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Oba Alabalabi Celebrates His First Coronation Anniversary, Installs New Chiefs

The Alabalabi of Abalabi, HRM Oba Taofeek Bakare Biobaku Osunriade Aromokala 1, celebrated his first coronation anniversary on Saturday 27th March 2021, at the African Central School playing ground at Abalabi in Ewekoro, Ogun State.

The King was crowned last year by the Ogun State Government amidst the coronavirus pandemic and controversies surrounding his emergence as King.

The King installed new Chiefs into the palace to mark the occasion of the ceremony, and running of affairs in the community.

The newly installed Chiefs are Chief Hon Sesan Okewunmi Fafunso as Balogun of Abalabi, Chief Onipede Funlade Samuel as Osi of Abalabi, Chief Abdul Salam Lateef Ojolowo as Bobagunwa of Abalabi, and Chief Mrs Adetunji Abiola as Otun Iyaloja of Abalabi.

The popular Fuji musician, Abass Akande Obesere, entertained the guests at the event.

Historically, the indigenous people of Abalabi originated from Orile Owu, and moved down to Ibadan during the inter tribal wars of the mid nineteenth Century, then back to Abeokuta after the war.

They later settled at Oke Ago Owu, Tototo and Sokori area of Owu kingdom with their families. After some years in Abeokuta, they started looking for fertile land to practice their profession which was Agriculture.

They moved towards the Southwest of Abeokuta, traveled through Owowo, Akinade, Elere Adula and finally settled at Abalabi Orile.

The name of the town, Abalabi Orile, emanated from the name of the hunter, Alabi Awakan, who discovered the land, built a hurt, and rested after serious hunting having observed that the location was fertile and good for Agriculture.

Thereafter, he invited his friends Obamaja and Sonibare and others to join him in his hurt, called as Aba in Yoruba language, and today the town is called Abalabi, Alabi’s hurt.

Past Kings that have ruled the community are Oba Joel Olorode Adetoro Akinpelu Sonibare 1st, and Oba Edward Adekunjo Fashina Obamaja 1st.

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