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Olobu @50: Oba Ashiru’s reign produces worldclass sons, daughters; shapes Ilobu into a thriving hub” – Committee



The planning committee of the 50th Coronation Anniversary of Olobu of Ilobu, Oba Ashiru Olatoye Olaniyan has described the 50 years of riegn of the monarch as a dedicated service, patriotic leadership and selfless works towards the development of our community.

While confirming this at a press confess held at Ilobu palace on Monday, the planning committee Chairman, Alh. Abdulwahab Ademola Falowo, said over the past five decades, the Monarch has been a shining example of selflessness, compassion, and devotion to the well-being of the community.

The committee added that Oba Ashiru’s reign has produced worldclass sons and daughters across all works of life from Ilobu, adding that his reign has shaped Ilobu into a thriving hub.

The two weeks long anniversary started Monday 13th of May with a Press Conference while it will end on Sunday 26th May 2024 with lots of activities to promote culture, education, sport, entertainment among others.

Read the full statement below

“50th Coronation Anniversary of our revered monarch, the Olobu of Ilobu, Oba Ashiru Olatoye Olaniyan. This is a momentous occasion marking a half-century long of dedicated service, patriotic leadership and selfless works towards the development of our community.

“Over the past five decades, His Royal Majesty has been a shining example of selflessness, compassion, and devotion to the well-being of our community. His unwavering commitment to the progress and development of Ilobu has been inspiring, and his guidance has been instrumental in shaping our town into the thriving hub it is today.

“Let me inform the pressmen here that Oba Olaniyan was enthroned in 1974. To mark this milestone, the committee under my leadership has put together a two-week long events that cover culture, sports, education, conferment of chieftaincy titles and many more.

“The grand finale of these activities will take place on May 25th, 2024 at the Playing Ground of St. Paul’s Grammar School, Ilobu.

“As we reflect on the past 50 years, we remember the countless achievements, breakthroughs, and triumphs that have defined Oba Olaniyan‘s reign. His Majesty’s foresight and wisdom have navigated us through times of challenges and changes, always prioritizing the betterment of our people.

“Under his reign, an Ilobu Indigene has risen to the position of Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, the number six person in the country. The rise of Ilobu indigenes in political space started with Late Mr Ayo Ojewumi, a brilliant member of the state cabinet in the Old Oyo State. We have in the recent past, produced Secretary to the Osun State Government, among other great politicians that have occupied exalted positions in Osun State and Nigeria. In Civil Service, Ilobu has recently produced Clerk to the National Assembly, while the journey to the top echelon could be traced to the era of Alh. Jamiu Ishola Adepoju in the Civil Service of Oyo and Osun States. My humble self also rose the position of Deputy Registrar at the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

“Currently, we have Accountant-General and Auditor-General for Local Governments in Osun State, several Permanent Secretaries, renowned business moguls, among others, who are indigenes of Ilobu.

“In the years under review, Late Asiwaju of Ilobu land, Alhaji Hassan Olasupo Arogundade reached the peak of his career by becoming the Managing Director of Trans International Bank. In military, Ilobu currently has a son serving as the Chief of Army Staff of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“In terms of educational development, Ilobu has moved from a community with two secondary schools to seven, while we have lots of private schools in our community. The community is also housing a tertiary institution – Westland Polytechnic.

“No family house in Ilobu without a graduate, while several professors have also been produced in Ilobu.

“This anniversary is not only a celebration of His Majesty’s remarkable tenure but also a testament to the rich cultural heritage and traditions that make Ilobu unique. We honor the legacy of our ancestors and the resilience of our community, which has flourished under the leadership of His Royal Majesty.

“As part of the Golden Jubilee celebration, the Olobu of Ilobu will be conferring chieftaincy titles on some distinguished Nigerians, including the Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, his sister, Yeyeluwa Modupeola Adeleke-Sanni, Ilobu-born business mogul, Azeez Olalekan Kolade (AZKOL), Senator Olubiyi Ajagunnla, among others.

“As we look to the future, we are filled with hope and optimism, knowing that His Majesty’s continued guidance and wisdom will propel our community towards even greater heights. We thank the Almighty God for the life of our monarch and most importantly, for the long reign. We beseech Him for more prosperous years.”

Below is the breakdown of the events:

Monday – 13/05
Press Conference
Olobu’s Palace

Thursday – 16/05
Cultural Display
Olobu’s Palace
10am to 4pm

Friday – 17/05
Special Prayer (Islamic)
Ilobu Central Mosque
10am to 12pm.

Saturday 18/05
Iwure Ifa
Education Summit

Olobu’s Palace
Ilobu House Complex
8am to 10am
10am to 4pm

Sunday 19/05
Chieftaincy Titles
Special Prayer by CAN
Olobu’s Palace

Monday 20/05
Chieftaincy Titles
Olobu’s Palace

Tuesday 21/05
Walk to Live
Chieftaincy Titles
Health Outreach
Convergence point
Olobu’s Palace
Olobu’s Palace
10am- 5pm

Wednesday 22/05
Chieftaincy Titles
Final of Football Competition
Olobu’s Palace
St. Paul’s Grammar School

Thursday 23/05
Chieftaincy Titles
Olobu’s Palace

Friday 24/05
Chieftaincy Titles
Special Jumat Service
Olobu’s Palace
Ilobu Central Mosque

Saturday 25/05
The Main Event
St. Paul’s Grammar School

Sunday 26/05
Thanksgiving Service
St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Ilobu.

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