CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF MRS. CHARITY MADUKA, VICE PRESIDENT OF COSCHARIS GROUP
THE ROYAL 50TH JUBILEE CELEBRATION OF OIL MOGUL
AGUNBIADE ATÓBAÁSE OF YORUBALAND IN UNITED KINGDOM
SEN. SOLOMON ADEOLA (YAYI), WIFE, TEMITOPE AND OTHERS, BECOME CHIEFS OF YEWALAND
CHIEFS CHIEDU NWEKE AND AKIM BOLARINWA MEET
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THE ROYAL 50TH JUBILEE CELEBRATION OF OIL MOGUL
DR. BABAJIDE AGUNBIADE Story & Interview: Michael Effiong Photo: Dragan Mikki, Sottuphotography & Family Album
ATÓBAÁSE OF YORUBALAND IN UNITED KINGDOM
any close friends refer to him as a man of style and oil mogul, Dr Babajide Agunbiade, FNSE showed off this his well-known pedigree when he hosted two classy, colourful and glamourous ceremonies in the United Kingdom. The Houston, Texas-based businessman and world traveller hosted a birthday that will linger on my hearts of the guests on account of the spectacular nature of the events. The party train actually began at the famous Sunborn Yacht Hotel in London. Guests were greeted with champagne and hors d'oeuvres upon arrival as well as 80s Rhythm and Blues being played by London's Sound House Band. Guests were seeping in the wondrous atmosphere and savouring the scenery when the celebrant and his wife, Mrs. Olufunke Agunbiade, the Yeye Atóbaáse of Yorubaland walked in to applause from guests just as Fela's "Water no get enemy" was blaring from all corners of the venue.
The Celebrant Chief (Dr.) Babajide Agunbiade & his wife, Chief (Mrs.) Funke Agunbiade
Turning fifty is a milestone in anyone's life. It's a sign of getting older, becoming wiser, and enjoying life and family more. Fifty should be the time when we look at our lives and say, "Let the party begin, let's rock and roll!
Chief (Dr) Babajide Agunbiade Atobaase of Yorubaland
My philosophy of life is that; truth, justice, and equity are fundamental prerequisites to an enduring social order and that right will always prevail over might.
The evening was a top-rate affair filled with lots of champagne, exotic drinks, good food and exhilarating music. Love and fun were in the air all night long. Fun was high on the agenda and guests had a full dose of it as a magician also spent many moments thrilling everyone with some flicks and tricks. The night ended with pulsating Afrobeats vibes delivered by London's famous DJ Omowhyte. The regal celebration continued the following day on the celebrant’s exact 50th birthday: Saturday, 16th of April 2022. The venue this time was the prestigious Leeds Castle in Kent which had been specially decorated for the occasion. Without a shadow of doubt, this was a befitting venue for a Royal celebration. The castle has been home to numerous Kings of England and was residence for other British aristocrats. Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. Dubbed the centre of lavish hospitality for leading lights of the society. Leeds Castle was wearing anew look that day as a huge flag with the crest and insignia of the celebrant with his title: Atóbaáse of Yorubaland flying proudly on the Grade 1-isted building and heritage site. Guests arrived dressed to impress and were greeted by a red carpet and royal guards holding flags that had the Atoobase crest. The evening kicked off with a cocktail reception where chilled drinks and canapes were served. Moments later the celebrant Dr Babajide Agunbiade and wife, Mrs Funke Agunbiade made a grand entrance to the sounds of trumpets blown by the British Royal Guards. The stunning couple gracefully walked down the stairs from the bowels of the Castle where they spent the night and enjoyed the stunning view. Guests headed down to the dinner room where they were greeted with the sounds of a harpist in the most glamorously decorated space. Guests enjoyed a gourmet 3-course meal and viewed a surprise documentary dedicated to the celebrant, which was produced by Mrs. Agunbiade. After the cake cutting and just when the night couldn't get better everyone was ushered outside for a "special presentation" While outside, Dr Babajide Agunbiade gave a heartfelt speech, which he rounded off by thanking his friends and family and beautiful wife for a beautiful night and just as the toast was made, the celebrant and guests were surprised with a 6-minute fireworks display to Coldplay's Full of Stars. Just when the guests thought the night was over, the elegant Mrs Funke Agunbiade had more plans up her sleeves for her dear husband. Guests were greeted with an open bar, sounds
Chief (Dr.) Babajide Agunbiade in Royal attire
by DJ Omowhyte, and beautiful go-go dancers. The celebrant was surprised by a personal show girl performance while everyone cheered. Oh what a night it turned out to be as guests partied all night and left with an assortment of gifts which included Dolce & Gabbana Wine and Chocolates, personalised Atobaase champagne, blue-tooth speakers, candles, amongst others. It was indeed a night to remember!
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abajide Agunbiade, Ph.D., FNSE, COREN, FIISE, FSUT, MBA is a global Oil & Gas icon, Engineer, astute businessman, investor, and philanthropist who is one of only 13 subject matter experts globally in subsea production systems. He is currently a Director at National Oilwell Varco based in Houston, Texas, an American conglomerate that is the largest worldwide provider of equipment and components used in Oil and Gas drilling and production operations. In that role, he has been involved at a significant level in virtually all the shallow and deepwater projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Gulf of Mexico and has completed over two billion USD offshore production projects over the last decade alone. Dr. Babajide Agunbiade started his career in Nigeria at Industrial Measurements & Control Limited, Lagos. After a brief stint consulting for other Oil & Gas companies in Nigeria, he joined General Electric (G.E), Houston, Texas, where he rose to become Principal Engineer of the GE Gasification business group. As Principal Engineer, he led the design of the 618-megawatt Integrated gasification In combined cycle (IGCC) plant at Duke Energy's Edwardsport Station in Knox County, Indiana. The 618-megawatt IGCC facility is the largest IGCC plant, the cleanest and most efficient coal-fired power plant in the world. It emits less sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulates than the plant it replaces while providing more than 10 times the amount of megawatt-hours. Dr. Agunbiade graduated with a combined honors degree in Industrial and Production Engineering from the University of Ibadan in 1996. An accomplished Engineer, he attended the GE Edison Chief (Dr.) Babajide Agunbiade looking dashing Advanced Engineering Development Program (EEDP) in Crotonville, N.Y., and gained presented several technical papers at local and a Master's Degree in Systems Engineering. He is international fora. Dr. Babajide Agunbiade is an exemplary G.E green and black belt certified. He holds a leader and pioneer in the Oil and Gas Industry, a master's degree in organizational management strong advocate for developing in-country and an MBA from the prestigious American capacity and transforming value creation across Intercontinental University (AIU) in Houston, various sectors in the oil and gas industry. Texas, as well as a Ph.D. in leadership and As a businessman, He is the Founder Midas Business from Higher Place Christian University Global services LCC - A diversified (HPCU) Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is also a conglomerate involved in Real Estate, Trading Ph.D. scholar in Environmental policy at Texas and Energy Infrastructure based in Houston, Southern University. He has attended several Texas. Co-Owner -MGS Shipping Company training courses in Nigeria and overseas in Houston; Co-Founder and none Executive Subsea Production Systems, Business Director, Alpha Petroleum; Managing Partner & Development, Oil & Gas Contract Negotiation, None Executive Director Ariosh Limited, etc. Managing Partner & None Executive Director A COREN Registered Engineer, He is a Future Concerns group, Founder MGS Luxury member of the following professional bodies: Design; Founder, Jiverty Limited. •Fellow, The Nigerian Society of Engineers Apart from his impressive philanthropic (FNSE) activities in Nigeria and the USA, where his •Fellow, Institute of Industrial & Systems donations include three water systems, a library Engineers (FIISE) in the US and Nigeria, amongst many other •Fellow, Society of Underwater Technology philanthropic enterprises. Dr. Agunbiade has also (FSUT) been a veritable source of hope and succor to the •Member, National Society of Professional needy in his Alma mater, the University of Engineers (NSPE) Ibadan; he donated £6,000 to the Institution U.I. •Member, Council of Registered Engineers of Alumni Trust Fund, he’s among the first diaspora alumnus to make such a large donation at the Nigeria (COREN) An ardent scholar, He has written and 70th anniversary of the Premier University and
has raised over 100m Naira to support secondary education across Nigeria among others support. A cultural icon, Dr. Babajide Agunbiade is the Atobaase of Yoruba Land, one of the highest Chieftancy titles in Yorubaland as well as being one of only 17 Yoruba-wide titles. The title was conferred on him by none other than His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, Iku Baba Yeye, Alaafin of Oyo, J.P, CFR, L.L. D at his palace in Oyo in 2021. Dr. Babajide Agunbiade, FNSE is a recipient of the Certificate of US Congressional Recognition, conferred on him on behalf of the United States Congress in recognition of his scholarly, business, and philanthropic contribution globally by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. The latter also proclaimed November 12th, 2021, as His Majesty, Dr. Babajide Agunbiade, FNSE Day in the 18th congressional District of Texas (Houston). In her presentation, US congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the City of Houston describe Atobasse Dr. Babajide Aguinbiade and his wife, Yeye Atobasse Funke Aguinbiade, as “strong pillars in Houston and Nigerians who have dedicated efforts to giving back to marginalized communities and have played integral roles in several social movements internationally.” She thanks them for their
Chief (Dr.) Babajide Agunbiade in a cheerful mood
worthwhile efforts to enrich the city of Houston through mentorship, community development, educational scholarships, and international recognition. Dr Babajide Agunbiade is married to Mrs Olufunke Agunbiade, who is the Yeye Atobaase of Yorubaland and the marriage is blessed with children.
MY LIFE AT 50
You have just concluded your 50th birthday celebration. Did it go according to plan
Thank you, OVATION. It went really well! The party exceeded all my expectations. I want to thank my lovely wife, Olori Olufunke Agunbiade, all of the planners from Houston and the UK, and the staff of Sunborn Yacht Hotel and Leeds Castle, Kent, UK
What does turning 50 mean to you
Turning fifty is a milestone in anyone's life. It's a sign of getting older, becoming wiser, and enjoying life and family more. Fifty should be the time when we look at our lives and say, "Let the party begin, let's rock and roll!" and that's precisely what I plan on doing.
What did you ask from God on the exact day you tuned 50
I asked God for his blessings and protection over me, my family, and my loved ones. I asked
God for long life and continued prosperity.
Tell us a bit about Dr. Jide Agunbiade: Tell us about growing up
Growing up was a mixed bag for me. I was born and raised in Ibadan, Southwest Nigeria. I grew up mostly inside or around the University of Ibadan community. I lost my dad, the incomparable Solomon Emiola Agunbiade when I was four years, and he was 42 years old. When he died, the world lost a rare gem. He was a big occasion guy, a poet, a leader, extremely brilliant and consummate business man. He died from cerebral malaria. My mother was young and in college. Subsequently, I grew up with my uncle, Late Professor Ajiboye Agunbiade, my father's younger brother. He was a strict disciplinarian, which has reflected in the man I am today.
Who influenced you the most
In 2020, I was the keynote speaker for HPCU, Atlanta, Georgia, graduating class of 2020. On that occasion, I spoke on the topic; not too late to connect with your purpose, and I let it known that Thomas Edison, an inventor, an intellectual, and astute businessman who lived between 1847 and 1931, is the person that influenced me the most. He is the reason I chose to be an Engineer; he is the reason I went to work at General Electric, which he founded, where I rose to become the youngest Principal Engineer at the GE Gasification business group in Houston, Texas. Another person that greatly influenced me is my late uncle, Professor Boye Agunbiade, he was a
professor of Geography and regional planning and former Student Union President of the University of Ibadan. He was brilliant, and his integrity is unmatched. Chief Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Ade, Abraham Lincoln, and Obafemi Awolowo have also greatly influenced me.
Many say you are a very stylish person; how did you develop this way of life
I think it came naturally. All my life, I have had refined taste. I love luxury and style. Over time, I started refining it to the point where as you said, some people consider me stylish. Today though, my wife plays a significant role in styling me, we do most of our stoppings together and she always make sure I am together before I step out of the house.
