33rd Olowo of Owo, Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye picks sword of peace

on Friday became the 33rd Kingdom after elaborate installation rites.

The traditional rites, which started dawn, was attended by hundreds of residents of the town and well-wishers.

Speaking to newsmen, Chief Olanrewaju Famakinwa, said that the rites had to be performed as being laid down by customs and culture of the ancient town.

Famakinwa, who is the Ojumu of Owo, said that the new king chose the in the course of the rites.

“Oba Ogunoye who is being installed today chose a sword which signifies peace.

“Traditionally, before a king is installed, he will have to choose a sword at Oke Mapo and it is believed that whichever one he chooses will tell how his reign will be.

“Coincidentally, he chose the same sword chosen by his father more than 30 years ago and the sword represents peace,” the kingmaker said.

Also speaking, Chief Idowu Oludaye, the Agba Omolowo, said it was a new dawn for the ancient town because there was a new king.

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