Olubadan: Olakulehin makes public appearance amid controversy over health status


The Olubadan-designate, Owolabi Akinloye Olakulehin, has made a public appearance amid controversy over his health status.

Newspot recalls that Olakulehin, who hailed from Okugbaja lineage in Ita Baale area of Ibadan, had earlier been nominated and appointed as the 43rd Olubadan by the Olubadan-in-Council at the meeting presided by the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja on Friday, 12th April, 2024.

Our correspondent reports that Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde had on Saturday said that Olakulehin would ascend the throne as the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadan when he is strong enough to complete the processes for his installation.

Makinde made the statement at the burial ceremony organised by the state government in honour of the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Mahood Olalekan Balogun.

A few days after Makinde’s comments, Olakulehin made a public appearance.


Newspot reports that the Olubadan-designate inspected the newly built Olubadan Palace on Thursday.

Olakulehin was conducted around the new palace by the President-General of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, Chief Ajeniyi Ajewole, and other prominent Ibadan indigenes.

Olakulehin, while speaking during the event, said he was happy to inspect the new palace.

He said, “I am highly delighted to be among the living to inspect this project. So, we have to thank God. Ibadan people need to appreciate God for this.”

Ajewole, while speaking, maintained that the inspection became necessary to let the whole world know that the Olubadan-designate is physically fit.

“Given the magnitude of the Olubadan’s role in Ibadan society and the importance of his position to the well-being of the people, it is essential that he be in good health to carry out his duties effectively,” he said.

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