The biggest promoter of Nigeria’s cultural heritage, Globacom, has sponsored a ground-breaking Royal Banquet for the newly installed Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba (Dr) Saliu Adetunji.
The colourful event staged at the Ibadan Recreation Club was attended by His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adetunji, his two Oloris, Ibadan high chiefs, socialites and top politicians including the Minister representing Oyo State in the Federal Executive Council, Barrister Adebayo Shittu.
Popular pop-gospel artiste, Lanre Teriba better known as ‘Atorise’ and foremost Fuji artiste, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall also known as KWAM 1, thrilled Ibadan indigenes with the best of their music at the royal banquet sponsored by Globacom and organised by the Coronation Committee.
The royal banquet was in continuation of the activities marking the installation of the new Olubadan, which took place the previous day. The occasion featured sublime music, dance and comedy.
For KWAM 1, it was a re-union of sorts, as the Olubadan played a role in his ascendancy. In the 80s, the monarch had signed the musician up to his record label. KWAM 1’s performance was both energetic and enchanting. His beats got indigenes and prominent sons and daughters of the city from all walks to their feet.
Lanre Teriba had also earlier performed, drawing distinguished indigenes to the dance floor. One of them was Chief S.L. Lagunju, lawyer and Ibadan-born 90-year-old childhood friend of the new monarch.
Mrs. Banke Ajao, an indigene of Ibadan who attended the banquet gave kudos to Globacom for its support for the coronation and especially for the royal banquet which she described as a breath of fresh air in the town.
Ahmed Apampa, another Ibadan indigene expressed appreciation to Globacom and noted that the company had displayed its commitment to the welfare of Nigerians by not only making its products and services available, but also by providing an atmosphere of glee and euphoria at such an epochal ceremony as the king’s coronation.
Oba Adetunji is the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland and succeeded Oba Odulana Odugade who went to be with his ancestors on January 19, this year.