A revered First-Class monarch in Ondo State, the Ajana Afa of Okeagbe, in Amoko Northwest, His Royal Majesty Oba (Dr) Oladunjoye Fajana, has joined his ancestors.
Afa-Okeagbe traditional chiefs along with some elders officially broke the news of his transition on Saturday.
Upon the announcement of his transition, there were ‘Otuuru 21 Gun salutes at the entrance of the Palace, signaling the passage of the Paramount King.
Oba Fajana was 80 years old when he joined his ancestors.
Rumours of his demise were rife early this year when some traditional passage rites of cutting some trees in the market when a reigning Ajana departs were observed. This was also followed by the installation of one of the Princesses as the Regent but the announcement yesterday put an end to the speculations.
However, immediately after the announcement, the long traditional rites of his passage started for the late Oba who reigned for 32 years on the throne.
Speaking with newsmen, the Asiwaju of Okeagbe, Otunba Solomon Oladunni described the monarch’s reign as peaceful, progressive and eventful.
Also, when contacted, Prince Foluso Arasanyin the Palace historian, confirmed the passage of the monarch, saying “Afa-Okeagbe has just lost a great King. Kabiyesi Oladunjoye has joined his ancestors.
“Our hearts are heavy, laden with pains and grief at the announcement of the passing to glory of our highly revered Monarch, Oba Oladunjoye Fajana, Ajana Afa of Okeagbe.”
Arasanyin described Oba Oladunjoye Fajana as a traditional ruler of note, who he said was a father, motivator and youth-driven monarch.
In his reaction, Prince Niyi Fajana expressed sadness over the death of his father, Oba Fajana, saying that his passing was a painful one
He said: “My father was a great leader who was endowed with wisdom. He devoted his reign to the betterment of the people of Afa Okeagbe Community, state and the country.”
Oba Fajana was a former employee of the African Development Bank and World Bank respectively. was a banker of long-standing experience.