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Pictures From The Coronation Of Adetunji, 41st Olubadan Of Ibadan Land



A new Olubadan of Ibadanland has been crowned.

Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji was on Friday crowned ruler of Ibadan land amid pomp and celebrations.

He becomes the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan.

Oyo state governor Abiola Ajimobi declared today a public holiday to commemorate the coronation of the Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji.

The governor made the statement through the state’s Head of Service, Soji Eniade, urging civil and public servants in the state and other members of the public to turn out massively for the ceremony.

The statement read, “Governor Ajimobi has approved that Friday, March 4, 2016, be declared a public holiday in the state.

“The holiday is given to commemorate the coronation of the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji, who will be installed at Mapo Hall, Ibadan, on the same day.”

The former Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, died January 20, 2016. He was 101.

The Olubadan (Olubadan means Lord of Ibadan) is the royal title of the king of Ibadan land in Nigeria, now a largely symbolic role.

Ibadan was founded in the 16th century, but the present Yoruba people only took control around 1820. By 1850 they had established their unusual succession principle, which is quite different compared with other traditional Yoruba rulers in that it alternates between two lines.

It usually takes decades to groom an Olubadan for the stool through stages of chieftaincy promotion, thus meaning that just about any male born title-holder of the metropolitan center is a potential king.

Pictures from the Ceremony…

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