Adebutu to be conferred with Odole Oodua in October.
Billionaire businessman and owner of Premier Lotto, also known as Baba Ijebu, Chief Adebutu Kessington, has emerged the Odole of Ile Ife, Osun State.
Briefing newsmen on Wednesday, Moses Olafare, the Director, Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, said that the Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, would confer the title on Adebutu in October.
Olafare noted that the occupier of the seat included the late legal icon, G.O.K Ajayi, and Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
While Ajayi was given the title by the immediate past Ooni, Oba Okunade Sijuade, the late Premier of Western Region, Awolowo, was installed by the late Sir Adesoji Aderemi, the 49th Ooni of Ife.
Describing the significance of the title, Olafare said that Odole had 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.
“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 2019,” Olafare said.