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Elerinmo of Erinmo, Oba Arowotawaya II Holds Classy Birthday Thanksgiving Service


Sunday, March 27, 2022 was a great day for the Elerinmo of Erinmo Ijesa, HRM Oba Dr Michael Odunayo Ajayi as he marked his birthday with a special thanksgiving service.

The Erinmo Ijesa town came alive as highly placed men and women as well as royal fathers came to pay their homage and felicitate with Oba Arowotawaya.

It all started with a thanksgiving service at the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Erinmo.

After the service, the congregation and other guests trooped to the Arowotawaya Courtyard where guests were fully entertained.

About The Elerinmo of Erinmo Ijesa
His Royal Majesty Oba (Dr) Michael Odunayo Ajayi, Arowotawaya II scion of the Arowotawaya and Oboye Lekan ruling houses of Erinmo was born to Asiwaju (Dr) Olubowale Ajayi (the first University graduate from Erinmo) and Yeye Oba Pastor  (Mrs) S S Ajayi (from the High Chief Sapetu and Ejemu families of Igbara Oke in Ondo State). He was enthroned King in 2014 as the Elerinmo of Erinmo an ancient historical town in Oriade LGA of Osun state, a town founded on or about 1100AD by the 3rd and 5th Ooni of Ife - Obalufon Alayemore whose father Obalufon Ogbogbodirin was reputed to be the longest-reigning King ever, have reigned for well over 400years according to available history.

He began his sterling career in the organized private sector with the Unilever Group as at then Nigeria's largest multi-national conglomerate, UAC of Nigeria Plc spanning over a decade with cross-functional and diverse management  exposure in various sectors and later with German Pharmaceutical giant Nigeria German Chemicals Plc (Hoescht) as Head of Consumer Healthcare Division where he personally relaunched major popular pharma/household brands like 
Abidec; Benylin Cough Syrup; Novalgin; Parazone bleach etc.

He was seconded to Ghana to head the Pan West African Pharmaceuticals operations as Managing Director, later became the expatriate Executive Vice President of a US-owned Pharmaceutical manufacturing giant - Phyto Riker directly overseeing the export of generic pharmaceutical products to over 20 African countries. 

When he left paid employment he set up a Management Consultancy firm to support local and international businesses within the West African sub-region while also importing for distribution pan West Africa's own branded medical devices. 

He later became the Chief promoter and founding Director-General of the Ghana-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and industry & was the Founding President of the Forum of Nigerian Professionals in Ghana set up in 2002. 

An alumnus of the famous Bishop Smith Memorial Primary School, Ilorin and Command Secondary School, Lagos, he obtained a first degree in Sociology with Accounting & Business Admin as a minor obtained from the University of Ilorin in 1987 at the age of 20, an MBA in Marketing with first-class distinction from Lagos State University in 1998 and a Hon PhD in Commerce conferred in April 2014. 

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Yoruba Oodua Union, advisory board member of the Nigeria - US Trade Council, Chairman Board of Trustees of the Yoruba Afenifere Youth Organization of Nigeria and Patron for several other notable socio-cultural, socio-economic and youth organisations worldwide. 

Oba Odunayo Ajayi is well travelled to several countries/continents of the world and is a multiple award winner from different sectors locally and internationally becoming the first Nigerian monarch to be a guest at the opening bell of the world acclaimed financial headquarters, the New York Stock Exchange in April 2017. 

A winner of numerous awards worldwide, Oba Arowotawaya II has published 5 books to date and was crowned king on Tuesday 29th of July 2014 as a high ranking Permanent member of the Osun State Council of Obas the highest organ of Traditional rulers in Osun State.

His Oba Arowotawaya Foundation has offered full scholarships to brilliant but indigent students in his domain while the vocational school he established gives free training to equip hundreds of youths and women with practical skills for their empowerment.

In line with his vision to leave an indelible legacy, his reign has been transformational, unveiling the huge resources and potentials of the Erinmo Kingdom to the world while building required infrastructures to provide a platform to position Erinmo as the hub for industrialization and people-centred development.

His Outstanding Leadership qualities have led to his most recent honour as the NIGERIAN OUTSTANDING ROYAL FATHER OF THE YEAR 2021.
Long live Oba Arowotawaya II.

Below are some beautiful pictures from the event.

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