The 33rd Olowo of Owo Kingdom, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye, has been installed on Friday, about twenty-four hours after he resigned as Permanent Secretary in the Onod State Civil Service.
His installation was consequent upon elaborate traditional rites, which started at dawn, and were attended by hundreds of residents of the town and well-wishers.
One of the kingmakers who holds the Ojumu of Owo chieftaincy title, Olanrewaju Famakinwa, said the rites had to be performed in line with prescribed customs and culture of the ancient town.
He said the new monarch chose the sword of peace in the course of the rites, explaining that, “Oba Ogunoye, chose a sword which signifies peace. Traditionally, before a king is installed, he will have to choose a sword at Oke Mapo.”
“And it is believed that whichever one he chooses will tell how his reign will be. Coincidentally, he chose the same sword chosen by his father more than 30 years ago and the sword represents peace,” the kingmaker said.
The Agba Omolowo, Idowu Oludaye, said it was a new dawn for the ancient town because there was a new king.
He described the new monarch as a man of honour, patience and humility even as he expressed optimism that his reign would bring peace, prosperity and development to the town.
He further enjoined the new monarch to accommodate all and sundry. He charged subjects and residents of the town to support him, saying the coronation of the monarch would hold in the next 17 days.
The Adanigbo Onula, Kunle Ijalana, said the day was spectacular because it was another success recorded in the town and prayed that the new monarch would reign longer than those before him.
Oba Ogunoye was selected as Olowo after garnering 14 votes from the 15 kingmakers on July 12, following the demise of Oba Victor Olateru- Olagbegi on April 18 at the age of 77.
(Culled from Penpushing online)