The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, is dead.
Palace sources said the monarch died at about 7.30pm on Tuesday in his palace in the Monatan area of Ibadan. And following his death, here are 12 things you need to know about him.
1: Oba Odugade, who was born on April 14, 1914, became the Olubadan in July 2007.
2: A soldier who fought in the World War II, Oba Odulana was a seasoned civil servant and a thoroughbred politician who later became a minister in the First Republic.
3: The late monarch began his elementary education at 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 completed his middle school education at Mapo Central School in December 1936.
4: He equally strengthened his education via correspondence college.
5: He had a brief stint with the United Africa Company as a produce clerk before taking up teaching at the Church Missionary Society Elementary School, Jago, in the present Ona-ara Local Government Area, in 1938.
6: He also taught in several schools from 1939 to 1942.
7: He, however, quit teaching to pick the more challenging duty of a soldier during the 1939 World War II.
8: According to his biographers, the lessons learnt at his duty post was well utilised, such that upon the end of the war in 1945, he was put in charge of the demobilisation of returning soldiers in Lagos, which earned him an exemplary character award of the Army Fourth Brigade and this climaxed into an immediate appointment with the Colonial Office Education Department in 1946.
9: While in the civil service, where he was until 1959, Oba Odulana actively assisted in the establishment of both primary and secondary schools in various parts of the old Western Region of Nigeria. He voluntarily retired and embraced politics to represent his people in the 1959 pre-independence House of Representatives.
This led to a string of political achievements, such that he was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the late Prime Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, in the country’s first independent cabinet.
10: In 1963, he attended the epoch-making Commonwealth Conference in London. He also became the country’s Minister of State for Labour.
11: In 1964, he 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.
12: In 1976, he became the Jagun-Olubadanland