You are into Oil & Gas; tell us how the adventure started and where you are now
I started my career working as a consultant with various companies with Exxon Mobil in Eket. When I moved to the US, I briefly left Oil and Gas to fulfill a long-life ambition to work at General Electric. Once I rose to the pinnacle of my engineering career at GE by becoming a Principal Engineer of the largest IGGC plant ever built in Knox County, Indiana, US, I started missing the Oil Industry and specialized and focused on Subsea Production Systems. Today, I am one of only 13 subject experts in Subsea Production systems globally; I have interest and ownership in several Oil companies. I am also a
I am the founder of The Agunbiade Foundation. I am passionate about supporting education and providing mentorship for students. I am also passionate about embarking on charitable causes that benefit communities
director of one of the largest oil service companies in the world, which is also the largest manufacturer of Oilfield equipment in the world.
What will you consider your Management DNA
I would say my Management DNA is embedded in the coaching management style. I strive to improve my employees' long-term professional development. I have a passion for teaching and watching them grow and more patient with short-term failure, as long as the team learns and improves as a result. It is crucial to motivate employees with professional development opportunities, like a promotion or more responsibility-these rewards make employees hungry for knowledge, and their steady development improves the team's performance. By constantly teaching employees new things and offering career opportunities, I build strong bonds with my employees. At the root of my management style, I have two main focuses: overseeing employees' individual development and bringing my team together. The best teams are the most united teams, and an employee experiences the most professional growth when both the organization and teammates invest in their development. Do you consider yourself a hands-on Manager
Very Much so.
Do you have a mentor? And did this help your trajectory
Some of the people that influenced me are also my mentors. I read a lot and interact with great business and professional partners, so I consider the aggregate of all of these experiences as mentorship.
Tell us about Fiditi Initiative
Fiditi Strategic Development Initiative (FI) is a non-profit and non-political organization; FI aims to restore the socio-economic and educational well-being of Fiditi indigenes. The goal of the Fiditi Initiative is to:
According to the late Alaafin, the Atobaase title, recognizes my royal heritage, intellectual achievements, contribution to Yorubaland's social and economic development, and intervention in various developmental projects globally
Chief (Dr.) Babajide Agunbiade during his installation as the Atobaase of Yorubaland
•Drive the socio-economic rebirth of Fiditi •Generate, incubate and actualize initiatives that will transform Fiditi Land •Reinstate, restore and provide free education, health, and social infrastructure •Identify, attract and develop economic opportunities •Be a vehicle for the growth and development of Fiditi •Provide assistance and support to the
impoverished, weak, and senior indigenes of Fiditi •Advance other charitable causes for the benefit of the community
You have been passionate about philanthropy; tell us about this side of you that many don't know
Yes, indeed, I am the founder of The Agunbiade Foundation. I am passionate about supporting education and providing mentorship for students. I am also passionate about providing
charitable causes that benefit communities. I have donated nearly 30,000 books, a library in Nigeria and the US, and I have built several water systems in the most impoverished parts of Nigeria and made several donations and interventions in infrastructural development.
Alaafin of Oyo bestowed on you the revered title of Atobaase of Yorubaland; how did this make you feel
First of all, I want to pray for the soul of the
Official chieftaincy title ceremony of Chief (Dr.) Babajide Agunbiade as Atobaase of Yorubland by His Imperial Majesty Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, Alaafin of Oyo
departed Alaafin, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyemi III, Iku Baba Yeye. According to Alaafin of Oyo, the conferment of the title recognizes my royal heritage, intellectual achievements, contribution to Yorubaland's social and economic development, and intervention in various developmental projects globally.
As Atobaase, what do you plan to do for Yorubaland
I plan to work with other well-meaning people to continue assisting and supporting the impoverished, weak, and senior indigenes of Yorubaland, providing mentorship to students, and advancing other charitable causes for the benefit of Yorubaland and globally.
Last year, US Congress honored you through the US Congressional proclamation from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, marking November 12th as "Atobasse Dr. Bbabjide Aguinbiade and Yeye Atobasse of Yorubaland Day in Texas, tell us about that.
It was a really great honor. The proclamation described us as "strong pillars in Houston and Nigerians who have dedicated efforts to giving back to marginalized communities and have played integral roles in several social movements internationally." They also thanked us for our worthwhile efforts to enrich the city of Houston through mentorship, community development, educational scholarships, and international recognition. To be honored by none other than US Congress through a legend like Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is very humbling.
Now, let us go to matters of the heart. Please share with us how you met and married your wife, the delectable Yeye Atobaase of Yorubaland
Let me start by saying that my wife is the best thing that has ever happened to me. We met through a mutual friend, who set us up on a blind date. Since that day, we have been together. I knew right away I had met my soul mate. We have a lot in common, and she is the greatest blessing of my life
Back to that 50th Birthday, it was very classy and colorful. What memories of that weekend will you cherish
So many memories. I don't even know where to start. But first of all, I am grateful to my family and friends who made the long journey from around the world to London to celebrate with me. Every aspect of my 50th celebration was unbelievable, from the welcome party at Sunborn Yacht to the unbelievable experience at Leeds Castle Kent. You have to be there to believe it.
What would you consider your philosophy of life
My philosophy of life is that; truth, justice, and equity are fundamental prerequisites to an enduring social order and that right will always prevail over might.
What attributes of people turn you off
Attributes that turn me off are a lack of focus and people that are not driven. I also don't like people that don't wish others well or that are doing the most.
What is a typical day in your life like
I travel quite a bit globally, so when I am not traveling, I usually start my day anywhere between 6.30 and 8:30 am. When I wake up, I start the day with a small prayer of thanks to my God. After having a glass of lukewarm water with some lemon juice in it or some tea, I go for my
bath and hygiene tasks. I am not a breakfast person, so from then on, I would typically proceed to my home office and, after that, proceed to several meetings I have lined up for the day. I try to do lunch with my wife, and I have a lot of project briefings, meetings and presentations throughout the day. My days are really packed, to say the least, and I am grateful for it
Are there any issues that keep you at night? What drives you
Nothing keeps me up at night. Not letting myself down and an overwhelming desire to help other people are what drives me.
What would you consider as the secret of your success
Self-motivation, hard work, persistence, people.
I noticed that you keep looking young and athletic. What is the secret
Thank you. I would say genetics. I want to thank my genes and parents for that.
Any plans for politics
At the moment, no. I am happy with the intervention I am making in the Energy space.
What should we expect from Atobaase Dr. Jide Agunbiade in the next 10 years
I want to be more involved in community development in the next ten years. Currently, I supervise some Ph.D. dissertations at Texas Southern University. I expect to be more involved in academics, most likely as a full-fledged professor, and continue running my businesses. I have some other major groundbreaking works I am doing in Namibia and South Africa; I expect them to have reached maturity. I expect to still be young and vibrant in 10 years, living my best life.
Chief (Dr.) Babajide Agunbiade Atobaase of Yorubaland with his staff of office
PRE-BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT
SUNBORN YACHT HOTEL, LONDON
Dr. Babajide Agunbiade, FNSE, the Atóbaáse of Yorubaland
Dr Babajide Agunbiade & wife, Chief (Mrs.) Funke Agunbiade
Dr Babajide Agunbiade & his wife, Chief (Mrs) Funke Agunbiade
Dr. Babajide Agunbiade, FNSE, the Atóbaáse of Yorubaland with Chief (Mrs) Funke Agunbiade with her grand parents
Chief (Dr.) Babajide Agunbiade, his wife & Mr Bolaji Olagunju, CEO, Workforce Solutions
Celebrant & Mr Charles Momoh Chairman, Eko Disco
Celebrants, Dr Tosin Joshua, MD, FACOG with Engr. Kayode Adelekun, FNSE
Celebrant, with Ngozi & Robert Onyejekwe
Celebrant with Prof. Olasoji Olagunju, Chairman/CEO, Hurlag Technologies Ltd and Dr. Tony Oguike, CEO/MD, Future Oilfield Ltd
Chief Jide Agunbiade & his wife, Chief (Mrs) Funke Agunbiade
Mrs. Ameena Musah, Chief (Dr.) Babajide Agunbiade, Chief (Mrs.) Funke Agunbiade & Mr. Mobolaji Musah MD Sifax Oil & Gas Ltd.
Mr. Jide Farinre, Chief (Dr.) Babajide Agunbiade, Chief (Mrs.) Funke Agunbiade & Mr. Ola Oshe MD/CEO Ariosh Oil & Gas Ltd.
THE JUBILEE CELEBRATION AT LEEDS CASTLE
Chief Babajide Agunbiade & his wife, Chief (Mrs.) Funke Agunbiade at the entrance of Leeds Castle, Kent
Chief & Chief (Mrs) Babajide Agunbiade
My wife is the best thing that has ever happened to me. We met through a mutual friend, who set us up on a blind date. Since that day, we have been together. I knew right away I had met my soul mate. We have a lot in common, and she is the greatest blessing of my life
Chief Babajide & Chief (Mrs.) Funke Agunbiade striking a lovely pose at Leeds Castle
Chief (Dr) Babajide Agunbiade standing at the entrance of Leeds Castle
Chief (Dr.) Babajide Agunbiade and Chief (Mrs) Funke Agunbiade arriving the venue of his 50th birthday celebration at the magnificient Royal Leeds Castle, in Kent
Special moment the celebrant Chief Babajide Agunbiade & his beautiful wife, Chief (Mrs) Funke Agunbiade
The Celebrant & wife make grand entry into the dinner hall at Leeds Castle
Chief (Mrs.) Funke Agunbiade, celebrant's wife at Leeds Castle, venue of the birthday ceremony
Chief (Dr) Babajide Agunbiade & Dr. (Engr.) Tony Oguike, CEO/MD, Future Oilfield Ltd & Amore Gardens
Celebrant with sister, Mrs Sanmi Olaleye, Houston, Texas
celebrant with guest
Celebrant and a guest
Celebrant with Mr & Mrs Femi Banjo
Celebrant with Mr. Charles Momoh, Chairman, Eko Disco
Dr Babajide Agunbiade with Brother in-law, Engr. Olaleye
Celebrant with his brother, Mr Atilola Agunbiade, Lead Technologist, American Airlines, Dallas Texas
Celebrant with Mr. Ademokun Aderire Eyo, CEO, Crown Ventures, Ireland
The celebrant with his wife, Mr Ola Oshe and Dr. Tony Oguike
Mr. Bolaji Olagunju, CEO, Workforce Solutions giving goodwill speech on celebrant, Dr. Babajide Agunbiade at Leeds Castle, in Kent
Special guests at Chief Agunbiade's 50th birthday celebration
Cross section of guests at Chief Agunbiade's 50th birthday celebration
Chief and Chief (Mrs) Agunbiade and guests Celebrant's brother, Mr Atilola Agunbiade getting ready to deliver goodwill message
Chief & Chief (Mrs) Babajide Agunbiade with Mr. Tope Akinfala
Cross section of guests at 50th birthday of Dr. Babajide Agunbiade
The lovely birthday cake
Chief & Chief (Mrs) Agunbiade cutting his cake
Celebrant joined by wife & guests for the session if fireworks
Cross section of guests during the fireworks display
Celebrant & wife with guests at the fireworks ceremony
Chief (Dr.) Babajide Agunbiade inspecting a collection of his artworks, awards, honours etc at the Colour Room
Chief (Dr.) Babajide Agunbiade standing by his portait with his wife
Cheif (Dr.) Babajide Agunbiade & Mrs. Funke Agunbiade at colour room
Chief Babajide Agunbiade getting ready for his 50th birthday party at Tudor Hall, Leeds castle, kent
Celebrant & wife with Prof. Olasoji Olagunju, Chairman/CEO, Hurlag Technologies Ltd
Celebrant with his sister, Dr. Omoniyi Agunbiade-Owolabi, Pharmacist, Maryland USA
Celebrant & wife with Real Estate magnate, Bode Delana, London
Celebrant with his brother, Atilola Agunbiade & his wife, Mrs Yvonne Agunbiade
Celebrant & wife with his sister & husband: Mr & Mrs Femi Olaleye
Chief & Chief (Mrs) Babajide Agunbiade and guests
Chief & Chief (Mrs) Babajide Agunbiade with Performers
Celebrant and his friend Mr. Bolaji Olagunju CEO Workforce Solutions
Celebrant & wife with friend, Mr Ola Oshe, Chairman/MD, Ariosh Oil & Gas
Celebrant with Prof. Olasoji Olagunju & guests
Dr & Mrs Babajide Agunbiade and Mrs & Mrs Oludare Mogaji
Celebrant and Brenda Modupe David, CEO Celario Sauce
Chief Babajide Agunbiade and guests
Celebrant with Mr & Mr Aderire Ademokun Eyo & other guests
Celebrant & wife with Mr Yomi Gold Alore
Chief (Dr) Babajide Agunbiade and guest
Celebrant & wife with Mr. Emmanuel Atureta, Managing Partner, Brookstone Property, Ikoyi
Celebrant with Ms Funmi ColeCreative Director, FC Couture & Mr Ola Kollins
Celebrant & wife with Princess Teniola Sijuwade, daughter of late Ooni of Ife
Celebrant with Dr Tosin Joshua, , MD, FACOG & Engr Kayode Adelekun, FNSE
Chief & Chief (Mrs) Babajide Agunbiade with guests
Celebrant and Mr. Jamil Bolaji Eniola President/CEO Hen Foundation and Hen & Associates Inc
Celebrant and Mr Charles Momoh, Chairman, Eko Disco
Chief Babajide Agunbiade guests
Ms. Funmi Cole Creative Director, FC Couture & Mr. Ola Kollins
Celebrant and guests
Celebrant & wife with guest
Celebrant with Engr. Robert Onyejekwe, Board Director and Independent Consultant Energy and ESG & his wife, Mrs. Ngozi Onyejekwe
Celebrant with Mr and Mrs Christopher Folarin
Celebrant & wife with guest
Mr. Jamil Bolaji Eniola President/CEO Hen Foundation and Hen & Associates Inc with with Professor Olatunji Olagunju, Hurlag Technologies
Chief (Mrs) Funke Agunbiade & guest
Celebrant with Mr Charles Momoh, Engr. Robert Onyejekwe, Dr. Tony Oguike & Mr. Victor Ude
Mrs Funke Agunbiade & Wura Manola, Director, Manola Luxe
Chief (Mrs) Funke Agunbiade & her friend, Mariaka Thomas
Celebrant & wife enjoying some time on the dance floor
Celebrant & with with Mr Bolaji Musah, Managing Director, Sifax Oil & Gas & his wife, Ameena Musah
SENATOR SOLOMON OLAMILEKAN ADEOLA, WIFE AND OTHERS BECOME CHIEFS OF YEWALAND, OGUN STATE
Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, Aremo of Yewaland & his beautiful wife, Temitope Adeola, Yeye Aremo of Yewaland
Story & Interview: Michael Effiong Photo: Klala Photography (Photoshoot) & Ken Ehimen
ewaland in Ogun State has witnessed many auspicious occasions but in terms of its sheer colour, class and magnificence, very few will match what unfolded in the land when Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, HRM Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle formally marked his 10th Anniversary and also honoured some prominent indigenes including the All Progressive Congress (APC) Senatorial Candidate for Ogun West, Senator Solomon Adeola Olamikan who is fondly known as Yayi. Days before the big ceremony, we had an exclusive interview with Senator Yayi, a grassroots politician and ranking senator at his home in Ilaro.
