On Friday, 4th of March 2016, is the date set for the coronation of High Chief Saliu Adetunji, the successor of the late Olubadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odungade I as the new Olubadan of Ibadan.
Over 200 indigenous clubs under the aegis of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), all socio-cultural organisations will be participating in the events, which will surely include all the traditional rites and steps typical of the installation.
The Otun Olubadan, Dr Lekan Balogun, while explaining this to top government officials, led by the Secretary to the state government, Ismeal Olalekan Alli and the Council of Olubadan, said that ” The kingmakers are empowered by the extant 1957 Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration to propose as candidate, the most senior chief in the line whose turn it is to fill a vacancy in the stool of Olubadan.
“Having satisfied all the conditions precedent according to the 1957 Chieftaincy Declaration, High Chief Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, has been appointed the new Olubadan of Ibadanland.
He also added that, ” The Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Adetunji, will be presented with the instruments and the staff of office on Friday at the traditional Mapo Hall Arcade, marking his official recognition, acceptance and endorsement as the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland.
“The historic installation is scheduled to take place at 10am at the traditional Mapo Hall arcade in Ibadan.
Also speaking about his past, he said “the incoming Oba from becoming a Mogaji in 1976 and Jagun Balogun in 1978 rose through the ranks, climbing 23 steps in the Balogun line, until 2015 when he became the Balogun of Ibadanland.
“It is delightful to note that the incoming Olubadan is a doyen of the entertainment industry, having used his business acumen, organisation, exposure and experience to promote successful artistes. So these musicians and dignitaries from all walks of life will grace the occasion.
All is set for the remarkable event as the great Mapo Hall, which is the venue for the installation ceremony, is given a new look as well as the palace at Popo Yemoja….