The President, NCWS, Dr. Laraba Shoda (L) and Oba Olusegun Salau, Chairman Yoruba Council of Obas in FCT
By Dorcas Jonah
The President, National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), Dr. Laraba Shoda, has received the Erelu chieftaincy title from the Yoruba Council of Obas in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The coronation is in recognition of her remarkably contributions to the Yoruba community in the FCT on Friday at the Obas Palace, Kado, Abuja.
Speaking at the coronation ceremony, Chairman Yoruba Council of Obas in FCT Abuja, Oba Olusegun Salau, commended the NCWS president for her outstanding performance and contributions to the development of the human society.
Oba Salau described the Erelu chieftaincy as a title that only one woman can attain at a lifetime.
He said that Shoda’s coronation as Erelu of FCT Abuja, was adjudged to be the highest lifetime traditional title given to a woman in Yoruba land.
”As she attained this Erelu, it’s throughout her lifetime. And I pray that God will guide her in whatever she does in life.
“So far, she has been doing very well and she has to continue to do so in her endeavours,” he said.
Similarly, Oba Alaa, the Custodian of Yoruba Culture and Religion in FCT, Olubukola Falade, said that Erelu chieftaincy simply means ‘a mother of all’.
Falade said that there was no other chieftaincy title given to a woman that could be above Erelu in Yoruba traditional corridor.
He said, ”Shoda has been with us, we know her very well and she is a caring mother in all aspects. We pray to God Almighty to sustain her on this throne.”
The president of NCWS speaking after her coronation, expressed her gratitude to the traditional ruler for deeming it fit to bestow on her one of the highest titles for women in Yoruba land.
“I’m really very grateful and highly honoured and I say thank to all the Yoruba community in Abuja. And my commitment is to work with the palace to uplift it as much as I can.
”I will ensure that we work together with the Yoruba community in Abuja and bring it together as one, so that we can always speak with one voice especially the women.
“I have been working with women for a long time, and this is not going to be different from what I have been doing. I’m sure they are all going to come and work amicably together,” Shoda said.