Nigeria’s Olubadan — ‘Lord of Ibadan’ — dies at age 101

Nigerias-Olubadan-Lord-of-Ibadan-dies-at-age-101. ABUJA, Nigeria,  Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade — the Olubadan, or king of Nigeria’s southwest Ibadan region — died at the age of 101 on Tuesday.

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Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade — the Olubadan, or king of Nigeria’s southwest Ibadan region — died at the age of 101 on Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Olubadan — meaning “Lord of Ibadan” — is a largely symbolic title, but still holds strong regional influence, particularly as the king of the Yoruba people.

The Yoruba community was founded in the 16th century and has a population of nearly 3 million. Oba Odugade became the 40th Olubadan when crowned at 93 years of age in 2007. He was formerly a teacher, a World War II soldier, civil servant and politician.

The Nigerian government often speaks to the Olubadan on major policy issues concerning the southwest, as Ibadan is the third largest city in the country.

Prince Gbade Lana, one of his sons, described the late Olubadan as “a good father, very, very stern” to BBC News.

“He preached humility … he taught us that once you are humble you will be able to achieve anything in life,” his son said, adding that he hopes his father would be remembered for “the passion he had for Ibadan as a city … to see that Ibadan grew and became a better place.”

Folasade Bankole, one of his daughters, said her father was a rare gem, Vanguard Nigeria reported.

“He lived the way he wanted to live and died the way he wanted to die,” she said. “He achieved all he set out to before his death. We thank God for his life.”

By Andrew V. Pestano

UPI NEWS