The venue of the Lisabi Festival is to wear a complete transformation immediately after this year’s exercise.
In an exclusive interview with the Newsflagship Online at the Ake Palace foregrounds, during the Grand Finale yesterday, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, His Majesty Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, disclosed that the venue would become a stadium with a sitting capacity of about 10,000.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo further revealed that a foremost Egba indigene and Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, CON, FCA, was collaborating and personally coordinating the development.
The Alake, who described Senator Ibikunle Amosun as an extraordinary and passionate reformer and rebuilder, said that the Governor had been laying an enduring legacy and foundation on which other leaders coming after him would build upon.
He said that the support of Senator Amosun could never be forgotten in a hurry.
Speaking further on the 32nd edition of the Festival, Oba Gbadebo described the turn out as the largest so far, specially thanking the Egbas at home and diaspora.
He specifically commended ed the President of the London Egba Group, the Balogun Manchester, the Iyalode Manchester and the USA/Canada Group for their patriotic contributions to the success of this year’s exercise.
Some Highlights of occasion were the Woro display by Balogun Woro from many parts of Egbaland in which Ijaye presented three Horse Riders, Clubs, Market men and women and trade groups.
The Grand Finale also featured some notable Government Officials, Legislators, Politicians and businessmen. They included the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, who represented the Governor, Honourable Speaker Adekunbi, Senator Lanre Tejuoso, Governorship Aspirant Gbenga Nosiru Isiaka- GNI and others.
Egba Obas present included the Olu of Itori, Oba Fatai Akamo, the Olu OkeOdo-Oba Muftau Akindele, the Onijaye Titun-Oba Nofiu Otunba.
High Chiefs at the occasion included Balogun Sikirullah Atobatele, Seriki Tosin Fadare, Aare Ganiyu Babayeju, Aaro Yinka Kufile, Asiwaju Maxwell Ayinla, Baagbimo Akinwale, Bantun Kehinde Sofenwa and Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode.
The Lisabi Festival would be rounded off today with a Church Thanksgiving at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Ake, Abeokuta.