The newly installed Oba of Dale-Whedakoh in Badagry, Lagos State, His Royal Majesty, Aholu Shewhenu Toyon 1 on Monday 30th November 2020 held a press conference to commemorate Three Months of his coronation as the first king of Dale-Whedakoh Kingdom.
Speaking at the press conference which held at Dale-Whedakoh Town Hall, Aholu Shewhenu Toyon 1 stated that he was installed as the first king of Dale Whdakoh Kingdom on 2nd September 2020 by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu, though he has been the Baale since 2005.
He stated that the kingship position which was processed for nine years was fully supported by the Akran of Badagry, De Wheno Aholu Menu-Toyi 1 with three letters written to the Lagos state government to facilitate his upgrade from Baale to a King.
Aholu Shewhenu therefore appreciated God for the priviledge to lead his people as the first king of the kingdom. He also expressed his gratitude to the Governor of Lagos and all who have played one role or the other towards his upgrade to be king.
“I want to use this medium to appreciate the Almighty God for the grace to lead my people, my appreciation and gratitude to the Governor of Lagos State. His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu for the approval given to the request to upgrade Dale-Whedakoh into a recognized kingdom,” he said.
He further stated that following his upgrade to a king, his relationship with the Akran and other traditional rulers has been peaceful and fruitful which was exemplified on the day he received the staff of office from the Lagos State Government.
During the press conference that marked the commencement of the ceremony, the Aholu Shewhenu moved round the exhibition centre at the Town Hall where different traditional foods were displayed. He further highlighted the activities for the coronation ceremony.
Tuesday 1st December is scheduled for sporting activities like marathon race and novelty football match. Also, there will be a symposium, general health talk and free medical check-up and drugs for residents.
Wednesday comes with the installation of white capped chiefs, baales and honorary chiefs for the kingdom. This will be followed with cultural display of indigenes and strangers residing in Dale-Whedakoh Kingdom on Thursday.
It was gathered that the celebration ceremony also incorporates religious activities with a Jumat prayer on Friday at the Central Mosque.
The peak of the ceremony comes up on Saturday 5th December at the Lagos State Recreation Park at Dale-Whedakoh.
The event will be crowned with a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 6th December at Saint Joseph’s Anglican Church, Dale-Whedakoh.