Farewell to ‘a rare gem’ …As Okemesi stands still for Yeye-Oba Raliatu

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The Royal Family at the burial

By Demola Atobaba

It was a celebration of life when the remains of the late Chief Mrs Raliatu Esther Adedeji, the Yeye-Oba of Okemesi in Ekiti West Local Government Areas of Ekiti State, were intered with pump and pegeantry, just as the top echelons personalities stormed the ancient town to give the departed soul a beifiting burial.

The wake keep programme took place on Friday September 11, 2020 at the Royal Gate Events Hall, while guests were later moved to Mama’s residence at Okerena areas of the town for the Artistes Night with fanfare as a standby musician, Ayowole Emmanuel – ‘Wolly Melody Singer’ and other traditional dancers were on ground to thrill the guests till day break.

The late Chief Mrs Raliatu who had been a pillar to the family of Adedeji joined her creator in Lagos on Monday 1, June 2020 at her first daughter’s house after a protracted illness. She was survived by many children among them is the reigning Owa-Ooye of Okemesi, Oba Michael Gbadebo Adedeji, JP, CON, Mrs Foluke Adedeji Adesegun, a successful business woman in Lagos, Mrs Adeseeni Adedeji Alabi also a successful business woman and Prince Adewumi Adedeji, a fellow of Prestigious Institute Executive Officer, Sweet Speechless Nigeria Limited and many grand and great grand children.

She lived a good life and she got a remarkable funeral in Okemesi community on Saturday September 12. Mama Raliatu Adedeji, a business woman on note, died at 90. Her funeral was a celebration, with who’s-who across the Southwest states and Nigeria at large gathered to pay her last respect. They rallied round HRM Oba Gbadebo Adedeji, the present Owa-Ooye of Okemesi who happened to be the first child of the deceased and other relations for an outstanding burial.

A visitor would have mistaken it for a meeting of first-class traditional rulers and other dignitaries.

The Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi was ably respresented by his Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state; Barrister Olawale Fapohunda. While the Chairman of Ekiti State Traditional Rulers and the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, HRM Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi – Afuntade I, led other Monarchs at the occasion.

Prominent among them are Arinjale of Ise; HRM Oba Dr Adetunji Ajayi, Attah of Ayede; HRM Oba Mumini Adebayo Orisagbemi, Olojudo of ldo-Ile; HRM Oba Aderemi Obaleye, Olupole of Ipole Iloro; HRM Oba Babatola Oladele, Onikogosi of Ikogosi; HRM Oba Elijah Abiodun Olorunnisola, Owa-Ajero of Ijero; HRM Oba (Dr) Adewole Adebayo respresented by his Oloris, Olohan of Erijiyan; Oba Omosebi Adegoroye, Onipere of Ipere-Ekiti, Ewi of Ado-Ekiti; HRM Oba (Dr) Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe represented by his High Chiefs, Alaaye of Efon; Oba Alayemero Aladejare, Onisan of Isan-Ekiti and Elerio of Erio; HRM Oba Johnson Bamigbade.

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