It was a festival of colours on Sunday 3rd of September, 2017, when the Ojude-Oba festival was held at the Pavilion of Oba Sikiru Adetona, the Awujale of Ijebuland. The historic event, witnessed a huge turnout of many Nigerian business tycoons, industrial barons, and many Ijebu sons and daughters. City People’s Assistant Society Editor, ABIOLA ORISILE, was at the event and served you all the happenings at this year’s Ojude Oba.
MANY SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF IJEBU DEFIED THE RAIN
The love that the sons and daughters of Ijebuland have for their King, Oba SIkiru Adetona, was obvious on that day as they all defied the rain to pay homage to Awujale of Ijebu. Many of them in their colourful attire were early callers as they didn’t want to miss the fun. The event first started with many Ijebu Obas paying homage to Kabiyesi Adetona in the palace before the event kicked off a few minutes past 9am.
GOVERNOR AMOSUN LED OGUN CABINET MEMBERS
The Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, was one of the early callers at the event. He led many members of his cabinet to the event. The Speaker of Ogun state, Chief of staff, Barrister Adeoluwa, Ogun state SSG, to mention a few, all came with the Governor Amosun, who sat beside Oba Adetona. He was one of those who presented cash gifts to many of the winners.
OBA SIKIRU ADETONA LOOKED FRESH AND ACTIVE
Many Ijebu sons and daughters were more than happy to see their King, looking healthy and fresh as he did his “IWURE`. He was clad in a cream colour Agbada with his beautiful wife, Oloori Kemi Adetona. Rumour mongers were warned to stop peddling death rumour about the King by the Otunba Fidipote, Prince Waheed Oshinusi, chairman planning committee of Ojude Oba 2017.
ALHAJI ADEGUNWA SUPPLIED FREE REFRESHMENTS TO OVER 20,OOO GUESTS
Ijebu billionaire, Dr Sulaiman Adebola Adegunwa, was the special guest of honour at 2017 Ojude Oba. The Ceo of Fototek was one of those who threw their weight behind Kabiyesi. Fototek’s boss, who is also the maker of Bigi meat pie, Bigi Cola, Fearless energy drink, shared free pies and drinks to over 20,000 guests who came for the event.
MEET 11 SURVIVING MEMBERS OF AWUJALE’S AGE-GRADE
Egbe Mafowoku, which is an age-grade of Ijebus born between 1932 and 1934 is the Egbe of Oba Sikiru Adetona. Egbe Mafowoku consists of 11 surviving members, which comprises Oba Sikiru Adetona, who is the grand Patron, Oba S.A.O Sule(GIWA EGbe), Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, Chief Idowu Osifodunrin (Secretary), Chief O.B. Okuboyejo (Treausurer), Otunba Proffesor Olu Osoba, Otunba Biodun Soyanwo (Chief Whip), Ambassador Olu Adeniji, Omoba Sam Ogundogba (Financial secretary), Mr Fola Ajidagba and Otunba Olu Osibogun. They looked good in a cream-colour outfits with cream caps to matched.
EGBE BOBAGUNTE OBINRIN THAT DAZZLED IN CHAMPAGNEGOLD AND WINE
Give it to the Iyalode of Egbe Bobagunte Obinrin Gold, Toyin Aberuagba, she is always on point if you talk of fashion. This Lagos society woman, who is a top Lagos fabric merchant, dazzled with members of her age-grade group, who were born between 1959 and 1961. They all glowed in a champagne gold aso-oke iro and buba matched with Burgundy headgears.
Their make-up was done by a make-up artist, while their shoes and bags were also uniform. Many couldn’t take their eyes off them as they took turns to pay homage to kabiyesi. Among members of the age-grade group are: Mrs Bolanle Bahsorun(Otun Iyalode), Jumoke Ogunfuwa(Balogun), Omolara Ogunyomi(Iya Laje), Ileade Adegbesan(Secretary), Folasade Grillo(Treasurer), Laide Balogun(Otun Iyalaje), Mojibade Yisa(yeye Oge), Olawunmi Daramola, Kubrat Onalaja, Lolade Ihimure, Mrs Adesina, Idowu Akinsanya (Tegbese), Yemi Afolabi, Shola Adetola, Ronke Kazeem to mention a few. They were one of those who won cash gifts at the parade.
