By Olusakin Babalola
The ancient town of Erunwon Kingdom in Ogun state went agog recently when the Elerunwon of Eruwon Kingdom, Oba (Barrister) J. Adebayo Okubena conferred chieftaincy titles on some distinguished and prominent Nigerians including Rotarian Edward Olusegun Alo who was honoured as the Otunba Atayese of Erunwon Ijebu Kingdom and his wife Yeye Atayese of the town.
The ceremony which attracted crème de la crème in Ogun state also witnessed the installation of High Chief Oluwole Adewale Adenuga and his wife, Chief Mrs. Abiodun Adenuga as Lisoku and Yeye Meso of Erunwon Ijebu Kingdom.
Representatives of one of the Otunba Alo’s alma matter,particularly his secondary School in Ipetumodu in Osun state described him as a pride to the school because of his contribution to his old school and his philanthropic nature generally.
“He has had a great impact on the lives of his fellow alumni either directly or indirectly. We pray that God will keep him and his family in good health and abundant wealth,” one of the old students who pleaded anonymity said.
During a brief chat with news men,the new Otunba Atayese described the monarch of the kingdom as a God fearing man who has the fear and love of God as his guiding principle.
Otunba himself said, “Kabiyesi has been my childhood friend and we have many things in common which prompted me to accept the honor which he bestowed on me and my wife.”
“I now by virtue of my new title, pledge to do more for the growth of this community,God help me,” he added.
The Otunba charged youths in the country to note that South East, North or West our home is the best and we must contribute meaningfully to our community.
Mr. Mathew Olu Oladimeji, from London who described the Otunba as his childhood and dependable friend commended the alumni for their unity and oneness adding that the testimony on Otunba was very inspiring and should be sustained.
Otunba Alo ,a lover of education, attended many schools including among others Federal Polytechnic Ilaro for his OND and HND, University of Benin for his Masters in Business Administration, Cran field University, Bedford United Kingdom. He is currently writing his PHd in Atlantic University Hawaii United States of America.
Old school mates of Otunba Alo who graced the installation included among others Dr. Abiodun Amusan, Mrs. Kemi Odesola, Mrs. Bose Adebami, Pastor Marcus Adesanmi, Prophet Kayode Owolabi, Mrs. Taiwo Olatoye, Mrs. Bose Adeniji, Mr. Biodun Oloyede, and Mrs. Adesola Victoria Babalola.
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