Ibikunle Day 2021: Gbonka Balogun Of Ibadanland Makes Case For Youth Empowerment As Akintola, Olayinka Receive Meritorious Awards
Sons and Daughters of the family of the ancient warrior, Ibikunle, on Sunday converged on Balogun Ibikunle’s Palace, Ayeye, Ibadan to celebrate their forefather with the motive of building robust relationships amongst Ibikunle in dynasty and also build on the contributions of their ancestors in the development of Ibadanland.
The event which had in attendance personalities from various disciplines featured drama, reflecting Balogun Ibikunle’s life history, cultural dance, award presentation amongst others.
The Cheif Host, Gbonka Balogun, Ibadanland, Chief Admiral Adetokunbo Akintola Ibikunle, while speaking at the event tagged ‘Ibikunle Day 2021 Celebration and Award Ceremony’ said the celebration was meant to remember their great grandfathers, who according to him, fought relentlessly for the emancipation of Ibadan people.
He admonished the family members, both home and abroad to fashion out ways of empowering the youths within the family and ensure they sustain the legacies of their ancestors.
” Today is Ibikunle day and it is in the continuation of the development of Balogun Ibikunle in dynasty”
” It is very important for everyone to take the development of youths as a priority, whatever efforts you can put in place to empower our youths are expected of you for development of Balogun Ibikunle in dynasty in particular and Ibadanland in general.
In their separate remarks, Chief Adeniyi Akintola, SAN, and Prince Olayinka Gbolahan, while appreciating the organizers of the event for finding them worthy of the awards, said the recognition would further encourage them in their humanitarian services.
Chief Akintola, who affirmed that the award remains the best award received so far, harped on the need to sustain the event by making it an annual event.
“It is gratifying coming together like this, I have met many people am seeing today severally but never knew they are also Ibikunle ”
“Getting an award from the source makes me feel proud, in fact, it’s my best award. It is important we hold this event every year and also add necessary valves for its sustainability ”
Also speaking, Mogaji Oyedeji, Balogun Ibikunle, Dr. Abass Gbolahan, enjoined sons and daughters of the Ibikunle family to emulate their forefather, Balogun Ibikunle, who was courageous, truthful, and upright.