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Clocking 35,405 days on Earth in good shape and sound health especially in Nigeria, no doubt has to do with the grace of God.
in line with this, to give thanks and celebrate God’s grace in the life of the lead drummer of the Ayinla Omowura’s Apala band, Alhaji Rahman Alao Adewole, a group,Ayinla Omowura’ music Lovers Club lnternational organized a birthday party to celebrate him as he clocks 97.
At the event held at Lisabi Elite club, Abeokuta on Saturday, the founder of the group in his welcome address, Mr.Oludayo Sofela expressed gratitude to members for their unflinching commitments to the cause of the group that resulted to the success of the event.
The Guest Speaker and one of the patrons of the group, who is also the Head,Department, of Mass Communication, Crescent University, Abeokuta, Dr.Kola Adesina delved on the Contributions of the Talking Drum to Language Development and Communication in Yoruba Culture.
He noted that the synergy between the talking drum of Ayinla Omowura’s song promoted the symbiotic relationship between the duo which translated to the band’s enviable prosperity.
in his remarks, the Presenter of Orin Apala on Pensioner’s FM and Family FM radio stations, Prof. Oyetola Oniwinde described the celebrant in glowing terms, adding that Pa Adewole has been a pacesetter for the upcoming drummers and budding muscians.
The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, represented by the Baaroyin of Egbaland, Chief Lai Labode while delivering the royal address,charged Egba indigenes to always celebrate their own. He disclosed that Ayinla Omowura’s music is celebrated more by non- indigenes than the Egbas.
in his brief address, the former Commissioner for Finance,Ogun State, Dr.Kehinde Sogunle called for more collaborations between the academics and players in the creative sector, especially in the area of indigenous music so as to enhance cultural heritage and economic growth of the sector.
Children of the Late Apala legend; Oueen Halimot Omowura, Haruna Omowura, Kabiru Omowura and two surviving members of their father’s band, Alhaji Kemuye Rahmoni and Sikiru oyewole serenaded guests at the event with Apala music
The Customised Apala drum with the image of the celebrant embossed on the drum placed on American Auction was won by the Alake of Egbaland, who emerged as the highest bidder.
Among the dignitaries present at the event were Ace Cinematographer, Tunde kelani, former chairman,Oyo State Internal Revenue Service, Alhaji Olaniyi Isiaka Olagoke, Uk- based, Chief Akindele Akinsanmi and Alhaji Mousafa Abanise from Benin Republic.