Forty-six days after the demise of Oba Samuel Odulana, his successor, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji was crowned the 41st Olubadan amidst huge merriment and fanfare. His coronation as Ibadan’s next monarch is widely regarded as a progressive step for the ancient city. The new Olubadan is seen by many as an honourable man with a clear vision that will restore the dignity and aspiration of the people of Ibadan in their transition from a dissident warrior people to the promise of Intellectual beacon that the city is evolving into. In lieu of this, here are few facts about the latest Olubadan you may or may not know:

1. He was born on August 26, 1928, in Popoyemoja, Ibadan as the eldest of his father’s 17 children.


2. He attended IMG Grammar School in Oke-Ado for his secondary education and then the Chicago College of Performing Arts to study Marketing Strategies between 1974 and 1976.


3. He was introduced to the music business in 1957 by Badejo Okusanya, the first Nigerian to have a record label.


4. Before veering into music marketing, he was a trained tailor specialising in traditional and English attires. He had four sewing machines in his store in Lagos, which was no mean feat back then.


5. He owns three of the biggest music marketing companies in the Fuji Music Industry and to his credit, he discovered the highly successful Fuji music maestro, Wasiu Ayinde.


6. He emerged as Mogaji (the head of the family) in 1976, and he became the Jagun Balogun (the first rung on the Balogun ladder) in 1978.

 

7. The system that made Chief Saliu Adetunji king is not hereditary, but rather a graduated system in which descendants of certain households graduates through 21 stages before being crowned.


8. He was presented his staff of office by the State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi making him the first Olubadan of Ibadan to receive the staff from an indigene of Ibadan.


9. He is social media savvy and he joined Facebook on January 17th, 2016.

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