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Oba Abubakar Siyanbola Onikepe Akanbi Ladigbolu, Oyo’s Most Powerful Traditional Ruler

Siyanbola Ladigbolu was Alaafin of Oyo from January 1911 to 1944. He was the Alaafin of Oyo when Northern and Southern protectorates of Nigeria were amalgamated in 1914, an action he benefited from as a result of the implementation of indirect rule. Before becoming Alaafin, Ladigbolu I held the title of Aremo, similar to a crown prince, he succeeded his father Oba Lawani to the throne in 1911.


His Imperial Majesty, Oba Abubakar Siyanbola Onikepe Akanbi Ladigbolu, then Alaafin of Oyo, after his breathtaking and remarkable 33-year rulership, went on to glory to join his ancestors.

Under Oba Ladigbolu’s rule, the amalgamation of the northern and southern part of what is now known as Nigeria to become a great nation in Africa and beyond was made possible. Oba Abubakar Siyanbola Onikepe Akanbi Ladigbolu in his palace With this, no doubt, Oba Ladigbolu is worthy of remembrance alongside other enviable achievements that his days in power witnessed both in Oyo kingdom and Nigeria generally.

In recognition of his efforts, the monarch was honoured with the Companion (of the Order Of) St Michael and St George (CMG) title by His Excellency, Sir Hugh Clifford, who also made the day the Oba received the accolade a public holiday with massive celebration in the land of Oyo

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