The Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists has completed work on two books to mark the first year anniversary of the installation of Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
The books are Aare Gani Abiodun Adams:15th Aare Onakakanfo and Gani Adams: Voice of the Media, Voice of the people.
Chairman of the union, Qasim Akinreti, said in a statement on Wednesday that the idea behind the books is to put history in perspective for the present and coming generations.
Mr Akinreti said the country is fast losing its cultural identity, hence the need to have publications that will chronicle events for the upcoming generations.
“Expectedly, the book mirrors the transformation of Aare Abiodun Adams from a freedom fighter to a cultural icon.
“The main motivation behind this is simply to tell the story of the humble beginning of a young man from the backwoods of Nigeria who rose to become a notable figure across the world.
“He has been able to achieve this feat through a dint of hardwork, focus, perseverance and courage,” he said.
The two books will be launched on January 9, 2019 at Sheraton Hotel in Lagos at 11am.
Former Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, and governors of the South West States are expected at the launch.
Other activities lined up for the anniversary include the final of the Aare Ona Kakanfo football competition on January 10, 2019 and the launch of another book: 1,000 Yoruba proverbs on January 11.
The Aare Ona Kakanfo Council of Chiefs will be installed on January 12 at 10 degrees Event Centre in Oregun, Lagos.
A public presentation of a documentary on the Aare Ona Kakanfo will crown the anniversary celebration on January 13.