The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Michael Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo has called on the Ogun and other Southwestern Governments to consider giving one day, which is 20th of August, as a public holiday to commemorate the start of a New Year in the Yoruba Calendar.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo made the plea while speaking during the Isese Day and New Yam Celebration at the Ake Palace on Thursday, August 20, 2020.
The Alake noted that the Muslims and Christians already have about six special holidays and it would cost nothing if the government would give just one public holiday to mark the First Calendar year in the Yoruba Culture and Traditions.
The Alake also assured that the next Isese Day and new Yam Festival would be celebrated in the New Ake Palace Hall, which is under construction, and is to occupy 7,500 people.
Speaking earlier, the Oluwo Onifa of Egbaland, Chief Ifagbeminiyi Atanda Baoku, stated that he was happy that the Alake is practising the traditional Isese Day and pleaded that the Alake should ensure that the traditional celebration and prayer offerings for Egbaland, Ogun State, and Nigeria is widely acknowledged.
The event featured Traditional prayers for the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, and his cabinet, the Alake of Egbaland, and his High Chiefs, the entire Egba Nation, Ogun State, and Nigeria as a whole.
As traditionally rich as the event was, it was attended by only few people due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and it was strictly Covid19 compliant.
Egba Monarchs present at the occasion included the Olu of Orile Itori Oke Egbaland, Oba Musiliu Lipede; and the Olu of Tafin, Oba AbdulMoruf Adebayo.
Some Egba High Chiefs who were also at the event included the Balogun of Egbaland, Chief Sikirullah Atobatele; the Baaroyin, Chief Layi Labode, Princess Adebisi Gbadebo and others.