By: Ogunleye Oluwapelumi
On Thursday, December 28th, 2023, the city of Sagamu was filled with joy and excitement as HRH Oba (ENGR.) Stephen Adewale Jibodu, known as the Onijoku of Ijoku, celebrated his 80th birthday and 20th coronation anniversary in grand style.
The day commenced with a special Thanksgiving service at the king’s residence, attended by family, friends, children, grandchildren, royalties, and notable dignitaries, including the Ogun State Commissioner for Special Duties, Olufunmilayo Efuwape.
The festivities continued at the Royal Haven hall, where a reception ceremony took place, with dignitaries from all walks of life coming to honor the revered king.
During an interview session, Princess Kemi Mayungbe, one of the daughters of HRH Oba Stephen Adewale Jibodu, expressed her admiration and love for her father. She shared, “My father is not only a great king but also a loving and caring father. He has been a source of inspiration to our family and the entire community. We are grateful for his wisdom, guidance, and the positive impact he has made in our lives.”
The celebration was graced by the presence of distinguished guests, including Asiwaju SK Onafowokan, Oba Timothy Akinsanya (Ewusi of Makun), and other royal highnesses. The event was a testament to the profound respect and admiration that HRH Oba Stephen Adewale Jibodu commands, as people from far and wide gathered to honor his remarkable milestone.
In addition to his royal duties, HRH Oba Stephen Adewale Jibodu is renowned for his business acumen and philanthropic endeavors. As a visionary leader, he has played a significant role in the economic development of the community.
His entrepreneurial ventures have created employment opportunities and empowered the people of Ijoku. Furthermore, the king’s philanthropic nature is evident through his numerous charitable initiatives, including scholarships, healthcare programs, and infrastructure development projects. HRH Oba Stephen Adewale Jibodu’s commitment to both business and philanthropy has made him a beloved figure, admired for his dedication to the growth and well-being of his people.
The day was filled with heartfelt speeches and tributes, as well-wishers praised the king for his exemplary leadership, kindness, and contributions to the community. The grand celebration of HRH Oba Stephen Adewale Jibodu’s 80th birthday and 20th coronation anniversary will be cherished as a beautiful moment that united the town of Ijoku in celebration of an esteemed Octogenarian.