My role as Iyalaje Oodua will benefit Yorubaland. It is an additional responsibility to spread our culture, tradition and lifestyle to all parts of Nigeria and in the Diaspora” These were the words of accomplished philanthropist, businesswoman and Chief Executive Officer of Fisolak Global Resources, Princess Toyin Kolade during an exclusive chat with OVATION International months after her grand installation as Iyalaje Oodua by His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.
According to her, ” I have always been close to the traditional institution and I am glad to state that I have learnt more than enough to last me a lifetime. I am well versed in Yoruba heritage and also my the Arole Oduduwa, Baba Ooni whom I hold in a very high esteem, I have always been close to the traditional institution and I am glad to state that I have learnt a lot enough to last me a lifetime have also helped me grow into the present role.
“This a role that came as a surprise. I was humbled by the gesture of his His Imperial Majesty and I will do everything to justify my appointment. I will be using this platform to create awareness about our culture, help women grow economically and inspire our girl-child and ladies to reach their full potentials. I have been the global promoter of the annual Aje Festival held in Ile-Ife for many years now and I will continue to attract the best and the brightest people and events to Ile-Ife.
It will be recalled that Ilesa, Osun State-born Princess Kolade was installed at a grand and colourful ceremony held at the Ile Oodua Palace and the ancient city was literally on lock down. Accompanied by her amiable and humble husband, Prince Kayode Kolade, family members and a retinue of friends from Nigeria and abroad, the ever bubbly Princess Kolade showed that she commanded the right clout and connection for such a title.
Recalling the show-stopping ceremony, Princess Kolade stated ” Upon my entry on Thursday evening, I was received at Ilero Spot at Iremo road, Ile-Ife by a group of cultural women (Obinrin Ilero) and the Ooni’s traditional aides (Emese). There the initial traditional rites were performed before we walked to the palace to pay traditional obeisance to the Arole Oodua. After which I proceeded to the sacred Yeyemolu Well for blessings.