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Makinde approves Olakuleyin as Olubadan of Ibadan

Makinde approves Olakuleyin as Olubadan of Ibadan

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has approved the appointment of Oba Owolabi Olakuleyin as the 43rd Olubadan of lbadanland.

The state’s commissioner for local government and chieftaincy matters, Olusegun Olayiwola, disclosed this in a statement Wednesday.

He said Makinde’s approval was granted through a memo signed on Friday, exercising the powers conferred on him by section 19 (Cap 28) law of Oyo State 2000, as amended.

Olayiwola noted that this approval culminated from a series of processes stipulated by the extant laws of the state regarding ascension to royal thrones.

READ ALSO: Activities in Ibadan halted to honour Olubadan of Ibadan, Lekan Balogun’s coronation today

The governor congratulated the new Olubadan and expressed hope that Oba Olakuleyin’s tenure would bring significant development to Ibadanland and Oyo State as a whole.

About Olubadan of Ibadan

The Olubadan is the royal title of the king of Ibadanland in Nigeria. Ibadan was founded in the 16th century, but the present Yoruba people only took control around 1820. By 1850, they had established their unusual succession principle, which is quite different compared with other traditional Yoruba rulers in that it alternates between two lines. It usually takes decades to groom an Olubadan for the stool through stages of chieftaincy promotion, thus meaning that just about any male born title-holder of the metropolitan centre is a potential king.

There are two ruling lines to the throne of Olubadan, Egbe Agba (civil) and Balogun (military), from where Olubadans are appointed on a rotational basis to occupy the stool on the death of a monarch. The next to Olubadan and most senior on both lines are the Otun Olubadan and Balogun, who under the Western Nigeria Law are recognised as second class traditional rulers and who are included on the Nigerian equivalent of a civil list as a result. Others are the Osi Olubadan, Asipa Olubadan, Ekerin and Ekarun, as well as Otun Balogun, Osi Balogun, Asipa Balogun, Ekerin and Ekarun.

The most recent Olubadan is Lekan Balogun, who was installed in 2022. He was previously the Otun Olubadan and served as a Nigerian politician, businessman, and former senator. Balogun was born in October 1942 and has served on the boards of several major companies in Nigeria and overseas, especially in the oil and gas industry.

The coronation of the new Olubadan is a significant event in Ibadanland, with dignitaries from across Nigeria attending. The coronation ceremony is held at the Mapo Hall in Ibadan. The markets in Ibadan are closed on the day of the coronation to prevent traffic congestion and to honor the new Olubadan.

The Olubadan is a powerful figure in Ibadanland, and the succession process is a complex one. The two ruling lines ensure that the throne is passed down in a fair and orderly manner. The Olubadan is a symbol of the Yoruba culture and tradition, and the coronation is a celebration of the rich history of Ibadanland.

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