IYALAJE KOREDE ALATISE TOOK CHARGE OF BOBAGUNTE OBINRIN
The Iyalaje of Ijebuland, Alhaja Korede Alatise, was one of the early callers at the event. She was the cynosure of all eyes as members also took turns to bless Oba Adetona. They were clad in Berge-colour lace matched with lemon headgears.
EGBE BOBAGUNTE OLU-IWA CHOSE CORAL FOR ITS PARADE
Coral hand-cut lace was the colour of the day for Egbe Bobagunte Olu-Iwa Obinrin Akinle Ijebu, whose age grade are between 1959 and 1961. The beautiful fabric was supplied by Choice Fabrics and aso-oke, which is owned by Yeye Mojisola Olusofa at Ojodu Berger, Lagos. They were led by their Iyalode, Abiola Ogunnowo Akande, for the parade to pay homage to Awujale. Among members present were: Sheri Ulor(UK Gunte). Sobanwo (Uk), Olokodano, to mention a few
EGBE OBALEKE OKUNRIN STOLE SHOW IN WHITE AND GREEN
Egbe Obaleke Okunrin Akile Ijebu is the age-grade group, whose members were born between 1941 and 1946. Egbe Obaleke settled for a white-and- green unique aso-oke, which sat well on them. They were led by their Giwas Opeoluwa Surakat and his deputy, Prince Segun Aderibigbe, and among others sighted were: Balogun Ade Salisu, Musiliu Adenusi(Otun Balogun), Biodun Oluomo, Okunboyejo Ayo, Bola Ogunbadejo, Soga Adewusi, Ambassador Akinsanya and many others .
EGBE BOBAGBUYI OKUNRIN SETTLED FOR BURGUNDY AND GREEN
Chief Adebisi Oreagba, the Giwa Egbe Bobagbuyi Okunrin Akinle Ijebu was the man, who led the age-grade group of 1941-1943. They walked tall in Burgundy and green, which made them look stunning. Among those sighted were: Alhaji Kunle Salisu, Otun Giwa Kunle Ogun Ade.
GIWA ALI OKE LED EGBE BOBAJOLU OKUNRIN
The age-grade group members of 1947-49 were led by their chairman, Giwa Alli Oke. They all danced out in their Royal Blue aso-egebe made by Alhaji Sikiru. Among many of the members at the event were: Tayo Sonoiki(Social), Chief Odubena (Secreatary), Chief Adeola to mention a few
WHY EGBE BOBAKEYE OKUNRIN IS VERY POPULAR
There is no doubt that Egbe Bobakeye Okunrin is popular among Ijebu age-grade groups. This is because they comprise many prominent Nigerians, who are doing so well in their chosen careers just as every other age grade group in Ijebu. Its members were born between 1956 and 58. They were led by their Giwa, Biodun Onanuga, the husband of Deputy Governor of Ogun state, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga. Clad in monotone ash colour attire and caps they also took turns to pay homage to Kabiyesi. Among many sisghted were: Architect Tokunbo Fowode, Oba Abdulrasak Adenugba, Oba Alaperu, Obiri of Ayepe, Oba Dr Tonye Alatise among many others.
AREMO ADEWALE ABDUL LED EGBE JAGUMOLU OKUNRIN
Egbe Jagunmolu Okunrin is an Ijebu-age-grade group whose members were born between 1965 and 1967. Not many will forget the cream and Purple aso-oke that made Egbe Jagunmolu stand out at this year’s Ojude Oba. They were led by their Giwa, who is Oba-Elect of Orugbo Ijebu., Aremo Adewale Abdul. Among their members were Owolabi Awosanya, Bashorun Sola Dawodu, Abiodun Yusuf, Asiwaju Lanre Shittu, Akogun Bisi Ariyo, Seriki Tay Adumati and many others. Their unique shoes were made by one of their members Jagun Bisi Ariyo, while their fabric was supplied by Rasaki Bolaji.
