Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana dies at 101

The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, has died. He was 101.

Sources close to the palace said he died at about 7.30pm on Tuesday while on his bed, after first losing consciousness.

Those familiar with the monarch’s demise said his sons and palace chiefs had since being informed of the development.

Palace insiders said the Oba, born April 14, 1914, was hale and hearty and did not show sign of any life-threatening ailment.

The 40th Olubadan however passed on in the evening encircled by his wife and a few of his children.

Oba Odulana, who ascended the throne at age 93 on August 17, 2007, would have been 102 years old if he had lived another 86 days.

Those familiar with the Ibadan kingship tradition said the next High Chief to become Olubadan is the current Balogun of Ibadanland, Saliu Adetunji.

Oba Odulana, knowledgeable insiders say, began his climb to the exalted stool in 1972 when he became the Mogaji of Ladunni compound in Ibadan.

In 1976, he was confirmed the Jagun of Ibadan land, and then climbed several other chieftaincy ladders before becoming the Olubadan.

The remains of the late monarch, who celebrated his centenary in April 2014, has been deposited at the morgue of the University College Hospital.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility


Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: To place a text-based advert here. Call Willie - +2347088095401

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.