The public presentation of “Abokede”, a book authored by the Managing Director of the National Mirror, Steve Ayorinde was held at the Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan on Wednesday. The book is a biography of the late Asipa Olubadan, Chief John Adeyemi Ayorinde.
At the programme which was co-hosted by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi was represented by the state’s Commissioner for Justice, Adebayo Ojo while his Osun State counterpart, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was represented by his deputy, Otunba Titi Laoye-Tomori. The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof Isaac Adewole was billed to be the chairman, he however transferred the responsibility to Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu as he said it would be inappropriate to chair the occasion with the Bishop in attendance.
Bishop Ladigbolu described the late Asipa as a man whose encyclopaedic knowledge of Yoruba culture stood him out. He reminisced about the days of the Reddifusion, when Chief Ayorinde anchored “Mo Ranti”, a programme that outlined the successes and failures of past Yoruba heroes. The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan too extolled the virtues of the late High Chief. He also disclosed that the university will soon be opening a Centre for Ibadan Studies where the rich cultural heritage of Ibadan will form the thrust of the research works to be undertaken.
While giving his own remarks, the Director of the Institute of African Studies, Prof Adewole Albert opined that “in Africa, when we lose an elderly person, we lose a library.”
Guests in attendance included High Chief Tayo Akpata, who incidentally is the husband of Chief Ayrinde’s first daughter, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, Prof Bolanle Awe, three-time Minister, Chief Phillip Asiodu, Louis Odion, the Edo State Commissioner for Information, who represented Governor Oshiomole, renowned playwright, Prof Akinwunmi Isola, Oloye Lekan Alabi who represented Aare Arisekola Alao, Dr. Victor Omololu Olunloyo and Ambassador Segun Olusola.
Chiefs Afe Babalola and Kayode Sofola too were in attendance with their wives while Senator Rashidi Ladija and Chief Olabode George sent representatives.
Ayanbinrin, Yinka Davies and Eda Oto were on the bandstand.