The founder of the First City Monument Bank Otunba, Dr Olasubomi Balogun, has said that the reason for his organisation sponsoring the Ojude Oba festival in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, is due to the love he has for Ijebu and her people
The company has sponsored the festival annually for close to two decades, with the 2022 edition themed, ‘The Return of Ojude Oba’ after a two-year break occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking shortly before the event in his Ijebu Ode home, Balogun said, “God gave me FCMB and FCMB is part of me. FCMB must be interested in anything I am interested in.
The only way we can show appreciation to the founders and progenitors (of Ijebu people) is to participate in all the traditional undertakings that bring to the fore the culture and origins of the Ijebu. It is a unique event and I am very much involved.
“As a patriotic Ijebu, as soon as we started building branches, I brought FCMB here and the people have been patronising the bank.”
Some entertainers were also on hand at the festival to dish out good music to their fans.
Veteran fuji singer, Adewale Ayuba, took many fans down memory lane as he belted off some of his old songs. He also brought them back to speed, climaxing with his latest singles, ‘Koloba Koloba’ and ‘Sibimi’.
Abass Akande, aka Obesere, also did not disappoint his fans as he was his usual energetic self, and most of the people in the audience could not help by rock to his music.
For the younger people at the event, Teniola Apata, aka Teni, made sure they had as much fun as possible. She engaged with the audience even as she sang hit after hit.