Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadan land, has joined his ancestors.
The monarch died today, 2 January, at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, Oyo state, at the age of 93.
Even though the exact cause of death is unknown, it is believed to be related to old age illness.
Official reports from the palace said on Sunday says:
“It is what you have heard. Baba (Olubadan) has joined his ancestors,” one of the palace sources said.
Confirming the Olubadan’s death, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, said, “The news of the death of our father, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I, came as a shock.
“His wealth of experience, his immense wisdom, and his commitment to seeing a greater Ibadan and a better Oyo State are unrivalled.
“Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria and humanity at large will miss Kabiyesi, who was ever ready to give his all to see a better society.”
The Olubadan died 22 days after another prominent monarch in Oyo State, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi, the Soun of Ogbomoso.
Adetunji, who was crowned the 41st Olubadan on March 4, 2016, was born on August 26, 1928, in the Alusekere compound, Popoyemoja, Ibadan, to the family of Raji Olayiwola and Suwebat Amope Adetunji.
Following the death of Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, Adetunji was crowned Olubadan.
He was the first of his parents’ 17 children.
He learned vocational skills as a child before deciding to make a living as a fashion designer after relocating to Lagos.
Adetunji dabbled in musical record marketing while working as a fashion designer until 1960, when he founded the first of three record label imprints, Baba Laje Records.