A former Minister of Education in Nigeria, Barrister Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, has been recognised for his contribution to human development and enterprise management initiatives in Nigeria by Oba (Dr) Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun II, the Deji of Akure Kingdom in Ondo State who will conferred with a chieftaincy.
Our team noted a letter dated 13th September 2021 addressed to Olorogun Gbagi, in which the Royal Father wrote that the Chieftaincy title would be conferred during the UIefunta Festival, slated for October 9th 2021.
Except – “Of particular mention, is the interest you have shown and demonstrated in the overall development of the nation during your meritorious service as minister of the Federal Republic and your continuous zeal and will to serve your people”.
“In my capacity as the Deji and Paramount Ruler of Akure Kingdom and by extension the custodian of customs and culture of the Kingdom in Ondo State, West Nigeria, I write to formally communicate the pleasure of my royalty to you, that you have been selected as one of the highly distinguished Nigerians to be conferred with a chieftaincy title during the above ceremony whose grand finale has been scheduled to hold on Saturday 9th October 2021.
“It is my fervent hope that you will see this conferment as a mark of honour and challenge to do more for Akure Kingdom and by extension, your fatherland”, the letter added by the monarch.
Barrister Kenneth Gbagi is a frontline governorship aspirant in Delta state, oil rich state in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria.
Recently has been supporting the foundation in delivering health care services to youths and most especially the elderly.
The Ulefunta Festival has a historical and cultural significance. The first is that, there is, from ages past, there will be no noise or drum or any ceremony whatsoever. Markets are closed within this period of seven days throughout the kingdom and there is no observance of any activities. When the Deji comes out of seclusion after seven days, there is then a celebration by the whole of the town. Masquerades and all the sons and daughters of Akure are expected to come and pay the Deji his traditional Ulefunta homage after he emerges from seclusion and then the golden chieftaincies.
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