See Who Will Be The Next Olubadan Of Ibadan
Olubadan Of Ibadan–Unlike in most Yoruba towns, kingmakers in Ibadan do not need to consult an oracle before selecting the next Olubadan after the incumbent has joined his ancestors.
The Olubadan throne is open to all Ibadan indigenes who have risen through the chieftaincy ranks.
The monarch and the high chiefs are members of the Olubadan-in-Council, which is the group of kingmakers.
When an Olubadan dies, one of the top chiefs from both lines ascends the throne according to the rotational principle.
Candidates climb 21 steps from Jagun to become the Olubadan on the Otun Olubadan line, while candidates climb 22 steps on the Balogun line.
If an Otun dies, the Balogun produces the next Olubadan.
For example, the late Olubadan, Oba Odulana Odugade, was of the Otun line, whereas Oba Saliu Adetunji was of the Balogun line.
Adetunji, who was crowned the 41st Olubadan on March 4, 2016, was born on August 26, 1928, in the Alusekere compound, to Raji Olayiwola and Suwebat Amope Adetunji, Popoyemoja, Ibadan.
Oba Adetunji became Mogaji (the head of his family) in 1976.
He became Jagun Balogun in 1978 and eventually, after almost 38 years on the ladder, he became Olubadan in 2016.
But the chieftaincy style sparked a row in 2017 when the late Governor Abiola Ajimobi did set up a committee to review the processes and protocols in ascending the Olubadan throne.
A judicial commission of enquiry on the matter was inaugurated.
Ajimobi promoted and installed some High Chiefs and Bales into crown wearing kings.
But Olubadan went to court to challenge Ajimobi and the government’s involvement in Olubadan traditional system.
The promotion in the line of Otun Olubadan follows this pattern: From Jagun – Ajia – Bada – Aare Onibon – Gbonnka – Aare-Egbe Omo – Oota – Lagunna – Are-Ago – Ayingun – Asaju – Ikolaba – Aare-Alasa – Agba-Akin – Ekefa – Maye – Abese – Ekaarun Olubadan – Ekerin Olubadan – Ashipa Olubadan – Osi Olubadan – Otun Olubadan, before emerging as Olubadan.
For the Balogun line, similar steps follow this pattern: Jagun – Ajia – Bada – Aare Onibon – Gbonnka – Aare-Egbe Omo – Oota – Lagunna – Are-Ago – Ayingun – Asaju – Ikolaba – Aare-Alasa – Agba-Akin – Ekefa – Maye – Abese – Ekaarun Balogun – Ekerin Balogun – Ashipa Balogun – Osi Balogun – Otun Balogun – Balogun, before eventual emergence as Olubadan.
There are indications that the Otun Olubadan of Ibadan land, Senator Lekan Balogun, may be next in line as the Olubadan of Ibadan.
This is according to the laid down hierarchy of ascension to the Ibadan throne.