The Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and the Obong of Calabar, His Eminence Edidum Ekpo said he couldn’t come to the Egba Kingdom without visiting the Head of the Kingdom. Abeokuta is his second home.
The Obong discussed this during a courtesy call on the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland today at Ake Palace, Abeokuta.
Welcoming his visitor,
the Alake said the Obong of Calabar’s appointment was homecoming, having worked at the defunct NITE, Abeokuta for many years.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo explained that the Obong was a force to reckon with among the foremost Traditional Rulers in Nigeria.
The Alake added that the appointment of the Obong was a testimony that Federal Government attached great importance to the FUNAAB as a foremost institution.
The Alake also said that Calabar was the first class in Culture adding that the Lisabi Festival emulated Calabar beauty pageant and had included it in its annual programme.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo also recalled that there had been age long relationships between Calabar and Egba in marriage and business.
The Obong of Calabar was in Abeokuta on the personal invitation of the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for the State sponsored African Drum Festival.
The Vice Chancellor of FUNAAB, Prof. Felix Kolawole Salako the Deputy Vice Chancell-Development, Prof. Lateef Sanni, the Deputy Registrar II, Mrs. Toyin Dawodu and Senior Information Officer and P. A. to VC, Mr Sunkanmi Olajide accompanied the Obong of Calabar to the Ake Palace.
Some of the High “Otuekongs” that accompanied the Chancellor of FUNAAB and Obong of Calabar, His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V,
included; HRH Prince E. B. Adam Otuekong Victor Ekanem and Otuekon Francis Edet.
Egba Obas and High Chiefs present at the occasion were the Aare of Egbaland- Ganiyu Babayeju, Oba Muftau Akindele of Okeodo, Oba Nofiu Otunba of Ijaye Titun, Baagbimo Akanni Akinwale, Bantun Kehinde Sofenwa and Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode.
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