The Olubadan simply translates to “Lord of Ibadan”, it is the royal title of the king of Ibadan land in Oyo state.
It takes decades before anyone can attain the height of an Olubadan. Prospects are taken through stages of chieftaincy promotion.
By 1850 they had established their unusual succession principle, which is quite different compared with other traditional Yoruba rulers in that it alternates between two lines.
Previous rulers of Ibadan were generally referred to as Baale until 1936, when the title of Olubadan was revived.
The Olubadan exudes great power, to depose or peg a chief, irrespective of the person’s position on the chieftaincy line.
He has the authority to promote high chiefs on the lower cadre and place them above a high chief whose position was pegged.
The Olubadan is still an influential figure, although the role is now largely symbolic. On the political scene, the monarch’s voice is highly respected.
Below is a chronological list of all Olubadan of Ibadan through the ages.
Bashorun Oluyole 1850
Ba’ale Oderinlo 1850
Ba’ale Oyeshile Olugbode 1851–1864
Ba’ale Ibikunle 1864 (He was to be installed but died before ascending the throne)
Bashorun Ogunmola 1865–1867
Ba’ale Akere I 1867–1870
Ba’ale Orowusi 1870–1871
Are Ona Kakanfo Obadoke Latosa 1871–1885
Ba’ale Ajayi Osungbekun 1885–1893
Ba’ale Fijabi I 1893–1895
Ba’ale Oshuntoki 1895–1897
Ba’ale Fajinmi 1897–1902
Ba’ale Mosaderin 1902–1904
Ba’ale Dada Opadare 1904–1907
Ba’ale Sunmonu Apampa 1907–1910
Ba’ale Akintayo Awanibaku Elenpe 1910–1912
Ba’ale Irefin 1912–1914
Ba’ale Shittu Latosa (son of Are Latosa) 1914–1925
Ba’ale Oyewole Foko 1925–1929
Olubadan Okunola Abass 1930–1946
Olubadan Akere I 1946
Olubadan Oyetunde I 1946
Olubadan Akintunde Bioku 1947–1948
Olubadan Fijabi II 1948–1952
Olubadan Alli Iwo 1952
Olubadan Apete 1952–1955
Oba Isaac Babalola Akinyele 1955–1964
Oba Yesufu Kobiowu July 1964 – December 1964
Oba Salawu Akanni Aminu 1965–1971
Oba Shittu Akintola Oyetunde II 1971–1976
Oba Gbadamosi Akanbi Adebimpe 1976–1977
Oba Daniel ‘Tayo Akinbiyi 1977–1982
Oba Yesufu Oloyede Asanike I 1982–1994
Oba Emmanuel Adegboyega Operinde I (1994–1999)
Oba Yunusa Ogundipe Arapasowu I (1999–2007)
Oba Samuel Odulana Odungade I (2007–2016)
Oba Odunlana passed on in the late hours of Tuesday, January 19, he was aged 101-years. Following his death, tradition demands that the highest ranked chief of Ibadan takes his place. Thus the next in line to the Ibadan royal stool is High Chief Saliu Adetunji.