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The Olubadan of Ibadanland is Dead

Big loss to the people of Ibadan yesterday as,
The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana died last night at the age of 101.
According to a palace source, the late Oba Odulana, who was the 40th Olubadan, ascended the throne on August 17, 2007 at the age of 93. He died less than three months to his 102nd birthday.
Although details were sketchy about the circumstances leading to his death, the source who did not want to be named, said the Olubadan “lived to a ripe old age and must have passed on from an age-related illness”.
There was no official confirmation of his death as at press time.
In line with tradition, the current Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Saliu Adetunji is expected to ascend the thrown, the source volunteered.
Oba Odulana was born April 14, 1914 in Igbo Elerin, Ibadan in present day Oyo State. He started his education at Saint Andrew’s School, Bamigbola, Ibadan in January 1922. He later enrolled in St. Peter’s School, Aremo, in 1929 and completed his middle school education at Mapo Central School in 1936.
He fought in the Second World War II. After the war, he was responsible for the demobilisation of returning soldiers in Lagos.
After his stint in the army, he 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.
By 1959, he was elected as a member of the House of Representatives and was subsequently made the parliamentary secretary to the First Republic Prime Minister, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.
In 1964, he led the Nigerian parliamentary delegation to the London Constitution Conference to restructure the former British colonies of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (now Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia).
Credit: ThisDayLive
He joined the royal chieftaincy line in 1972 as the Mogaji of Ladunni compound in Ibadan, and in 1976, was conferred with the title, Jagun-Olubadan.


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