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Olutayo Irantiola’s Historical Play, The Okeho Exodus Set For Release November 2022 – Naijanewsdirect

The Historical play titled The Òkehò Exodus, written by Olutayo Irantiola, is set for release November 2022. The play is a unique documentation of the story of Òkehò, the headquarters of Kajola Local Government area of Oyo State, South West, Nigeria. This is a dramatic documentation of a specific episode in the story of Òkehò, the regicide of Ońjò Olúkìtìbí, in 1916, an incident that changed the Òkehò story drastically. After the unfortunate incident, the British colonial administration stepped in to restore law and order in its way. Its ultimate order was for Okeho to relocate from its nature-endowed refuge in the hills of Òkehò-Ahoro to its present site from which it had been forced to flee the Fulani and Dahomey invaders. It is this part of the story of Òkehò that is effectively captured in this drama. The Òkehò Exodus has been receiving several praises ahead of its release, Professor Segun Gbadegesin, Aṣíwájú of Òkehò who wrote the foreword to the play, noted that, “Ìrántíọ́lá has woven seamlessly the goals of truth-telling and entertainment and has demonstrated fidelity to historical accuracy while also achieving artistic excellence.” According to him, “through this drama, he has effectively presented, not an unhistorical entertainment, but an entertaining history. It is my fervent hope that this volume will generate the interest of serious cultural enthusiasts and the play will be staged in theatres across the country and the world in no distant future,” he added. Also, Mr. Dípọ̀ Adéṣidà, the Chief Operating Officer of Verdant Zeal Group stated that “the story began on a romantic note, goes through the unprecedented labyrinth of divide and rule, infighting, intrigue and myopia, the genesis of bloodletting and eventual loss of a kingdom and by extension, an entire nation’s identity. Sadly, this story is still reminiscent of many African communities today who cannot see the

‘Okeho’ Day Celebration Set To Hold November 26 – Naijanewsdirect

Onjo of Okeho Plans are in top gear for the week-long activities that will culminate in the grand finale of the 2022 Okeho Day celebration. The event will begin on November 20, 2022, while the grand finale will take place on November 26, 2022. Okeho, the headquarters of Kajola Local Government area of Oyo State, is a valley-town agrarian community surrounded by seven hills which include Eti-Igun, Oke-Olofin, Akasube, Biayin, Okofori, Meseole and Obaapa.     ADVERTISEMENT In his Royal statement, the Onjo of Okeho, Oba Dr. Rafiu Osuolale Mustapha, Adeiitan II said, “we are set for the homecoming of our sons and daughters from all across the world to mark another historic event in our hometown with pomp and pageantry. It is always a joyous occasion where we celebrate our achievers, motivate our youngsters and also showcase the beauty of our community to the world.”   “With myriads of self-developmental efforts of the town, we are delighted to say that our community has continued to experience tremendous growth from the confederation of eleven independent communities, namely Alubo, Bode, Gbonje, Ijo, Imoba, Isia, Isemi, Oke-Ogun/Ogbinte, Ogan, Olele and Ashin/Pamo. The new quarters as- Ilupeju, Asaka, Ajegunle (Abu),” Meseole, Ojete, Opin, the Oba added.   Bolstering this, the Chairman of the Central Planning Committee, High Prince Dr. Leye Babalola, this year’s Okeho Day is another call to continually build our hometown. As a community that has thrived on the generous spirit of our sons and daughters spread across the world. We are converging again for a weeklong celebration to fraternize with one another. The main project to be commissioned during the celebration is Solar Street Lightening for the Okeho community” The chairman of Egbe Omo Ibile, Alh. Azeez Lakanla, therefore, called on the sons and daughters of Okeho, both home and abroad, to contribute immensely towards the success of the programme and