Oba Sijuwade, prominent Nigerian monarch dies

Jul 29 2015 - 12:46am

Oba Okunade Sijuwade: passes on

Oba Okunade Sijuwade: passes on

The Ooni of Ife in western Nigeria, Oba Okunade Sijuwade is dead. He was 85.

He died in London, at the Saint Mary’s Hospital, a favorite destination of Nigeria’s rich and powerful seeking medical care abroad.

There has been no official announcement of his demise by the government of Osun state.

Sijuwade became the king of the ancient Yoruba town in 1980, taking cognomen, Olubuse II.

He was born on January 1, 1930 in Ile-Ife to the Ogboru Ruling House. He was the grandson of Ooni Sijuwade Adelekan Olubuse I.

As a Yoruba Oba, the Ooni was not generally loved by his kinsmen, especially outside his kingdom, because of his business interests and his role after the annulment of the 1993 June 12 election won by Chief Moshood Abiola.

The Ooni was believed to have traded support for the cause of a fellow Yoruba high chief for business patronage from the military junta led by Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

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