Oba Olufemi Ogunleye of Akinale Passes Away at 79

The Towulade of Akinale in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Olufemi Ogunleye, has passed away.

Oba Olufemi Ogunleye of Akinale Passes Away at 79

Dr. Kunle Adesina, on behalf of the family, issued a statement on Thursday confirming the death of the royal father at the age of 79.

The statement read, “With gratitude to God, the entire Ogunleye Family of Akinale and Delesolu Compound, Ago-Owu, Owu Kingdom Abeokuta, hereby announce the passing unto glory of our illustrious son, father and grandfather, His Royal Highness Oba (Dr.) Olufemi Okesooto Iyanda Adewunmi Ogunleye, Towulade 1 of Akinale, Owu Kingdom Abeokuta.

“This solemn announcement marks the beginning of the celebration of a life well spent in selfless service to humanity in several sectors.

“It also initiates a series of activities to recognize the remarkable milestones in his life journey, starting from the modest surroundings of Delesolu, Awaye, and Oloosii compounds in Owu Abeokuta to the very heights of local and international journalism, public relations practice, and an impactful approach to royalty and law scholarship.

“With a deep sense of joy and pride in the realization of what Oba Ogunleye meant or represented to many people and organizations across the world, we promise to consult widely with all concerned, both high and low, in lining up a program of events to mark and celebrate stages and stations in the life of this dignified Owu personage.

“A program of events in this direction will be released as soon as possible.

“He is survived by his wife, Olori Olanike Ogunleye, children, and grandchildren, among whom is Mr. Bamidele Ogunleye of the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC), Abeokuta.”

The Bobajiroro of Akinale, Chief Ganiyu Lasisi, remarked that the royal father’s death has cast a shadow of mourning over the town.

Lasisi said, “His passage is unexpected; it is a great loss that has thrown all of us into sorrow because he was indeed a very loving father, a leader who wanted the best for his people. We have really suffered a devastating loss in Akinale and we pray that God will grant all of us the fortitude to bear the loss.”

Oba Ogunleye, a seasoned journalist, retired as the General Manager, Public Relations of the defunct Nigeria Airways.

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