Olabisi Onabanjo University in recognition of Evangelist Ebenezer Obey’s musical work honoured him via its Artiste in the English and Performing Arts Department of the institution.
Students and staff of the University were both excited and in high spirits as they were happy that the musical icon had graced their campus.
Obey on arrival on the campus, first paid a visit to the department that gave him the honour as a Visiting Artiste. The students welcomed him with a cultural performance. The Head of Department of English and Performing Arts, Bode Sowande, thanked Obey for accepting the honour bestowed on him. Obey appreciated the department and promised to do all within his powers to ensure the growth of the institution.
The main event was held at the OGD Hall of the university. The hall was filled to its capacity with guests and of course, the management, staff and students of OOU.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Saburi Adesanya, declared the event open as he welcomed the dignitaries that graced the occasion. It wasn’t a day of plenty speech as the students of the department came on the stage for another captivating performance.
Obey, during his acceptance speech, thereafter, expressed his admiration of the performance while thanking the department for seeing him worthy to be bestowed such honour.
The singer reiterated his earlier promise of doing all in his power to uplift the department and the school in general.
“As one of the legendary custodians of music in Africa, I promise to bring to bear my age-long experience in the industry for the maximum benefits of the students.
“I am humbled by the plans of the university to establish a music artiste archive in my name to further my legacy in the field of music. The expectations of the university in terms of my contributions will be adequately attended to,” he said.
Obey presented multimillion Naira musical instruments to the department as part of his promise and commitment to the university.
Dignitaries that graced the event included Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Alake of Egbaland, Tony Okoroji, Bola, ace music producer, Laolu Akins and wife of the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.
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