The Amuro of Temidire Ekiti in the Ikole Local Government Area, Oba Ayodele Kupoluyi, celebrated his first coronation anniversary on Friday.
The Elekole of Ikole Ekiti, Oba Adewumi Fasiku, led other royal fathers to the ceremony which attracted people from all walks of life.
Oba Kupoluyi became the king after the death of Oba Olabode Falade and received his Staff of Office on October 21, 2015.
The monarch, at the event, conferred honorary titles on some distinguished personalities for the various roles and contributions they had made in his life.
Those honoured included Chief Olatunbosun Isijola, Bobagunwa of Temidire; Dr. Theodore Ekechi (Araba of Temidire); Mr. Solagbade Alabi, an engineer as Bobajiroro; his wife, Magdalene as Yeye Bobajiroro; Sir Dozie Mbanefo, Gbobaniyi; and Chief Ojo Afolayan, Asojuoba.
“I wouldn’t have been here today if not because of the impact they made on my person. They have become part of us in this community,” the king added.
Ekechi, an indigene of Imo State, said the honorary title conferred on him was an expression of love across the Niger.
“It also signifies that Nigeria has a greater future as an indivisible entity,” he said.
The political activist advised politicians to dwell on issues that unite the nation rather than those threatening disintegration.
“I have learnt over the years that politicians only talk about lack of unity and cohesion when things do not benefit them. They talk about disintegration only when things do not benefit them, personally,” he said.
Similarly, a posthumous award was also bestowed on the late Rev. Tunde Ogunlola for the role he played to ensure the installation of the king.
The Chairman of the Coronation Anniversary Central Planning Committee, Chief Gbenga Babalola, said, “Within the last one year on the throne of his fathers, he has been able to achieve what has not been possible in our 63 years of existence in Temidire.”
Oba Kupoluyi said he never thought of becoming a king but eventually became one by divine grace.
He noted that the last one year had been both challenging and worthwhile for him.
He added that the support he received from the people of the town had kept him going.
“We are committed to peace, unity and development of our community. This is our focus and we are committed to delivering that within the shortest possible time.
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