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Lekan Balogun, Olubadan of Ibadanland, has passed away.

Oba Lekan Balogun, the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland, has passed away at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan. He was a native of Ali-Iwo compound in the present Ibadan North East local government area. His death marks the end of an era in Ibadan’s history and the beginning of a new chapter for the city. He will be remembered for his leadership, wisdom, and contributions to the development of the community.


The monarch passed away shortly after being moved to the health facility. He had a diverse career as an academic and politician before ascending the throne in 2022. The monarch was a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and was later elected to represent Oyo Central Senatorial District between 1999 and 2003, where he served for one term.

Balogun became the Olubadan on 11 March 2022, succeeding Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji who passed away on 2nd January, 2022. With a doctorate in philosophy, Balogun brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new role as the traditional ruler of the Yoruba people in southwestern Nigeria. He is highly respected by his community and is expected to continue the legacy of his predecessor while also making his own mark on the position.


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