24-year-old University of Ibadan graduate crowned king in Delta State.

Nduka Ezeagwuna, a 24-year-old graduate of the University of Ibadan, has been crowned king of Issele-Uku in Delta state.

The engineering graduate lost his father, Henry Ezeagwuna, in a motor accident along Benin-Asaba-Onitsha expressway, in 2014.

The accident also claimed the life of Sunday Ofili, a journalist and special adviser on information and communication technology to Emmanuel Udughan, the former governor of Delta.

Before now, the traditional rites and the coronation had been carried out in April by the Onishe of Issele-Uku, retired justice Azomani, ahead of the full coronation ceremony.

The young king

While presenting the staff of office to the monarch, Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of the state, who was represented by the deputy governor, Kingsley Otuaro, said peace was important for the development of the state.

“I know as you ascend the throne today, there will be lots of challenges but you must listen to your people, adopt their culture, and they will be proud of you at all times,” he said.

He also advised the people of Issele-Uku to shun acts that are capable of bringing disgrace to the king and their community.

At the time of his father’s death, the new monarch was a 300 level student of the University of Ibadan.

Polluted water in hand, Nigerian king takes Shell to court in London.

King Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi holds up a plastic bottle containing contaminated water from his community in Nigeria, proof of oil pollution that he blames on Royal Dutch Shell — and on which he hopes a London court will deliver justice.

“My people are drinking this water,” said the tribal king of the Ogale community in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

Okpabi has flown to London for a High Court hearing on Tuesday in which lawyers for more than 40,000 Nigerians are demanding action from Shell to clean up oil spills that have devastated their communities for decades.

“There are strange diseases in my community — skin diseases, people are dying sudden deaths, some people are impotent, low sperm count,” he told AFP. “I can afford to buy water. But can I afford to buy for everybody? No.”

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant argues that the case should be heard in Nigeria, pointing out that it involves its Nigerian subsidiary SPDC, which runs a joint venture with the government, and Nigerian plaintiffs.

But Okpabi, wearing a traditional robe with a red necklace and black top hat, said the English justice system was his only hope to end the blight on his people’s lives.

“Shell is Nigeria and Nigeria is Shell. You can never, never defeat Shell in a Nigerian court. The truth is that the Nigerian legal system is corrupt,” he said.

He wants the High Court to compel Shell to implement a 2011 landmark report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which warned of dangerously high levels of hydrocarbons in the water, bitumen-coated mangroves and poor air quality.

It should order the company to “go and clean-up Ogale, go and provide water for them; go and do medical history for them, and where medical attention is needed provide for them,” he said.

The king said no money would be enough to address the damage, which UNEP warned could take 25 to 30 years to resolve, but wants compensation, adding: “We are dying.”

– Sabotage –

Shell will challenge the jurisdiction of the English courts in the case during three days of hearings this week, while it also disputes the claims made by lawyers Leigh Day, who represent Ogale and the smaller Bille community.

“Both Bille and Ogale are areas heavily impacted by crude oil theft, pipeline sabotage and illegal refining which remain the main sources of pollution across the Niger Delta,” a company spokeswoman said.

She noted SPDC has not produced any oil or gas in Ogoniland, the region surrounding Ogale, since 1993.

But Okpabi and his lawyers say the company’s ageing, leaky pipelines still run through the region and it must take responsibility.

SPDC says it has delivered water and healthcare to the community and is supporting the implementation of the UNEP process by the government, which in June launched a $1 billion (£800 million, 940 million euros) oil pollution clean-up programme in the Niger Delta.

Okpabi said he believed President Muhammadu Buhari is “sincere” in wanting to address the issue, but warned: “If we wait for the system to roll on its own, I hate to say this, but it may be too late for the people of Ogale.”

Attacks on Nigerian pipelines have increased this year, cutting output and helping tip the country into recession, but Okpabi insists “there is no vandalising” in Ogale.

The king condemned the saboteurs, warning that “you cannot bomb your house to get attention”.

However, he added: “I’m also appealing to Shell and the Nigerian government to listen to those communities that are non-violent and do something.”

In January 2015, Shell agreed to pay more than $80 million to the Nigerian fishing community of Bodo for two oil spills in 2008, following a case brought by Leigh Day in London.

In December, a Dutch court permitted four Nigerian farmers and fishermen to sue the company for environmental pollution, potentially opening the door to other cases to be brought in the Netherlands.

Olubadan Of Ibadan Dies At 101

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, is dead.


The monarch, who attained the age of 100 years in 2014, passed away Tuesday evening after he reportedly lost consciousness.


It was gathered last night that the monarch’s corpse has been taken to a morgue as at press time.


Other details about Oba Odulana’s death were sketchy as at press time.


When contacted, one of his sons, Prof. Femi Lana, declined comments on the incident.


The Personal Assistant to the late monarch, Chief Isiaka Akinpelu, however denied the death, saying it was a rumour. He said Oba Odulana still ate yesterday, adding that he was hale and hearty.


His death will throw the city into mourning after brouhaha over promotion of nine high chiefs on January 1 which pitted the Olubadan-In-Council against the state government.



Oba Odulana mounted the throne in 2007 as the 39th Olubadan of Ibadan land. He was the 17th Olubadan since the title was elevated from Baale Ibadan to the Olubadan in 1930. The first traditional ruler to bear the new title was Oba Okunola Abass who reigned from 1930-1946.



