The passing of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II, has deeply affected many Nigerians. Oba Balogun, aged 81, who ascended the throne on March 11, 2022, passed away on Thursday evening at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, as confirmed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sulaimon Olanrewaju.

Here are 10 key points about the late monarch:

Born on October 18, 1942, in Ali-Iwo compound, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

Studied for his O- and A-level certificates in the UK while working part-time.

Attended Brunel University, earning a master’s degree in Administration and Economics in 1973.

Pursued a PhD after working with the Lambeth Local Government Social Services Department.

Held various roles, including lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, editor of The Nigerian Pathfinder, and director with Triumph Newspaper, Kano.

Previously ran for president under the Social Democratic Party and contested for governorship under the People’s Democratic Party in Oyo State.

Served as a senator representing Oyo Central senatorial district from 1999 to 2003, chairing the Senate Committee on National Planning and participating in committees like Appropriations, Security and Intelligence, Police Affairs, and Defence.

Held the title of Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland before becoming Olubadan and receiving the staff of office from Governor Seyi Makinde on March 11, 2022.

Accomplished author and a practicing Muslim.

Passed away on March 14, 2024.

 

 

Boluwatife Adedokun is a passionate journalist, who writes to ameliorate societal ills. As a young journalist, she aims to have a society devoid of corruptions by righting the wrongs with the power of pen. Her enthusiasm towards speaking for the masses has engendered her publication in different national dailies and she wish to be more impactful through her stories.

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