Ibadan’s Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has passed away.

He was 93 years old.

His death was confirmed by palace sources who pledged anonymity on Sunday.

“That’s what you heard. Baba (Olubadan) has joined his ancestors, ”said one of the palace sources.

However, when contacted, the monarch’s assistants neither confirmed nor denied his death.

“Even if he is dead, it is the governor who will announce it”, declared one of his collaborators to the media, contacted by telephone.

Another aide said in Yoruba, “You don’t have bad news from a chief priest,” and cut the phone.

Efforts to reach Taiwo Adisa, media assistant to Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, were unsuccessful at the time of this report’s filing.

The Olubadan died 22 days after the death of another prominent monarch of Oyo State – Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi.

Adetunji, who was crowned 41st Olubadan on March 4, 2016, was born on August 26, 1928 in the family of Raji Olayiwola and Suwebat Amope Adetunji in the compound of Alusekere, Popoyemoja, Ibadan.

Adetunji was crowned Olubadan after the disappearance of Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade.

He was the first of 17 children from his parents.

He grew up learning professional jobs until he ventured into fashion design as a livelihood after moving to Lagos.

While working as a fashion designer, Adetunji immersed himself in music record marketing until 1960 when he founded his first of three record brands called Baba Laje Records, which was home to notable Fuji music groups. , including Dauda Epo-Akara and Wasiu Ayinde Marshall.

Prior to his coronation as Olubadan of Ibadan, Adetunji was the Balogun of the land of Ibadan.

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