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Egba Nation To Build N600m City Hall In Memory Of Lisabi 'The Warrior'


From Abayomi Ife,
 Abeokuta

The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, on Monday disclosed that the Egba  Nation in Ogun State, Nigeria, have concluded plans to build  N600million Abeokuta City Hall in memory of the late Lisabi Agbongbo-Akala,  the mystery Warrior who liberated Egbaland from the beligerent Olo Oyos.

Lisabi died mysteriously over ten decades ago. His family house is historically located in Igbein area of Abeokuta, and is deemed to be the pioneer Balogun of Igbeinland.

Oba Gbadebo disclosed the planned City Hall while briefing reporters  in preparation for  the 34th Lisabi Festival themed, "Culture: A Panacea for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development of Egbaland."

The festival is slated for this February. The week long ceremony commences on 24th and ends on March 1, 2010.

Alake noted that history of Egbaland will be incomplete without reference to the late warrior whom he said,  liberated the Egba people from the scorches of war launched against them by the  Oyos.

He expressed satisfaction with the 18 feet Statue of Lisabi erected at the Adatan roundabout which has been designated as  Lisabi avenue in the town, stressing that on completion of the hall, it would  accommodate 3,500 people in one sitting.

 He also disclosed that the over 100 years Centenary Hall, Ake, Abeokuta,  would soon be turned to a tourist centre, hence, the need for the proposed Abeokuta City hall.

The Hall is expected to sit on seven hectares of land located in Ewang Estate, Abeokuta,  while the foundation ceremony would hold on Saturday.

"Those who initiated the construction of the Centenary Hall over 100 years ago are gone, so we should let our impact known, and therefore all Egbas both at home and in diaspora have concluded that a multi-million naira Abeokuta City Hall will be put in place," Gbadebo said.

The Alake commended his subjects residing abroad for their regular support towards developmental growth of the land and the forthcoming Lisabi Festival, informing that about 10,000 members of the Odua  Peoples Congress, (OPC) would participate.

The monarch noted that exhibition, cultural display, booming of guns, debate, indoor games  competitions, concert and hero award among others would feature during the festival.

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