Alake ushered into octogenarian club with weeklong celebration

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The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, turned 80 years old on Thursday, September 14, 2023, and the milestone was celebrated with weeklong activities.

At the venue of the birthday ceremony in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the monarch was presented with many gifts from guests, including friends, family members and associates from all over the world.

Looking healthy and elegantly dressed in a purple attire, the king was surrounded by his chiefs and a royal train as he made his way into the venue of the birthday reception.

Before the reception, the king had attended a church service at St. Peters Cathedral, Ake, to give thanks for attaining the new age.

From the smile that was a constant fixture on his face, it was evident to see how happy the king was to be marking his 80th birthday in good health and grand style.

At the reception, the king was serenaded with music from different bands including that of juju icon, Ebenezer Obey.

Meanwhile, the Lagos leg of the birthday party was held at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, on Saturday, September 16. Themed The Royal Ball, the event held amid pomp and circumstance. At the entrance of the hall was a purple carpet which had the inscription, “A loving king and patriarch. We honour you as you ascend the lofty peak of 80. Eight decades of life so brilliantly lived. A noble leader in whom our hearts are deeply cleaved.”

As part of the celebration, the monarch had kicked off a free health screening programme on Friday, September 8. He also conferred chieftaincy titles on some distinguished sons and daughters of Egbaland on that day.

There was also provision of free medical services for members of the community over a period of two days.

Notable personalities who showed up to celebrate the respected monarch included the Olowu of Owu, Oba Saka Matemilola; former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun and his wife, Bamidele; a former Governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba; and a former speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraju Adekanbi.

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