Arewa Ogunlowo Oluwatoyin Mabel, a 400L Crop and Environmental Protection student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso, who represented the Masifa Community of Ogbomoso, has emerged the 3rd Arewa Ogbomoso Ajilete, at the 3rd grand finale of the pageant which held at the prestigious Crystal Spring Auditorium in Ogbomoso.
The event had in attendance, the crème de la crème in Ogbomoso land including CP Dejo Oyelowo, former commissioner for works (NPF), Mulikat Adeola Akande, former majority leader, beauty queens, and a host of others.
Out of the 20 ladies who auditioned for the pageant, six made it to the finals and participated in a keen contest with a panel of judges which included Queen Amusat Eniola Christabel, Miss Ideal ECOWAS 2017 and convener of Face of Western Nigeria, Queen Olanike Alabi, Miss Oyo State 2017 and Remmy Bells, Lautech SUG social director, and others.
One of the most memorable moments of the evening was the launch of the ‘Support the Girl Child Education Campaign,’ an initiative aimed at getting more girls back to school. Another was a live performance by fast rising Ilorin/Ogbomoso based Tungba/Highlife singer, Bobby. Ace Ogbomoso born Apala musician, Yomi Apala, also thrilled guests to sonorous tungba and apala music.
Then there was the presentation of awards to exemplary individuals and corporate organisations who have contributed immensely to the social cultural, political, and economic development of Ogbomoso land in their private or official capacities.
Mr Ezekiel Okeniyi, a retired deputy controller general of Custom, was awarded the 2018 Ogbomoso Man of the year. Other awardees included Mr Banji Ojo and Mrs Janet Dare-Williams, who were awarded distinguished Role Models of the year, male and female category, respectively. The Ogbomoso First Group Initiative was also recognised and awarded Community Development Award, while Prince Debo Gbadebo and Mrs Ruth Adeyinka were both awarded Distinguished Exemplary Individuals of the year, male and female respectively.
In his remarks, the coordinator of Ogbomoso Lifters, Seun Ogunbiyi, expressed excitement at the turn out of distinguished sons and daughters of Ogbomoso who graced the event. He said the event is aimed at espousing and showcasing the rich cultural ethos of the Ogbomoso’s, promote selfless service among young ladies, showcase the worth of true intrinsic beauty, elegance and intelligence, and show to the world how the African culture celebrates beautiful women with brains and brawns without undermining them, bringing out only the best in them.
He said awards were introduced this year to celebrate exemplary individuals and corporate organisations who have contributed immensely to the social cultural, political, and economic development of Ogbomoso in their private or official capacities
While thanking all those who supported the event and made it an epoch one, he expressed optimism that 2019 will be bigger and better as the organisers are ready to extend the scope of the event.