His Royal Majesty, The Onjo of Okeho land, Oba Rafiu Mustapha Osuolale Adeitan 11, has installed Chief Iroko Michael Olugbenga as the new Baale of Bode land in Okeho, under Kajola Local Government area of Oyo State.
The new Baale, a descendant of Okanlawon Baale Bode Afolabi/ Olaoye, studied Business Management at Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU) Ile-ife, Osun State and worked with Ogungbola & Sons Limited as External Auditor, General Manager, BISADET Company (Publishers of Children Monthly Magazine) based in Lagos State, Rep. @ Friendly Top Nig. LTD, Apata NNPC, Ibadan. Also worked at Liberty Stadium, Ibadan as General Manager and currently CEO, Olugbega Michael Agro and Allied Farms, Okeho, Kajola Local Government.
In his speech, Oba Rafiu Mustapha Osuolale urged the young Baale to use his reign to bring development to the town while carrying all sons and daughters of the community along in decision making.
Speaking at the event, the new Baale thanked Oba Rafiu Mustapha Osuolale, all sons and daughters of Okeho home and abroad as well as loving people of Bode for their unflinching support given to him and promised to use his experience and contacts to bring development to the community.
He called on sons and daughters of Bode community, home and diaspora to be back home and give the needed support towards the development of the town.
“I am passionately appealing to all well-meaning sons and daughters of the town, friends and corporate organizations to let us join hands in ensuring that we attract the needed development to our great ancestral home. We are all winners in the contest for this position, there’s no loser as we are all out for the good of the community.”
The new Baale also assured all and sundry of his willingness to work with all as his doors are opened to advice and constructive criticisms aimed at moving the community forward.
Speaking with newsmen, many sons and daughters of Bode and Okeho altogether expressed their appreciation to Oba Rafiu Mustapha for ensuring a smooth transition from one Baale to another and for them having a young, vibrant and peace-loving man as their new Baale.
The new Baale however used the occasion to appreciate the Chieftains of PDP, chieftains of APC, the Onjo in Council (all the Baales from various communities in Okeho), religious leaders, Chief Raji Bomode-Oku, Chief Moshood Badmus Olokuku, Chief Oyebanji Oyewumi (O’Solider), Hon. John Olaleru, Hon. Babs Olawoyin Moses, Hon. Ustadh Dapo Yusuff, Mr Salau Bashiru Coach, Rev. Oyatokun, Business Associates, family and friends and other well wishers for their key roles being played towards making the installation a successful one.
The new Baale of Bode community being given his certificate by the Kabiyesi, the Onjo of Okeho.
The event was witnessed by:
Chief Shola Ogunbode, Hon. Isiaka Lekan Salami Obe, Mr Radio, Mr Oyebanji Iroko, Chief (Mrs) Oyebola Olaniyan, Mr David Olanrewaju, Alh. Rasheed Ahmed, Mr Amusat Alekuso, Mrs Risikatu Salau (Iya Waliu), Mrs Khadijat Salau (Iya Ibeji), Alh. Fatah Ogun, Hon. Mathew Iroko.
Also in attendance at the occasion were the representatives of Ibadan Unity Club, Abe Igi Aanu, Orita, Okeho, People Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC), Progressive Youth Voice (PYV) Kajola Local Government Chapter, Okeho Progressive Forum, Okeho Indigenes, Okeho Omo Olofin, Member of Security Personnel, among others