By Seyifunmi Odunuga
The ancient town of Imasayi in Yewa North Local Government area of Ogun State has been agog with celebration following the approval of Prince Kuoye Lukman Olalekan as the Olu-Imasai of Imasayi by the state government.
As news of the approval of the new Oba of Imasayi designate spread across the town on Thursday, August 19, 2021, indigenes and residents of the Kingdom trooped to the streets rejoicing that indeed the best candidate has emerged.
The people of the kingdom were unanimous in their belief that the reign of the new Oba-elect who has a wealth of experience in public service spanning over two decades would usher in peace and development to the town.
Prince Kuoye, who came from Oyesokun Ruling House of Imasayi, emerged victorious during the selection process which was conducted by the traditional chiefs of the town under the strict supervision of officials of Yewa North Local Government, Ayetoro in March 2021.
Until his selection to the stool of his forefathers, Kuoye worked with National Identity Management Commission, NIMC.
He had also served as Special Assistant to Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State and was also a former Secretary and Vice-Chairman, Transition Committee of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government.
A renowned social worker, Prince Kuoye holds a Masters’ Degree in Social Work from Lagos State University and was the Past President of Rotary Club of Atan-Ota and Charter President, Rotary Club of Ado-Odo.
The new Olu-Imasayi elect who has accepted his selection, praised the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun and members of the State Executive Council for affirming the popular choice of Imasayis.
While thanking the Chiefs and kingmakers of the town, Prince Kuoye called on indigenes and residents of Imasayi, especially those who slugged it out the referred stool with him to join hands with him towards building the Imasayi Kingdom.
His words, “I want my dear brothers that vied for this stool with me to know that we are all winners as my Obaship administration will be all-inclusive.”
It was scooped from custodians of the town’s customs and tradition that the new Oba-elect would go into seclusion (Ipebi) in the coming days, in line with the town’s processes of appointing a new Oba in town.
Thereafter, the state government will present the staff of office to the Oba-elect.