Ibadan - The ancient city of Ibadan was agog on Friday as High Chief
Saliu Adetunji was crowned the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland.
Adetunji, 87, was crowned at about 10.51 a.m. by the 10th Oluwo
Afobaje of Ibadanland, Chief Idowu Popoola.
Adetunji, a doyen of the music industry and the former Balogun of
Ibadanland, arrived the Oluwo Afobaje's palace, Oja Oba, at exactly
Adetunji, clad in the traditional Aso-Oke, arrived in a Peugeot 307 CC
180 with registration number KJA 701 DZ, to commence the
NAN reports that Adetunji was at the Oluwo Afobaje palace to undergo
traditional rites as expected of a new monarch.
The new monarch left the Afobaje's palace at exactly 10.18a.m. to the
Afobaje arcade where he was crowned.
The new king, who also performed the calabash selection event,
picked the Money Calabash, a reflection that his reign would depict
Speaking at the event, Popoola, the Afobaje, described the coronation
ceremony as unique in the history of Ibadan, commending Gov. Abiola
Ajimobi for his support.
He also commended Globacom and producers of Eagle Aromatic
Schnapps for their unflinching contributions and support to the
Popoola said that the new king became a Mogaji during his father's
reign as the Olubadan in 1976.
He said that Ibadan began to use the appellation "Olubadan of
Ibadanland" under the reign of Late Oba Abas Aleshinloye in 1936.
Adetunji, the only king to be installed by an Ibadan indigene as
governor, has his formal title as Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso
The members of the Olubadan-in-Council led by High Chief Lekan
Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland and High Chief Rasheed
Ladoja among others paid the traditional respect to the new king.
The new King left for the Ose-Meji Shrine where he was expected to
undergo some other spiritual rites before proceeding to the Mapo Hall
At the arcade was the handing over of the staff of Office to the new
king by Gov. Ajimobi of Oyo State.