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When The Olubadan Of Ibadan Steps Out In Public


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I was fortunate last week Saturday to witness one of the highest ranking royalties in Yoruba land stepping out in public. It was at the newly established Ilaji Resort located in Ibadan at a function. Ilaji resort the biggest resort in the whole of Oyo state. It was the Olubadan of Ibadan stepping out in public.


Here are a few things you need to know about this royalty and why it is very important. Highly rated traditional kings are well respected and in some traditions they are seen as gods. For example, the Oba of Benin is a god to his people. Yoruba kings weld so much powers and respect from her people and so getting a glimpse at close view is a memorable experience.


Ibadan is the biggest city in West Africa with ancient settlements in some parts that you will begin to wonder if development has refused to go there. There are still houses built with red mud in some settlements of the old Ibadan city. The Olubadan of Ibadan is the highest title in Oyo State. Olubadan which means Yoruba Lord of Ibadan is the royal title of the king of Ibadanland in Nigeria.


There are two ruling lines to the throne of Olubadan, Egbe Agba (civil) and Balogun (military), from where Olubadans are appointed on 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 recognized as second class traditional rulers and who are included on the Nigerian equivalent of a civil list as a result. (Credit: Wikipedia).


The current Olubadan of Ibadan is Oba Saliu Adetunji who is the 49th Olubadan. He was born in August, 1928 as the first child of 17 children and was the Balogun of Ibadan before he ascended the throne.


Here is a list of all the Olubdans:


·         Ba'ale Maye Okunade

·         Ba'ale Oluyedun

·         Ba'ale Lakanle

·         Bashorun Oluyole

·         Ba'ale Oderinlo

·         Ba'ale Oyeshile Olugbode

·         Ba'ale Ibikunle

·         Bashorun Ogunmola

·         Ba'ale Akere I

·         Ba'ale Orowusi

·         Aare Ona Kakanfo Obadoke Latosa

·         Ba'ale Ajayi Osungbekun

·         Ba'ale Fijabi l

·         Ba'ale Oshuntoki

·         Basorun Fajimi

·         Ba'ale Mosaderin

·         Ba'ale Dada Opadere

·         Ba'ale Sunmonu Apampa

·         Ba'ale Akintayo Awanibaku Elenpe

·         Ba'ale Irefin

·         Ba'ale Shittu Latosa (son of Aare Latosa )

·         Ba'ale Oyewole Foko 1925–1929

·         Olubadan Okunola Abass 1930–1946

·         Olubadan Akere I 1946

·         Olubadan Oyetunde I 1946

·         Olubadan Akintunde Bioku 1947–1948

·         Olubadan Fijabi II 1948–1952

·         Olubadan Alli Iwo 1952

·         Olubadan Apete 1952–1955

·         Oba Sir Isaac Babalola Akinyele 1955–1964

·         Oba Yesufu Kobiowu July 1964 – December 1964

·         Oba Salawu Akanni Aminu 1965–1971

·         Oba Shittu Akintola Oyetunde II 1971–1976

·         Oba Gbadamosi Akanbi Adebimpe 1976–1977

·         Oba Daniel 'Tayo Akinbiyi 1977–1982

·         Oba Yesufu Oloyede Asanike I 1982–1994

·         Oba Emmanuel Adegboyega Operinde I 1994–1999

·         Oba Yunusa Ogundipe Arapasowu I 1999–2007

·         Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I 2007–2016

·         Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji 2016–present

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