By Ajibola Abayomi,
January 2, 2019.
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council is set to launch two books launch in honour of Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, the 15th Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land.
The event is part of activities lined up for the first anniversary of the installation of Gani, as Aare Onakakanfo between January 9 to 13, 2019.
Both the union and Aare Gani Adams will kick start the installation activities with a press conference at the Secretariat of the Union, Ladi Lawal Press Center on No 9a Iyalla Street, Ikeja Alausa on Thursday, January 3, 2019 by 11 am prompt.
According to a statement signed by the chairman of Lagos NUJ, Dr Qasim Akinreti the two books titled: Voice of media, voice of people and Iba Gani Adams: Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land would be presented for launching at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel on January 9, 2019 by 11 am.
The first publication focuses on media collection on activities of Gani Adams over the years while the latter reflects on principle, struggles and the institution of Aare Ona Kakanfos .
He explained that the union decided to write the books on Gani Adams in recognition of his contributions to the progress of the nation particularly his extra ordinarily interest in promotion of Yoruba culture.
“The Lagos NUJ considers it worthy to honour Iba Gani Adams with the two books because of his outstanding contributions to national development. Giving his antecedents and struggles over the years as activist, the history of democracy in Nigeria will be incomplete without special reference to Gani Adams whether as Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) leader or as a social crusader.
“At a tender age, he committed himself to the liberation of humanity by championing a good course. He is among notable Nigerians that really sacrificed personal comforts to make the nation thick in several aspects. At different times, despite his unjust detention, he was never deterred to stay focus and remains the people’s vanguard.
“His love and commitment towards the promotion of Yoruba tradition is already a global testimony. We are proud of him and we see him as a rare breed and a role model. For us, he was the most suitable for the position of Aare Ona Kakanfo as appointed by Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi” the NUJ chairman said.
The grand finale of the occasion comes up at 10 Degree Event Center, Oregun, Lagos where Aare Gani will confer chieftaincy titles on 17 distinguished personalities across the South West as members of Kakanfo cabinet.