WHY EGBE JAGUNMOLU OBINRIN COULDNT MAKE THE EVENT
One of the Egbe who were visibly absent at the event was Egbe Jagunmolu Obinrin. This age- grade group, which has two factions couldn’t make the event as they lost top members of their group. Though, the Iyalode of Egbe Jagunmolu Obinrin stainless was seen at the event later in the afternoon clad in wine monotone Lace, but her group couldn’t pay homage to Kabiyesi because of the unfortunate incident,
FASSY YUSUFF LED EGBE BOBAGUNTE OKUNRIN
Give it to the tall Otunba Adesanya Yusuff, the Giwa Egbe of Bobagunte Okunrin Akile Ijebu, he knows which colour his age-grade group can rock to befit any event. Don’t forget that 5 of their members were made Otunba by Awujale many months ago and they stormed Kabiyesi’s Palace in unique attire. For this year’s Ojude Oba, they also stole the show despite being a male group. Among their members are: Kemi Banjo, Otunba Adegboyega Adesoye, Abiodun Obileye, Otunba Saheed Alatise, Akinsanya, Kolapo Korede-Osunsanya.
EGBE JAGUNMOLU OKUNRIN ALSO LED BY KAYODE ABDUL
The Male Category of Egbe Jagunmolu is also divided into 2. There is Egbe Jagunmolu Okunrin and Egbe Jagunmolu Okunrin Akile Ijebu. The groups are led by two `Abduls`. Though, not related, but their surnames are the same. Their age-grade is from 1965 to 1967 and their Giwa is Kayode Abdul. They stepped out in shining blue-black attire.Olaide Balogun(Otun Giwa), Olajide Keshinro, Babalaje Kemi Aregbe, Oloko Surajudeen, Muili Agbetu, Kehinde Adebanjo, Gboyega Alli, Gbenga Okunsanya, Rotimi Adekoya were among members sighted.
MEET EGBE GBOBANIYI OKUNRIN
Egbe Gbobaniyi Okunrin members are gentlemen born between 1962 and 64. They also came for 2017 Ojude Oba, looking unique in burgundy and champagne attire. They were led by Giwa Mufutau Owolabi Oseni, while other members such as Oba Bayo Okubela(Eleruwon), Oba Ibukun Gbadebo(Akalako of Aiyepe), were among many others who participated.
AYIMBA FASAWE LED EGBE GBOBANIYI OBINRIN OLORI
Lagos fabric merchant, Ayimba Fasawe, led her faction of Egbe Gbobaniyi Obinrin Olori. Among many members sighted were: Mrs Remi Offili, Mrs Rukayat Abiola, Alhaja Yinka Omoniyi, Abeke Bello, Mrs Oshiyemi, Bolaji Ajimotokan, Lanre Adeboyejo, Idayatu Mabadeje, Kudi Anomo, Mrs Olowe, Alatishe Funmilayo, Bukky King, Basiratu Ajomo,Seki Adesina, Basiratu Bello and others.
EGBE GBOBANIYI OBINRIN (2) is LED BY PRINCESS ADEBUKOLA OSINBAJO
Champagne Gold and burgundy was the colour that Egbe Gbobaniyi Obinrin led by Iyalode Adebunkola settled for. Their style of Gele was Efunsetan Aniwura as they paraded in their beautiful fabric bought from Roshida Fabrics and aso-oke. The Fabric was supplied by one of their members. Hon Olaqjumoke Dairo. Kemi Balogun, Ayora Iyabo Amoo, Lateefat Ogunde, Funke Olugbile, Basirat Okusi, Bisi Edu were among many members sighted.
DO YOU KNOW THAT HON LADI ADEBUTU IS A TOP MEMBER OF EGBE GBOBANIYI OKUNRIN AKILE IJEBU?
Yes, Hon Ladi Adebutu, the son of Ijebu Billionaire, Chief Kessington Adebutu, is indeed a member of Egbe Gbobaniyi Okunrin Akile Ijebu whose age grade is between 1962 and 1964. Giwa Tunde Ashiru was the one, who led the egbe, while other members such as Kunle Lawal, Olakunle Femi Kareem, Sakin Owodunni, Mabadeje Ganiyu, Demola Alimi, Sikiru Adegunwa, Tajudeen Sanusi, Kunle Alidu, Rasheed Onikoyi, Olatunji Oshinowo were among members who were on parade at Ojude Oba 2017.
