One of the lessons to be learnt by those who attended the 80th birthday celebration of Chief Rufus Olukayode Odusanya held at the spacious event hall of The Dealings Hotel & Suites Ilese-Ijebu on Saturday 6th of April 2019 is that it pays to do good.
C.J Cung says, ‘as far as we can discern, the purpose of human existence is to kindle light in the darkness of mere beings.’ Chief Odusanya’s level of kindness is the highest in the hierarchy of philanthropy called Altruistic Philanthropism. As a matter of fact, the Jewish Virtual Library in its classification of eight levels of charitable giving ranked it the best.
Asides his mantra centred around making life better for his people, ‘Baba Ijo’ as he’s fondly called is a known peacemaker. He sacrifices his time and money to ensure there’s peace all around. The conferment of the ‘Otunba Bobatolu of Ilese-Ijebu’ on him by Elese of Ilese-Ijebu, may not be unconnected with these activities. In every community, God planted certain individuals to ensure peace and stability and Chief Odusanya is the one for Ilese community. A complete community icon, bridge builder and born peacemaker.
This former General Manager of Siemens Nigeria is a major factor in Ilese community development. A foundation member of Ilese Dynamic Association where he first served as Treasurer, then as Vice President and finally elected as President in December 2020. At Ilese Community Development Association, he served as the Chairman of the association from 2005 for over six years. A renowned Advisor of Elese-Oba In Council.
At Ilese Archdeaconry where he is the ‘Baba Ijo’, he is a mainframe that must not shift or fail else careers and destinies will be negatively affected as there are many who depends on him for their daily needs and educational expenses.
It’s yet another day to celebrate this living legend who is daily casting a long shadow and leaving extraordinarily large shoe to fill in Ilese community and beyond as we all rise to give 83 gun salute to this iconic figure.
© Saint-Olawale Jimoh
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