The first year Remembrance of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II, the 50th Ooni of Ife, held yesterday, the 29thof July 2016. It was a two-day event that started on Thursday, 28 July-the 29th, 2016. The first day celebration started with a Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Ayegbaju, Ife and it was followed by a grand reception at the Castle of Mercy, Ede Road, Ile-Ife.
The following day, Friday. 29 July, a Colloquium, titled, “The Life and Times of Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II, The 50th Ooni of Ife, was hosted by The Institute of Cultural Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, at Oduduwa Hall, OAU. Another reception then followed at Motel Royal, KM 4, Ede Road, Ile-Ife.
It will be recalled that Oba Sijuwade joined his ancestors, last year on the evening of that fateful Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at around 7pm. He was aged 85.
The revered royal father passed on at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, United Kingdom (U.K), where he was being treated, after he was flown out, when his health reportedly suffered a relapse.