In commemoration of the annual Ibadan Cultural Festivals, the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes,apex umbrella body of socio-cultural groups of Ibadan indigenes held an event tagged Award for Patriotism and Friendship. Individuals and organizations were honoured for their contributions to humanity.
Awardees included Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN); a member of the Peoples Democratic Party who is also gunning for the state governorship seat, Seyi Makinde; a former minister and immediate past chairman of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Nike Akande; Deputy Governor (Operations), Central Bank of Nigeria, Bayo Adelabu; and the National President, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Alogba Olukoya; Omobolanle, wife of the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, the All Progressives Congress governorship aspirant in Oyo State.
The CCII President General, Chief Yemi Soladoye, said that the recipients were worthy of the award because of their contributions to humanity.
The honoured organisations were First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) Plc and Nigeria Breweries (NB) Plc.
The event, which held at Liberty Stadium in Ibadan, was attended by traditional leaders, government functionaries, local government chiefs, cultural ambassadors, drummers, traditionalists, community leaders, friends, families and well-wishers of the awardees.
Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi; his wife, Florence; the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji as well as Oba Lekan Balogun, Oba Eddy Oyewole, Oba Lateef Adebimpe, Oba Tajudeen Ajibola, Aare Musulumi of the Yoruba Edo and Delta, Daud Akinola; the General Officer Commanding, 2 Division of the Nigerian Army in Ibadan, Maj.-Gen. Okudili Azinta were among dignitaries at the event.
Other awardees included a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Seyi Makinde; Oyo State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan; Mogaji Akin Alabi, a broadcast veteran Yanju Adegbite and Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi.
Ajimobi, who presented the awards to Akintola, Olonisakin and Adeduntan, hailed CCII for the awardees.