How The Collectives treated Akarigbo at royal banquet

Onafowokan, Oyedele, Ogunbiyi , others bag awards                                                                      ..As Otunba Lawal-Solarin unveils Akarigbo’s insignia

By Charles Segun Adegbite

It was a splendid night of honour for His Majesty,Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, the newly crowned Akarigbo of Remoland, when The Collectives (a club of distinguished achievers from Sagamu) organised a royal banquet for him on Thursday night at The Haven Events Centre, Sagamu .
The banquet, which was strictly on invitation, was to have the first interactive session with the latest paramount ruler in the country and honour him.
This of course, was to crown all the activities mapped out for the coronation ceremony of the monarch, which started on Sunday and continued on Monday through Tuesday and ended on Thursday, when he was given the staff of office by the Ogun State  Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
At the banquet was  King Sunny Ade to glitz up the programme with his soul lifting and highly cherished music, before and after the winning and dinning. And, of course, he did what he knows how to do best.
Although the programme was to start by 8pm it did not commence until around 10:pm, being an all night event. Most of the guests and host were those who had been involved in the coronation ceremony since morning.
Notable among the guests were:  National Vice President of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) Asiwaju Solomon Kayode Onafowokan, the Elepe of Epe-Sagamu, Oba Adewale Osiberu, the Alaperu of Iperu, Oba Adeleke Idowu Basibo, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, former President of Nigeria Publishers Association, Otunba Yinka Lawal-Solarin, Olu of Itori, Oba Abdulfatai Akamo,  captains of industry, successful professionals and many other guests.
Onafowokan started the programme with an opening prayer; while the president of The Collectives, Engr. Wale Fayemi, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Sammy Ogunjimi, read his welcome address.
Fayemi said, “The Collectives, a club of gentlemen, has over a decade been committed to contributing in no small measure to the well being and progress of Remoland and its people.
  “We have made positive interventions in such critical sphere of human development such as sports, health, youth empowerment, education, including skills acquisition, to mention but a few.’ He added.
Speaking further on behave of the President, Ogunjimi disclosed that this Akarigbo was a founding member of the club and two-time president of The Collectives. He is also the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the club.
Ogunjimi then charged everyone to come together and join in giving the monarch the full support he needs for him to actualise his vision for Remoland.
Alhaji Tajudeen Saka thereafter stepped forward and made the roll call of members of The Collectives; Including the Executive Committee which were: Engr. Wale Fayemi (President), Sammy Ogunjimi (Vice President) Mr. Wole Awe (Secretary), Mr. Sina Ogunjimi (Financial Secretary) Mr. Lanre Oyemade(Social Secretary) and Wale Adebambo( The Chief Whip).
He then announced Otunba Olayinka Lawal-Solarin, himself (Saka) and Chief (Mrs) Mojisola Onafowokan as the Patrons of the club.
Another dimension of entertainment was brought in by the Kaydallas Dance Group, who danced, sang and presented the panegyrics of the new Akarigbo. The praise arose the admiration of every listener, including Oba Ajayi.
 Unveiling Of Akarigbo’s Insignia  Thereafter, Otunba Olayinka Lawal-Solarin stepped forward and unveiled the Insignia of the Akarigbo of Remoland, a special one bearing the title of Torungbuwa (the ancestral royal family title of Oba Ajayi ).
    After unveiling the emblem, Otunba YLS, as fondly called, then described it as a symbol of the authority of the Akarigbo. And that each of its features is spiritually, socially, physically and traditionally comprehensive and meaningful.
The insignia has a crown on it which is a symbol of monarch. The body of the insignia is iron shield, which symbolizes physical defense and psychological preparedness against external aggression.
According to him, the shield has on it a triumvirate of Irukere (Horsetail whisk), Royal Sword, and a traditional Brass Gong.
Each of these triumvirate has significant meaning and the functions they perform.
   AKARIGBO’S REMARK & CUTTING OF CAKE
With the unveiling of the royal symbol, Oba Ajayi then made a brief remark during which he expressed his mission to give back to the community where he came from and to serve the people, rather than exploiting them.
Then, it was time for presentation and cutting of cake made by wives of The Collectives. And so, Oba Ajayi came out majestically and the women surrounded him, as he cut the cake.
 THE ROYAL DANCE
This was followed with Royal Dance. And you need to see the way the Oba danced in royal style, as King of Juju Music, King Sunny Ade sang and thrilled them with his music: rending panegyrics in between.
Oba Ajayi, the Elepe, Alaperu, Elegushi, Asiwaju Onafowokan and others were not left out in the royal dance.
AWARDS
   In appreciation of the relentless efforts of the Coronation Committee members which made the whole coronation ceremony to be successful, The Collectives gave Chairman of the Coronation Committee and  chairmen of the sub-committees awards .
 The Award Winners were:
1) Asiwaju Onafowokan {Chairman, Coronation Committee}
2) Otunba Tunji Lawal-Solarin {Chairman, Fund Raising Sub-Committee}
3) Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi {Chairman, Media Sub-Committee}
4) Aare Kola Oyefeso {Chairman, Protocol, Security and Entertainment Sub-Committee}
5) Mr Babajide Odusolu {Chairman, Government Affairs Sub-Committee}
6) Olootu Omoba M.O.Oyedele {Chairman, Akarigbo Palace Handover Sub-Committee}
7) Hon Yinka Mafe  {Chairman, Youth Sub-Committee}
ASIWAJU S.K. ONAFOWOKAN’S APOLOGY & SUCCESS STORY
 Onafowokan who is the Coronation Committee Chairman for the installation of the Akarigbo, sought for forgiveness from anyone who he or his committee members might have offended in the course of working to achieve the expected result of making the coronation ceremony successful.
Eskay, as fondly called, said it was because they could not afford to fail in the responsibility given to them by Remo people.
“Why?! It’s because success has a lot of cousins, but failure is an orphan. So we can not afford to fail.”
Of course, he and his sub-committee members succeeded. They even generated more than resources needed for organising the series of events which made the coronation ceremony extremely successful.
OTUNBA TUNJI LAWAL-SOLARIN
Otunba TLS, as fondly called expressed his happiness for succeeding in raising funds more than needed.
He however told everybody that the result they got was the outcome of every member’s determination to succeed in achieving the set goal.
This was then followed with vote of thanks and closing prayer around 3:am on Friday.
Thereafter the open dance began, with king Sunny Ade performing to the admiration of everybody. This continued till around 4:am when the veteran musician then stopped.
ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS OF THE COLLECTIVES
1) Engr. Bankole Kalejaye
2) HRM Babatunde Ajayi ; FCA
3) Mr Demolu Ogunfowoke
4) Barr. Wale Ajetunmobi
5) Prince Yomi Ogunsowo
6) Mr Lanre Solarin-Executive ; FCA
7) Mr Segun Oluwaji ; FCA
8) Mr Lanre Oyemade
9) Mr Sina Ogunjimi
10) Mr Wole Sodipe; FCA (Deceased)
11) Mr Wale Adebambo
12) Otunba Deji Ogunsanwo
13) Engr. Soji Okusanya
14) Mr Wole Awe
15) Engr Wale Fayemi
16) Mr Sammy Ogunjimi
17) Engr Abiodun Jaiyeola
18) Engr Lekan Adeniji
19) Mr Olumide Onimole; FCA
20) Mr Koya Akinwunmi
21) Engr Taye Akewusola
22) Engr Wole Ogunsanya
23) Mr Adeoye Sokoya; FCA
24) Sir Teju Ogunjimi

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