I feel exceedingly happy for this opportunity and I want to assure the Paramount Ruler, Obas and my people that as Aremo, I will not let them down. I will work hard to see to the uplifting and development of Yewaland
Congratulations on being honoured as the Aremo of Yewaland. How does this make you feel
First and foremost, let me thank God Almighty for this great opportunity, then, I want to thank my parents. I believe that on the day I was delivered of as a baby they never knew a day like this would come. I wish to thank my late father, Pa Adeola Abdulgafar Ogunleye and equally wish to thank my late mother, Abibat Olasunbo Ogunleye Nee Akinola. I thank them for bringing me to this world. I thank them for nurturing me. I want to thank the Olu and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, my father, who has been there for me throughout and stood by me all these years. Let me also thank the entire Obas of Yewaland who have been kind enough to come together and bestow on me the exalted chieftaincy title of Aremo of Yewaland. I see this as a welcome gesture and I see it as an opportunity to continue to do what is right for the good people of Yewaland. For the over 50 Obas of Yewaland to unite and honour me with this title of Aremo shows the confidence they have in my abilities. I am immensely grateful to them and exceedingly happy. I want to assure the Paramount Ruler, Obas and my people that as the first son, Aremo, I will not let them down, I will work hard to see to the uplifting and development of Yewaland as a whole and also continue in my effort to empower my people out of this abject poverty and try as much as possible to do at all times only those things that the entire Yewaland would be proud of me and not regret giving me this exalted title of Aremo of Yewaland.
I am a passionate Yewa man and it is out of this great passion and love for my people that has led me to this decision to return home. If not for my genuine love for the people, I would still remain in the comfort zone where I am presently, enjoying the air, the sea and sightseeing but because I strongly feel I need to contribute my own quota towards the uplifting and development of my people, I had to return home. This is a decision that was not too difficult for me to make and I cannot say this without mentioning the effort of the Paramount Ruler, the Olu of Ilaro and all Obas of Yewaland to ensure my return. I will not conclude without thanking Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who over the years has been my political godfather and has supported me throughout my political life for allowing me come back home. Of course, I have to pay maximum respect to His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun State who has smoothened my path and
You are a prominent politician, how has your position impacted Yewaland
aided my return plans. I want to thank everybody who has contributed in one way or the other to ensuring that I, Adeola Solomon Olamilekan finally returns home. In terms of my impact on my people over the years, I want to say that it has been a very interesting journey, I strongly believe that now that I am back home, what I have been doing from the backdoor, I can now do it from the front door, I can impact my community openly and I see this as an opportunity to give my people a voice and also to bring meaningful development across the length and breadth of Yewaland. HRM Oba Kehinde Olugbenle the Paramount Ruler of Yewaland is celebrating 10 years on the throne,
what do you wish him on this special occasion
We should continue to thank God for the life of our Paramount Ruler who within the last 10 years of ascending the throne of his forefathers has taken Yewa by storm. He has turned around the entire land in terms of giving quality leadership and played a fatherly role. I strongly believe that truth be told, every son and daughter of Yewaland has cause to thank God that HRM Oba Olugbenle, the 4th Paramount Ruler of Yewaland has done wonderfully well for the land since he ascended the throne. He has brought all the sons and daughters of Yewaland back home to contribute their quota to the development of the land. He has made sure
that Yewa takes its pride of place among communities of the world. I want to commend him and I pray for him that as he has witnessed 10 years, he will witness many more years on his forefather’s throne. I thank him for all he has done for Yewaland particularly to me as one of the sons of the land and I pray that he will grow from strength to strength as he leads us to greater heights.
We are told that He has done so well in unifying Yewaland like never before
Yes that is absolutely correct, Kabiyesi has done so much in terms of unity. This has been his major area of focus and it is a good foundation that will definitely contribute to our rapid growth. One thing that has been working against us all these years is disunity. And now that we are gradually getting together, we will be in a better position to press forward and take our rightful place in Ogun State and Nigeria.
The other day, you were in tears when a group bought and presented the APC Senatorial Express of Interest form to you, why were you so emotional
I never knew you saw it, it meant that image really went viral. Like I said earlier, it was a huge challenge for me when I decided to come back home. A section of my people rejected and derided me saying I was not from here. I had wanted to contest for Senate then, and later I decided to contest for Governor, it was also very rough and tough. The opposition was unbelievable. So you can imagine, if those same people, out of share love and brotherliness not only support my aspiration to return to the senate to represent Ogun West but went ahead to purchase the form. This turn of events took me by surprise because I did not have the slightest idea of what they were planning. What you saw were tears of joy at the kind of acceptance I now enjoy among my people. All I was told was to come with the party leaders that they had a message for me, and when we got there, they presented the N20million form to me, that gesture really touched my heart. The rejected stone had now become the cornerstone. It was touching and led to tears flowing down my cheeks. Above all though, I thank God for His mercies, it could only be Him that made this happen. I wish to thank my wife, the monarchs, brothers and sisters across the length and breadth of Yewaland that together, we will make Yewa great starting from this my return to the Senate.
Your wife, will also be honoured that is double celebration for you
Yes o. My wife has been a part of my success story. She has been loving and supportive. I will describe her as a virtuous woman and I thank her for her friendship and backing throughout.
In the next 10 years, it is my hope and prayer because it is only God that gives life that Yewa would witness tremendous development across the length and breadth of the land in terms of human capital and infrastructural development. I strongly believe we will be on the eagle's wing, soaring high in the next 10 years and by the grace of God, we will take our rightful place.
In Ten year's time where would you like to see Yewaland
ADEOLA SPEAKS Congratulations on your new title as Yeye Aremo of Yewaland? How does this make you feel
I feel delighted and I see it as a clarion call to serve Yewaland. This is an opportunity to support them and work for humanity. I feel delighted because I always looked forward to ways I can give back to the community and I thank the Olu and Paramount Ruler for honouring my husband and me on this special occasion.
Your husband told us that he could not have come as far as he has without your support, so, how has the journey been for both of you
I thank God for the opportunity to be his second half and thank God for how far He has brought us, it is not by our power but just the grace of God that we are where we are. The support for him is not only from me, I have some prayer warriors that have been offering support in terms of prayers and love and I think that is what has brought us this far. I thank God for His mercies and grace over our lives.
His Majesty is celebrating his 10th Anniversary on the throne, what do you wish him
Kabiyesi Oba Olugbenle, I wish him good life, good health and many more years on the throne. May God continue to grant him the wisdom and direction to lead the good people of Yewaland and enable them reach their full potentials.
What was your reaction when your husband informed you of his decision to return home to his people in Yewaland
It is said that East or West, home is the best. There is nothing as great as being among your people. I am delighted that he is going back home. I think it is a welcome development for him and for us all. Everyone knows how undeveloped Yewaland has been and there is no doubt that his coming here will benefit the people and the whole area. It is high time that good things begin to happen here in Yewa. I had to respect his wishes and give him all the support he needs because I know that my husband has genuine love for his people and is very interested in contributing his quote to the improvement of their wellbeing. I am sure that with the support of the people of Yewa, we can achieve this great goal. And again, he has done it in the past and I believe with the grace of God he will do more and make Yewa a centre of excellence like Lagos State.
As Yeye Aremo what would be your vision for the people
Yewa people are very nice and accommodating and I see them as people who are always looking forward to enjoying a better life and seeing development. My position as Yeye Aremo will stand me in good stead to use my contacts and experience to support the people in areas such as education, skill acquisition and health. I have a project concerning women and children and this will be brought here in Yewaland. I want to leverage on it to achieve more for the land. One of such projects is empowering widows and orphans, and I believe in the next six months we would kick off something here. Economic empowerment is key and that is
My wife has been a part of my success story. She has been loving and supportive. I will describe her as a virtuous woman and I thank her for her friendship and backing throughout.
what the foundation focuses on and the foundation is called CHADASH EMPOWERMENT FOUNDATION. What we do at the foundation is to give them vocational training and donate items and assist them to make a living. That will be my main priority as Yeye Aremo of Yewaland.
In 10 years, you would have been Yeye Aremo for those number of years, what do you hope to see then in Yewaland
I want to see many more of the children go to school and I want to see them have a good life and I want to see development in terms of the women as well because I used to say something
that women are the last born of God and anything you want, if you don't have women doing it, you can't achieve it and so to empower them, let them have that confidence and belief in themselves that they can achieve anything they set their minds on. Because in the world today, women are not being recognized. I want to atleast encourage them to come out, build their confidence in terms of speaking out, economic empowerment and helping them as much as we can. I want to have been able to give Yewa women a sense of belonging and in ten years, we would greatly have impacted their lives. I want to see a better developed, loving Yewa in the next ten
HRM OBA KEHINDE GBADEWOLE OLUGBENLE SPEAKS
Your Majesty, can you take us down memory lane, ten years ago what was your reaction when it was declared that you would be the Olu Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland
I would say that grace found me. When grace finds a man, it confounds men. I am a product of grace. It was providence and God made a way for me and I found myself on the throne of my forefathers as Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland. I would not say I was the best among all the princes but the Almighty chose me and I could not question God. The last ten years is just like yesterday, I thank God for the grace to overcome all the challenges that have cropped up, a lot of water has passed under the bridge and I would just say so far, so good. It has not been easy to preside and rule over diverse people like we have in Yewaland. In the entire Yorubaland, Yewa has the most diverse tribes domiciled within a particular area. We have the Awori, we have the Ketu, we have Anago, we have the core Oyos which I am from and others. In the midst of these different cultural backgrounds and idiosyncrasies, you have to galvanize these people together to share the same vision and a common purpose. It was a challenge but my immediate goal was to unify our people. I thank God for how far He has been able to help us bring everyone together.
