Friday 3 March 2023

Ijesa people brace up for Ilare-Ijesa after a devastating windy storm

"Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things."- Daryn Kagan

Ilare-Ijesa community of Obokun South LCDA in Osun State, Nigeria is the hardest hit, from the brunt of windy storm, of 27th January, 2023, tearing houses off foundations, destroying iconic community project, uprooting trees and turning the streets into chaos. 

The storm in a 25 – minute downpour besieged the community and roved round the streets around 6.00 p.m. on Friday  and vandalized some unquantifiable valuables.

The destroyed properties including Police Station, Churches, Shops and residential buildings.


Owalare of Ilare-Ijesa makes case for his community ravaged by storm

A major catastrophic incidence was the collapse of an ultra-modern Civic Center, a Community Development Self-help Project built by indigenes of the Community, located along Esa-Odo road, Ilare.

The project was the self-help project which the community started about Eight years ago, under the banner of Ilare Development Association (IDA).

From health care and housing to food supplies and clothing, relief efforts will be immense, with calls for aid initiated by His Royal Majesty, Oba Adejoro Otebolaku, the Owalare of Ilare-Ijesa in Kakakioodua online news publication of January 31st, 2023 that went viral.

The Ijesa Development Council's (IDC) WhatsApp platform was among those groups that read our publication.


 Devastating Aftermath of Windy Storm: Ijesa Leaders Make Sympathy Visit to Ilare-ijesa

Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi, the Asiwaju of Ijesaland organized a sympathy visit and assessment of the degree of the potential damage particularly to the N100m community civic centre, the self-help project which the community started about Eight years ago, under the banner of Ilare Development Association (IDA) when he drove to the community with Chief Afolabi Igbaroola, Mr. Wale Idowu and Prince Seyi Lufadeju on Sunday February 5th, 2023, where he remarked that the entire Ijesa people will unite to help the community.

In past relief efforts, the IDC has initiated and carried out relief efforts to places such as Ijebujesa, Ibokun to aid during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, helping residents with palliatives and to maintain their regular health care regimens, like free supply of facemasks and hand sanitizers. 

Asiwaju initiated a plan on the IDC WhatsApp platform under then "ILARE-IJESA SUPPORT FUND" where he made clarion call on Royal Fathers; esteemed Ijesa Compatriots in Nigeria and the diaspora, Ijesa Societies and Clubs that raised in all, a total sum of N16,616,267.89 (Sixteen Million, Six Hundred and Sixteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty-Seven Naira, Eighty-Nine Kobo) in three weeks. 

Kakaki Oodua Online Media coverage was today at the presentation og the cheque at the Owa Obokun Adimula Palace.

VIDEO: click on the image to watch

VIDEO: click on the image to watch

VIDEO: click on the image to watch

In ceremony that was presided over by the Paramount Ruler of Ijesaland, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adekunle Aromolaran II, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi remarked that:

" What we are doing today is a watershed in the history of Ijesaland! We have come to demonstrate here today that though we may be geographically classified as Ijesa Central, Ijesa North.and Ijesa South but the blood in our vein is that of Ijesa! The destiny we all bear from our Creator is one and that is Ijesa! The territory we all share is ONE and that is Ijesaland! Our deity is one and that is Obokun! Hence we are ONE BODY!"

The amount contained in the cheque is N16,716,267:89 is what the kindhearted HEROES OF IJESA UNITY have done through their respective sacrifices donated towards  reconstructing the Community Civic Centre ONLY.

HRM Oba (Engr.) Moses Oluwafemi Agunsoye

Ijesa traditional rulers present at the occasion included HRM (Engr.) Moses Oluwafemi Agunsoye, the Elegboro of Ijebujesa, Oba Adeyemi Adediran, the Owamiran of Esa-Oke, Oba Adedeji Olusegun, the Tirimi of Iperindo, Oba Kehinde Adebowale, the Onifiye of Idado-Ijesa, Oba Olubukola Akosile, the Alayegunle of Ayegunle-Ijesa, while the Owalare of Ilare-Ijesa was represented by his High Chief Busayo Adeniyi, the Odofin of Ilare-Ijesa who was also accompanied by a high delegation of Ilare-Ijesa chiefs.

The following Ilesa High chiefs were also in attendance; Hign Chief Saka Fapohunda, the Ogboni of Ilesa, High Chief Busuyi Gbadamosi.the  Oba Odo of Ilesa, High Chief Bola Orolugbagbe the Odole of Ilesa, High Chief Ojo the Lejoka of Ijoka, High Chief Leekan Salami Folorunso the Loro of Ilesa, High Chief Oluwagbenga Fadunsin Igbaroola the Arapate of Ilesa, High Chief Olubosoye Onigbogi the Lejofi of Ijofi and the women chiefs in attendance were Yeye Lejoka, Yeye Segbua and Yeye Lejofi.

Ijesa leaders that accompanied Asiwaju Fasuyi included Chief Afolabi Igbaroola, Mr. Wale Idowu and Rev. Lowo Adebiyi represented the IDC 


 and ArapateFasuyi

HIM Oba Adekunle Aromolaran & Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi

HIM Oba Adekunle Aromolaran & Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi
Ilesa women chiefs

Ilesa women chiefs

The Tirimi of Iperindo

Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi 

Arapate & Loro

Lejofi of Ilesa

Chiefs from Iperindo

Secretary and Personal Assistant to Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland

Ilare-Ijesa chiefs

Ilare-Ijesa chiefs

Elegboro of Ijebujesa delivering his goodwill message

Owamiran of Esa-Oke delivering his goodwill message

Tirimi of Iperindo delivering his goodwill message

High Chiefs Odole and Oba-odo

The presentation of the cheque

The presentation of the cheque

High Chiefs Oba-Odo and Ogboni of Ilesa

Group photograph (Ijesa leaders)

Group photograph (Traditional rulers)

Group photograph ( Agba Ijesa)

Group photograph ( Women chiefs)

Personal Assistant to HIM Oba Adekunle Aromolaran II

Group photograph

Script/Photographs/Video Credit: Oladimeji Lasore


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