The Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, Otunba Segun Runsewe, has been conferred the traditional title of Akorewolu of Itapa-Ekiti, adding to the list of many traditional titles the DG currently enjoys.
His wife, Chief Mrs. Adekunbi Runsewe, was also installed the Eyeowa of Itapa Kingdom, in an event that was full with pomp and ceremony.
Receiving the titles from His Royal Majesty, Oba David Makanjuola Ajaja, at the Methodist School field, Itapa last Saturday, the DG expressed his delight at the honour, informing the crowd that the Oba is a great ambassador of his people, having worked at the NTDC and retired as a Deputy-Director of the Planning, Research and Statistics department before his elevation to kingship.
Otunba Runsewe, who is also the Danburan Kabbi of Argungu, extolled the Kabiyesi saying, “He is a very committed and dependable individual”, just as he averred that coming to Itapa has given him a firsthand experience of the hospitality of Ekiti people.
The NTDC boss, who is also the Obiagwu one of Ndigbo, declared that Oba Makanjuola, following his ascension to the throne, has made Itapa Kingdom a household name in Nigeria, observing that the people of Ekiti are making a strong statement in the country with the abundance of academics and professionals of which the monarch represents.
Interestingly, Runsewe, a recipient of another traditional title, Jarman Ibi in Taraba State, revealed that it was the first time he will be taking a traditional title along with his wife, while promising to be part of the developmental projects in the community.
On his part, HRM Oba Makanjuola could not conceal his excitement and gratitude saying, “I want to show my gratitude to the exalted and huge personality of the chairman of this historic occasion in the person of the DG, NTDC Otunba Olusegun Runsewe. Your positive thoughts towards Itapa at all times and your noble intentions towards Kabiyesi Owatapa are just unquantifiable”
Adding, “I pray for you that you and your wife will bask in the joy, happiness and glory of the chieftaincy titles you will be taking in Itapa today forever in the name of Jesus Christ (Amen). Itapa appreciates you indeed and we are very grateful”
The event was graced by high-profile personalities including top government officials, politicians, business men and several Royal fathers.
Other traditional titles previously bestowed on the NTDC helmsman include the Balogun Yoruba of Abuja and Olumayegun of Okun land, he is still counting.