The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, has called on members of the newly formed Egba Diamond Sisters, to be strive hard to be the vanguard of Egba unity, all inclusiveness, economic growth and sociocultural awareness among Egba men and women at home and abroad.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo made the remarks when addressing the Executives and members of the the Foremost Egba Women Organization during its maiden meeting at the Egba Chiefs Hall, Ake, Abeokuta on Thursday, 13 August, 2020.
The Alake noted with satisfaction that the new Egba Women Group, known as Egba Diamond Sisters, comprised respectable Egba women, who had been contributing to the economic, social and cultural well being of the Egba Nation in and outside Egbaland.
The Alake reconfirmed the commendable and committed roles they had been playing in participating and promoting the Cultural values of festivities and celebrations in Egbaland most especially the annual Lisabi Festival Celebration.
The Egba Paramount Monarch expressed satisfaction that the new name chosen by the group was indeed a unique and befitting one adding that it symbolised beauty, durability and worthiness.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo added that women were very special, essential and wonderful beings in every unit of the society. He added that their great impacts in the communities and even in the whole world at large could not be neglected.
Oba Gbadebo also noted that God had created the Egbas completely because of their vibrant and intelligent roles in the land.
He congratulated the Egba Diamond Sisters for their successes and prayed that they would continue to prosper in togetherness.
Alake further charged the members to continue to support one another and ensure that love abound among themselves.
The President of the Egba Diamond Sisters, and the GbegbaAje of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Tejumade Bakre, when responding, expressed appreciation towards the Alake for the recognition and honour bestowed upon the Group, as well as the members who had been supportive to one another.
Chief (Mrs) Tejumade Bakre also urged the Egba women to sustain the unity and love among them so as to enable the Group to achieve its aims towards the development of Egbaland.
She further charged that members should treat one another with respect and fear of God, adding that all members should have the mindset of working towards the continuous development of Egbaland according to the slogan of the Group.
The GbegbaAje recalled that the Alake had earlier charged that the cooperation and collaboration among Egba Women should keep expanding.
She therefore assured that the Egba Diamond Sisters would be a befitting cornerstone of Egba Women leadership for sustainable growth and development.
Speaking also at the occasion, the Vice President of the Group, Chief (Mrs) Kudirat Awopeju, stated that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the vision and missions of the Association was adequately accomplished.
She further urged members to always bear in mind, the purpose of the Association, which is to promote unity and cultural values of the Egbas, both home and abroad, most especially in women.
Notable members of the Group present at the occasion included Chief (Mrs) Salamotu Biobaku; member of Board of Trustees; the Iyaloja of Oshodi, Chief Mrs Sikiratu Ejide Adeyanju Sokopau; Chief Mrs Toyin Alao, the Secretary; the Otun Iyaloja of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Kemi Oloyede; Chief (Mrs) Aolat Oyinlomo Famuyiwa; Alhaja Simiat Popoola; the Seriki Iyalate of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Veronica Atobatele; the Seriki Iyaloja of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Modupe Labode; Alhaja Rasheedat Oluwatosin and others.
The Bantun of Egbaland, Chief Kehinde Sofenwa and the Baagbimo, Chief Akanni Akinwale, were also at the occasion to give solidarity of the Egba Council in Chiefs to the Group.