EGBE JAGUNMOLU ASIWAJU OKUNRIN NOT LEFT OUT
Egbe Jagunmolu Asiwaju Okunrin, whose age grade falls between 1965 and 1967, looked unique in Magenta and purple. They were led by Abdul Fatai Otubu, the Giwa, while Deacon Obatuga Adebayo(Secretary), Alhaji Babatunde Abdulganiyu were among many members, who participated.
GOVERNOR AMOSUN GAVE N100K TO A FEMALE VENDOR, WHO GAVE BIRTH
A female vendor delivered a baby at 2017 Ojude Oba. The woman, who was one of those who put tags on people’s clothes was reported to have felt an urge to use the toilet, but saw head of her baby coming out. The attention of the medical team present was called and they helped to take delivery of the baby. She was later taken to a hospital. The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, sent his commissioner for health, Dr Ipaye, to give the woman and baby a cash gift of 100k and urged pregnant women to desist from travelling when they know their delivery date was due.
MEET THE ONLY IJEBU AGE GRADE “EGBE AROBAYO` OBINRIN THAT IS NOT DIVIDED
It may interest you that while some Ijebu age-grade groups have 2 to 3 factions, there is only one age- grade group which has been able to stay united since inception. It is Egbe Arobayo Akile Ijebu whose members’ ages are from 1968 to 1970. Their Iya egbe is Otunba Sade Adesoye, while their Baba Egbe is Otunba Laide Fowosere. They have both been their Matron and Patron for close to 15years. They were the group, who beat other 43 Regberegbe at this year’s Ojude Oba to win the 500 thousand cash gift. They were led by their Iyalode, Taiwo Odunmosu, while Faderera, Tutu Fetuga, Bunmi Olokodana among many others, were also present.
GIWA AHMED ADELAJA LED EGBE AROBAYO ASIWAJU AKILE IJEBU
Egbe Arobayo Okunrin has 2 factions and it is Egbe Arobayo Akile Ijebu and Egbe Arobayo Asiwaju Akile Ijebu. Their ages are between 1968-70. Egbe Arobayo Akile Ijebu settled for a peach colour polished lace matched with brown aso-oke cap. Otunba Olaleka Oladele, Bode Ayanleye were among members sighted.
AND ALHAJA KOREDE ALATISE’S SON IS THE YOUNGEST HORSE RIDER IN IJEBULAND
The Iyalaje of Ijebuland, AlHAJA Korede Alatise and her husband, Otunba Gboyega Alatise, have been able to keep the tradition of their lineage at this year’s Ojude Oba. This is because their son emerged the youngest Horse rider from the Balogun lineage of Ijebuland. It is known that it is the Baloguns in Ijebu, who are traditionally the ones who used to ride horses to wars in the days of yore. Among other horse riders families sighted at the event were Balogun Onafowokan, Balogun Bello Kuku, Balogun Abass Odejayi, Balogun Adeyemi Sarumi, Balogun S. Adedesoye, Balogun Alatishe, Balogun M.O Shote, Chief Odunuga, while the current Balogun, Chief Agboola Alausa dazzled with his well decorated horse at this year’s Ojude –Oba.
EGBE TOBALASE OBINRIN
You couldn’t help, but look at Egbe Tobalase Obinrin Akile Ijebu twice at this year’s Ojude-Oba. This Ijebu Regberegbe whose members were born between 1971 were cynosure of all eyes in a fushia and wine attire matched with purple Aso-Oke. They were led by Iyalode Bolanle Kuforiji Adeyemi. Other members present were: Tutu Ijale, Fausat Salau, Nike Teriba, Abo Odunwole, Kemi Yinusa, Bimpe Fetuga Ashabi Adetutu, and many others.
LAGOS SOCIETY WOMAN, SADE KASALI, LED EGBE TOBALASE OBALUFON
The uniqueness of Sade Kasali- led faction of Tobalase Obalufon was so pronounce at this year’s Ojude-Oba. This is because while other Egbe settled for lace or Aso-Oke, they were daring as they decided to rock multi-coloured Ankara, while their Gele was tied in honour of the late Ijebu society matriach, Erelu Ashabi Kuti.
