Government officials, private sector leaders, royal fathers and chiefs are some dignitaries expected to attend the final passage ceremony and 41-day prayer of the late Olofin Adimula Oodua of Ado-Odo, His Royal Majesty, Oba Abdul Lateef Adeniran Akanni, on Saturday, February 19, 2022.
The event, which will have the governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun (MFR), and his deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, in attendance will hold at Alamuwa Grammar School, Ado Odo, Ogun State.
The late Oba Lateef Akanni, a first class royal father joined his ancestors on January 7, 2022, and was buried according to Islamic rights same day. However, the 41-day prayer ceremony will be held as is the custom.
Other key dignitaries expected at the funeral include the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, as well as the paramount rulers in Ogun State, including the Olu of Ilaro (Yewa Land), Oba Kehinde Olugbenle (MFR), who would host other royal fathers from Ogun State at the event.
Other royal fathers of Awori origin in Lagos State will also be hosted in the ancient town of Ado Odo, while key political leaders, Senators, House of Representatives members and other elected leaders from the South West are also expected to grace the occasion.
The official launch of the Oba AbdulLateef Adeniran Akanni Foundation will also be done at the ceremony which begins by 10am.
The Chairman, Programmes Committee of the Olofin Funeral Committee, Professor Bamikole Ogunleye, who spoke about the new foundation and its purpose, said: “The Foundation will be at the forefront of the preservation of the ideals for which our highly revered Oba lived.”
While soliciting support in cash and kind to the Foundation, Ogunleye explained that the Foundation would be for the benefit of humanity in the areas of education, health, peace and development.
“We will be delighted to welcome all to the ancient town of Ado-Odo to join us as we celebrate the life and virtues of our late Kabiyesi and Immortalise his persona, name and greatness,” Ogunleye added.