How successful have you been
By the grace of God, when I came on board I discovered we don't have groups and associations that are pan-Yewa in nature. Most of them were sectionalized or localized groups of people that focus on specific ethnic group’s agenda. So my focus was to bring everyone together irrespective of language or culture. And that was why I went to London to inaugurate the Yewa Descendant’s Union, in North America (USA and Canada). There is another one in Abuja. Prior to that, we had a Yewa Development Union in Lagos, I did not want to duplicate that but just encouraged them to do more about carrying everyone along. In the North of Nigeria we have Yewa Development Forum too. What we did was to bring all the groups together to form a common association under Prof. Abdulrahman Bello
We also heard you have united the young and the elderly too, why was that necessary in the scheme of things
The elders have paid their price, before now we used to be called the Egbado people and that brought a lot of setbacks in terms of identity and our background is quite different from such a description. That was what made us change our name from Egbado to Yewaland. We are laying a foundation that our children can build on and of course, this will help consolidate on our unity agenda. The greatest mistake most of our parents made in years past was to sow a seed of fear in their children which made them to stay away from coming home and knowing much about their community, culture and tradition.
You are so passionate about this your agenda and look very energetic what drives you sir
I think my background as a Pastor has contributed to my drive for success. My pastoral mission in the church of God gives me that passion, it nourished me and prepared me for this assignment. As a Pastor, you are used to being result-oriented. I told my kingmakers that I was coming for service and anything contrary to that, they should count me out.
Where do you want to see Yewa land in the next 10 years
By the grace of God, I want to see Yewaland where our infrastructural deficits have reduced. I want to see Yewaland where one of our sons by that time will be leading this state as the Executive Governor. I know that it would happen in my life time. I pray that our children will begin to aspire for such high office not only in Ogun State but across the country like for example the Vice President
today is from Ikenne, here in Ogun State, we should be able to inspire our children to dream big and aspire to such great accomplishments. We have been too neglected and I want see that situation reversed in the next 10 years. Why did you decide to honour some prominent indigenes as part of your 10th Anniversary
As Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler the office is very tedious. The chieftaincy titles for me is a way of delegating responsibilities to my children so that our work can be more efficient and impactful. I am a very patient person, I try to study people before making up my mind. All those honoured are deserving of the honour because they have contributed over the years in different ways to this land. Indeed, there are some of them that other Obas drew my attention to their contributions, so it was not a one man show but a collective one to choose these persons and honour them at this time. All of them deserved it because they worked for it and merited it.
Tell us about the Aremo Title, given to Senator Adeola
He too was a product of fear that I mentioned earlier. I was the one that told many of them including Senator Adeola that nothing will happen to anybody because some of them were afraid from the narrative they heard from their parents so I personally encouraged them to come back home. I told him he cannot continue to live in Lagos and abandon his home and his people. I told him and others like him that we needed them to come back home, so we can pursue this development together. The issue of Aremo does not mean your father has to be a king, it is just an honorary title. I have my Aremo, who is the Prince but this title means, Senator Solomn Adeola is my adopted son and the adopted first son of all the Obas of Yewaland. From his pedigree, I believe he has earned the right to such a title based on his track record over the years and the kind of love he has shown for this land.
When we walked into the Palace, we saw a Church around the palace grounds, that is interesting
I have a past and there is no present without a past and that is to show where I came from and that's why you see a chapel there. I told you earlier about being a pastor. It was formerly a palace chapel, I worshipped there with a few family members but it is now open to the public. The Muslims also have their prayer room in another section of the palace. So there is religious tolerance here. As a king, you are like a CEO, you are a father to all, even the traditionalists are encouraged to stay within the confines of the law as the Christians and Muslims do because we cannot afford to seal off the economy to observe a festival etc. Nobody is disturbing anyone from practicing their religion. So as CEO, you manage, moderate and ensure that the excesses of some groups are curbed for the good of all.
Have you enjoyed the last 10 years, any regrets.
I came here to serve my people so I am enjoying every day of adding value to their lives. But I will say that I don't have my freedom again, those things I used to do before, I can't do them again. I cannot stroll around town like I used to do. Also, by my nature, I am a hands-on person, I don’t like to give instructions and just stand back and watch, I like to get involved, but I cannot do so much of that anymore. Also, the bonding time with my children has reduced. I thank God for the children He has given me, sometimes I am so busy that it is late at night that I will see their messages. My wife has also been very supportive too. These are some of the things I will say I am getting used to but we have all been coping well. I have no regrets at all because all I am doing is service to my people, when I see them smile and see our land witness progress, I am fulfilled.
THE REGAL CEREMONY CONDUCTED BY
HRM OBA KEHINDE OLUGBENLE, OLU OF ILARO AND PARAMOUNT RULER OF YEWALAND
Paramount Ruler & his wife, Olori Omotola, Ogun State Governor , Prince Dapo Abiodun & Wife, Bamidele, Otunba Gbenga Daniel,HRM Oba Adeyemi Adekeye, Abepa of Joga Orile-Yewa with the Chieftaincy title recipients: Chief Dele Joseph Oderinde, (Tayese of Yewaland), Chief Isaiah Akinsonwon, JP, (Majeobaje of Yewaland), Otunba Akeem Adigun aka Sakapao, (Apagun Pote of Yewaland), Alhaji Ibrahim Dende (Oluomo of Yewaland), nd), Alhaja Salmot Badru, (Beere of Yewaland), Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola ( Yayi) and wife, Mrs. Temitope Adeola ( Aremo & Yeye Aremo of Yewaland)
Aremo of Yewaland, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Yayi) with Governor Dapo Abiodun
ewaland, in Ogun State, South West Nigeria was literally on standstill when HRM Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle (Asade Agunloye IV) Olu of Ilaro & Paramount Ruler of Yewaland marked his 10th Anniversary on the throne with a book launch and conferment of Chieftaincy titles on prominent indigenes. The event was attended by celebrated Nigerians including Gov. Dapo Abiodun, former Governors Chief Olusegun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, HRM Oba Babatunde Ajayi, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, HRM Oba Olufolarin
Aremo of Yewaland, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Yayi), Governor Dapo Abiodun with former Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel
Ogunsanwo, Oba Saburee Bakre, Aremo Segun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Ogun Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Engr Noimot Salako– Oyedele, her Lagos counterpart, Dr. Babafemi Hamzat, Senators Tokunbo Abiru, Opeyemi Bamidele, Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Ayo Akinyelure, Aderele Oriolowo & Ibrahim Hadejia The day began with the launch of a book on the life and times of Oba Olugbenle titled: “Double Grace, Kingship and Service”. The Chairman of Premier Lotto and Odole of Ile-Ife, Sir Kensington Adebutu and Chairman, BUA
Group, Alhaji Abdu-samad Rabiu who both sent representatives were co-launchers of the book which was unveiled with so much panache and fanfare. The launch was held at a well-decorated venue inside the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro and it was after that ceremony that all roads led to the Empire Field in the heart of the town where a newly-constructed pavilion had been erected to host the chieftaincy ceremonies. With drumming, dancing and singing enveloping all corners of the majestic palace, the
Olu of Ilaro & Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenlle, Governor Dapo Abiodun with Senator Solomon Adeola
Olu of Ilaro & Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenlle exchanching pleasantries with Governor Dapo Abiodun
HE Mrs Bamidele Abiodun, Senator Solomon Adeola, Mrs Temitope Adeola & Otunba Gbenga Daniel (far right)
Senator Solomon Adeola, Former Deputy Governor, Alhaja Salmot Badru with Governor Dapo Abiodun
recipients took turn to go through the traditional rites, get royal blessings and official paraphernalia. The honorees: Chief Dele Joseph Oderinde, (Tayese of Yewaland), Chief Isaiah Akinsonwon, JP, (Majeobaje of Yewaland), Otunba Akeem Adigun aka Sakapao, (Apagun Pote of Yewaland), Alhaji Ibrahim Dende (Oluomo of Yewaland), Alhaja Salmot Badru, (Beere of Yewaland), Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola ( Yayi) and wife, Mrs. Temitope Adeola ( Aremo & Yeye Aremo of Remoland) were all filled with joy. In his speech, Governor Dapo Abiodun
eulogized Oba Olugbenle for his steadfastness and courage to speak truth to power. He said the monarch had brought his exposure, experience and service to bare on the throne, which according to him has made him one of the highly revered in the country. He observed that apart from being a royal father, his apolitical stance coupled with unbiased viewpoints on issues, has indeed endeared him to many people within and outside Ogun. While saying that the monarch has been a true custodian of culture and tradition, Governor Abiodun added that Oba Olugbenle has been a
rallying point for all indigenes of Yewaland both at home and the Diaspora. Governor Abiodun, while saying the 10th coronation anniversary of Oba Olugbenle called for celebration, prayed the monarch lives long on the throne of his forefathers in order to be able influence more development to Ilaro and Yewaland. Beaming with his trademark smile, the new Aremo, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola said he was very elated when he first received the letter of the conferment four years ago.
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HRM Oba Olugbenle with Olori Omotola Olugbenle
Governor Dapo Abiodun addressing the audience
Senator Solomon Adeola & wife, Mrs. Temtope Adeola with Former Deputy Governor, Alhaja Salmot Badru
Otunba Gbenga Daniel (right)
Right: Dr Obafemi Hamzat (Deputy Governor of Lagos State)
Akarigbo of Remoland, HRM Oba Babatunde Ajayi, Olori Omotola Olugbenle, HRM Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, Governor Dapo Abiodion, HRM Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Alake of Egbaland & Otunba Gbenga Daniel (far right)
HRM Oba Kehinde Olugbenle with Governor Dapo Abiodun
Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao & Olori Olusola Adedoyin-Alao
Dr Obafemi Hamzat with Govenor Dapo Abiodun
THE INSTALLATION OF YEYE AREMO TEMITOPE ADEOLA
Mrs Temitope Adeola being installed as Yeye Aremo of Yewaland
SENATOR SOLOMON ADEOLA BEING INSTALLED AS AREMO OF YEWALAND
HRM Oba Kehinde Olugbenle showering royal blessing on the new Aremo of Yewaland
BEHOLD: THE NEW AREMO AND YEYE AREMO OF YEWALAND
Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Yeye Aremo of Yewaland, Aremo of Yewaland with friends
ALHAJA SALMOT BADRU BEING INSTALLED AS BEERE OF YEWALAND
Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, HE Mrs Bamidele Abiodun, HE Governor Dapo Abiodun, Beere Salmot Badru with HRM Oba Kehinde Olugbenle
AT THE GRAND AND COLOURFUL RECEPTION
Yeye Aremo Temitope Adeola, Aremo (Senator) Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, HRM Oba Kehinde Olugbenle & Olori Omotola Olugbenle
HRM Oba Babatunde Ajayi, Akarigbo of Remoland with HRM Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Alake of Egbaland
From 2nd left: Aremo of Yewaland, Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele & guests
Aremo (Senator) Solomon Olamilekan Adeola with Senator Musiliu Obanikoro
Yemi Sax performing
Cheerful-looking Yeye Aremo Temitope Adeola
Aremo (Senator) Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, Yeye Aremo Temitope Adeola with Ogun State Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimat Salako-Oyedele
2nd left: Oba Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, Alara of Ilara, Aremo of Yewaland & Oba Adeyemi Adekeye, Abepa of Joga-Yewaland
LAUNCH OF OBA OLUGBENLE'S BOOK: DOUBLE GRACE, KINGSHIP AND SERVICE
He revealed that what made the Chieftaincy title extra special was that it was not only approved by the Olu and Paramount Ruler but all the living traditional rulers also endorsed it. He stated that the title bestowed on him was not politically motivated, in any shape of form but an appreciation of his contributions to Nigeria and the future development of Yewaland. He
promised to leverage on his vast experience to bring meaningful development to the land. Speaking to OVATION International, Oba Olugbenle said all the chiefs deserved the titles they were conferred with and specifically about the Aremo, he noted that Senator Adeola fondly called Yayi was honoured “in recognition of his persistent, uncommon passion and continuous
support towards the growth and development of the new Yewa of our dream”. The colourful event was rounded off with a lavish reception which unfolded inside a Marquee on the grounds of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro. Guests were pampered endlessly and Fuji Maestro, KI The Ultimate entertained everyone till late into the night.
