The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, has officially crowned 34 Baales (village heads) across Ibadanland, elevating them to the esteemed status of Obas. The coronation ceremony is currently taking place at the Olubadan Palace in Oja’ba, Ibadan, and is being coordinated and facilitated by the Olubadan himself, who holds the title of His Imperial Majesty.
The 34 newly elevated Obas are spread across six local government areas within Ibadanland, namely Akinyele, Ona-Ara, Egbeda, Ido, Lagelu, and Oluyole. From Akinyele Local Government Area, five Royal Highnesses will emerge, including Oba Lasisi Akano (Onijaye of Ijaye) and Oba Ismaila Olasunkanmi Abioye Opeola (Oniroko of Iroko). Other newly crowned Obas from this area are Oba Moses Olasunkanmi Akinyosoye (Onikereku of Ikereku), Oba James Oluyemi Odeniran (Alakinyele of Akinyele), and Oba Kareem Adigun (Onimoniya of Moniya).
In Ona-Ara Local Government Area, six Royal Highnesses will be crowned as Obas. They include Oba Adebowale Kamorudeen Adeyemi, JP (Oniladuntan of Laduntan) and Oba Mudasiru Musa (Alararo of Araro). Other Obas from this area are Oba Nureni Yusuf Adegbenro (Alajia of Ajia Moja Opo), Oba Muili Mosaderin (Ololosunde of Olosunde), Oba Yekini Obisesan (Alakanran of Akanran), and Oba Richard Adesokan Olunloyo (Ololunloyo of Olunloyo).
From Egbeda Local Government Area, six Royal Highnesses will also be elevated to the status of Obas. These include Oba Suleiman Akinsola Oladepo (Alajia of Ajia Adepoju Olorungbuji) and Oba Victor Sunday Okunola (Elegbeda of Egbeda). Other Obas from this area are Oba Oyesola Oyerinde (Elerunmu of Erunmu), Oba Mudasiru Omodele Adebayo (Ololodo of Olodo), and Oba Saliu Oguntayo (Onisade of Isade). Additionally, Oba Raphael Adebayo (Olomi of Omi-Adio), Oba Dauda Omotosho (Alawotan of Awotan), and Oba Wahab Olabamiji Okedina (Oloke of Okelade-Okin) will also be crowned.
In Lagelu Local Government Area, eight Royal Highnesses will receive their crowns. These include Oba Arigbabuwo Muniru Adekunle (Onilalupon of Lalupon) and Oba Najimudeen Olalekan Bello (Onilagun of Lagun). Other Obas from this area are Oba Adeboye Salako (Olofa of Ofa-Igbo), Oba Sabitu Oyetunde (Onile-Igbon of Ile-Igbon), Oba Adesina Basiru (Elejioku of Ejioku), and Oba Samuel Abiodun Folarin (Olorunda of Olorunda-Abaa). Completing the list are Oba Ojo Victor Olajide Oyedepo Olabamiji (Ologburo of Ogburo) and Oba Tairu Ademola Akande, JP (Olodooba of Odo-Oba).
Lastly, in Oluyole Local Government Area, three Baales will be elevated to the status of Royal Highnesses. They are Oba Muritala Salami Olumini (Onidiayunre of Idi-Ayunre), Oba Yekini Olatunde (Onilatunde of Latunde), and Oba Tiamiyu Olubiyi Oladipupo (Alaba of Abanla).