As the maiden edition of Ipakodo day celebration crescendos, the festival captioned its youth day on the 7th of October 2022, at Ipakodo primary school sward.
The soothing evening of the celebration fascinated inhabitants of the community with a football game, giving rise to a more sensational idea for the yearly extravaganza.
Graced by HRM, Oba Bashiru Aremu Shotonwa and his royal posse, Team Abatan squared off against Team Adelani in a grilling match that lasted for 60 minutes.
Receiving positive reviews, the soccer clash consisted of a subdivision of sets of the Ipakodo all-stars club, with the first half of play staying goalless on both sides.
Team Abatan, which harbours much older players displayed experience but provided missed chances, eventually settling with the consequences for their lost opportunities.
Entering the second half, team Adelani subdued possession of the rivalry by netting two goals in both the early and late minutes of the contest to seal the victory.
Physically spent, both teams received standing applause from football enthusiasts, as well as the paramount ruler, motioning the demand for a sporting event to be permanently inserted as part of the annual extravaganza.
Thanking His Royal Majesty for attending the game, and overseeing the charge for Ipakodo youths, Dr Abiodun Fatai Abatan attributed the monarch for making the event outstanding, subsequently presenting an honorary hat to the paramount leader.
Olisa of Ipakodo, High Chief Oludayo Shotomiwa, in attendance, praised the youth for putting together a sensational game to jive up the festival, exhorting them to make plans for a better competition ahead for the next edition.
He continued, “With games like this, we’ll be able to attract more youths to get involved in this festival, this is why I’ll like to solicit the organisers to work towards a bigger competition”.
“The palace will support their contest in every way necessary to guarantee it gets bigger and more formidable with prices attached”.
“If we have such ideas put into the celebration annually, it will go a long way to achieve extra popularity” Chief Oludayo affirmed
HRM, Oba Bashiru Aremu Shotonwa, complimented the remarks made by Olisa of Ipakodo, instructing the team to prepare for a bigger game come next edition, assuring sponsorship from the palace.
Others in attendance at the event include; Chief Olatunji Aluko, Baale of Owutu, Prof. Kunle Ade Wahab, Asiwaju of Ipakodo, Chief OYO Fatola, Baale of Ogolonto, Chief Musafan Jokogbola, Baale of Agbede Olunla, Chief Jaiyesimi, Baale of Ori-Okuta, Prince Olasunkanmi Shotonwa, Chairman, Ipakodo development association, etc.
The Grand finale of the maiden edition of Ipakodo day celebration comes up on the 8th of October 2022.