The ancient town of Imasayi in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State has been agog with celebration following the approval of the selection of Prince Kuoye Lukman Olalekan by the state government of as the Olu-Imasayi of Imasayi.
As news of the approval of the selection of the new Oba filtered into town, indigenes and residents of the town trooped to the streets rejoicing that indeed the best candidate emerged as the paramount ruler of the Imasayi.
The new Oba boasts of wealth of experience in public service spanning over two decades, and the people of the kingdom are unanimous in their belief that his reign will usher in peace and development to the town.
Prince Kuoye, from Oyesokun Ruling House, emerged after the selection process conducted by the traditional chiefs under the supervision of officials of Yewa North Local Government Area in Ayetoro, in March 2021.
Until his selection to the stool of his forefathers, Prince Kuoye worked with National Identity Management Commission( NIMC).He had also served as Special Assistant to former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, and was also a former Secretary and Vice-Chairman, Transition Committee of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area.
A renowned social worker, Prince Kuoye holds a Masters’ Degree in Social Work from Lagos State University and was former president of Rotary Club of Atan-Ota and Charter President, Rotary Club of Ado-Odo.
The new Olu-Imasayi, who has accepted his selection, praised state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, and members of State Executive Council for affirming the popular choice of the people.
While thanking the chief and kingmakers, Prince Kuoye called on indigenes and residents of Imasayi, especially those who contested the stool with him to join hands with him towards building Imasayi kingdom.
“I want my dear brothers that vied for this stool with me to know that we are all winners as my Obaship will be inclusive administration.
“I am very grateful for this opportunity and I want to thank my fellow contestants who have gracefully accepted the decision of the people,” the new Oba said.
The custodians of the town’s customs and tradition have announced that the new Oba will go into seclusion(Ipebi) in the coming days in line with the town’s processes of appointing a new monarch, after which the representative of the state government will present the staff of office to him.