Tuesday 11 April 2023

Anglican Diocese of Ilesa Organizes Easter Picnic at its Heritage City as Bishop Asaju calls on prominent Ijesa Anglican family (Video Clips & Photos)

Easter is one of the most important and oldest festivals of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Christ. It is usually a long weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

Anglican Diocese of Ilesa, on Easter Monday hosted its members to a memorable picnic.

It was a colorful gathering where the new Bishop, Prof. Dapo Asaju appearing not wearing the sakkos for the first time before many of his parishioners from various archdeaconries of the Diocese.

At the celebration held at the Anglican Heritage City premises at Oke Iyanu, Bolorunduro, Ilesa, Osun state, Bishop Asaju wore an ash color agbada (flowing robe) appearing with his wife, Barrister Mrs. Harriet Seun Asaju also in a free gown style made of white lace fabric. Both donned fila (cap for men) and gele and ipele ( head gear) made of asooke material, were captured smiling and in cheerful mood throughout the duration of the program.

Some of the attendees at the event could be overheard commenting on the cheerful and amiable comportment of the Bishop and his wife.

The Anglican Heritage City premises at Oke Iyanu, Bolorunduro, Ilesa where massive construction works are ongoing, witnessed a large turnout from all the archdeaconries of the Diocese.

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VIDEO: Click on the image to watch

VIDEO: Click on the image to watch

Each Archdeaconry presented Anthem while children engaged in Bible quiz competition, dancing, singing and other activities. Popcorn and ice cream, sobo drinks and food were also provided at the children’s section for their enjoyment.

At the elders’ section were different Church Societies and families with different foods for the celebration.

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VIDEO: Click on the image to watch

A major feature at the celebration was the presentation by the Christ Anglican Church, Igila a predominantly  Hausa community Church.

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VIDEO: Click on the image to watch

The Diocesan Mass Choir and the Drama group also featured.

Each archdeaconry provided food for their members while some individuals also bring items like boiled eggs and salad.

Kakaki Oodua correspondent observed that work has started and progressing on the Anglican Heritage City as a 3000-sitting-capacity Hall, 18-classrooms school, Hospital, cafeteria, guest houses are nearing completion.

In his closing remarks at the celebration, Rt. Rev. Prof. Dapo Asaju, the Bishop of the Diocese, appealed to volunteer donors of Chalets to be named after themselves or their parents. Each 2 Bedroom chalet will cost 10 million Naira with furnishings . Each building will bear the name of the donor/ parents, a plaque will be on it containing their brief.


The heritage City according to him is to immortalize champions of Ijesa Anglican Christian heritage .

Construction works at Ilesa Diocese Anglican Heritage City began in the middle of February as the following buildings are under construction;

- 6 Blocks of 18 classrooms to be named after Archbishop Humphrey Olumakaiye  

- A Hall that can accommodate 3000 people, to be named after Archbishop and Mama Ephraim and Oluranti Ademowo

- An ultramodern Hospital with 40 beds for Inn-patients 

- Prayer Garden of Gethsemane within which is located the original site of Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola’s Healing stream (Omi Iye).

- Guest House named Shepherds Inn, with 50 rooms en-suite . 28 rooms already constructed 

-  Kuteyi Family ( Cathedral) chalet of three bedrooms

- Bishop Olowoyo (Igangan) family chalet of three bedrooms,

- Ajakaiye (Odo-Ijesa) chalet of three bedrooms,

- Farayibi ( Ibokun) family chalet of three bedrooms 

- Fayemiwo (Ibokun ) family chalet of three bedrooms 

- Cafeteria 

- Foundation of Women Organization Building laid

-Foundation of Youth Centre Laid

Pledges have been received for  more chalets and buildings to commence soon.


These include:

- Owa Ofokutu Hall of Fame and Library /archive . 

In addition, the main Road into the Heritage City is to be named after Owa Ofokutu who welcomed the Missionaries to Ijesaland and gave the land upon which the Cathedral Iloro and Heritage City are built. 

- Falore Chalet

- Thompsons ( former Lay President)

- Dr. Lawrence Omole family 

- Ven Mafe family ( Cathedral)

- Building in  honour  of the parents of His Excellency Dr Christopher Kolade ( Erin Oke)

- Building in  memory of Pa SG Elton to be built by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, etc.

"We await donors from  Erin Ijesa , Ifewara, Iperindo and other Ilesa sons and daughters." Bishop Asaju said

Families may choose to have land allocated to them and they use their own builders.


It is indeed a Heritage City to immortalize champions of Ijesa Anglican Christian heritage .

The road network is to be tarred.

The roads will be named after key historical figures like Owa Ofokutu, Owa Aromolaran, Pa Adeyemi, sponsors of each road etc

Individuals can take up one or more of these projects and they will be named after them. Execution time for building is maximum three months. 

According to him, each building will be constructed by builders assigned by donor families through direct labour

The completed buildings will be handed to the Diocese but will be named after each donor family.


He said the buildings will contain plaques describing the history and roles of the prominent Ijesha Anglican Church families whose parents had worshipped and served God in towns and villages throughout the diocese and beyond. 

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