bý Bayo Osiyemi
The last Aĺara of Ilara and paramount ruler of Epe division, Oba Akeem Adesanya enthroned on thè 10th October, 1960 reigned for 58 years before he translated to the higher realm two years ago.
Oba Adesanya came on the throne 15 years before Ĺagos State was created in 1975. He was a relic of the old Western Region. The Aĺara stool in the Oduduwa Dynasty ranks very high, along with Ajero of Ijero Ekiti and Oragun of Ila Oragun in Osun State and that is what makes the stool pre-eminent as the most paramount in Epe division.
Today’s installation of Oba Olufolarìn Ogunsanwo as the 55th Alara of Ilaŕa is the first in that kingdom since Lagos State was created and it is the fortune of Governor Sanwoolu to perform that historic duty inside the prestigious hall òf the Alara’s palace in Ilara today before a distinguished gathering that included the state deputy governor, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat; federal legislator representing Epe fedeŕal constituency, Hon Wale Raji; the state head of service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunoĺa, the chief of staff to the governor, Mr Tayo Ayinde; the state commissioner for local government, Dr Wale Ahmed; chairman of the house assembly committee on local governments, Hon Lai Olawale; the special adviser to Governor Sanwoolu on chieftaincy matters, Prince Bayo Osiyemi, prominent trditional rulers in Epe division and a prominent Ilara indigene and industrialist, Chef Olukunle Bakare, who is the Babalaje of Ijebuland and chairman of Oluwalogbon Motors.