Profile of the late Olubadan of Ibadan

Barth Ikiebe, Abuja.

His full name was Samuel Osundiran Odulana,Odugade the 1st, he was born on April 14, 1914 and became the Olubadan in July 2007. The late Olubadan was a world war II veteran.

 He was a Minister of State for Labour in the first republic

For his elementary education, the Late Oba attended Saint Andrew’s School, Bamigbola, in the present Lagelu Local Government Area in January 1922 and obtained a transfer to St. Peter’s School, Aremo in 1929.

 He served as Parliamentary Secretary to Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, in the country’s first independent cabinet.

The late Olubadan led the Nigerian Parliamentary delegation to the London Constitutional Conference to restructure the then British colonies of Rhodesia and Nyasaland now known as Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

 His journey to the throne was gradual after he was appointed the Mogaji (Head) of his Ladunni family compound, at Oja-Igbo in 1972.

 He was the 40th Olubadan until his death on Tuesday evening, 19th Jan., 2016.

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