11th March, 2022
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Vice President Atiku Abubarkar, were among the notable personalities that graced the installation of Oba Olalekan Balogun as the 42 Olubadan of Ibadanland.
Other dignitaries in attendance were Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Deputy Governor of Osun, Benedict Alabi, and Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State.
Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar; Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan; and Ambassador of Republic of China to Nigeria, Cui Jiauchun were also present.
Oba Yusuf Adeleye, the Olubaka of Okaland in Ondo State; Oluwo of Iwoland; the Ikere of Saki and Aseyin of Iseyin were also at the event.
Also present were a former Governor of Oyo State and the Otun Olubadan, Chief Rasidi Ladoja, and a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Femi Pedro, who represented Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The program was officially declared open at exactly 11.14 a.m with the recitation of the National Anthem, Oyo State Anthem as well as Ibadan Anthem.
The opening prayers were said by Christians, Muslims and the traditional prayer by the Araba Awo of Ibadanland.
Also, Moshood Ayanyemi, Atookowagbowo led other Ibadan drummers to welcome the guests and well-wishers to the occasion in a traditional way.
However, the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland was ushered into the venue at exactly 11.50 a.m, after which all the traditional chiefs, Mogajis, religious leaders, leaders of various associations in Ibadanland paid homage to Oba Balogun.