Ooni Set To Install Adebutu Kessington As Odole Oodua

+ Office Previously Occupied By Awolowo and G.O.K Ajayi

Businessman and philanthropist, Chief Adebutu Kessington, has emerged the Odole of Ife, a title last held by the late legal icon, Chief G.O.K. Ajayi.
Making the announcement in Ile Ife on Wednesday while speaking to journalists, Director, Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Moses Olafare, explained that the Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, would confer the title on Adebutu in October.
Before the late Ajayi was made Odole by the immediate past Ooni, Oba Okunade Sijuade, late Premier of Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, was Odole, having been installed by the late Sir Adesoji Aderemi, the 49th Ooni of Ife.

    On the significance of the title, Olafare described Odole as a special office that worked closely with the Ooni in rallying the descendants of Oduduwa wherever they were in the world for unity, peace and progress of the race.
    He added, “The Odole Oodua, a position once occupied by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and subsequently by Chief G.O.K Ajayi, is a highly revered chieftaincy in Yorubaland pioneered by the great Oranmiyan while he was still a Prince of Ife.”

The choice of Adebutu was arrived at after considering his philanthropy, positive contributions to human development, and promotion of cultural values and traditions of Yoruba race.
    “All the necessary rites attached to the installation are being observed ahead of the installation ceremony slated. The kings, high chiefs and chief priests are atop the coronation rites, which will reach the climax on the eve of the event in October 2109,” Olafare said.

The choice of Adebutu as the Odole Oodua is also in recognition of his philanthropy, positive contributions to human development, and promotion of our prestigious cultural values and traditions as descendants of Oduduwa. The Kensington Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation(KAAF) and the medical laboratory and Maternity Centre established in 2005 among other commitments to the service of the poor and other vulnerable people in the society attest to this.
In line with the established process of filling such an important position, both the political and spiritual wings of Ile-Oodua have sought Sir Adebutu’s consent in this regard on behalf of the Ooni and he has presented his acceptance of the offer to the Arole Oodua’Olofin Adimula, the Ooni of Ife for final ratification.
All the necessary rites attached to the installation are being observed ahead of the installation ceremony slated. The kings, the high chiefs (AGBA IFE) and chief priests (THE ISOROS) are atop of the coronation rites which will reach the climax on the eve of the event in October 2109.

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