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  • Updated: March 08, 2024

Lisabi Festival: Alake of Egbaland, others underscore importance of unity

Lisabi Festival: Alake of Egbaland, others  underscore impor

Renowned figures from Egbaland congregated at Mokola, Abeokuta on Thursday to mark the 37th Lisabi Festival and pay tribute to the late Otun of Egbaland, Chief Tairu Braimoh Olaleye, recognized as the Hero of the Year.

Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, highlighted the cultural significance of the Lisabi Festival in uniting the Egba people and promoting qualities of selflessness and leadership.

In honoring the late Chief Tairu, who served diligently as the Otun of Egbaland and was also the grandfather of Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Isola, Oba Adedotun emphasized his lasting contributions to the development of Egbaland.

The Alake emphasized that the festival provided a platform to celebrate achievements, recognize exemplary individuals, and foster unity among Egba sons and daughters, reinforcing the rich heritage of the community.

"We use Lisabi festival to promote selflessness, to promote leadership qualities in all Egba sons and daughters, to promote what we are known for. Education is our number one industry; to promote education, to promote entrepreneurship.

"This year, we chose agric business, and we have had series of lectures, bankers coming to tell us about what facilities are available to farmers and we have got so many Egba sons who have produced the equipment that so many of our children will need when they're going into farming."

Meanwhile, Oba Saka Adelola Matemilola, the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, stressed the importance of preserving history and heritage to propel further development by the younger generation.

He urged the community to build on the successes inherited from their forefathers, especially the legacies of late Chief Tairu Braimoh Olaleye, the grandfather of Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Ishola.

While speaking on unity and blessing of God, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, the Osile of Oke-Ona Egba, urged his people to always acknowledge God in their endeavours.

He expressed delight in the selection of Chief Tairu Braimoh Olaleye as the hero of the year, noting his significant contributions to the development of Egbaland.

Ambassador Sarafa Tunji-Isola, the immediate past Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, reflected on his family's pride in their heritage, with his grandfather being honoured.

He emphasised the importance of unity in achieving development in Egbaland.

"Unity will achieve a lot in terms of having a common agenda for development. The essence thus is to galvanise ourselves together and uplift Egbaland in terms of socio-economic issues, employment and other infrastructure because one thing that always brings development for any set of people is their unity of purpose and I am happy that we are getting that in Egbaland," he stated.

The highpoint of the event was the presentation of a certificate in recognition of late Chief Tairu Braimoh Olaleye as the Lisabi Festival Hero of the Year, 2024.

Chief Taiwo Braimoh Olaleye, as Otun Egba between 1907 - 1913, played pivotal roles in the development of Egbaland and was a signatory to the Agreement made on 18th November, 1909 between His Excellency, Sir Walter Egerton, Knight Commander of the Distinguished Order of Saint Micheal and Saint George; Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the colony of Southern Nigeria, the Alake and authorities of the Egba nation.

The Lisabi Festival, named after Lisabi Agbongboakala, a revered warrior who saved Egba people from the regular payment of royalty to the Alaafin of Oyo, serves as a testament to the resilience and unity of the Egba people.

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