Ten years after the passing on of the immediate past Otun of Egbaland, High Chief (Dr) Koye Majekodunmi a new Otun of Egbaland has been selected by the One Ona Egba Section of Egbaland.
He is Chief Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi.
High Chief Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi has now succeeded High Chief (Dr.) Moses Majekodunmi who died 10 years ago on 11 April 2012.
The Osile Oke-Ona Egba, Oba (Dr) Adedapo Tejuosho who led Chiefs and Elders from Oke-Ona, presented the new Otun Egba to the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland on 14th April 2022 at the Ake Palace, amidst pomp and pegeantry.
Introducing the new Otun of Egbaland to the Alake, Oba Adedapo Tejuosho disclosed to the Alake that, it had been a long and tortuous journey, lasting a decade before the search for Otun Egbaland, to represent Oke-Ona among the Egba Sectional Chiefs in the Egba Traditional Council, was finally concluded.
The Osile of Oke-ona Egba further disclosed to the Alake that, it was only last week at the Tenth Anniversary of the demise of the last Otun Egba, High Chief (Dr.) M. A Majekodunmi, that twelve qualified Oke-Ona Chiefs and himself unanimously voted for High Chief Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi as the new Otun, with a total of thirteen votes, adding that there was no opposition or absention.
The Oke-Ona Egba Apex Monarch said that it was therefore necessary and according to the Egba tradition, for him to present the new Otun to Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland for endorsement as a bonafide member of the Egba Traditional Institution.
In his response, the Alake congratulated the Osile of Oke-Ona Egba, Oba (Dr.) Adedapo Tejuosho and the people of the area for their ultimate successful decision in selecting a new Otun, albeit, after a decade of searching for a candidate.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo noted that although it took a long time in arriving at this historic conclusion, he pointed out that it was better late than never, praying that the Oke-ona choice would be beneficially enduring to all the Egbas including the Oke-Ona.
He urged the new Otun of Egbaland, High Chief Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi, to live up to the expectations of his people at Oke-ona and that of Egba nation as a whole by contributing his quota to the peace and prosperity of Egbaland.
The Alake prayed for the new Otun, Oshile Oke-ona Egba and all the Egba Oke-ona that their relationships with all other sections of Egbaland would continue to be mutual peace, progress and prosperity.
In an interview with the Newsflagship, the new Otun of Egbaland, High Chief Ganiyu Kola Ogunjobi, thanked Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, the Osile Oke-Ona Egba, the Oke-Ona Chiefs and the people for their total and unflinching support for his selection.
High Chief Ganiyu Ogunjobi said he had assured the Osile that he would always worked for the cohesion of the people of all the townships in Oke-Ona Egba and pledged that he would use his new position to promote peace, understanding and cooperation for the benefit of all the Egba indigenes at home and abroad.
Among Oke-ona High Chiefs present at the Oke-ona were: Samsudeen Ogunwale; Oluwo Oke-ona, Fasheun Idowu; Oluwo Ilu-gun, Oluyomi Ayinla Olaogun; Oluwo Odomapa and Lisa Egbaland and Moyosore Oke; Oluwo Ikija.
Egba women Chiefs at the occasion Iyalode Alaba Lawson, Chief Taofikat Afolabi; Otun Iyalode Egba, Chief Latifat Oluyomi; Otun Ajigbeda.
Egba High Chiefs that witnessed the occasion included: Balogun Sikirulah Atobatele, Osi Olabode Mustapha, Lisa Oluyomi Olaogun, Aare Ganiyu Babayeju, Baagbimo Israel Akani Akinwande, Bantun Kehinde Sofenwa, Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode and Leragun Abiodun Odeyemi.