Igbogbo Community Agog As Oba Kasali Receives Princes

Kunle Adelabu

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Princes Abdul-Selem and Ahmad-Tijani Kasali arriving from exile

The ancient town of Igbogbo in Ikorodu division of Lagos State was in celebration mood on Thursday, November 24, 2016, as Princes Abdul-Selem and Ahmad-Tijani Kasali, sons of the newly installed Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, HRM Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, were given a royal reception, two months after separation from the kabiyesi.

As a traditional practice, whenever a new Oba is installed in Igbogbo, he must be kept incommunicado from his children and this led to the exile of the two Princes on September 24, 2016, during the Ita (third-day event) of the Oba’s Coronation.

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Oba Kasali welcoming his Princes

In line with this traditional procedure, Princes Abdul-Selem and Ahmad-Tijani Kasali on September 22, 2016, were exiled to an unknown destination outside Igbogbo.

However, it was a beautiful day in Igbogbo on Thursday, when the young Princes were welcome with pomp and pageantry as Gangan(talking drum) drummers led the welcome procession from the boundary between Igbogbo and Ikorodu towns to the Adeboruwa palace.

The Princes were brought to the boundary around 8.30am by a Sienna with number-plate LSD 522 BG.

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The Sienna vehicle that brought the Adeboruwa Princess at the boundary with members of Ijaolu Royal family

The procession from the boundary through Oba Omolaja Ogunlewe to Adeboruwa palace commenced at 9.35am, when the Princes were handed two black goats.

The Princes with the crowd arrived the Adeboruwa palace at 10.08am and entered the Adeboruwa Chamber at 10.15am, where the Chiefs were on standby to welcome them back. Prayers were offered for their safe return and with water, cola and traditional gin.

Oba Semiudeen Kasali joined the welcome party around 12pm to the warm embrace of the Princes.

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Princes Abdul-Selem and Ahmad inside the vehicle

Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, Emugoriade I, the Adeboruwa of Igbopgbo, was installed and presented with Staff of Office and other paraphernalia by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday, July 25, 2016 at the Adeboruwa palace.

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Alhaji Kazeem Ganiu-Sanni leading the procession with other Gangan (talking drum) drummers

He immediately proceeded to Ipebi (traditional place of seclusion), where he stayed for three months. At the expiration of the three months, he was traditional crowned by the Adeboruwa Kingmakers at the Iledi-Osugbo Abalaye (Chamber of highest traditional authority in Igbogbo), on September 22, 2016. On the same day, he triumphantly entered the palace.

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