The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, has described the prolific Yoruba Proverbs writer, Reverend Bishop Reverend Samuel Ogundeji, for leaving an enduring legacy to many generations of Yoruba race, in beautiful Yoruba language.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, made the remarks at launching of A New Book of Yoruba Proverbs, “Emi Yoo Ya Enu Mi Ni Yoruba.”
The Alake noted with satisfaction, notable and knowledgeable Yoruba icons, such as Professor Whole Soyinka, Fela Ransome Kuti and others, who in spite of their vast mileage in English Language, understood and deployed Yoruba Language with same understanding.
He recalled that these Yorubas and others were patriotic Nigerians and our heros, name their children in meaningful Yoruba, thereby ensuring the continuity of tradition and culture of Yoruba race.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo concluded that he had always loved to attend any Church Service, where Bishop Ogundeji would preach the sermon because there would many lessons to learn.
Olufihan/ Launcher of Book, Omowe Toyin OkeOwo, commended the writer for his efforts and excellent results that was adding value to Yoruba language, culture and tradition.
Former Ogun State Governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba, speaking through Hon Diipo Akingbade, urged Bishop Samuel Ogundeji, to start thinking about writing the Apa Keta of the Book.
Launching the Book, Alake bought Ten Books each for three Universities located in Abeokuta, FUNAAB, the Crescent and the Chrisland a handsome amount, (according to the author).
Other launchers included Iyalode Alaba Lawson, Balogun Egba Sikirullah Atobatele, Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode, Onimo-Ero Tokunbo Odebunmi and Chief Sogaolu.