CHAIRMAN/CEO, PERIWINKLE RESIDENCES,
DR CHIEDU NWEKE AND WIFE, CHINELO BECOME
AARE ATUNLUSE AND YEYE AARE ATUNLUSE OF IKATE-ELEGUSHI KINGDOM, LAGOS STATE Story: Michael Effiong Photo: Funmilayo Adeyemi & Family Album
hen the dashing and stylish HRM Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi (Kusenla III), the Elegushi of IkateElegushi decided to honour a few individuals who have impacted his people, his state and indeed Nigeria, two of those he chose were real estate mogul and philanthropist, Chief (Dr.) Chiedu Nweke and his wife, Chief (Mrs.) Chinelo Nweke who he gave the titles of Aare Atunluse and Yeye Aare Atunluse of Ikate Kingdom. Amiable, indefatigable and cerebral, Dr. Chiedu Nweke has a lot of experience in real estate in
Nigeria particularly in the area of hydraulic sand filling and large reclamation of swampland for real estate development. He conceived and founded Orange Island, and Periwinkle Lifestyle Estate, Lekki Phase 1, in Lagos. He was also involved in sandfilling of Lakowe Lakes, Adiva Estate and Townville in Lagos for ARM Properties Limited. He was involved in the reclamation and sandfilling of Agbowa Timber Village, Ikorodu, Lagos. He is a Lawyer and a Senior Member of the Lagos Bar Association. He holds a Doctor of
B u s i n e s s Administration (DBA), LLB from the University of Nigeria and LLM from Lagos State University. Before moving into real estate, he was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of West African Waste Management Limited, an oil waste treatment company servicing the oil majors like Shell, Exxon Mobil, AGIP etc. He was also involved in both Shenker Shipping Limited and Linktel Shipping Limited both oil tanker logistics companies. Mr Nweke's expertise and experience include transportation and logistics of oil waste management and handling particularly from offshore locations, job costing, personal training, HSE and regulatory compliance. He is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Periwinkle Residences Limited developers of Periwinkle Lifestyle Estate, Lekki, Lagos and Managing Director and CEO of S w a m p s e a Construction Company Limited, the technical arm of Orange Island Development Company Limited. In these positions, he supervises some of the biggest real estate and infrastructure developments in Nigeria. He sits on the board of several companies including Orange Island Development Company Limited, a company he founded with his partners in FW Dredging Limited. Mr Nweke is married with children. It was in recognition of his o u t s t a n d i n g contribution to IkateElegushi Kingdom, Chief Chiedu Nweke was honoured with the tradition title of Aare Atunluse of IkateElegushi Kingdom.
He conceived and founded Orange Island, and Periwinkle Lifestyle Estate, Lekki Phase 1, in Lagos. He was also involved in sandfilling of Lakowe Lakes, Adiva Estate and Townville in Lagos for ARM Properties Limited.
Chief Nweke supervises some of the biggest real estate and infrastructure developments in Nigeria
Nnamenyi III of Awkuzu , Anambra State HRM Igwe Charles Anikweze, Aare and Yeye Atunluse of Ikate Kingdom, Chief (Dr.) Chiedu & Chief (Mrs.) Chinelo Nweke with Red Cap Chiefs
hat a glorious day it was for real estate mogul and philanthropist, Chief(Dr) Chiedu Nweke and his wife, Chief (Mrs) Chinelo Nweke when they were conferred with the traditional titles of Aare Atunluse and Yeye Atunlese of Ikate Kingdom by HRM Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi (Kusenla III), the Elegushi of Ikate Kingdom. The day was expected to be a superlative display of Yoruba culture and the tradition of the people of Ikate Kingdom-and it did not disappoint. Drummers, singers and dancers were in full flow around the palace as guests began to arrive that early morning. Proceedings got into full swing with the arrival of the well-respected monarch who was accompanied by Ooni of Ife, HIM Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and other traditional rulers. Kabiyesi Elegusi who like many others turned out in an angelic white outfit, was already on his throne before the honorees, the classy businessman, Chief (Dr) Nweke and wife, Chief (Mrs) Chinelo arrived the palace grounds with their family, friends and associates Being a titled Igbo Chief, Dr Nweke did not leave his own tradition at home, he was escorted into the arena by pipers and dancers who filled the atmosphere with much fanfare.
Chief (Mrs.) Chinelo Nweke & Chief(Mrs.) Folusayo Bolarinwa
Chief (Mrs.) Ethel Asogwa, Mrs. Ebele Igbokwe, Prof (Mrs.) Edith Okeke & guests
Nnamenyi III of Awkuzu, Anambra State HRM Igwe & Lolo Charles Anikweze with Aare and Yeye Atunluse of Ikate Kingdom, Chief (Dr.) Chiedu & Chief (Mrs.) Chinelo Chief (Dr.) Chiedu Nweke, Aare Atunluse and Chief Akim Bolarinwa, Aare Bobajiro
As soon as they were in the presence of the revered king, they paid homage, knelt down and were showered with royal blessings. This was the signal needed for the traditional rites to begin. In his remarks, HRM Oba Elegushi noted that the chiefs had distinguished themselves in business and supported worthy causes in the kingdom to be found worthy of these eminent titles. Ooni of Ife, HIM Oba Ogunwusi commended
Chief(Dr) Chiedu Nweke for his immense support and contribution to the development of the kingdom and society, noting that he had seen and heard of his selfless effort and and exploits. The Ooni said the chieftaincy title was a way of thanking him for good work done and also a call to do more in the future. “And if you do more, you will be truly blessed” Oba Ogunwusi rounded off.
After the speeches, palace chiefs then took charge of the traditional rites which reached its zenith with placing leaves on the chiefs, wearing them special headgear, presenting them with certificates and prayers. After this elaborate ceremony, guests were entertained and pampered at a lavish reception at nearby The Monarch Event Centre, where Evangelist Ebenezer Obey and Kcee thrilled till late into the night.
The Ooni of Ife, HRM Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi , Ojaja II addressing the celebrants
During the chieftaincy rites
Nnamenyi III of Awkuzu, Anambra State HRM Igwe & Lolo Charles Anikweze
Aare and Yeye Atunluse of Ikate-Elegushi Kingdom, Chief (Dr.) Chiedu & Chief (Mrs.) Chinelo Nweke
Presentation of certificates to Aare Atunluse & Yeye Aare Atunluse by HRM Oba Saheed Elegush
Aare Atunluse & Yeye Aare Atunluse, Igwe & Lolo Anikweze with red cap chiefs
Oba Saheed Elegushi, Aare (Dr.) Chiedu & Yeye Aare Chinelo Nweke,Ooni of Ife, HIM Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi & HRM Oba Kayode Afolabi
Chief (Mrs.) Chinelo Nweke , CEO Chisco Group, Chidi Anyaegbu, Chief (Dr.) Chiedu Nweke & Mrs Ethel Asogwa
Chief (Dr.) Chiedu Nweke & Chief Akim Bolarinwa
Mr. Hakeem Muri Okunola & Chief (Dr.) Chiedu Nweke
Chief (Dr.) Chiedu Nweke with guests
Chief (Dr.) Chiedu Nweke with guests
Aare (Dr.) Chiedu Nweke with guests
R-L: Mr Fidelis Anosike, Aare (Dr.) Chiedu Nweke & friend
Aare and Yeye Atunluse of Ikate Kingdom, Chief (Dr.) Chiedu & Chief (Mrs.) Chinelo Nweke
Eniola Bello (left)
The glamorous Yeye Aare Atunluse, Chief (Mrs) Chinelo Nweke
Evangelist Ebenezer Obey thrilling Aare & Yeye Aare Atunluse of IkateElegushi Kingdom
The AKinsinku of Lagos, Chief Adebola Dosunmu & Chief (Dr.) Chiedu Nweke
KCEE & Chief( Dr. )Chiedu Nweke
AKIM BOLARINWA AND WIFE, CHIEF (MRS) FOLUSAYO
BECAME AARE BOBAJIRO AND YEYE AARE BOBAJIRO OF IKATE-ELEGUSHI KINGDOM 86
Story: Michael Effiong Photoshoot: Family Album Photo: Ken Ehimen
here is nothing that gives one a sense of pride, joy and satisfaction than being celebrated or chosen for honour for touching lives, doing good and impacting society. This was the kind of happiness that was felt by easy-going and hardworking businessman, Chief Akim Bolarinwa when he and his beautiful wife, Chief (Mrs) Folusayo Bolarinwa were honoured as Aare Bobajiro and Yeye Aare Bobajiro by HRM Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Kusenla III, Elegushi of Ikate Elegushi Kingdom. Chief Akim Bolarinwa, a thorough bred professional in Information Technology (IT) is an astute businessman and entrepreneur par excellence.
To the glory of God, Akim Bolarinwa has led and been a director of different companies with roles such as; Chairman/CEO of Totimas Integrated Service Limited, Director, Medsolutions Ltd, Director, Gasahak, Member of Board of Directors, Royal Apex Building and Construction, Director, A Plus Appliances (Miele Limited), CEO, Akilex Agro Limited. He is also into real estate and currently promoting 200-hectare Imperial City in the heart of Lagos Island.
He is an alumnus of the University of Benin. He graduated in Computer Science and Mathematics. He was the best graduating student in his set. He obtained his MBA in 2003 and is also a MSc holder in Computer Science. His career development in Information Technology started at Olaiya Computers Nigeria Limited as End User Support Engineer between 1998 and 1999 from where he joined Magnum Trust Bank (now part of Sterling Bank) as Data Centre Supervisor, responsible for supporting and managing infrastructure availability of all key banking applications. He also worked with Liberty Bank between 2003 and 2004 as the Head of New Projects and Application Support responsible for management and support of all banking applications- both inhouse and via third parties. Chief Akim joined the telecoms industry (Airtel Ghana) in 2010 working with IBM Ghana Country Service Manager. In July 2010, Bharti Airtel acquired Zain's pan-Africa business for over $10Bn. Airtel, in turn, outsourced all of its African IT operations to IBM in a ten year contract, effective 1 Jan 2011, including the transfer of all Zain/Airtel IT staff to IBM. Upon transitioning to IBM, he was relocated to Accra as the Country Service Manager, responsible for IBM's IT operational service delivery to Airtel Ghana. In this role, he led a team of 20 people supporting a suite of Telco business applications to Airtel's 3
million customers. During his 12month tenure, he reduced the number of major operational incidents by over 70%, via a combination of stronger change management control and tactical Service Improvement Projects. He resigned from IBM as an Executive Director of Africa Project in 2014. To the glory of God, Akim Bolarinwa has led and been a director of different companies with roles such as; Chairman/CEO of Totimas Integrated Service Limited, Director, Medsolutions Ltd, Director, Gasahak, Member of Board of Directors, Royal Apex Building and Construction, Director, A Plus Appliances (Miele Limited), CEO, Akilex Agro Limited. He is also into real estate and currently promoting 200hectare Imperial City in the heart of Lagos Island. Akim Bolarinwa is a focused, God-fearing entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is an extrovert who loves being with people to encourage, promote and assist them achieve their dreams. He is a community leader and is currently promoting the floating of a foundation specializing in the aged, orphans and the widows. Akim Bolarinwa is happily married to Folusayo Akim Bolarinwa and blessed with two children, a boy and a girl.
Chief Akim Bolarinwa a thorough bred, God-fearing professional in Information Technology (IT), is an astute businessman and entrepreneur par excellence.
