ON Tuesday, all roads led to the palace of the Osile Oke-Ona of Egbaland, HRM Oba Dr. Adedapo Tejuosho in Oke-Ona, Abeokuta, Ogun state. Oba Tejuosho turned 75 and family, friends, relatives and associates, gaily dressed in different attires, turned up to felicitate with him on the occasion.
Some of the activities lined up to mark the day included a thanksgiving service at the church and a ceremony to confer chieftaincy titles on three deserving Nigerians followed by a reception. Chief Rasak Akanni Okoya’s beautiful wife, Chief (Mrs) Shade Okoya was one of the select. It was therefore not a surprise that friends, family and well-wishers of the Okoya family thronged the church and the palace in large numbers.
Following in the footsteps of her husband, who had been a chieftain of the land for some years, Shade Okoya was honoured with the title of Ajisewa of Oke-Ona Egba, swelling the list of her chieftaincy titles.
In recent years, she has been recipient of a number of chieftaincy titles and awards of recognition owing to her humanitarian services in the society, service to mankind in the areas of education, and commitment to the cause of the youth and women.
Speaking after the ceremony, an elated Chief (Mrs) Okoya expressed gratitude to God for making it possible and was highly appreciative of Oba Dr. Tejuosho for the honour bestowed on her. While wishing the monarch a happy 75th Birthday, she prayed that God would continue to guide and protect him, and grant him the privilege of celebrating many more years in good health.
“Honouring me with the title Ajisewa of Oke–Ona Egba is a big privilege and honour. I see this as a call to service; it motivates one to do more. I am highly appreciative of His Royal Highness Oba Adedapo Tejuosho.