The new Chairman of the IBSELG Traditional Council and Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, a former Governor of Oyo State (right) leading we, the members of the IBSELG Traditional Council, round the grounds of the Olubadan Palace, Oja ‘Ba, which the Traditional Council is rehabilitating from it’s purse. I am on the right of the Otun Olubadan.

By Snr. Chief ‘Lekan Alabi

IBADAN – The popular saying – “Mogaji Ibadan bii Oba ibomiran ni”, connotes the fact that Ibadan Mogajis surpass some other towns kings.

This fact is buttressed by the large population of men/women, economic resources, such as lands (in the city and less city) presided over by Mogajis and their appointed subordinates, Baales, practical experiences as members of Local Government Traditional Councils, Native Courts etc.

My humble self, Senior Chief ‘Lekan Alabi, Maye Olubadan of Ibadanland (left) in a tètè-a-tètè with a former Vice-Chancellor of Nigeria’s first university, the University of Ibadan, Professor Bamiro, at the symposium sponsored by the Oyo State Government led by the late Governor Isiak Abiola Ajimobi, at the Trenchad Hall of UI, on 19th February, 2016.The theme was: “ISSUES IN THE IBADAN TRADITIONAL CHIEFTAINCY SYSTEM”. I was invited by the OYSG to talk on the given topic “THE UNIQUENESS OF THE IBADAN TRADITIONAL CHIEFTAINCY SYSTEM”. In my presentation,I emphasised the beauty in the Ibadan Traditional Chieftaincy System that enables an Ibadan Mogaji, on promotion, to gain valuable experiences in his destined rise to the exalted throne of Olubadan of Ibadanland from either the Olubadan Line or the alternative Balogun Line.

The time-honoured Ibadan Traditional Chieftaincy System ensures that by the time an Ibadan Mogaji goes through the above-explained ladder to become a Senior Chief not to talk of becoming an High Chief, he is highly schooled in administrative, cultural, traditional, financial affairs.

Yesterday, I resumed duties, as it were, at the Ibadan South East Local Government Traditional Council (IBSELGTC) Mapo, following my recent posting from the Ibadan North Local Government Traditional Council (Agodi) back to the IBSELGTC (Mapo) from where I was posted out to Agodi, ten years ago.

As stated above earlier, experience is never bought, nor sold, but acquired with time and practice.
Kindly see the almanac here, as the emperical evidences of my post.

*Senior Chief ‘Lekan Alabi, the Maye of Olubadan of Ibadanland writes from Ibadan.

Page 126 of the 1911 book written by a late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Isaac Babalola Akinyele (1955 to 1964).On that page, the progenitor of my family, the Ekerin Ajengbe Clan of SW1/131, Ekerin Balogun Suberu is featured. I am the fourth traditional Chief in my Dynasty.


The 2002 letter of posting of my humble self to the Ibadan South West Traditional Council as approved by the late Olubadan Yunusa Bankole Oladoja Ogundipe, Arapasowu 1.







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