The newly-installed Soun, Oba Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye, on Thursday, entered the palace in Ogbomoso to begin his reign.
This was after he had performed the final series of traditional rites to become the 30th Soun of Ogbomoso land.
The rites marked the end of the compulsory seven-day seclusion for the new traditional ruler, who visited some historical compounds in the town.
Clad in a golden agbada with a white royal cap and a pair of black shoes, Oba Olaoye held the white horsewhip.
The whip, it was gathered, was given to him at the “Abata” shrine, where all the past Soun of Ogbomoso were laid to rest.
On arrival at the back gate of the palace, he performed a rite while surrounded by the kingmakers and other subjects.The ritual, it was learnr, was to ensure a peaceful and long reign.
The new Soun later danced to several traditional local tunes provided by drummers for some minutes, before proceeding to other rites inside the palace.
High Chief Sobalaje Otolorin, the Areago of Ogbomoso land, led other kingmakers to perform the installation.
He proclaimed Olaoye as “His Imperial Majesty, Oba Ghandi Afolabi Olaoye, the Orumogege III and the 30th Soun of Ogbomoso.”
Addressing the crowd, the new Soun thanked everyone for their love and support and assured them that a new light was set to shine on the town.
He pleaded with all sons and daughters, both at home and in the diaspora, to return home and contribute their quota to the development of the town.
The high point of the brief ceremony at the palace was the prayer sessions by representatives of the major religions in the town.
Olaoye was enthroned by the kingmakers as the new Soun of Ogbomoso in the early hours of last Friday.
Governor Seyi Makinde had earlier approved his selection to become one of the first-class traditional rulers in the state.
The stool has been vacant since Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi, Ajagungbade III, joined his ancestors on Dec. 12, 2021
Thursday’s ceremony was attended by the Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi.