Nigeria’s Olubadan, Ruler of Ibadan Land, Dies at 101

An influential monarch in south-west Nigeria, the Olubadan, or ruler of Ibadan land, has died at the age of 101, his son has confirmed to the BBC.

Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, who ruled over Nigeria’s third largest city Ibadan, died in his sleep on Tuesday evening, Nigeria’s Punch newspaper quotes palace sources as saying.

An official announcement of the Yoruba king’s death is expected later.

Although largely symbolic, the Olubadan still has strong regional influence.

Nigeria’s many monarchs vary in hierarchy and importance with some ruling over large areas, while others are traditional rulers of a village or town.

The Olubadan is one of the few unelected figures whom the government would consult on major policy issues in the south-west, reports the BBC’s Chris Ewokor from the capital, Abuja.


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