Ibadan Kingmakers Select Olakulehin as 43rd Olubadan

In a momentous decision, the kingmakers of Ibadan have chosen Olakulehin to become the 43rd Olubadan. This announcement marks a significant milestone in the traditional leadership of the city, following a thorough selection process conducted by the council of chiefs.

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The Olubadan stool became vacant as a result of the death of the 42nd holder of the title, Oba Mahood Olalekan Balogun, who joined his ancestors last month.

The Olubadan-in-Council met at Mapo Hall on Friday to nominate Olakulehin and the nomination was ratified by all the members present.

Olakulehin was nominated by the Osi Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Lateef Adebimpe.

The meeting, which was attended by Olakulehin, was chaired by the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, a former governor of Oyo State, High Chief Rasidi Ladoja.

Other members of Olubadan-in-Council at the meeting are Osi Olubadan, Eddy Oyewole Foko; Ashipa Olubadan, Abiodun Kola-Daisi; Ekerin Olubadan, Hamidu Ajibade; Ekarun Olubadan, Adebayo Akande; Osi Balogun, Lateef Adebimpe; Ashipa Balogun, Kola Adegbola; Ekerin Balogun, Dada Isioye and Ekarun Balogun, Abiodun Azeez.

This decision reflects the deep-seated traditions and customs of Ibadan, where the Olubadan holds a position of utmost respect in Yoruba culture, overseeing local governance and community matters.

Olakulehin’s installation as the 43rd Olubadan is anticipated to be a moment of great significance, attracting attention and participation from both within and beyond Ibadan. It symbolizes a blend of tradition and progress, marking a continuation of the esteemed institution of the Olubadan. As he prepares to assume leadership responsibilities, there is an expectation that he will prioritize the preservation of Ibadan’s cultural heritage while tackling contemporary challenges. This appointment underscores the enduring relevance of traditional institutions in modern governance.

With anticipation building for the inauguration ceremonies, the people of Ibadan eagerly await the commencement of Olakulehin’s tenure, which is poised to carry forward the rich legacy of leadership that has defined the city for generations.

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