Lisabi: An Enduring Legacy Of Selflessness, Sacrifice, And Patriotism – Rev. Oludele Ogundeji


The Bishop of Egba West Anglican Diocese, Nigeria;  Rt Rev. Dr. Samuel Oludele Ogundeji has described Lisabi as an enduring legacy of selflessness, sacrifice and patriotism.

Bishop Ogundeji, made the observation while delivering sermon at the Thanksgiving Service for the 34th Lisabi Festival at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Ake, Abeokuta on Sunday

The Bishop expressed worry that  our culture was degenerating to a large extent as males now do female hair style and wear earrings, females now wear men’s clothes, and all sorts of societal changes that are contrary to the Egba Culture are now in vogue

He recalled that the hero, Lisabi lived a life of sharing and likened this to Nigeria of today where the Commonwealth resources were shared by only a few people.

Bishop Ogundeji reiterated that Lisabi exemplified unity and cohesion among the Egbas and laid the foundation for Egbaland to thrive.

He argued that the economy could only grow if there was sustenance of Lisabi ideals adding that the Egba Hero had done his own part, thus, Egbas must unite in order move the Nation forward

The Bishop also likened Lisabi with Jesus, who he said had done more than enough to liberate the world just as the Egba hero had done for the Egbas.


Many Egba Obas and High Chiefs were present at the Thanksgiving Service, they included Aro Yinka Kufiile, Seriki Tosin Fadare, Iyalode Yoruba land Alaba Lawson, AgbaAkin Rasheed Raji, Asiwaju Onimoero Akanni, Aare Akinrogun Musbau Babarinsa, Akingboye Sakiru Akingbade, Asiwaju Onisegun Alabukun Odulate and Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode

Women High Chiefs present at the occasion included; Otun Iyaloja Kemi Oloyede, GbegbaAje Teju Bakre, Iyaloja Itoku, Olori Bolanle Ayorinde to mention a few

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