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The sleepy Community of Upenmen in Owo local government area of Ondo state, came alive over the weekend when Prince Ebenezer Adewumi Ogunmolasuyi was installed and crowned as the 15th Olupenmen.
Oba Ogunmolasuyi, from the Ayiwoye Akinola ruling house, was the leader of the Owo legislature between 1999 and 2003 as well as former Aide to Ex-Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
The 48-year-old mass communication and journalism graduate from the Nigeria Institute of Journalism (NIJ) is a grandson of oba Isaiah Ogunmolasuyi the first, the 13th Olupenmen.
Pix: Monarch & Queen.
The throne had been vacant since August, 2017, following the demise of Oba Samuel Ademulegun, a Retired army colonel.
In March, 2020, the Ondo state Executive Council approved the appointment of Ebenezer Ogunmolasuyi, as the Olupenmen elect, after polling all the five available votes from the kingmakers to beat Olawole Folarin, his only challenger.
The installation rites began early in the morning at olupenmen’s palace were he was crowned with the traditional leaves.
Next was Esuwa, where he was given the symbolic pestle that he carried along with him till the end of the installation rites.
He was also at Agbede for prayers as well as moved round strategic places in the town performing rites and offering prayers for his people.
Oba Ogunmolasuyi equally visited Usama for some minutes where he symbolically stayed for the traditional three months his forebearers spent in the sacred place.
The final rites was at the palace’s entrance before he was urshered in and will be in seclusion for the 17 days prelude his coronation.
Speaking to newsmen after his installation, Oba Ogunmolasuyi II, thanked his people for the confidence reposed in him and promised to make youth development a priority.
He also vowed to promote and resuscitate the forgotten rich cultural heritage of the town and Yoruba land.
“Our youths are not just the future leaders, but that of today which is why we must do everything to make them less dependent on society.
“During my reign, I will galvanise all human and natural resources to engage our youths for productive activities”
He also sought the support of well meaning sons and daughters of Upenmen to make his reign memorable.
Oba Ogunmolasuyi appreciated Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his executive council for ratifying his appointment in line with the wishes of his people.
The Owadara of Upenmen, High Chief Idowu Johnson and the town’s youth leader, Olatunbosun Ogunmola
said all necessary traditional rites were performed which would bring about peaceful and successful reign for the new monarch.