Kehinde Adewale Ademola
ABEOKUTA- It was a very dignifying celebration of one of the great sons of the Egba nation, the Aro of Egbaland Chief Oluyinka Kufile, marked his 70th year on Thursday, the 23rd August, 2018.
The grand occasion started with a Thanksgiving service at the St’ Peters Cathedral Ake, Abeokuta, which had in attendance the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Adedotun Gbadebo and his Chiefs.
After the Church Service, the celebration train moved to the OK Event centre, Ibara, Abeokuta, for reception. The roll call at the occasion included the Governor; Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the Deputy Governor; Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, the Chief of Staff, Tolu Odebiyi and many members of Ogun State executive council.
The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland; Oba Aremu Adedotun Gbadebo, had a large entourage of Egba traditional rulers and high chiefs that accompanied him to the ceremony. They included Balogun Sikirullah Atobatele, Asiwaju Maxwell Ayinla, Bantun Kehinde Sofenwa, Olu-Itori, Oba Fatai Akamo; Oba Olu-Odeda, Olu Owode, Oba Sowemimo; Olu of Iro, Olu Oke-Odo Ilupeju, Oba Mufutau Akindele; Apagunpote Samsudeen Awopeju and wife, Chief Mrs. Awopeju; the Otun-Iyalode, the Gbegbaje Teju Bakre; the Elebute, the Otun Sobaloju, Agba-Akin Captain Rasheed Raji (Rtd), the Asiwaju Babalaje Ogo-Oluwa Bankole; Aare Baaroyin Layi and Chief Mrs. Dupe Labode.
Senator Ibikunle Amosun said the celebrant the Aro was among few Nigerians who had been impacting positively on the younger generation.
The event was a glorious one as Chief Oluyinka Kufile expressed his delightment, and also thanked God for sparing his life, without excluding those that stood by him during the good and bad times.
The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Adedotun Gbadebo, in his goodwill message, described Chief Oluyinka Kufile as a very humble, peaceful and loyal person who handled and proffered solutions to all problems with the wisdom of God.
The Chairman of the occasion nanogerian, Rtd Justice Sofolahan, disclosed that he had been watching Chief Kufile from close quarters for the past 25 years and found him consistently fair, just, compassionate, straight-talking and generous.
Different clubs including Abeokuta Club, Business Associates, Government Officials, and of course Ijemo Township Indigenes came in great numbers to celebrate the Aro of Egbaland, the Oluwo of ljemo, and the Chief Executive Qualitec.
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi, the ever green juju maestro was on the bandstand.