– Colourful teens dazzled in their trendy costumes and flexible dance steps.
-As indigenous Okoo Faji Sons and Daughters celebrates with pride and honour.
KI DE ULTIMATE AND OTHERS CHARGED-UP THE ATMOSPHERE OF OKOO FAJI 20TH ANNIVERSARY CARNIVAL held at Onola Playground in Lagos-Island, Saturday March 31, 2018.
The event which was an indigenous carnival celebrated by true sons and daughters of Okoo Faji community, which is the second indigenous settlement in Lagos-Island of Lagos State, had family names and that of dignitaries inscribed on a card at each row of tables at the event.
According to Chairman of Okoo Faji Carnival Association, Hon. Adewale Abidemi Onimole, he disclosed that the 20th anniversary of the Carnival which was billed to hold last year December 2017, was shifted to this year March 31st, 2018 due to some challenges, and that it was important that the 20th Anniversary was being celebrated with book launch on History of Okoo Faji, together with other two books on communal histories inside Lagos-Island.
In his opening address, Hon. Omonile said:
“A journey of thousand years begins with a step. What people felt was going to be a flash in the pan has actually come to stay and that is Okoo Faji carnival of course.
“The traditional pride and dignity characteristics of Lagosians of old are back in our daily expressions and aspirations in Okoo Faji, we are expressing who we naturally are, an industrious peope full of pride and confidence.
“The carnival is one of the values by which we extol the virtues of our community.
“This year’s 20th anniversary celebration therefore exalts in these attributes, you are welcome.”
The book launch that dwells on the history of Okoo Faji was reviewed by Professor Abdul-Lateef from Lagos State University. His brief analyses of each chapter in the book raised the interest of the guests at the event. “I will leave you to get a copy of the book in order for you to have full details,” he said.
Among recipients of Chieftaincy award at the 20th anniversary of Okoo Faji carnival was foremost Fuji Musician, Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, popularly known as K1 De Ultimate, as Asiwaju of Okoo Faji, former Executive Chairman of Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area and Federal House of Representatives aspirant in AJIF LGA, Hon. Kamal Ayinde Bayewu was honoured as the Mogaji of Okoo Faji and Golden Son of Okoo Faji.
Ba’ale Saheed Adesegun Fakunle, Ba’ale of Aiyetoro 1 in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area was awarded ‘Pillar of Support’, in recognition of his immense contributions to the development of the association.
An ensemble of colourful teenagers in their uniform costumes dazzles the crowd with their athletic dance steps to the delight of everyone in attendance.
Among other recipients of Chieftaincy titles include the following:
-Alhaji Chief Hon. Mohammed Oyinlomo Danmole as Oluomo of Okoo Faji.
– Hon. Anthony Olayinka Adeboye as Majeobaje of Okoo Faji.
– Alhaji Taoreed Adekunle Sanni as Maiyegun of Okoo Faji and Alhaja Idiyat Abiose as Yeye Luwa of Okoo Faji, among other recipients of the chieftaincy titles.
Friends and families at the event also include top government functionaries and politicians among other invited guests.