The burial ceremonies of the late agronomist and businessman, Dr Lekan Are, start today (Monday).
According to a programme of events released by the family, a seminar titled: ‘Life of an icon,’ will hold around 10 am at the Emeritus Prof. Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, University College Hospital, Ibadan, in honour of the late Punch director.
The family has said the occasion is sponsored by the Oyo State Government; and would be graced by Governor Seyi Makinde, members of his cabinet, members of the Oyo State House of Assembly, officials of the state government, family of the deceased, members of the Olubadan-in-Council, captains of industry and well-wishers.
On Tuesday, there will be an ‘evening of tributes’ between 3 pm and 5.30 pm at the University Press Limited, Jericho, Ibadan, where the late Lagunna Bobajiroro of Ibadan was the chairman for many years.
On Wednesday, a commendation service for the late Are would hold between 10.30 am and noon at the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority headquarters, Alabata, Abeokuta.
Also In Ibadan, on Wednesday, a joint service of songs and tributes would be held by the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, Ibadan Foundation, and the Oluyole Club of Ibadan at Ibadan House, Oke-Aremo, Ibadan, between 3 pm and 5 pm.
The lying-in-state would take place on Thursday at the Allied Hall, Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre, Ring Road, Ibadan, between 1 pm and 2.45 pm; while the Christian wake would follow between 3 pm and 4.30 pm at the Lekan Are Hall, Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre.
Between 6 pm and 8.30 pm, an evening of celebration and tributes, organised by the Government College Ibadan Old Boys’ Association and friends, would hold at the Lalekan Are Hall, Government College Ibadan.
On Friday, a procession would gather at the Lalekan Are Hall, Government College, Apata, Ibadan, at 7 am. It added that cortège would depart GCI at 7.45 am with the procession passing through Oke Are family house through the Aboderin family house, Kudeti, to Lalekan Are Computer Centre, Kudeti.
The Burial service would hold at 11am at the Cathedral Church of Saint David, Kudeti, Ibadan, with interment on the church premises immediately after.
The family added that reception would follow at the Lekan Are Hall, Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre after interment.
The late Dr Lekan Are was born on December 2, 1933, and died on January 18 2020.
He was the pioneer General Manager of the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority.
He was the Chairman of Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre; Managing Director, Lekan Are Farms Limited and a director of Punch Nigeria Limited.
He was, until his death, the Laguna Bobajiro of Ibadanland.
He was an old boy of GCI and a major shareholder at the University Press Plc.
He was also a former director at Wema Bank Plc.