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Excitement as Ibadan gets 10 new kings: Ladoja shuns ceremony, says, I want only Olubadan’s crown



Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, was agog on Friday as the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II, crowned 10 out of 11 members of the Olubadan Advisory Council, who have been elevated from the position of ‘High Chiefs’ to beaded-crown wearing kings.

Governor Seyi Makinde of the state also presented staffs of office to the 10 new kings, during the coronation ceremony, which was held at the popular Mapo Hall Arcade, Ibadan. The ceremony was attended by thousands of people from all walks of life, which led to traffic logjam in some parts of Ibadan, including Oja’ba, Orita-Merin, and Beere.

The new kings include the Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin; Otun Balogun, Oba Tajudeen Ajibola; Osi Olubadan, Oba Eddy Oyewole; Osi Balogun, Oba Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe; Ashipa Olubadan, Oba Abiodun Kola-Daisi; and Ashipa Balogun, Oba Kolawole Adegbola.

The list also comprised Ekerin Olubadan, Oba Hamidu Ajibade; Ekerin Balogun, Oba Dada Isioye; Ekarun Olubadan, Oba Adebayo Akande; and Ekarun Balogun, Oba Abiodun Dauda Azeez.

But the Otun Olubadan, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, a former governor of the state, and a member of the council, did not show up at the coronation. Ladoja had said he would not accept the crown during a recent interview.

The administration of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, had on August 27, 2017, crowned all members of Olubadan Advisory Council, except Ladoja, then Osi Olubadan, who rejected the crown. The then coronation was preceded by review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration between May and August 2017. Ladoja then dragged Ajimobi and the state government to court some days after the review panel was set up.

The judgment in the case was delivered by Justice Olajumoke Aiki on January 19, 2018. She declared that the Justice Akintunde Boade-led Judicial Commission of Inquiry that reviewed the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Related Chieftaincies in Ibadanland unconstitutional, illegal, null, void and of no effect.

The administration of Ajimobi appealed the judgment, giving 11 grounds why the judgment of the lower court should be upturned.

But the appeal was still pending until the All Progressives Congress-led government left power on May 28, 2019. Eventually, the Court of Appeal sent the case file back to the Oyo State High Court for retrial before another judge. The two parties, however, settled out of court. But the beneficiaries of the crowns instituted another litigation, which they withdrew in the build-up to the coronation of the incumbent Olubadan and surrendered their crowns so that they would not prevent Oba Lekan Balogun from ascending the throne.

In his address, Makinde said: “We are here for one thing, the Olubadan of Ibadan is crowning his High Chiefs as Obas. It is not the government that is giving the High Chiefs crowns. I am not aware of the crown. I am not in the line. What is happening today is internal.

“If the royal father said there is a need for reform, me, as the governor, I will support them. Out of the 11 High Chiefs we have in Ibadan, 10 of them have been crowned today. Even in a democracy, the majority will have its way and the minority will have their say and we have had them. Anyone that is not satisfied can go to court.

“The consenting authority today is the Olubadan and not the governor. Those who go to court will waste their time. What the people want, we have done for them. I want to charge the new Obas to do good to their people. I thank all my people in Ibadan. Thank you.”

In his remarks, the Olubadan expressed gratitude to the governor for approving the ceremony.

He regretted that in the past, Ibadan high chiefs suffered indignation at public gatherings because they were not crown-wearing Obas. He also allayed fears that the new development would alter the unique traditional system in Ibadan.

He informed that Baales in Ibadan would also be made Obas soon.

“My brother Baales’ minds should be at peace and begin their own preparation for a similar outing within the shortest possible date,” the Olubadan said

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‘This Is Pure Evil’ – Mary Njoku frown at Those requesting DNA Test From Mohbad’s Wife



Nollywood actress, Mary Njoku, has slammed critics questioning the paternity of the son of late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.

News Direct reports that Omawunmi, the wife to Mohbad, has come under heavy backlash over the son’s complexion, with some people calling for a DNA test for the child.

In a post via Instagram on Friday, Mary described the call as pure evil and advised that people should not add to the widow’s misery.

The movie star added that if late Mohbad didn’t doubt the child’s paternity, the public should not think otherwise but should focus on getting justice for him.

She wrote: “Asking a mourning widow to submit her son for a DNA test is pure evil. Haba! She just lost a husband, lost a father to her child, lost her helper and protector of 10 years! Let her mourn in peace.

“If you can’t support her don’t add to her misery! Small money don enter for DNA tests. Just because she isn’t rich, if her husband didn’t doubt the paternity, who are we to think otherwise?

“Abeg make una no let the dead pare for una o. Don’t frustrate his family. Let’s focus on getting justice for Mohbad.”

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Lateef Adedimeji, Woli Agba, others feature in ‘The Thorns’



Tope Adebayo Salami, the Director of Femi Adebayo’s ‘Jagun Jagun,’ is set to unveil another blockbuster, titled – The Thorns.

The movie features Lateef Adedimeji as lead actor.

Others in the movie include Omowunmi Dada, Woli Agba, Funke Ogunmola, Jumoke Odetola, Femi Branch, Peju Ogunmola, Shola Kosoko, Olawunmi Oluwapelumi, Ademola Amoo, Damilola Oni, and Omobolanle Adigun.

In the movie, Adedimeji as Pelumi, resolves never to love again because of the crisis he encountered with his two past marriages, until he meets the hilarious fake Prophet Egbojuayosoke, Woli Agba Ayo Ajewole, who prophesies that love is about to smile on him again

The romantic dramedy is produced by Beatrice Funke Ogunmola (BFO).

Ogunmola, known and referred to as BFO, is a Nigerian-American living in Texas, United State of America.

BFO is the producer of Love Castle, a film that won several awards from Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival, Abuja International Film Festival, and West African Film Festival

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Hard to stay sane, clean in music industry – Korede Bello



Singer Korede Bello has said it’s difficult to stay sane and clean in the entertainment industry.

He made this known in a post via his X handle #koredebello on Thursday.

He wrote on how challenging it is to stay mentally sound and sober in the entertainment industry.

According to him: “People don’t understand how hard it is to stay sane in a seemingly crazy industry. It’s even harder when you choose to stay clean.

“ So if you want to help an artiste stay alive, contribute to their mental health, support them while they’re still here with whatever you have, even if all you have are your kind words.

“You may not love their art, but you can choose to love the soul of the artist in the human being.”

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