That noble birth and origin cannot be bought with money is a statement of fact. Even then, Yorubas are quick to add to the complement that being of noble birth is not as good as self discipline and rebirth oneself into worthy individual. This best summarized the person of Oladipupo Ogunlana, the Giwa (Supreme head) of one of the best rated regberegbes (age-grade group) in entire Ijebuland, Egbe Bobamayegun Okunrin Asiwaju Akile Ijebu.
This dude would do any nation proud as her illustrious son considering his heartfelt contributions to humanity and his immediate environment. He didn’t start now as Ayo Osisanya, one of his childhood friends gave account of how he was inspired by him in their childhood days at Emmanuel Church Italupe, Ijebu Ode.
By every standard, Giwa Oladipupo is a classy, stylish and polished socialite. A man of great taste who has his hands in many pies which he severally uses to whet his appetite for the good things of life and also as a private sector person with experience spanning decades. In 2017, he was awarded Fellow Association of Applied Information Management (FAIMP).
A group they say is the picture of their leader, the prosperous spirit and nature of Dipo is evident in the numerous achievements recorded under his leadership as ‘Giwa Egbe’ apart from his group winning 3 times consecutively in 3 years and emerged 1st to beat 43 others in regberegbe activities at the annual Ojude Oba festival in Ijebu Ode.
Over the years, they’ve maintained unbeatable records in their Corporate Social Responsibilities. They have made donations of school uniforms and other items to beneficiary schools such as AUD Primary School Ijebu Ode, Wesley Primary School Ijebu Ode, CAC Primary School, Emmanuel Primary School Italupe Ijebu Ode and others. Giwa Dipo Ogunlana-led group have equally been reaching out to the needy in many ways.
Though based in Maryland, United States, Giwa Dipo never loses touch with his Ijebu root and despite having the largest number of ‘Omo Egbe’ (group members), he’s close to everyone of them. members. Under Giwa Dipo Ogunlana, Egbe Bobamayegun Okunrin Asiwaju Akile -Ijebu is more like one big family.
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