Akiolu crowns ‘Baba-Ijebu’ as new Asoju Oba of Lagos

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nahimah Ajikanle Nu­rudeen, Lagos

Oba Ril­wanu Akiolu of Lagos yes­ter­day capped renowned in­dus­tri­al­ist, Kess­ing­ton Ade­bukunola Adebutu, as the new Asoju Oba of Lagos.

Adebutu, fi­nancier of the pop­u­lar Pre­mier Lotto and chair­man of the Kess­ing­ton Ade­bukunola Adebutu Foundation (KAAF), re­placed the late Asoju Oba of Lagos, Mo­lade Okoya-Thomas, died in Fe­bru­ary.

The in­stal­la­tion cer­e­mony which was part of the 80th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion of Adebutu who is pop­u­larly re­ferred to as ‘Baba Ijebu’, the so­bri­quet of his lotto (lot­tery) busi­ness and the 10th an­niver­sary of KAAF, was a fun-filled af­fair as it was graced by the mighty and the rich as well as the fam­ily, friends and as­so­ci­ates of the phi­lan­thropist who thronged the palace of the Oba of Lagos at Iga

who Idun­gan­ran on Is­land, venue in­stal­la­tion.

The Iperu-Remo, Ogun State-born Adebutu in­formed the gath­er­ing that he bagged his first ever chief­taincy ti­tle as Ba­bal­aje of Lagos in the same palace 43 years ago.

He said though peo­ple may be call­ing him BabaI­jebu, he is a Lagosian, hav­ing lived in the state for 63 years.

Crown­ing the new Asoju Oba, Oba Akiolu said Adebutu de­served the ti­tle be­cause of the

Lagos of the im­pact he had made in peo­ple’s lives.

“You have im­pacted on peo­ple and some­one like you should be cel­e­brated and recog­nised to en­cour­age other peo­ple to em­u­late phi­lan­thropy”, he said.

The head of Lagos tra­di­tional white-cap chiefs, Chief Tes­lim Idowu Ju­naid-Eko, led the tra­di­tional pro­ceed­ings. Prayers for the new Asoju Oba were led by the Awu­jale and para­mount ruler of Ije­bu­land, Oba Sikiru Kay­ode Adet­ona who also chaired the oc­ca­sion.

The Alake and Para­mount Ruler of Eg­ba­land, Oba Michael Ade­do­tun Gbadebo and other tra­di­tional chiefs said the tra­di­tional prayers.

The cer­e­mony was graced by other no­table dig­ni­taries in­clud­ing former gov­er­nors of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Chief Oluse­gun Osoba as well some politi­cians and celebri­ties.

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