Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Dies At 101

Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1
A prominent Yoruba monarch whose life spanned a century died yesterday. According to family sources, the fulfilled life of Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1 ended yesterday [Jan 19] evening at his Monatan residence in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The ruler who celebrated his centenary birthday in April 2014, would have been 102 years in three months. His remains have since been deposited at the University College Hospital (UCH).

The late monarch who was said to have been hale and hearty earlier in the morning passed on peacefully surrounded by his wife and some of his children.

Oba Odulana died of old age, a highly placed source told The Guardian.

The royal father who ascended the throne in 2007 after the death of Oba Yunusa Ogundipe, Arapasowu 1 would be remembered as a disciplinarian and a progressive monarch.

The late kabiyesi was a successful and a private individual. He was a teacher, soldier, member of House of Representatives, Parliamentary Secretary to the late Premier of the Western Region, Sir Tafawa Balewa in the first republic and he climbed about 22 steps before he became the Olubadan of Ibadan.

For the Olubadan, it was a long walk to the throne. His first steps to the traditional royal stool were first taken in 1973 when he became the Jagun of Ibadan. Yet, it took him more than 30 years to climb the crucial 22 ladders to become king. He finally became the Olubadan in 2007, at the age of 93. With his advanced age, Oba Odulana is reputed as the oldest person to be crowned Olubadan in recent history.

 - The Guardian

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