Among their members who dazzled were, Ronke Akodie Fatimoh Adekunle, Modinatu Seriki to mention few. Their beautiful make up was done by Faari.
EGBE BOBAMEYEGUN OKUNRIN DAZZLED IN BROWN
The best way to describe Egbe Bobamayegun Akile Ijebu at 2017 Ojude-Oba is elegant and royal. They all dazzled in a brown-and- cream attire led by their Giwa, Omooba Adeyemi, while Abiodun Oyelaja, Ademola Oshineye Michael, Olatunde Salaudeen, Mayegun Rasak Okuwa, Omooba Adeleke Kuye, Olalekan Olubajo, Adeyinka Adeshina, Adebambo, Yusuf and Fatai Oguneye were also present.
THEIR FEMALE COUNTERPART, MAYEGUN OBINRIN, TOO
Iyalode Oluwakemi Ariyo, Omotola Azeez, Bewaji Fadekemi, Alhaja Anifowose, Arike Jimoh, Bello Solape, were among others who dazzled on fushia pink-and- baby-pink monotone lace.
GIWA ALAUSA ABIOLA LED EBGE TOBALASE OKUNRIN
Powdered blue attire, which was made by Lase Fatai was wore by Egbe Tobalase Okunrin. The Giwa Tobalase, Alausa Abiola, was the one, who led Gbolahan Shittu, Akogun Matesun, Akeem Adesanya, Jagun Eyitayo, Lekuti Babalase among many others.
EGBE BOBAMAYEGUN OKUNRIN LED BY OLADIPUPO OGUNLANA
Giwa Oladipupo was the one who led Egbe Bobamayegun Okunrin. They were one of those who beat the 43 others to win the first position in the male category. Their Baba Egbe, Otunba Odufemi Okenla, was also in attendance with his beautiful wife. Asiwaju Ayo Osisanya, while Rotimi Okenla, Tunji Oshiyoye were among members who made it.
EGBE BOBAGBIMO OBINRIN STOLE SHOW IN WINE LACE
Iyalode Kikelomo Odutayo was the one, who made the unique wine lace wore by Egbe Bobagbimo Obinrin. Egbe Bobagbimo’s members were born between 1953 and 1955.
GIVE IT TO EGBE TOBALASE OBINRIN RONTEX AKILE IJEBU
Iyalode Olayinka Olowoporoku Muhamode is the Iyalode Egbe Tobalase Rontex. Just as Egbe Tobalase Obinrin whose members were born between 1971 and 73, Egbe Tobalase Obinrin Rontex is the second faction. Rontex members were clad in green and lemon for this year’S Ojude-Oba. Other members of Egbe Tobalase Rontex members are Olawunmi Adeoye, Debby Sanusi among others.
LAGOS BIG BABE, NIKE BUSH, IS A TOP MEMBER OF EGBE BOBAMAYEGUN DIAMOND
Yes, the pretty daughter of Chief Busura Alebiosu, the top APC Chieftain, is a member of Egbe Bobamayegun Obinrin Diamond. The Iyalode Egbe, Alhaja Islamiyat Sowami led the Egbe as members all dazzled in royal blue lace matched with multi-coloured Aso-Oke headgears. Folasade Oshinfowokan, Ololade Balogun, Modupe Onazi were among many who made it at this year ‘s Ojude-Oba.
GIWA BOSUN OKE LED EGBE BOBAYO OKUNRIN
White dorning Alari as the official attire for Egbe Bobayo, members are those Ijebu age grade born between 1938 and 1940. Otun Giwa Eben Osoba was among many, who led their group.
EGBE OBAFUWAJI OBINRIN LOOKED GLAM IN TEAL
Iyalode Bolanle Monsurat led Egbe Obafuwaji, Ijebu age-grade group whose members were born between 1950 and 1952. Ronke Eletu, Alhaja Sabedat Atekoya, Mrs. Modupe Afolabi, Mrs. Bukola Ogundele, Alhaja Nike Koledafe, Alhaja Serifa Olayinka, Sidika Ayoka, Folasade Ajumobi, Kemi Shittu, Lati Baruwa, Ronke Shonaike, Mrs. Morenike Odulami and Subedat Odulami are members.
