Saturday 8 June 2024


The palace of the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland Oba Dr Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran II, CFR, LLD was on Wednesday agog as the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Ghandi Olaoye came visiting.

The visit was part of Oba  Ghandi's  courtesy visit and familiarization tour of the palaces of foremost traditional rulers in  Yoruba land  after his installation as the Soun of Ogbomoso.

Oba Adekunle Aromolaran welcomed the Soun to his domain and stated that the advancement of Yoruba land and Nigeria in general is essential to ensuring a better future for the country's younger generation. He also pledged to collaborate with other stewards of culture and traditions to accomplish this goal.

The paramount ruler of Ijesaland expressed his satisfaction that Oba Olaoye was selected by the kingmakers to be the Soun due to his prominence and strong qualifications.

The Soun, whose maternal ancestry can be linked to the Ogedengbe dynasty of Ijesaland, noted that he and Ogedengbes shared certain characteristics, which he said had bonded them since they were little. Reminiscent of his high school years, when Aromolaran books dominated the WASC syllabus, Oba Ghandi praised the Owa Obokun for his unblemished record as a ruler and for his straightforward and bright nature.

Prior to this, Oba Akeem Ogungbangbe, the Qwaloko of Iloko Ijesa, called the visit a "homecoming" and declared that the days of traditional rulers engaging in a fierce battle to the death were long gone. He called for cooperation and unity among the Yoruba monarchs in order to fulfill the aspirations of their ancestors.

As the Ogboni of Ipole, Oba Kehinde Oyeleye prayed for a long reign for Oba Ghandi, he  said that Oba Ghandi is a tremendous asset to Yorubaland and discussed the advantages of having him as the Soun.

The Soun was also welcomed by Oba Festus Awogboro, Oba Odo of Ilesa, High Chief Busuyi Gbadamosi, the Elegboro of Ijebu-jesa, Oba Olufemi Agunsoye, the Obaala of Ilesa, High Chief Ibitoye, Alademure of Obokun, Oba Festus Awogboro, and the Owamiran of Esa Oke, Oba Adediran Adeyemi, who gave him praise for reaching out to other obas in Yorubaland.

Source: Isaac Haastrup on Facebook

Photos credit : Arewa Taiwo Smiley

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