For more than 5 years, Apomu, the headquarters of Isokan City government Area of Osun State was without a typical ruler after the fatality of Oba Lasisi Afolabi of the Ayeye Judgment House.
On January 6, the procedure for selection of an occupant of the uninhabited stool began. The state federal government had accepted Royal prince Kayode Adenekan Afolabi from Atoyebi Ruling Residence as the Alapomu-elect.
The Oba-elect after that continued to Ilofi (for privacy) to be brushed traditionally and be gotten ready for the stool.
So, the ancient town last Saturday came to life when its indigenes and their close friends across the country trooped out to witness the crowning and also presentation of Staff-of-Office Oba Kayode Adenekan Afolabi, Atoyebi II, by the Osun State federal government.
As early as 7.00 a.m., the town was enthusiastic ahead of the 9.00 a.m. set up for the event. Participants of various teams in the town, decorated themselves in their best outfits to be component of the historical event.
Drummers and traditional professional dancers were in competitors to delight visitors. They sang as well as danced round the community.
The existence of Yoruba leading traditional leaders– the Ooni of Ife and the Alaafin of Oyo was the highlight of the ceremony.
Dignitaries, at the event, were the Olofa of Ofa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye; the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi; the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Olabomi; the Akire of Ikire, Oba Olatunde Falabi and also Olukoyi of Ikoyi-Ile, Oba Yekeen Ayinla Oladipupo.
There were also better half of the Osun State Gov, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola and also former participant standing for Isokan/Irewole/Ayedade Federal Constituency at your house of Representatives, Hon. Ayo Omidiran, among others.
At precisely 9:00 a.m. the ceremony started. Oba Afolabi as well as his better half, Janet, a reporter, were outdoor decked in white.
According to The Nation,the Unique Consultant to Osun State Governor on City Government and also Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Rasaq Adeosun, who represented Guv Adegboyega Oyetola, delivered the governor’s speech and also quickly after offered the brand-new Alapomu with his tool of office amid joys from the crowd.
The governor described the brand-new Alapomu as a round peg in a round opening. He kept in mind that Apomu would experience incredible development while of Oba Adenekan Afolabi.
He shared self-confidence in the capacity of the new king. The governor prompted the Alapomu to always take into consideration the interest of his people as a concern.
After presentating the brand-new majesty with his Staff-of-Office, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, crowned him as the brand-new Alapomu of Apomu.
The Ooni described Apomu as an extremely integral part of Yoruba land.
He stated: “Congratulations to all my children of this old community of Apomu. This community remains a really integral part of the Oduduwa area not just due to the fact that it’s a straight production of Ile-Ife, but likewise for the critical duties Apomu played in the past in Yoruba land. That’s why the Alaafin is below, Olofa is right here, Akinrun is right here, Oluwo is right here as well as a number of other monarchs.”
Oba Ogunwusi, who is the Co-Chairman of National Council of Conventional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), described the brand-new Alapomu too enlightened as well as a dude, that “is an embodiment of Oodua cultural worths as well as experienced to take Apomu to soaring elevation”.
The Alapomu described himself as a straight descendant of the Giesi Ruling Home of Ile-Ife.
He claimed: “Some people could wonder about my style of dressing below today, it is calculated to reveal my root as my papa came from Ile-Ife to settle down in Apomu lots of centuries ago.
I am from Gbegbaje branch of Giesi Ruling Home in Ife, my wonderful uncle was the 40th Ooni of Ife who ruled in between 1823 and also 1835.”
His partner, Olori Afolabi, who noted that the new Alapomu has great prepare for his individuals, said: “He is deeply worried concerning the forget as well as the infrastructural degeneration.
He will function in the direction of creating the land. I will certainly join hands with him to make sure that the children and also ladies are not neglected of the development process.”
On the value of Apomu in Yoruba land its background, the Asiwaju of Apomu, Chief Olaitan Alabi, said the ancient town had actually remained in presence for over 450 years.
According to him, the background of the old Oyo Realm can not be total without due recommendation to Apomu. Alabi preserved that the activities of the historic Apomu Market contributed tremendously to the industrial and also economic growth of the old Oyo Realm.
A financing professional, Mr. Jelili Olaleye, who is also a popular person of Apomu, recognized the capacity of the Alapomu to produce brand-new opportunities for the advancement of the town.
He stated the people of the community are lucky to have Oba Afolabi as the Alapomu “because his interest for advancement and supporting people to succeed is unequal”.
He claimed the Alapomu is well connected within and also outside Nigeria which he would utilise them to fast-track specific growth as well as attract financial investment to the town.
He then got in touch with individuals of the town to co-operate with the emperor to aid him accomplish his vision for Apomu and its environments.
Drummers and standard professional dancers were in competition to entertain guests. They sang and also danced round the town. He said: “Congratulations to all my children of this ancient community of Apomu. This community continues to be an extremely important component of the Oduduwa territory not only since it’s a direct creation of Ile-Ife, yet additionally for the tactical functions Apomu played in the past in Yoruba land. That’s why the Alaafin is here, Olofa is right here, Akinrun is below, Oluwo is right here as well as a number of various other majesties.”