All road led to Ilorin, Kwara state recently when Chief Lanre Dodo Balogun, publisher of ALARIYA Oodua Magazine was turbaned as Onigege-ara Adinni of Ita Alamu Central mosque in the heart of Ilorin township.
Lanre Dodo Balogun who started his journalistic career early 80s was given this distinguished title based on his contribution to the society with his media profession.
In his word after the well celebrated event, he gave thanks to almighty Allah for the special title conferred on him by the prestigious town that is known for high value of Islamic propagation.
Ita Alamu people thronged out on this said day as Dodo Balogun was given a heroic welcome. The Chief Imam of Ita Alamu mosque, Alaaji Usman Oseni Alabi explained that the title was given to the publisher due to his contribution to Islam and the society at large with his good work in journalism. Also the head (Magaji) of the area, Alaaji Anofi Abolanle gave an insight to the necessary findings the community carried out, before it was unanimously agreed upon to give him the distinguished title.
After the event at the Ita Alamu Central Mosque, a group who are fans of the magazine in conjuction with a media outfit gave ALARIYA Oodua magazine an award signifying it as the best indigenous Yoruba weekly magazine of the year 2011. Also the deputy editor in Chief, Mr Kola Alli Balogun was given the tite of Asiwaju by the said group.
At the band stand on the day were the following prolific artistes; Bayo Akanni Ojuyobo, Taju Alabi (Pasuma Kwara), Alimat Omowura, Ganiyu Abefe, Adisa Owala and host of others.
Lanre Dodo Balogun who has carved niche for himself started journalism in 1980, worked with different media houses before setting up his, few years back. Amongst where he worked were Ariya newspaper, The Guardian newspaper, ALAROYE and AKEDE Oodua. Now, he is the publisher of ALARIYA Oodua Magazine.