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Oyo State: Okugbaja Family to ascend Olubadan Throne after 160 Years

The Okugbaja family, poised to produce the next Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, is celebrating a historic milestone as they prepare to ascend the throne for the first time in the lineage’s 204-year history. This momentous occasion marks a significant chapter in the annals of the Olubadan chieftaincy, with Olakulehin’s impending enthronement following a remarkable 160 years since the reign of Baale Oyesile Olugbode from the larger Ita Baale family, who joined his ancestors in 1864 after a 13-year reign.

Adding to the family’s legacy, Olakulehin’s kin also boasts Chief Moshood Okugbaja, who currently leads the Egunguns in Ibadan. Positioned at the helm of the military line within the Olubadan chieftaincy system, Olakulehin brings a distinguished pedigree to his forthcoming role.

In anticipation of the ceremonial transition, palace drummers are set to ceremoniously relocate to Olakulehin’s residence following the 8th day fidau proceedings scheduled for Friday at Mapo Hall, underscoring the tradition and protocol surrounding the ascension to the revered Olubadan throne.

Embedded within the fabric of Ibadan’s cultural heritage is a rotational system wherein each family holds the opportunity to produce an Olubadan. At the nucleus of this structure is the appointment of a Mogaji to lead each family.

The path to ascending the Olubadan lineage involves a strategic progression, whereby a Mogaji must first attain the rank of Jagun within either the civil or military line. This journey is contingent upon vacancies created by the passing of predecessors, with an average trajectory spanning approximately 40 years to reach the pinnacle of the hierarchy.

The recent passing of Oba Lekan Balogun, who occupied the civil line within the Olubadan lineage, sets the stage for succession in accordance with tradition, wherein the head of the military line assumes the mantle of leadership.

IMAGE: Western News

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