Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo had expressed joy that Egba women social cultural Clubs were increasing for positive devepment of the Egba Nation.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo made the observation when receiving in audience the President and members of Lisabi Exquisite Ladies Club, at the Ake Palace, on Thursday, 15 July, 2021.
The Alake said he appreciated their result oriented vision and mission of the Egba women Clubs, adding that what all of them had in common, was the development and growth of Egbaland.
The Grand Egba Monarch advised the Lisabi Exquisite Ladies Club and their sister Egba ladies Clubs, not to go into negative rivalries, but to always ensure that cooperation and synergy exists in the advancement of Egbaland.
The Alake recalled that, the first Iyalode of Egbaland, Madam Tinubu, provided arms and ammunitions for the Egba warriors, and this facilitated Egba’s victories over Oyo, Ibadan, Ijebu, Remo Dahomeh, and other enemy groups when Egba were just settling down.
The Alake therefore urged the Lisabi Exquisite Ladies Club members to emulate the patriotic example of first Iyalode Egba
He advised that the Club could organize entrepreneurship learning for the Egba Youths, skill acquisition, and Health Outreach for the generality of Egba Populace.
He added that the Ladies may also put up facilities and other projects for the advancements of the Egba people.
Alake said many Egbas were not skilled enough and advised that in any area they decided to assist the community, he would give them full support
Oba Gbadebo also said he was happy that they wore Adire bought from Itoku, adding that the whole world would wear Adire and it would bring more benefits to Nigeria than oil.
President of the Club, Chief (Mrs) Fausat Adebanke Amodu, in her address, told the Alake that the Club’s convener was Alhaja Silvat Iyabo Babarinsa, with 9 foundation members.
She said she was happy to inform the Alake that membership had since risen to 37, with some members domicile in Nigeria.
She said that their vision and mission was to develop Egbaland.
She disclosed that the Ladies wanted His Majesty to guide them as to what they should do to add values to the progress and prosperity of Egbaland.
The Club’s President also stated that she had observed that during the previous Lisabi Festival, there were more men than women and they thought to mobilise Egba women at home and in diaspora to be at the forefront of such cultural and highly historical events.
Chief (Mrs) Amodu also revealed that the Club had very strict criterias for interested individuals to join the group, one of which was that all members must be of Egba roots.
She further said that the Alake is their Grand Patron and that they would continue to meet him in good health and he would live long to witness many more developments in Egbaland.
In an interview with Newsflagship, Lisabi Exquisite Ladies Club President assured to work together and live in peaceful coexistence with other Egba women groups.
She also stated that the group would join heads together to deliberate on the areas of development in Egbaland which the Alake had advised them on.
She further added that all Egba women groups are trying to do the same thing, which is being greater development to the Egba nation.
“We are all one and we pray that God would help us in carrying out our duties.“ She added.
Members of the Club present at the occasion included Chief Mrs Toyin Daramola, Chief Mrs Morenike Sowunmi, Chief Mrs Adebake Fashonde, Chief Mrs Yemi Olanrewaju, Chief Mrs Bolanle, Chief Mrs Adebisi Kuforiji, Chief Mrs Oluwatoyin Idowu, Chief Mrs Titlayo Salau Adeniyi, Chief Mrs Abimbola Popoola Kushimo, Chief Mrs Modupe Gomez, Chief Mrs Folashade David.
Present at the occasion included the Iyalode of Egbaland, Chief Mrs Alaba Lawson, Iyaloja Kemi Oloyede, Seriki Iyaloja Modupe Labode and others.
Egba High Chiefs present included Apagunpote, Chief Shamsideen Awopeju, who is also the Club’s Patron; Baagbimo Akanni Akinwale; Aare Ganiu Babayeju; Asiwaju Baamofin Sunday Oduntan; Bantun Kehinde Sofenwa; Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode; Aare Bobagunwa, Victor Abiodun, and others.