Chiefs of Ikate-Elegushi Kingdom
Owolabi Abdul & Olukayode Olusanya, CEO Oak Holdings
Yeye Aare Atunluse Chinelo Nweke & Yeye Aare Bobajiro Folusayo Bolarinwa
Aare Bobajiro, Chief Akim Bolarinwa, his sweet mother, Alhaja Habeebat Bolarinwa and beautiful wife, Yeye Aare Bobajiro, Chief (Mrs) Folusayo Bolarinwa
HRM Oba Saheed Elegushi and entourage arriving the ceremony
n appreciation of their support and contribution to the development of IkateElegushi Kingdom, Oba Saheed Elegushi as part of activities marking his 12th Anniversary on the throne decided to confer chieftaincy titles on some eminent personalities, and Chief Akim Bolarinwa and his wife, Chief (Mrs) Folusayo Bolarinwa were among the recipients. On that auspicious day, the
ever bubbly Chief Akim was in the palace bright and early accompanied by his wife, close family members and friends. He was quite upbeat and this showed in his gait and steps as he danced into the expansive palace, rocking to the traditional drums and festivity that had enveloped the royal grounds. The atmosphere was indeed fun-filled as he was invited for the formal traditional rites by
HRM Oba Saheed Elegushi and his friend, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi. The ceremony began with one of the chiefs explaining to all present the significance of the titles Aare Bobajiro and Yeye Aare Bobojiro which were going to be conferred on the entrepreneur par excellence and his beautiful wife. We were told that Aare Bobajiro will become
Aare Bobajiro & Yeye Aare Bobajiro with other chief of Ikate-Elegushi Kingdom
The new Chief, Owolabi Abdul with chiefs
Aare Bobajiro & Yeye Aare Bobajiro displaying their certificates
The new Chief, Owolabi Abdul with chiefs
a member of the king's Think Tank, he will be involved in policy formulation and execution and contribute to other areas that will uplift the kingdom and its people. Chief Akim’s conferment and investiture were performed by Oba Elegushi who acknowledge the
tremendous support Ikate land had received from Chief Akim, noting that the Chieftaincy was in appreciation of this effort thus far and also a call for more. As it is the tradition, some leaves were placed on their heads after a session of prayers, then they were adorned with special headgears
which had their traditional tiles emblazoned on it before they were formally presented with certificates. The momentous occasion was rounded off with a superlative part at the Monarch event Centre which was attended by the cream of Nigerian society.
R-l: Michael Biodun Ponnle, Yeye Aare Folusayo, Aare Bobajro & friend
Aare Bobajiro & Yeye Aare Bobajiro at the reception
DOUBLE CELEBRATION FOR CONSTRUCTION MOGUL,
LEKAN-OSIFESO AS HE BEOMES MADASA AND OLOTU-OLUWA
Story: Michael Effiong Photo: Ken Ehimen
t was an afternoon that showcased the rich culture of Yorubaland as affable businessman and Chairman Retro Group of companies, Otunba Lekan Osifeso bagged two important titles of Madasa and Olotu Olowa of Ijebuland. Though it was a week day, guests and friends from all walks of lives flocked into Ijebu-Ode that day, a clear indication of the clout and connection of the title recipient and the respect that many have for Kabiyesi HRM Oba Kayode Sikiru Adetona, the Awujale of Ijebuland. The atmosphere was enveloped in festivity and everywhere was carnival like when Otunba Osifeso, his wives, children and entourage arrived the expansive palace grounds located in the very heart of IjebuOde, Ogun State, South West Nigeria.
Heralded by drummers and dancers, he made his way into the palace and paid homage by prostrating for the revered king who was already on his throne with other monarchs and a few guests. The ceremony began in earnest with one of the palace chiefs showering encomiums on Otunba Lekan-Osifeso. He was described as a passionate son of the soil who has contributed to the development of Ijebuland over the years. The amiable and sociable Otunba LekanOsifeso was described as a consummate businessman and philanthropist who will use his
experience and expertise for the good of the community and the state. Speaking about the recipient, Oba Adetona said he was a son in whom he is well pleased. Not long after, the traditional ceremonies were carried and it reached its zenith when the new Chief was capped, beaded and the conferment was done amidst cheers. Then, the double chief was sent home with a bucket full of prayers. The monarchs present blessed him, his family and business. This over, a breakdown of the significance of this title was explained to all present. Later, in a beautifully-decorated marquee
mounted on the palace extension, Otunba LekanOsifeso hosted a classy and colourful reception that was attended by celebrated Nigerians including Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Deputy Governor Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Ogun State First Lady, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun amd many others. There was so much to eat and drink while entertainment was provided by Fuji Maestro, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal 1. An elated Chief Lekan Osifeso told Ovation International that it was a great day for him and his family. According to him, Olotu Olowa and Madasa
Otunba Oluwaranti Lekan-Osifeso,family and entourage arriving the ceremony
The double chief, Otunba Lekan-Osifeso
Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, Awujale of Ijebuland
Double Chief paying homage to the Awujale & other monarchs
Celebrant's wife, Chief (Mrs.) Aishat Lekan-Osifeso & daugther
Celebrant's wife, Erelu Tola Lekan-Osifeso & a monarch
Otunba Alex Onabanjo (right)
HRM Oba S.K. Adetona & Olori Kemi Adetona
Sons of double Chief Lekan-Osifeso
Adewale Babatunde Ajayi, Akarigbo of Remoland (right)
are first-rate titles in Ijebuland. He explained that he is now among the Ilamuren Class of Chiefs, which means he is not only a high chief but one of the kingmakers of Ijebuland. “These two titles Olotu Olowa and Madasa were held at separate times by my late dad. My father was Madasa from 1985 to 1995 when he was promoted to Olotu Olowa in 1995 by this same Awujale, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona. “Basically, Olotu Olowa and other Ilamuren Chiefs are senior advisers to the Awujale. All our functions will be directed by the Awujale. We will be representing him and taking up different tasks
too. I am now part of the administration of Awujale. I am an equivalent of a senior minister. “As Olotu Olowa, I am duty bound now to increase my contribution to my community. I am not a politician so I do not make noise about the things I have been doing over the years in Ijebuland, the scholarships, the empowerment programmes etc will be increased. “Like I have always said, I am an undiluted Ijebu son, and I believe in the cause of Ijebuland. I advocate Ijebu openly anywhere I am in the world. Otunba Lekan-Osifeso said he was glad the
day went exceedingly well. “ Baba Oba S.K Adetona, the Awujale was there to do the conferment and my friends were there. I want to say a big thank you to Governor Babajide SanwoOlu out of his his very tight schedule, he made out time to be with us. Also, Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, my close friend, was there and so many of others too. “God took control, the Obas and Chiefs in Ijebuland were all there despite the fact that it was a working day, they all came to honour me, I really appreciate them and May God bless them all".
Double Chief Lekan Osifeso with Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu & Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat
Double Chief Lekan-Osifeso flanked by Olori Kemi & Oba S.K. Adetona
Olori Kemi Adetona with Double Chief Lekan-Osifeso
Double Chief Lekan Osifeso & wives: Chief (Mrs) Aishat and Erelu Tola with children
Double Chief Lekan-Osifeso with Akarigbo of Remoland & other traditional rulers
Chief Lekan-Osifeso & family with Hon. Shina Pellar
Double Chief Osifeso with Lagos State Chief Of Staff, Mr Tayo Ayinde &wife, Princess Adedoyin Ojora-Ayinde
Chief (Mrs.) Aishat Lekan Osifeso with business associates of the celebrant
Double Chief Lekan-Osifeso & Sons with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu & Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat
Double Chief with wives & friends
Olori Kemi Adetona (left) & First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun
Yinka Oropo, Chief Lekan Osifeso & friend
Chief Lekan Osifeso with Adesola Adebayo & friends
Alhaji Bashy Kuti, Chief Lekan-Osifeso & Chief Ola Kukoyi (far right)
Fela Amosu & wife, Sade
Oba Lateef Adams & Olori
Senator Gbenga Obadara, Olorogun Oskar Ibru, KWAM 1& friend
Double Chief Lekan-Osifeso with Hon. Shina Pellar & Chief Akinsiku Dosunmu
Chief (Mrs ) Aishat Lekan-Osifeso, children & friends
Chief (Mrs) Aishat Lekan-Osifeso with friends
Idris Aregbe & friends with Chief (Mrs.) Aishat Lekan-Osifeso
Chief Funlola Okunowo, Double Chief & wife, Erelu Tola Lekan-Osifeso
Double Chief with wife, Chief (Mrs.) Aishat Lekan-Osifeso
Double Chief, Jimi Aina & friend
Chief (Mrs) Kofoworola Adebutu, Erelu Tola Lekan-Osifeso, Double Chief & guests
Mrs Joke Sogunro (right) & friend
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BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION CELEBRATES QUEEN
96TH BIRTHDAY AND PLATINUM JUBILEE IN LAGOS AND ABUJA Photo: Boma Amieyeofori Photo: Adekoya Adegbite
British Deputy High Commissioner, Ben Llewellyn-Jones & wife, Laura
HE (Mrs) Toyin Saraki
AT THE LAGOS EVENT
R-L- Bimbo Okoya, Chief Rasak Okoya, Chief (mrs.) Shade Okoya, British Deputy High Commissioner, Ben Llewellyn-Jones & wife, Laura
British High Commission's Wale Adebajo,British Deputy High Commissioner, Ben Llelleyn-Jones & Opeyemi Oretuyi
n celebration of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s 96th Birthday and in honour of Her Platinum Jubilee, the British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Ben Llewellyn-Jones and British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Catriona Laing CB, joined the Royal Family, to host the Queen’s Birthday Parties (QBP) in Lagos and Abuja respectively. The Queen’s birthday parties in both cities were celebrated in grand style with many political and diplomatic dignitaries, government officials, British business groups, celebrities, and friends of the High Commission in attendance. In Lagos, celebrity musician D’banj, Goya Menor and ARB Music Band thrilled guests with special performances, and other musical recitals that portrayed Nigeria’s rich culture.
Darey Art-Alade, Rema & Deola Art-Alade
Tilewa Adebajo, Eku Edewor & Simone Ijoya
Delivering her remarks at the Queen’s Birthday Party in Abuja, British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing CB said: “I am excited to welcome you to celebrate the Birthday of a remarkable person, Her Majesty The Queen, who is 96 this year. Her Majesty has become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. Her extraordinary reign has seen her travel more widely than any other monarch, undertaking over 260 official visits overseas, including nearly 100 state visits. “Throughout her years of tremendous change in international affairs, The Queen has been a source of continuity and stability. With her power to transcend politics and geography, she has touched
the lives of millions of people in the UK, Nigeria and beyond. The Queen’s Birthday Party is an opportunity for us to thank you for the work we have done together and to look forward to strengthening and deepening our partnerships further as we work for the benefit of both of our countries. “We are indeed grateful to all our sponsors – Standard Chartered, Savannah Energy, Pernod Ricard, Coscharis Group, Azura Energy, British Airways, Diageo, Moët & Chandon, Pepsi and Unilever; whose generous contributions have enabled us celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.” The lively evenings were not only fun-filled but provided opportunities for networking.
Leticia & Ramsey Nouah
Mrs Folashade Jaji, Secretary of Lagos State Government
Peter Kalu & wife
Boma Amieyeofori with Ife Aduloju
Joseph Yobo & wife
Wale Adebajo & Idia Aisien
Chim Chalemera, Bimbo Okoya, Ade Bakare & Nakling Danfulani
Jay Jay Okocha, Laycon & Alibaba
Goya Menor, Ben and Laura Llewellyn-Jones, Chim Chalemera
THE ABUJA CEREMONY
British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing CB, Former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Former Vice President, Namadi Sambo
British High Commissioner, Catriona Liang, CB (middle) with Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika
Prince Isa Ado Bayero, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing CB, Emir of Kano & Sen. Abdullahi Adamu
British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing CB with People Living with Disabilities
Samira Bello, Kenneth Okonkwo & Precious Ebere
Staff of the British High Comission
Monalisa Chinda & Bimbo Manuel
Special Jubilee Cake
Gill Atkinson and staff of British High Commission
Dean Hurlock & Amaka Eze
Colonel Neil Wright, Catriona Laing CB, Ned Nwoko & wife, Regina Daniel
Staff of British High Commission
Morayo Adekunle, Catriona Laing CB, Ndidi Ejekan, & Chim Chalemera
Dame Paullen Tallen (left)
619 CREW WINS AS
GLO BATTLE OF THE YEAR COMPETITION ENDS IN STYLE Story: Michael Effiong Photo: Adekoya Adegbite
BBOY Group Crew
Globacom's Head, Public Relations, Mr. Anthony Onwordi making a presentation to Israel Monday, Afro Dance Category winner
hree months after never-before-seen pulsating dance routines and unlimited entertainment, Nigeria's biggest Reality Dance Show, Glo Battle Of The Year ended with a bang in Lagos. Held at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, the event watched by thousands online and hundreds in the audience including
Micheal Olanrewaju (Locking First place)
Akhigbe Richard ( Popping)
Nigerian music and movie celebrities was indeed a fun-filled night to remember. The pre-live segment began first, featuring the Breakdance Crew competition: 619 crew and Space Unlimited alongside Delta All Stars, Port Harcourt Power Crew, Eleven All Stars all emerged semifinalists with a chance to showcase their exceptional talent and battle for the top
prize. Teni Makanaki was the first act of the night. The top singer thrilled the live audience with a medley of her hit songs and then she was joined by the velvety-voiced Simi, together, they delivered a joint performance that was cheered with so much glee.