Next in line to the throne is the Balogun of Ibadan land, High Chief Saliu A.O. Adetunji

51st Ooni of Ife Coronation: Osinbajo, Tinubu, Danjuma, Others Present (PHOTOS)

The coronation ceremony and presentation of Staff of Office to His Imperial Majesty Arole Oduduwa, Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, took place today in Ile-Ife, Osun state.


State governors, party leaders, and several public figures were in Ile-Ife for the coronation ceremony.
Amongst notable guests were vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, Lagos and Osun governors, Akinwunmi Ambode and Rauf Aregbesola, were in attendance.


Also at the event were former Minister of Defence, Gen. Thiophilus Danjuma, the Governor of Ogun State, Sen Ibikunle Amosun, among others.


According to the Chairman of the Media Sub-Committee of the occasion, Mr Biyi Odulande, the same event took place about 35 years ago, during the coronation of the late Ooni Okunade Siujuwade in 1980.


Odunlade said: “the people of Ile-Ife and indeed the entire Yoruba people are lucky to have had the king of the cradle of Yoruba race in the person of Ogunwusi Enitan.”


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Iwo Stands Still For The Installation Ceremony Of The New Oluwo Of Iwo Kingdom

The ancient city of Iwo stood still on Monday for the Installation of the new Oluwo of Iwoland. The Oluwo-elect, Prince Abdul-rasheed Adewale Akanbi entered triumphantly into the town for the installation process.

Major streets in the city, witnessed heavy traffic jam as the convoy of the Oluwo snaked through Ori-eru, Odo-ori, Ile-omosan and Ojaba axis of the city where people lined up the streets to welcome the new Monarch.

?The installation ceremony followed the approval of the appointment of the new monarch by Osun Government after the completion of due process by the king makers.

The Oluwo-elect in an Open roof Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle raising his clutched fists to acknowledge cheers from people after about three hours ?drive to get to the palace was turbaned by League of Imam and Alfas led by sheik Imran Adio.

The turbaning ceremony ?was followed by the symbolic traditional decoration of the Monarch with “Akoko” leaf by the Oosa of Iwo Kingdom, Chief Bello Orobimpe.

Traditional gunshots rented the air by Iwo traditionalists heralding the reign of ?the new Oluwo of Iwo thus signalling the completion of first phase of the Monarch traditional rights.

The Oluwo-elect after the turbaning ceremony was led by traditionalists and chiefs to the “Ile Onto” to continue further installation rights before the crowning of? Prince Abdul-rasheed Adewale Akanbi.

Speaking after the installation ceremony, Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti stated that the day is an historical day in the ancient town.

He held that the recent happening in Iwo is another indication of the commitment of the Aregbesola administration to one of his six-point integral plans of promotion of communal peace and progress.

?Adeoti said, “I salute the courage and understanding of all, this day is historic in the sense that Iwo in about three years ago was without a king, but we are happy that this day of a new king has come.

“We need the cooperation of all and sundry, I call on everybody to join hands with the new monarch in the task to build the town. Iwo can not afford to stand still, we must strive as we enter a new era to develop our Land.

“I call on the people of Iwo most especially youths ?to rally round the new monarch and the state government for the development of Iwoland, the state and the country at large”. The SSG emphasised.

Dignitaries at the installation ceremony included, the Asiwaju of Iwoland and former Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Gbadegesin Adedeji, Former Commissioner for Agriculture, old Oyo state, Alhaji Bola Asafa, Octogenarian and Ekerin Oluwo, Otunba Ganiyu Aremu, Former Special Adviser to Governor Aregbesola on Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, among others.






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Prince Rasheed Adewale Akanbi Emerges As The New Oluwo of Iwo

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola,  has announced the appointment of Prince Rasheed Adewale Akanbi as the new Oluwo of Iwo.

According to an official statement dated 9th November, 2015, Governor Aregbesola approved the appointment of Prince Rasheed Adewale Akanbi of the Gbaase Ruling House of Iwo, Osun State as the new Oluwo of Iwo.

The choice of the new monarch follows the completion of the due process by the king makers and the communication of their decision to the government.


My Son Is A Special Being- New Ooni Of Ife’s Father

The new Ooni of Ife’s father, Oluropo Ogunwusi has said his son is a special being and he has always known he will be a great man. Pa Ogunwusi says it wasn’t a surprise to him when his name was announced as the new king because traces of greatness have always followed him.

He is a great man, a prophet told us shortly before he was born that he would be great and he grew up with the sign of greatness, anything he touches becomes a success, he explained. He however called on the other 20 contestants who had contested with his son for the seat to put away their rivalry and join hands with the new monarch to develop Ife land.

Meet The King With 100 Wives

Abumbi II, the 11th fon, or king, of Bafut, Cameroon, has close to 100 wives. They weren’t all his to start. According to local tradition, when a fon dies, his successor inherits all his wives and then marries his own queens.

“The queens have a great role to play in the fondom,” notes Prince Nickson, also of Bafut, noting that it is up to these women behind the man to shape him in his kingly role.

“Behind every successful man must be a very successful, staunch woman,” says Abumbi’s third wife, Queen Constance.

“Our tradition has it that when you are king, the elderly wives remain to hand down the tradition to the younger wives, and also to teach the king the tradition because the king had been a prince, not a king.”

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