Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, will on Thursday, March 17, 2022 be awarded “2021 Governor of the year” at the Nigeria Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Ogba, Lagos State by indigenous language newspaper, YORUBA TOOTO.
Expected at the ceremony, the first of its kind to be organised by a Yoruba newspaper in Nigeria, include Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as the host; All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as a special guest; Ogun State former governors, Aremo Olusegun Osoba and Otunba Gbenga Daniel as special guest, founder of Love Of Christ Generation Church (Cherubim & Seraphim), Rev Mother Esther Ajayi, as a special guest; speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa, as a special guest, former NUPENG president, Alhaji Najeem Korodo, as a special guest and others.
Also expected at the event are first class monarchs, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Alake of Egba land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo Aremu, Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Victor Kiladejo, Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ajibade and the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Aare Gani Adams, while the Editor-In-Chief, Vanguard newspaper, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, would be the chief host.
At the award ceremony, an historical Yoruba book titled, “YORUBA NI TOOTO 2”, which comprises the histories of Abeokuta, Ondo, Akure and Ijebu-Jesha would be unveiled to the public while presidential spokesperson, Mr Femi Adesina, would review the book.
About the event, publisher & editor- in-chief of YORUBA TOOTO newspaper, Mr Kunle Babarinde, said, “This would be the first time that a governor would be awarded in the Yoruba language newspaper industry. Gov. Akeredolu has done extremely well for the Yoruba race in the past few years.
“The impact of Gov Akeredolu in the formation of South West Security Network known as Amotekun blew our mind and that of many Yorubas. Also, as the chairman, south west Governor’s forum, Gov Akeredolu has provided an impressive leadership without taking political affiliations into consideration.
“One must not forget his role in the implementation of anti-grazing law as the chairman, southern Nigeria Governor’s forum.
“So, with all these, we believe Arakunrin should be well celebrated on the 17th of March. Also, the historical book to be unveiled would be dedicated to women who have been a source of pride to Yoruba land or who have given birth to children that have been the pride to Yoruba land.
“At the event, a lecture about the progress of Yoruba land without political interference would be delivered by Afenifere chieftain, Mogaji.