The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was honoured with the ‘Abore of Lagos’ award by Kosoko descendants family during the Kosoko Memorial Lecture which also marked the historic launch of the museum to house the artifacts and other relics of the late King Kosoko Okuonye Eshilokun.
The event which held over the weekend highlighted the importance of projecting the ideals and cultural values of the society in the modern era and the personality behind ‘Kosoko’ as a King with an in-depth analysis on his antecedents.
Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon Muslim Folami, who gave the goodwill message, noted that “it is important to celebrate past heroes such as late King Kosoko with reference to the various events around the time in relation to recent realities.”
Also speaking at the event, Princess Adetope Kosoko, in her keynote speech took the audience through the history and times of the late King Kosoko in her paper titled ‘The Travail and Triumph of King Kosoko; A Lesson for Today’s Leaders.” She noted that the late King was a dogged fighter, a successful entrepreneur and a fearless warrior who struck fear in the minds of his enemies adding that his ascension to the throne after being denied on several occasions by the kingmakers at that time is worthy of emulation by today’s leaders.
In addition, Dr Michael Olusegun Fajuyigbe of the department of Fine and applied Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mr Kehinde Adepegb; lecturer from the department of Art and Industrial Design, Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Prince Abiola Olojo-Kosoko, Dr. Habeeb A. Sanni, among and others presented various papers on the central theme.
Also honoured at the event were personalities such as Chief Owolabi Salis, Chief Williams Atsu, Mr. Nana Mensah-Appiah, Prince Tajudeen Oluyole Olusi, the management of Lagos State Television, among several others.
See some photos from the event below.