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The 42nd Olubadan of Ibadan dies at the age of 81



Nigerians living in the Southern parts of the country are mourning a traditional Yoruba monarch who has died after reigning as king (Oba) for just two years on the throne.

Oba Moshood Olalekan Balogun’s short reign as the Olubadan of Ibadan, a city in south-western Nigeria, followed a long career in academia and politics.

His highest political role was as senator for the same central area of Oyo state that he later served as king.

The 81-year-old’s body is to buried on Friday 15th March, 2023 in accordance with Islamic rites.

“He was a peaceful ruler who had listening ears and worked for the peace of the land,” said by Oyo State Gov. (Sen.) Seyi Makinde as he announced the death to the public.

“King Balogun’s reign brought a lot of development to the city of Ibadan in particular and Oyo state in general.”

He was crowned back in March 2022, becoming the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland following the death of Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji a week earlier.

Before that time, he was a lecturer at one of the country’s oldest universities – Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria – having achieved a PhD in philosophy.