In a grand ceremony that resonated with tradition and pomp, the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Lekan Balogun, has conferred the prestigious title of monarch upon 34 Baales (village heads) across Ibadan land.
This historic event took place at the Olubadan Palace, Oja’ba, Ibadan, and marked the elevation of these Baales to the esteemed status of royal highnesses.
The event, held yesterday, was coordinated and facilitated by the revered Olubadan himself, who serves as the imperial majesty of the entire Ibadanland.
The crowning ceremony was a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Yoruba people and a celebration of their ancient traditions.
Among the distinguished individuals honoured with the title of Royal Highness are Oba Moses Olasunkanmi Akinyosoye (Onikereku of Ikereku), Oba James Oluyemi Odeniran (Alakinyele of Akinyele), and Oba Kareem Adigun (Onimoniya of Moniya).
These appointments underscore the significance of the Baales’ roles within their respective communities and the acknowledgment of their leadership by the Olubadan.
From Ona-Ara Local Government Area, six royal highnesses emerged, including Oba Adebowale Kamorudeen Adeyemi (Oniladuntan of Laduntan) and Oba Mudasiru Musa (Alararo of Araro).
These leaders will now take on expanded responsibilities in their communities.
Similarly, Egbeda Local Government Area saw the elevation of six Baales to Royal Highnesses, such as Oba Suleiman Akinsola Oladepo (Alajia of Ajia Adepoju Olorungbuji) and Oba Victor Sunday Okunola (Elegbeda of Egbeda).
The promotion of these leaders signifies a significant shift in their roles, with a greater focus on community development and governance.
Seven Baales from Ido Local Government Area have been granted Royal Highness status, including Oba Gbolagade Muritala Babalola (Onido of Ido) and Oba Olabamiji Ahmed Thomas (Alakufo of Akufo).
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These leaders will continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of their communities.
Lagelu Local Government Area also witnessed the emergence of eight Royal Highnesses, including Oba Arigbabuwo Muniru Adekunle (Onilalupon of Lalupon) and Oba Najimudeen Olalekan Bello (Onilagun of Lagun).
Their new roles will empower them to further contribute to the progress and development of their localities.
Lastly, Oluyole Local Government Area saw three Baales ascend to the status of royal highnesses, including Oba Muritala Salami Olumini (Onidiayunre of Idi-Ayunre), Oba Yekini Olatunde (Onilatunde of Latunde), and Oba Tiamiyu Olubiyi Oladipupo (Alaba of Abanla).
The Olubadan’s decision to elevate these Baales to Royal Highnesses signifies a commitment to preserving Yoruba traditions and fostering local leadership.
It is anticipated that this move will strengthen governance at the grassroots level and promote community development throughout Ibadanland.
The newly crowned royal highnesses will undoubtedly play pivotal roles in their communities, working closely with their subjects to improve the well-being and progress of Ibadanland.
This historic event will be remembered as a momentous occasion in the rich tapestry of Ibadan’s history, showcasing the enduring significance of its cultural heritage.