AND THEIR FACTION, EGBE OBAFUWAJI OBINRIN (ADEDOYIN), DAZZLED IN CORAL PEACH
Iyalode Oluwatoyin Ayanbadejo led Egbe Obafunwaji Obinrin Adeoloyun. They all dazzled in peach and coral. Among others who dazzled were Iyabo Adewusi, Kubura Otufale, Yetunde Cole, Adunola Odua, Mrs. Adewoyin, Mrs. Beatrice Adetunji Biodun Aiyeola, Yinka Ayankoya to mention A few.
WHY EGBE BOBAGBIMO OKUNRIN AKILE IJEBU WON
Give it to Otunba Ayodeji Osibogun, who is the Giwa Egbe Bobagbimo Okunrin Akile Ijebu. He was the one who led his age-grade of 1953-1955 to the parade. A fashion pro that he is, he dazzled many in a special Muslim, “Alikiba”, which matched with the lemon attire, that members wore. Their unique attire was beautifully made by Gbimo Kamoru Abeeb. Other members of the Egbe are; Otunba Fassy Yusuff, Otunba Lekan Bello, Bayo Hassan, Laitan Odumosu to mention a few.
EGBE OBAFUWAJI OKUNRIN LED BY OLASUPO MOSUNRO
Brown-striped attire matched with champagne gold caps was the colour of Egbe Obafunwaji Okunrin. They are those born between 1950 and 1952. S.O. Sule, Kunle Odueke, Balogun Nurudeen Okuleye were among many Obafuwaji’s members who made 2017 Ojude-Oba.
EGBE BOBAKEYE OBINRIN (SURAKAT)
Iyalode Omolara Oduekun was the one who led Egbe Bobakeye Obinrin Surakat Akile Ijebu. They all settled for a purple lace on yellow headgears. Adetutu Okuboyejo, Adewunmi Akinsanya, Iyabo Orekoya also dazzled all day with other members.
EGBE OLUGBADEBO OKUNRIN LOOKED GLAM IN CREAM AND WHITE
Giwa Odutayo Mushafau was the one, who led Egbe Olugbadebo Okunrin Akile Ijebu. It is the age grade group of those born in 1935-1937.
OTHER GROUPS ON PARADE @ 2017 OJUDE OBA
(Giwa Odutayo Mushafau), Egbe Bobajolu Obinrin Akile Ijebu Original (Iyalode Oyinade Adekoya), Egbe Bobajolu Obinrin Basiri Akinle Ijebu( Iyalode Princess Adetona, Oba Sikiru Adetona Younger sister) among many others.
Egbe Tobalase Obinrin (Iyalode Bolanle Kuforiji, Egbe Tobalase Obalofin (Iyalode Sade Kasali), Egbe Bobamayegun Okunrin (Giwa Omoba Adeyemi), Egbe Bobamayegun Asiwaju Obinrin (Iyalode Kemi Ariyo), Egbe Tobalase Okunrin Akile Ijebu (Giwa Alausa Abiola), Egbe Bobagbimo Obinrin (Iyalode Kikelomo Odutayo), Egbe Bobamayegun Okunrin (Giwa Odufemi Okenla), Egbe Tobalase Obinrin Rontex (Iyalode Olayinka Olowoporoku), Egbe Bobamayegun Obinrin Diamond (Iyalode Islamiyat Sowami), Egbe Bobayo Okunrin Akile Ijebu (Giwa Bosun Oke), Egbe Obafuwaji Obinrin (Iyalode Bolanle Mosurat), Egbe Obafuwaji Adedoyin Obinrin (Iyalode Oluwatoyin Ayanbadejo), Egbe Bobagbimo Okunrin Akile Ijebu (Giwa Ayodeji Osibogun), Egbe Obafuwaji Okunrin (Giwa Alhaji Olasupo), Egbe Bokeye obinrin Surakat(Iyalode Omolara Odueku) Egbe Oluwagbadebo Okunrin Akile Ijebu.