Sun. Apr 21st, 2024

By Jimmy Fatunbi

The 42nd Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Dr. Mohood Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II, joined his illustrious ancestors late Thursday evening at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

Following the demise of the popular king, people of Ibadan at home and abroad are now looking inward on the choice of the next Olubadan amidst the burial rites of their late king.

The Lagosian Magazine gathered that succession to the throne of Olubadan is incomparable, tussle-free and leaves no room for mischief.

In place of ruling houses, there are two ruling lines to the throne of Olubadan: Egbe Agba (civil) and Balogun (military) from where Olubadans are appointed on rotational basis upon the demise of a reigning Olubadan.

The five senior chiefs in both lines are called High Chiefs. High Chiefs in the civil line from where the last Olubadan emerged are Otun Olubadan, Osi Olubadan, Asipa Olubadan, Ekerin Olubadan and Ekarun Olubadan. The current Otun Olubadan, who is the superior chief in this line, is Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja.

In the military line, the next line to produce Olubadan, are Balogun, Otun Balogun, Osi Balogun, Asipa Balogun, Ekerin and Ekarun Balogun.

The current Balogun of Ibadan land and most senior High Chief in the military line is Oba Owolabi Olakulehin.

Recall that the 41st Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, was from the military line. Following the rational Obaship tradition between the civil and the military lines in Ibadan and the Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration,
the 42nd Olubadan, Oba Lekan Salami, emerged from the civil line.

Apparently, it returns to the military line and all fingers are pointing in the direction of 8-years-old Oba Omoluabi Olakulehin to be crowned as the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadan land.



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