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Friday, 4 March 2016

When Oba S.A Adetunji mounted the throne of Olubadan : Spectacular views, by Lashley Oladigbolu.

Pictures: The Historic Coronation Ceremony of Olubadan Aje Ogungunuso 1

The 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Olasupo Adetunji Aje Ogungunuso 1 was officially crowned and presented with the staff of office on Friday.
Eminent personalties who besieged the ancient city of Ibadan on Friday 4th March, 2016  have one thing in common on their way coming..... IBADAN, be it for ceremonial event or political assimilations, the city maintains a root for the entire region of the Southwestern part of Nigeria. The level of attendance of who-is-who evidently depicts that Ibadan is unarguably a home that stands to be a mixture of sacred city for  both old and new,  as well as place of abode for the elites in Nigeria.

The event started early in the morning at the house of the Oluwo of Ibadanland, Chief Mosadogun. The Oluwo Afobaje’s compound had been bubbling with activities as early as 9 am. People who knew that would be the Olubadan’s first port of call had gathered to catch a glimpse of him.
Oba  Saliu A. O Adetunji, likely to be new Olubadan
Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, The Olubadan of Ibadanland
After the Oluwo had decorated the new Olubadan with the traditional akoko leaves, Kabiyesi prostrated himself before the Oluwo and the people of Ibadan signaling the last time he would ever prostrate before anyone. The Oluwo in turn prostrated himself before the new king. Just as the monarch was being decorated, members of the Olubadan-in-Council, led by the Oun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun walked in.
Then came the calabash opening, which is believed to spiritually signify what the reign of the oba would witness. Given two chances to pick the identical calabashes, Kabiyesi first picked the calabash filled with money followed by the one that had honey inside. The obviously elated Oluwo thereafter announced that Oba Aje Ogunguniso’s reign would be characterized by wealth and peace.
Done at the Oluwo’s compound, Oba Adetunji left for the Mapo Hall arcade where guests from every part of the country had gathered to witness the presentation of the certificate and instrument of office.
While presenting the staff of office, the Governor charged the monarch to brace up for service as he noted that “royalty is service”.

In his first official speech, the new Olubadan said he would ensure that the peace of the city was sustained, stating also that he would step up the campaign for the actualisation of Ibadan State and an international airport in the city.
In his speech, Ajimobi said the choice of Oba Adetunji from the Balogun chieftaincy line and as the highest ranking chief in that line was customary, traditional and legal. He said the Olubadan-in-Council, being the kingmakers, appointed and presented Adetunji as image
Olubadan and Service chiefs
L-R Ambode , Tinubu and Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu at the event .
L-R Fayose , Mrs Ajimobi and Ajimobi
Arrival of Nigeria most controversial and swaggerlicious governor Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose, the Executive governor of Ekiti State.
The city of Ibadan.
Ooni of Ife and Oba Saheed Elegushi.
Arrival of Sultan .
Indeed, the even is a success in the history of Ibadanland.
The arrival of Olubadan was heralded by gun salutes.

By 12:29, Oba Adetunji mounted the exalted customized chair, symbolizing the throne. Inscribed on the chair is: “Kabiyesi Alayeluwa, Olubadan of Ibadan.”

 The chief comperes, who are ace broadcasters, Yanju Adegbite and Wale Rufai, directed the activities with dexterity.

 The dignitaries retired into Mapo Hall for reception after the coronation.

 Other dignitaries at the event were  former governors of old and new Oyo State, Dr Omololu Olunloyo and Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala respectively; Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun), Olusegun Osoba of Ogun State and Alhaji Aminu Turaki of Jigawa State.

Also at the event were Oyo State Deputy Governor, Chief Moses Alake-Adeyemo; Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Adeyemo; members of the National Assembly and former deputy governors of the state, Chief Iyiola Oladokun and Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja.

Others include legal icon, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN); Chief Lekan Are; Chief  Lamidi Ajadi; Chairman of APC in Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke; Chief Gboyega Arulogun; Chief Kola-Daisi; Chief Teslim Folarin; Prophet Samuel Abiara; Chief Bose Adedibu; President of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Chief Wole Akinwande; Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof Idowu Olayinka; Prof Taoheed Adedoja; Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG Zone 11),  Kalafite Adeyemi; Managing Director, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Dr Rotimi Adeduntan and Engr Seyi Makinde.

 Other traditional rulers at the event include the Alake of Egba, ‎Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo,  the Olugbo of Ugboland, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan; the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi and the Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Adeniyi Sonariwo.

Members of the Olubadan-In-Council in attendance were high chiefs Lekan Balogun (Otun Olubadan), Rashidi Ladoja (Osi Olubadan), Akinloye Owolabi Olakulehin (Otun Balogun), Olufemi Olaifa  (Osi Balogun), Eddy Oyewole (Ashipa Olubadan),Tajudeen Ajibola (Ashipa Balogun), Abiodun Kola-Daisi (Ekerin Olubadan),  Solomon Adabale (Ekerin Balogun) Chief (Mrs) Aminat Abiodun (Iyalode of Ibadanland)

The Minister of Communication; Barr. Bayo Shittu and the  Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mr Adebayo Adelabu were also in attendance.

Earlier in the day,Oba Adetunji had been crowned by the 10th Oluwo Afobaje of Ibadanland, Chief Idowu Popoola at the chief’s palace at Oja Oba.

Clad in the traditional Aso-Oke, the new oba arrived in a Peugeot 307 CC 180 with registration number KJA 701 DZ, to commence the traditional rites.

The new king, who also performed the calabash selection aspect of the crowning rituals , picked the Money Calabash, an indication  that his reign would bring prosperity to the city.

The 41st Olubadan of Ibadan land.

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