The ancient town of Ado-Odo has gone into full festivity mood as citizens and the town’s monarch, Oba (Dr) Abdul-Lateef Adeniran Akanni, the Olofin Adimula get prepared for the ground-breaking ceremony of the oba’s ultra-modern private residence on Saturday, February 20, 2021.
The ceremony will be held at Alamuwa Grammar School’s football ground, while the foundation ceremony follows at the construction site located at Ogun State Housing Corporation, Oke-Oyinbo, Ado-Odo.
Federal and state government officials and hundreds of obas and traditional rulers across the Yorubaland are expected to grace the event.
Leading the over 100 monarchs to the historic occasion are the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewa land, his Royal Highness, Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle and the Olota of Ota, Oba Adeyemi Abdulkabir Obalanlege. Also expected on the occasion are private and public sectors leaders and sons and daughters of the town.
The multi-million-naira private palace of Oba Abdul-Lateef is designed to complement the town’s traditional palace and will serve as the oba’s residency pending the completion of ongoing processes towards modernising the ancient palace.
In readiness for the occasion, the town is wearing a new look with enthusiastic indigenes gearing up to welcome visitors and well-wishers with the best of Ado-Odo culture and hospitality. The traditionalists, including the Egungun, Eso and Ofe deities will also be on ground to entertain guests at the event.
“In recent times, our town had witnessed many challenges. However, this event demonstrates the commitment of sons and daughters of Ado-Odo to embrace peace and development championed by our Kabiyesi, who has doubled his commitment to the peace and development of Ado-Odo and Aworiland,” a member of the organising committee and senior lecturer at the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State, Dr Olakunle Fatai Ogundele, said while speaking on the upcoming event.
He enjoined all sons and daughters of Ado-Odo, friends and well-wishers to donate generously towards the project, emphasising that Ado Odo, which is open to business, is blessed with land resources and skilled manpower, especially in agriculture.