving husband who is also a son of the soil of Esure town Otunba Biodun Onanuga, the CEO of Nugacon, Otunba is also the Chairman of the event.
SPECIAL GUESTS OF HONOUR
Pastor Dr Olubi Sarah Johnson, was also in attendance. She appreciated the king for the good work he has been doing in the town. She prayed for long life on the throne for the king.
GOODWILL MESSAGE BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EVENT
The Chairman of the event Otunba Biodun Onanuga (CEO NUGACON) in his goodwill message mentioned how he was elected as one of the chiefs in the town like 30 years ago. In his speech, he said the late and former king who happened to be the father of our present king was the 1st veterinary surgeon in Nigeria. His legacy and good work lives on. May his soul rest in peace.
HOW APALA KING, MUSILIU HARUNA ISHOLA SERENDED GUESTS
Give it to the king of Apala himself, Musiliu Haruna Ishola. He serenaded many guests, as they all danced for hours at the event. He dished out hot apala songs that kept many guests on the dance floor for hours.
FORMER DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF OGUN STATE REMARK
Former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, who was the Chairperson of the event wish Kabiyesi success in all his endeavours and success on the throne in her speech
GUEST OF HONOUR PRINCESS PASTOR MRS DR SARAH JOHNSON
Pastor Sarah Johnson, also appreciated the Kabiyesi for the developments in Esure Town.
UNVEILING OF THE ESURE TOWN ANTHEM
Friends of Kabiyesi went all out to compose an Anthem for Esure Town. They went to the studio and made sure the album/anthem is unveiled on the 1st Anniversary of Kabiesi on the throne.
UNVEILING OF ESURE PALACE
There was also the unveiling of the new palace. The new palace is a storey building opposite the Mary Catholic Hall with spacious rooms, offices and a spacious compound, well painted. It is painted cream and brown in colour.
KABIYESI OBA ABDULSAMAD OLALEKAN KASALI’S REMARK
Kabiyesi appreciated all the dignitaries, politicians, kabiyesi’s, friends and families in his speech. He said there were issues before he got to the throne, but thank God he was able to resolve all and was able to achieve the followings:
Renovation of his palace, building of new market, power street light in Esure, security gadgets for vigilantes, scholarship for students, magistrate court building project, provision of electricity for one of primary school in Esure, empowerment project to Esure youths, unveiling of Esure Anthem, unveiling of Esure Palace.
THE NEW AND ELECTED CHIEFS
Otunba George Kunle Odusanya (Agba – Akin of Esure Kingdom, Mr Tajudeen Odunlami, Otunba Bobasuwa of Esure Kingdom, Otunba (Dr) Adekunle Olubola Hassan (Chairman – Summit Healthcare Hospitals Ltd (MD. FRCS, FRC, OPH, FWACS, FNICM) Baba Oba of Esure Kingdom, Mr Aguda Wasiu Abiodun (Otunba Mayegun of Esure Kingdom) Alhaja Musliat Oluwatoyin Abass – Olisa (Yeye – Oba of Esure Kingdom, Mr Olutola Muritala Osifisan (Otunba Olooto of Esure Kingdom.
ROLL CALL Nafgas Ijebu East, Olori Awujale of Ijebuland, Pastor Dr Mrs Sarah Ilori, former Deputy Governor Chief Mrs Yetunde Onanuga and her husband Otunba Biodun Onanuga, Olori Banjo, Baba Tijani, Solar Club, NUT Chairman Ijebuland, all Ijebu youths, Kabiyesi ALAIYELUWA Agbon Dagurewa of Ijowa, former Commissioner of Ogun State Mrs Omolara Ogunsanya, Kabiyesi Elesugan,Otunba Dr. Kunle Hassan, Joli Sister’s Club, Esure Youth, Unity Estate Akute, Chief Immam of Esure, Rev. Father Sylvester Onasanya, professors from Esugbo, Sulaiman Giwa, Dr Shayo, Yeye Meso and husband, Adewole Akanbi, Felix Ashegbe, Rotimi Oshun, Ba Imole and wife, Baba Adini Central Mosque of Esure Kingdom, Baba Mushin, Akinja, Oyebola, Lamodi, Olole of Olole, Alaride, Eleshibo, Oba Abdul,Council of Chiefs, Mrs Balogun Olayinka, Mr Dapo, Princess, Mr & Mrs Emma Okpebo, Prince Adewale & Folashade Dosunmu, Broadway Microfinance, Juice Partner, Club 85, Classic men Club of Nigeria, Aladeke Okeako, Dr Afolabi, Yeye Meso, Yeye Tuase, Prince Muyiwa, Baba Loja General, Oba Kabiyesi Adekoya, Pacesetters Club of Nigeria, Professor Babs Fafunwa, Dr. Mrs Afolake Awolaja