Gifty Ephraim (Krump Second place)
Odoh Emmanuel ( Locking Second place)
Mr Seyi Orolugbagbe & Aare Dele Momodu
L-r: Mary Akpobome
Emeka Ossai & wife, Jumai with friends
That was not all, top Nigerian comedians Gordons and Basketmouth as well as highly-rated Ugandan comedian, Salvador, ‘cracked the ribs’ of the audience with their performances too. At the end of what turned out to be a wondrous night of music, dance and comedy,the judging panel that included: Menno from the Netherlands, BGirl Manuela from Germany and BBoy Poxxy from Cameroun, BBoy, Gidnasty, Locking Si’on and Izzy Odigie from Nigeria/USA,-Nigerian based JC Jedor, Poco Lee, Pinkie Debby, Frank Okwara, Big Flow,
MaxBuck and Dunamis from Nigeria who had held sway in the 13 weeks that the show lasted, concluded that out of the 1,524 entries received nationwide including the finalists, the winner was 619 crew! The Crew smiled home with a cash prize of N9million and a Toyota Hiace bus valued at over N25million. Other winners on the night were: Afro Dance segment winner was Israel Monday who wonN1.5million while Angela Anthony came second with a prize of N750,000. In the same vein, the Popping category had Isibo David Odigie emerging winner and got the
sum of N1.5million while Akhigbe Richard came second and got N750,000. The Locking category was clinched by Michael Olanrewaju who won N1.5m while Odoh Emmanuel, the second got N750,000 as prize money. In the Krump category, Charles Ekwem came tops. He won N1.5m while Gifty Ephraim who came second smiled home with N750,000. The event which premiered on GloTv, delivered big time in terms of first-rate entertainment and exhilarating fun. The night was appropriately rounded off with a world-class performance by Davido!
Wale Ojo with Damilola Adegbite
Toyin Abraham-Ajeyemi & husband, Kolawole Ajeyemi
BBOY Group Crew Second Place
Top Nigerian Comedian, Gordons
Top Nigerian Comedian, Basketmouth
FORMER SECRETARY TO LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
PRINCESS ADENRELE ADENIRANOGUNSANYA GOES HOME IN A BLAZE OF GLORY Story: Udeme Akpan Photo: Adekoya Adegbite
ormer Secretary to Lagos State Government, Princess Adenrele Oyebola AdeniranOgunsanya was given a most regal and befitting farewell that would be etched on many hearts for years to come. The lady, who despite her fine taste, great pedigree and station in life was described by many as warm, accommodating and a friend indeed began her journey to be with the Lord when family through a letter appointed OVATION International as the Official Magazine and platform for the ceremony and allowed condolence visits to Fiwagboye Court, the Adeniran-Ogunsanya family House in Ikorodu, Lagos State. As a dye in-the-wool grassroots politician and activist, who was fondly called the beautiful princess, it was no surprise that funeral rites kicked off with a special Night of Tributes by a group called, Lagos4Lagos. The group who referred to the deceased as its Matron and strong backer ensured that the event held at the Fiwagboye Court was not only classy but wellattended. In his Speech, Mr Jide Adediran, Lead Visioner of Lagos4Lagos, revealed that the late Princess Adeniran-Ogunsanya was so close to him that she was called “Mama Jandor”. He noted that she would be greatly missed for her sterling qualities of standing firm no matter whose ox is gored and mixing freely with the masses.
Ademilola, Gbenga Olunloyo, Yomi Badejo-Okunsanya, Aare Dele Momodu, Joke & Adefola Adeniji
Mr Segun Fatoye, Aare Dele Momodu & Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi
Chief James Ibori, Former Governor of Delta State
Former Deputy Govenors of Lagos State, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire & Mrs Serah Adebisi Sosan
Yemisi & Ayo Subair
Mrs. Folashade Jaji, Secretary to the Lagos State Government
Mr. Supo Shashore
Mrs. Bimbo Oworu
Adeniran Adeniji Jr.
Mr. Tunde Bank-Anthony
Pastor Ituah Ighodalo
Mrs. Aramide Gbadamosi
(L-R) Bimpe Ogunsanya, Mr. Femi Yerokun & Mrs. Bisi Yerokun
Joy Oguntolu (Center) with guests
(L-R) Ayo Ogunsanya & Bidemi Moses
Mrs Nike Jones (middle) with guests
(L-R) Mr. Tunde Adeniji with Mrs. Dupe Adeniji
Sogo Osikoya & Family
(L-R) Tolani Ogunsanya & Ademilola Ogunsanya
Mr Segun Fatoye & Aare Dele Momodu
Major Tunde Panox
Adeyoye Aduwo & Sinmi Aduwo
This was the same sentiments expressed by Seun Soyinka, Lagos4Lagos Director of Communications and Strategy who described Princess Adeniran-Ogunsanya as a fearless person despite her meekness. "She stood by us. Such was her strong belief that she was always ready to spare her time and resources at any time for the movement. She gave us a lot of gas. I just want to assure her family that we will get to the promise land and we will never forget her". Assistant Organizing Secretary, Shakiru Onilude also eulogized the adorable lady he described as a source of inspiration. "Mama was a brave warrior who stood like a rock of Gibraltar during Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola’s temure as Governor of Lagos.. She was the only one that identified with us openly. She took after her Dad in terms of bravery and this gave us a lot of confidence. That was one of the few who stood against the party’s will during the
Odofin Adewunmi Ogunsanya
Adeniran Ogunsanya III & Tolu Akanimodo
battle for Fashola’s successor at great personal risk and comfort.” In his homily, former state house chaplain, Bishop Funsho Awe eulogised the late politician describing her as a great fighter who stood for the liberation and emancipation of Lagos. He therefore urged those she left behind to emulate her attributes and ideals. Days later, Lagos high society gathered at the popular Habour Point Event Centre , Victoria Island, Lagos for a Service of Songs officiated by members of the Trinity Church. It was a very smooth service as the Ministers comforted friends and family who had gathered, noting that the departed lived a good life and has gone to be with the Lord. The next day, there was a burial service at the Trinity Church which had Pastor Ituah Ighodalo as the Minister. Again, it was a seamless service that touched all those who came to honour the lovely Princess.
Mr. Supo Shashore
It was when her remains arrived her homestead in Ikorodu Town that her impact really showed as the whole town was agog to give her a most befitting farewell. There was a sea of heads all over the compound as she was later lowered to mother earth amidst tears. The late Princess Adenrele AdeniranOgunsanya hails from a prominent family from the Ikorodu area of Lagos State. She was born in Manchester, the United Kingdom on January 18, 1948 Her father, Chief Suberu Adeniran-Ogunsanya was a Nigerian lawyer and politician, who was a close associate of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, during the First and Second Republics. He also served as the Lagos State Commissioner for Justice and Education in the second republic. Adenrele Adeniran-Ogunsanya studied at the Anglican School Girls Seminary, Broad Street. She later went to Our Lady of Apostle, Yaba,
Dr. Adeniran Adeniji
General Ike Nwachukwu (retd)
Adeyoye Aduwo, Sinmi Aduwo, Mrs. Ope Ogunsanya, Otunba Adeniran Ogunsanya II, Tolu Akanimodo & Adeniran Ogunsanya III
Adeniran Adeniji Jr. with Mrs. Folashade Jaji, Secretary to the Lagos State Government (2nd from Left)
(L-R) Yemi Aworetan, Yinka Aworetan, Aduke Gomez, Guest, Adeniran Adeniji Jr. & Kole Faleye
(L-R) Dami Shote-George, Doyin Shote-George, Adeniyi Adeniji, Zainab BoaAmponsem & Temi Shote-George
Sogo Osikoya, Ademilola Ogunsanya & Demola Amure with guests
Adeniran Adeniji Jr., Tunde Bank-Anthony & Adefola Adeniji
Ademilola Ogunsanya (2nd from Right) & guests
Sogo Osikoya with guests
Jide Adediran (Jandor) with guests
Tejumade Daranijo, Folake Soyannwo, Adeniyi Adeniji & Toyin Adekoya
SERVICE OF SONGS BY LAGOS4LAGOS
(L-R) Joke Adeniji, Adefola Adeniji, Adeniyi Adeniji & Adeniran Adeniji Jr.
(L-R) Bukola Williams, Seun Soyinka, Otunba Adeniran Ogunsanya II, Bashorun Dele Momodu & Jandor
(L-R) Adefola Adeniji, Adeniran Adeniji Jr., Ayo Adeniran-Ogunsanya, Bashorun Dele Momodu, Bidemi Moses & Adeniyi Adeniji
(L-R) Mrs. Nike Jones & Guest
Mrs. Bisi Yerokun, Mrs. Bimpe Odunsi & Bukola Williams
Bukola Williams, Adeniran Adeniji Jr., Mrs. Bimpe Odunsi, Tolani Ogunsanya & Ademilola Ogunsanya
Mrs. Nike Jones
Odofin Adewunmi Ogunsanya, Otunba Adeniran Ogunsanya II & Mrs. Bisi Yerokun
Joke Adeniji, Adefola Adeniji, Jandor & Adeniran Adeniji Jr.
(L-R) Mama Tawa, Mrs. Nike Jones, Mrs. Bimpe Odunsi, Bashorun Dele Momodu, Mrs. Bisi Yerokun & Guests
(Center L-R) Jandor & Seun Soyinka
Bashorun Dele Momodu, guest & Otunba Adeniran Ogunsanya II
Otunba Adeniran Ogunsanya II, Bashorun Dele Momodu & Mrs. Bisi Yerokun
Lagos where she completed her secondary school education. She later went to Sorbonne University, Paris, France where she studied French Civilisation. She also bagged a diploma in International and Industrial Law at the University of Lagos. She started her career as a Development Assistant at Shell Petroleum Development Company, and later went to become a Media Relations Assistant at the same firm (which later became ConOil) before venturing into private practice. Adenrele Adeniran-Ogunsanya joined partisan politics in the Second Republic, when she was the auditor for the Social Progress Party, and a coordinator for political pressure groups; the Lagos State Women Opinion Leaders Forum, and the Torch Bearers group. She was constituency chairperson for the United Nigeria Congress Party, Eti-Osa. She also
held the same position later when she joined the All Peoples Party. Adeniran-Ogunsanya was later picked as the running mate to Chief Dapo Sarumi of the Peoples Democratic Party ticket, in 1999, but stepped down for Buraimoh Adeniji Adele. She moved to the Action Congress which later morphed into the Action Congress of Nigeria, after the death of Chief Funsho Williams in 2006. In 2002 Adeniran-Ogunsanya became a member of the Board of the National Broadcasting Corporation, and between 2007 to 2011, she was the Secretary to the Lagos State Government, during Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola’s administration. Adeniran-Ogunsanya was married to a dental surgeon, Adeniyan Adeniji, and they had four children. However, she is survived by only three of the children.
Gbenga Olunloyo, Yomi Badejo-Okusanya & Bashorun Dele Momodu
Pastor Ituah Ighodalo
Adefola Adeniji, Adeniyi Adeniji, Dr. Adeniran Adeniji & Adeniran Adeniji Jr.
Dr. Adeniran Adeniji
Chief Olabode George
Pastor Ituah Ighodalo
Adeniran Adeniji Jr.
