The ancient city of Ogbomoso is set to play host to prominent personalities from all walks of life for the 90th birthday and 42nd coronation anniversary celebrations of the Soun of Ogbomosoland, His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III.
The modest, self-made revered monarch, who is also the Chancellor of the Plateau State University, Bokkos, will become a nonagenarian on May 27, 2016.
It was gathered that a special committee comprising the monarch’s children and associates has been meeting day and night to ensure a flamboyant and historic event.
The three-day fiesta will be rounded off with an elegant reception on May 27 at the Ogbomoso palace ground, with King Sunny Ade; Abolore Akande, popularly known as 9ice, an indigene of Ogbomoso; alongside other musicians on the band stand.
A palace source said: “Alayeluwa rarely throws parties.
“For him to have decided to mark his 90th birthday and 42nd coronation anniversary, you can imagine what the event would look like.
“We thank God for Kabiyesi’s remarkable life.
“We appreciate his contributions to the society through his selfless roles as a statesman and an upscale philanthropist.
“As a man of principle, he has carved a niche for himself in the traditional institution.
“He is a very rare monarch.”
According to Mrs. Aduke Alade, a businesswoman in Ogbomoso, Oba Oyewumi is the pride of Ogbomoso, noting that the monarch’s passion for his people is immeasurable.
Alade said: “We are happy that our Baba is 90 years old and 42 years on the throne.
“His reign has brought unprecedented development to Ogbomoso and its environ.
“Kabiyesi is loved by all and sundry.
“He is passionate about his domain.
“We pray God will grant Oba Oyewumi more rewarding years in good health in the service of God and humanity.”
It was also gathered that top government officials, royal fathers, renowned businessmen, prominent politicians, captains of industry and diplomats, among others will honour the uncommon traditional ruler with their esteemed presence on the special occasion that will remain euphoric for years.