The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, is dead, aged 101.
The monarch who attained the age of 100 years in 2014, died at about 7.30pm on Tuesday evening in his palace in the Monatan area of Ibadan after he reportedly lost consciousness, some Palace sources confirmed. The monarch’s corpse has been taken to a morgue.
Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, who was born on April 14, 1914, in Igbo Elerin, Ibadan to Pa Odulana Ayinla, became the Olubadan in July 2007. He died 86 days to his 102nd birthday. He was the 39th Olubadan of Ibadan. He was the 17th Olubadan since the title was elevated from Baale Ibadan to the Olubadan in 1930. The first traditional ruler to bear the new title was Oba Okunola Abass, who reigned from 1930-1946.
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It was gathered that immediately his death was confirmed, palace guards immediately summoned a son of the deceased, Prof. Femi Lana, who also informed some Ibadan high chiefs about his father’s demise. But when contacted, Prof. Femi Lana, declined to comment on the incident.
According to some palace sources, tradition has it that the next in line to the Olubadan must be informed of the death accordingly, and the Olubadan-in-Council, comprising all the high chiefs would have to first pay a condolence visit to the family before the formal announcement of the monarch’s death would be made.
On Jan 1, the Olubadan-In-Council had a ruse with the Oyo state government over the promotion of nine high chiefs. The next in line to succeed the throne is the Balogun of Ibadan land, High Chief Saliu A.O. Adetunji who is one of the nine Ibadan high chiefs promoted about three weeks ago by the late monarch.
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A brief look into the late Oba’s biography shows he was an army officer who fought in the World War II. He was also a seasoned civil servant and a thoroughbred politician and was a Federal Minister in the First Republic.
The late monarch began his elementary education at Saint Andrew’s School, Bamigbola, in the present Lagelu Local Government Area in January 1922 and obtained a transfer to St. Peter’s School, Aremo in 1929.
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He completed his middle school education at Mapo Central School in December 1936 and also strengthened his education via correspondence college. He briefly worked with United Africa Company as a produce clerk before commencing his teaching career at the Church Missionary Society Elementary School, Jago, in 1938. He also taught in several schools from 1939 to 1942 and was with the Colonial Office Education Department in 1964.
After his return from World War II in 1945, he was appointed to be in charge of the demobilization of returning soldiers in Lagos. He remained in the civil service until 1959 before voluntarily retiring and went into politics as a member of the House of Representatives, and then was appointed parliamentary secretary to the late Abubakar Tafawa Balewa in the country’s first independent cabinet. He was Minster of State for Labour in 1963.
Odulana’s royal journey began with his appointment as the Mogaji (Head) of his Ladunni family compound, at Oja-Igbo in 1972 and in 1976, he became the Jagun-Olubadanland. He was conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Management Technology by the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, in December 2005.
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