BREAKING: Oyo governor Seyi Makinde approves appointment of Olakulehin as new Olubadan

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The governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde has approved the appointment of Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olakuleyin as the 43rd Olubadan of lbadan.

The governor gave the approval in a memo signed on June 14, 2024, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 19 (Cap 28) Law of Oyo State 2000 as amended.

According to a statement by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Honourable Olusegun Olayiwola, the approval is a culmination of a series of processes stipulated by the extant laws of the state regarding ascension to royal thrones.

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The statement added that the governor congratulated the new Olubadan, praying that his tenure will birth greater developments in Ibadanland and Oyo State as a whole.

The stool of the Olubadan of Ibadanland became vacant on March 14, 2024, following the demise of Oba Lekan Balogun.

Ibadan, known for its rancour-free ascension to the throne of its ruler, the Olubadan, has been without the crowned monarch since March 14, in what is arguably the longest wait to fill the throne in recent history.

Following the demise of the 37th Olubadan, Oba Yesufu Asanike, on December 24, 1993, his successor, Oba Emmanuel Adeyemo, was crowned the Olubadan on January 14, 1994, exactly  21 days after the throne became vacant.

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After a little more than a five-year reign, Olubadan Adeyemo died on April 8, 1999, and his successor, Olubadan Ogundipe Arapasowu, was crowned less than 30 days later on May 7, 1999.

Ogundipe went on to reign for eight years and he eventually joined his ancestors on July 8, 2007, while his successor, Oba Samuel Lana Odugade I, ascended the throne on August 11, 2007, about 33 days after the demise of the late Oba Ogundipe.

Oba Lana, who reigned for nine years, transited to eternity on January 19, 2016, and was succeeded by Oba Saliu Adetunji on March 4, 2016, 45 days later.

The first longer wait in recent history for the new Olubadan was the period between the transition of Oba Adetunji and the ascension to the throne of Oba Balogun. Oba Adetunji died on January 2, 2022, and the next occupant of the throne, Oba Balogun, was crowned by Governor Seyi Makinde exactly 68 days later.

Oba Balogun died on March 14 and 96 days after, the Olubadan-designate is still waiting to be crowned.

Meanwhile, in anticipation of the coronation of Olakulehin, his family has started the sale of ceremony fabric, commonly called aso ebi, in Yoruba land.

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The Ankara fabric with blue and black colour alongside a stripped yellow ofi fabric for cap and headgear is conspicuously on display at Olakulehin’s residence in Alalubosa Estate, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The Ankara fabric is said to be sold at N1,000 per yard, the men’s matching cap for N2,000 and the headgear for women was priced at N5,000.

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