(L-R) Guest, Tolu Akanimodo, Mrs. Sinmi Adesanya, Adeyoye Aduwo, Sinmi Aduwo, Bukola Williams, Adeniran Ogunsanya III & Otunba Adeniran Ogunsanya II
(L-R) Honorable Bukky, guest, Adeniran Adeniji Jr & Adefola Adeniji
Mrs. Bisi Yerokun & Mr. Femi Yerokun
(Back L-R) Adefola Adeniji, Adeniran Adeniji Jr., Joke Adeniji, (Front L-R) Tife Adeniji, Tishe Adeniji & Feranmi Adeniji
(L-R) Leke Ogunsanya, Adefola Adeniji, Mr. Goke Adeniji, Adeniyi Adeniji, Dr. Adeniran Adeniji, Mrs. Bisi Yerokun, Adeniran Adeniji Jr & Mrs. Yinka Adeniji
Gen. Ike Nwachukwu (Retd) & Jide Adediran
Mrs. Sola Oworu & Mr. Fola Oworu
Seun Soyinka (in White), Jandor, Adeniran Adeniji Jr., Otunba Adeniran Ogunsanya II, Mrs. Bisi Yerokun & Mr. Femi Yerokun
Minister Jolomi Guoti (Center)
Dean Dede, Niyi Ajayi, Mfon Ntukidem, Kunle Adeniji, Femi Adeniji, Adeniran Adeniji Jr. & Akaolisa Ekwueme
Hon. Jimi Benson, & Adeniran Adeniji Jr.
Senator Adetokunbo Abiru, Adeniran Adeniji Jr., Hon. Jimi Benson & Adefola Adeniji
Adeniran Adeniji Jr., Dean Dede & Akaolisa Ekwueme
(L-R) Guest, Emeka Ugwu-Oju, Odofin Adewunmi Ogunsanya, Mrs. Ope Ogunsanya & Adeniran Ogunsanya II
Yemi Adebiyi (Center) with guests
Femi Omoboye, Sogo Osikoya, Gbenga Olunloyo with guests
(L-R) Ayokunle Faseke, Mrs. Ope Ogunsanya & Guest
Femi Omoboye (Rear), Temitope Adesegun (Right) with guests
Otunba Adeniran Ogunsanya II, Bukola Williams, Tokunbo King & Guest
Joke Adeniji & Titilola Adeyemo
(L-R) Ademilola Ogunsanya, Dewunmi Ogunsanya, Tolani Ogunsanya & guest
(2nd L-R) Aderanti Olowu, Joke Adeniji, Adefola Adeniji, Titilola Adeyemo, Dayo Obagbenro & Tunrayo Latona
MADUKA THE GRAND FUNERAL OF
IN LAGOS AND NNEWI Photo: Adekoya Adegbite
hen you have a lived a life worthy of emulation, when you have lived a life of impact and lived all your life in the vineyard of the Lord, there is no shadow of doubt that you will be forever in the hearts of your family, friends and associates because they know full well that you will be resting in the bosom of the Lord. Though her passing elicited grief from her loved ones especially her friend and widow, Mr. Cosmas Maduka, they were comforted by the sweet memories of her energetic and impactful life. This was the case with Vice President of Coscharis Group, Mrs. Charity Nchedo Maduka (nee Ikedife) when she was given a most befitting burial with ceremonies in Lagos and Anambra States. Her funeral began in Lagos with a Night of Tributes at the Queen’s Park Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. As expect for such a woman who had so much clout and connection and related to people of all classes, the venue was filled to
the brim. Rev. Elijah Adeyemi declared the programme open with prayers after which daughter in-law of the deceased, Mrs Temitope Maduka came to take the first Bible reading from 2 Cor. 5: 3-5. During the ceremony, speaker after speaker who had the opportunity to mount the podium to say a few words described her variously as very humble, generous, amiable, honest, hardworking and a virtuous woman who was a quintessential Christian. The service which had segments for songs, hymns and prayers was well-organised and then it was soon time for tributes. Mrs. Ayo Akintade, her friend of 35 years was first to speak. She described the late Mrs Maduka as courageous, a rare gem and true Christian who never backed out in the service of God, even when she had health challenges. “She was an example of what a true Christian should be”
Hajia Bola Shagaya
Chief(Mrs) Stella Okolie & Mr Cosmas Maduka
Chief Chidi Anyaegbu, Mrs Catherine Uju Ifejika & guest
Mr Abiona Babarinde & Michael Effiong, Editor, Ovation International
Mr Joe Igbokwe (left)
FAREWELL SERVICE AT LOCAL CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY, EBUTE METTA, LAGOS
Aare Dele Momodu & Mr Cosmas Maduka with grandson
Dr. Charles Mgbe, a family friend said the departed was a stabilising factor. She was glue that held the Cosmas Maduka family together and the woman behind the throne.” In his tribute, the late Mrs. Maduka’s brother, Kenneth Ikedife, recalled that her 63 year-old sister surrendered her life very early to God – accordingly to him, at a time it was almost a taboo to be born-again. Ikedife got an OVATION when he informed the guests that his sister’s devotion to God met a match in another firebrand Christian, Dr. Cosmas Maduka, adding that “at a point, their pace as
Mr Cosmas Maduka with Nona Adimna & Mrs Nkiru Anumudu
husband and wife was too much for me to follow”. He disclosed that many beneficiaries of late Mrs. Madukas generosity, including those whose house rent and children’s school fees she paid religiously, have been calling him and crying profusely.” I end up being the one consoling them, rather than them consoling me”.Fred Amobi, who apart from being the Executive Director, Operations, Coscharis Group, has been close to the Madukas, said the departed was a virtuous and capable wife who was more precious than rubies. Also, Reverend Alfred Davidson from Tema
in Ghana, who gave a word of exhortation, said she became alive unto the new death. She was spiritually alive. An exemplary woman every other woman should emulate. Her loving husband described his late wife as a loving woman, who showed boundless love, strength and care without discrimination. “From the beginning of our journey, God faithfully led us for 43 years of love in intimate relationship until November 27, 2021 when you peacefully went to sleep in the Lord” “This date has become like 9/11 in my life, as I was obviously under heavy attack, because that is precisely what your sudden departure means to
SERVICE OF SONGS, NNEWI, ANAMBRA, STATE
me. “The love we shared, however, gave birth to the institution that is today known as the Coscharis Group, and most importantly, the loving gift of five wonderful children, although we had to wait for six years before Cosmas junior was born. In his vote of thanks, Cosmas Maduka Jnr. Her eldest child said the death of his mother is a huge loss for the family and prayed that God comfort the family at this moment. According to him “Mum was a remarkable woman; a God-fearing woman. She was a virtuous woman that personified integrity, hard work, and a charitable heart. Her dedication to her family is something I strive to emulate and
provide for my family every single day”. Relevant biblical passages were read by the daughter and daughters-in-law of the deceased, including Romans 38, verses 35-39, by Charity Maduka, her daughter. Present at the Night of Tributes very important guests, including former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi and Chisco Group Chairman, Dr. Chidi Anyaegbu, among many others. The next day there was a farewell service at the Local Christian Assembly, Ebute Metta, Lagos. Here, members of the church where she gave herself and resources for years had an opportunity to pay their last respects. OVATION Chairman, Aare Dele Momodu was one of those who joined the congregation in showering encomiums on the departed.
From Lagos, the funeral train moved to the expansive Maduka Residence in Umudim Nnewi , Anambra State where a large marquee had been mounted on a well-manicured field for a Service of Songs. The service, like the other events were well attended. The atmosphere was somber all through the evening. The final day that her remains were seen on mother earth began with a lying in-state at the residence before the funeral service. The day was a reality check for the Maduka’s that their matriarch was really gone. The service went on smoothly and she was later committed to earth amidst tears from her closest and dearest.
Governor Willy Obiano paying glowing tribute to Mrs Charity Maduka
Mr Peter Obi with Mr Abiona Babarinde
AT THE FIRST MEMORIAL THANKSGIVING CEREMONY FOR
Magistrate Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo
IN LAGOS Photo: Ken Ehimen
t was a solemn affair when Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu invited family and friends to the first year memorial thanksgiving of Princess Rosemary Obiageli Dacosta-Adebutu in Lagos The mother, grandmother and wife of billionaire businessman Sir Kessington Adebutu was remembered in an extra special way at the occasion which saw her dearest daughter, Magistrate Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo on her feet all through the occasion to ensure that everything went on smoothly. Proceedings began at the Church of Assumption, Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos with a mass that was well-attended. In the course of the service, there was a prayer session for the repose of the soul of the departed and also for the family she left behind. Princess Rosemary Adebutu who was born on May 8, 1958 in Jos, Plateau State to the family of
Prince Chike Nwaokola and Veronica Nwaokolo of Umuodafe, Idumobi, Ibusa, Deltat State lived a very fulfilling and spent her last days in the in the vineyard of the Lord and this acknowledged during the tribute session in the course of the service. She was described as fearless, industrious and a go-getter par excellence. Later that evening, there was a reception at Habour Point where guests were pampered like royals. Those who attended included: Oba Francis Olusola Alao, Oba Olufolarin Ogunsanwo,Mrs. Bola Obasanjo, Rev. Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Dame Abimbola Fashola, Olori Ladun Sijuwade, Olori Labisi Tejuoso,Olori Omolara Tejuoso, Olori Yetunde Tejuoso, Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, Mr. & Mrs. Doyin Ayinde, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Aare Kola Oyefeso, Princess Abimbola Ogunwusi and Olumide Aderinokun.
Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo and Honorable (Dr.) Oladipupo Adebutu
Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu, Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo, Mrs Yinka Oluyemi & guest
Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo and Olori Ladun Sijuwade
Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo,Mrs Yinka Oluyemi and guest
Mrs. Yinka Bodyline, Mrs Nike Akande, Mrs Bola Obasanjo, Tope AdebutuObasanjo, Honorable Oladipupo Adebutu
Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo, Chief Mrs. Nike Akande,Mrs. Bola Obasanjo and guests
Olori Ladun Sijuwade,Honorable (Dr.) Oladipupo Adebutu and Mrs. Bola Obasanjo
Olori Omolara Tejuosho, Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo,Olori Yetunde TTejuoso, Olori Labisi Tejuoso and Princess June Tejuoso
Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo and Olori Ladun Sijuwade
Dr. Abiola Olorode, Abolanle Matel-Okoh, Adeyemi Olusoji, Kehinde Adebutu and Adenike Adebutu
Mr. Tayo & Mrs Doyin Ayinde
Dr. Erelu Abiola Dosunmu &Senator Florence Ita-Giwa
Mrs. Bola Obasanjo, Rev. Mother Esther Ajayi & Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo
Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo, Abolanle Matel-Okoh, Pastor Ituah-Ighodalo and Olori Ladun Sijuwade
Nike Adebutu, Kehinde Adebutu, Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo, Chief Tunde Oredipe, Abolanle Matel-Okoh and Adeyemi Olusoji
High Chief Kola Kareem,Oba Francis Olusola Alao & Oba Olufolarin Olukayode Ogunsanwo
Aare Kola Oyefeso and Honorable (Dr) Oladipupo Adebutu
Tunde Adebutu, guest and Segun Adebutu
Temitope George-Taylor and Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo
Yemisi Oyetola-AlubankudiTemitope Adebutu-Obasanjo and Hadiza Garnvwa
Ochuko Obrutse, Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo and Damilola Adepoju
Bukola Phillips, Bukky Olatunji and Princess Folashade Omotade-Odumosu
Yemi Olusoji, Segun Adebutu,Muyiwa Olorode, Abolanle Matel-Okoh & Dr. Mrs Abiola Olorode
Princess Adebimpe Ogunwusi-Jimoh, Bayo Adeoye, Princess Adesola OgunwusiShoremekun, Prince Ayoola Shoremekun & Princess Folashade Ogunwusi-Fadairo
Dame Abimbola Fashola, Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo, Mrs Modupe Gbadamosi & Mrs Bola Awokoya
Dame Abimbola Fashola, Princess Folashade Omotade-Odumosu, Bukky Olatunji, Frank Osodi & Princess Olatorera Majekodunmi-Oniru
Kehinde Adebutu, Ajibola Adebutu, Yemi Olusoji & Abolanle Matel-Okoh
Dayo Obasanjo & Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo
Olumide Aderinokun & friend
Oba Olufolarin Olukayode Ogunsanwo, Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo & Olori
Prince Abimbola Ogunwusi & guest
Alali Hart, Temitope Adebutu-Obasanjo, Mrs Tayo Okunsanya