Fayemi, Ooni, others to witness Ekiti monarch anniversary

All is set for Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi and a former Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Dr Sikiru Tae Lawal to converge on Imesi-Ekiti in honour of the Onimesi, Oba Festus Olatunji Olatunde, Olaibiyemi (II) ’s first coronation anniversary.

Relying on a statement issued from the Onimesi’s palace, the event is a week-long activities commencing from 7 to 13 June, 2021.

The statement added that Monday, 7 June had been scheduled for a community cleaning exercise in addition to a three-day evangelical crusade to be presided over by Prophet Samson Oluwamodede, a world-renown evangelist, based in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The Ekiti State Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Dr Olabode Adetoyi, would, on Wednesday, 9 June, deliver a lecture on “Agriculture, The Way Out of Poverty and Unemployment”. The lecture, organised by the Federation of Imesi Students’ Union, will also feature a presentation by the Bank of Industry (BoI).

Exhibition of sophisticated arts and crafts and leather works would be declared open on Thursday, 10 June, by 10 am, and the community would be treated to a street carnival, featuring all the various ethnic groups, including the Palace cultural troupe and the Ekiti State cultural troupe same day.

The Chief Imam, Yoruba Ilorin Kwara State, Sheikh Aduranigba, would be the guest speaker at a grand Jumat Service on Friday, 11 June, while the Attah of Ayede-Ekiti, Oba Abdul-Mumini Adebayo Orisagbemi, would be the royal father of the day.

Dr Lawal, who is also the Baba Adinni of Ekiti land, would be in attendance, just as the Special Adviser to the Ekiti State Governor on Economic Affairs, Alhaji Ogunlayi, would also speak at the Jumat service.

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Saturday, 12 June is the grand finale, featuring the traditional coronation activities to be witnessed by the special guest of honour, Governor Fayemi with Oba Ogunwusi as the royal father of the day.

Also expected  as one of the royal fathers of the day is the Chairman of Ekiti State Council of Obas, the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi (Afuntade I)

A special thanksgiving service would hold the following day at the All Christian Fellowship Ministry, Egbe Road, Imesi-Ekiti.

Notable traditional rulers from Ekiti State, friends and associates of the Onimesi and the Imesi community will be in attendance.

“A serious planning is being done to ensure COVID-19 compliance. The Imesi Community is already agog with preparations for the D-Day.

“All tailors are busy in the town. All market women are also in happy mood because Oba Festus Olatunji Olatunde has directed that all caterers for the event must purchase all items from Imesi market women or forfeit patronage,” the statement added.

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