Albert Einstein said, "A life that is lived in the service of others is worth living." This of course came to reality when the Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. SOB Agunbiade, emerged as the Ikorodu Man of the year 2016.
Ikorodu Town Hall was without gainsaying filled up to the maximum capacity on Sunday, 25th of February, 2017, when Starlight Newspaper/Magazine celebrated those who had contributed immensely to the growth of Ikorodu division in the year 2016.
The programme was blessed with the opening prayer from Chief Adenrele Olowu at exactly 3:48pm while the Publisher of Starlight Newspaper, Mr Damola Aderibigbe gave the reason why we were there in his welcome address.
The Chairman of the occasion, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya in his speech appreciated Hon. SOB Agunbiade for his restless efforts towards Youth development and that couldn't have been successful without the support of his wonderful wife, he therefore thanked his wife, Alh. Tairat Agunbiade for being the pillar behind her husband.
The former NBA Chairman, Ikorodu, Barr. S.O.K. Shilling in his keynote address stated that the performance of Hon. SOB Agunbiade didn't surprise him because he had investigated the name, 'SANAI', and got to know that the meaning is " Eni Iyi" (meaning, a distinguished person). So, for him to have emerged as Ikorodu Man of the Year 2016 justifies his name. He further stretched that Hon. SOB Agunbiade had been exhibiting this qualities right from his younger age.
When it was time for the real business of the day, awards were presented to six prominent personalities in Ikorodu division, the first to be honored was the founder of Ikorodu Ambassadors Group, Mr Rasheed Fatuga, for his passion for the development of Ikorodu division, after which a Community Developer, member of COLID, IKODAS and a politician per excellent, Comrade Kehinde Okeowo was honoured as the Most Outstanding Community Advocate in Ikorodu division. Oloye Oye Solebo was awarded as the Most Community State Man, the Sole Administrators of Ikorodu West and North, Mr Segun Anifowose and daughter of the former Chairman, Ikorodu Local Government, Hon. (Mrs) Shukurat Adewunmi Okeowo, were also honoured for their Outstanding Performance in 2016.
There was a thunderous applause when the name of the Opomulero of Ikorodu was called, a moment that engaged the influence of all guests as they all gave a standing ovation to honour the Ikorodu Man of the Year 2016, Hon. SOB Agunbiade, a man of vision and inestimable value was led to the podium while the presentation of his award was done by Oba Engr Kabir Shotobi, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, who was ably represented by "omo Iya Onipanla", Otunba Ayodele Elesho.
Hon. SOB Agunbiade however returned all the Glory to Almighty Allah for making the day a reality. He rendered his unreserved appreciation to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for keeping the Party alive (APC), through his tenacity of purpose. He thanked the Party leaders in Ikorodu division and Lagos State, including the Speaker and all Honourable members at the Lagos State House of Assembly. In the same vein he also thanked the Royal Majesties in Ikorodu division, G58 & G68 in Ikorodu, his lovely wife, Alhaja Tairat Agunbiade, the iCARE Team and Onward Movement of Nigeria and not forgetting the Press, particularly IgbogboBayeku Info Magazine. He thanked the organisers and reiterated that the award is an incentive to him in order to do more.
The Hall was agog with men and women of timber and calibre in Ikorodu division, among them were HRM Oba Kabir Shotobi, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, who was represented by Otunba Ayodele Elesho, HRM Oba Richard Ogunsanya, the Olubeshe of Ibeshe, Regent of Ijede, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun, Chief Adenrele Olowu, Alh. M.A. Gafar, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, Alh. Kola Sanni, Yeye Fausat Gbadebo, Hon. Nurudeen Sholaja-Saka, Banjo Adeola, Alh M.O. Abiodun, Col. Onafowokan Rtd, Barr. S.O.K. Shilling, Hon Jimoh Azeez Olosugbo, Hon Owolabi Anifowose, NUT Chairman, Mr Oduguwa and NBA Chairman, Ikorodu, Mr Levi.
Others were Prince Oyebola, Arch. Lamidi Kara, Alh. Enifeni, Sole Administrators in Ikorodu division, Party Chairmen, League of Baales in Ikorodu, iCARE Team, Onward Movement of Nigeria, among others.
The Publisher, Igbogbo/Bayeku Info Magazine
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