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Samuel Odulana Odungade (April 14, 1914 – January 19, 2016) was the 40th Olubadan of Ibadan and also reputed to have been the oldest living monarch in Nigeria.[1][2]

Samuel Odulana Odugade 1
40th Olubadan of Ibadan
Reign2007 - 2016
CoronationAugust 11, 2007
PredecessorYunusa Ogundipe Arapasowu I
SuccessorSaliu Adetunji
Born(1914-04-14)April 14, 1914
DiedJanuary 19, 2016(2016-01-19) (aged 101)
FatherOdulana Ayinla


Early lifeEdit

He was born in Fadina village in Igbo Elerin, Lagelu Local Government, Ibadan, Oyo stateIbadan on April 14, 1914 to Pa Odulana Ayinla and Madam Olarenwaju Ayinke. He began his elementary education at Saint Andrew’s School, Bamigbola, Ibadan in January 1922 and transferred to St. Peter’s School, Aremo in 1929. He completed his middle school education at Mapo Central School in 1936. He completed his primary school at St Peters School Aremo, Ibadan in 1929.[3][4]


Odugade was an Army officer during World War II. After returning from service in 1945, he was appointed to be in charge of the demobilisation of returning soldiers in Lagos. He briefly worked with United Africa Company (UAC) as a produce clerk before commencing his teaching career at the Church Missionary Society (CMS) Elementary School, Jago in 1938. He also taught in several schools from 1939 to 1942 while with the Colonial Office Education Department in 1964. He went into politics in 1959 as a Member of the House of Representatives and was appointed parliamentary secretary to Tafawa Balewa. He was Minister of State for Labour and in 1964 he led the Nigerian Parliamentary delegation to the London Constitution Conference to restructure the former British colonies of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (now Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia).

He joined the Royal chieftaincy line in 1972 as the Mogaji of Ladunni Compound in Ibadan. In 1976, he was conferred Jagun-Olubadan.

Odugade was the co-founder of several organisations, such as, the Ibadan Economic Foundation and the Ibadan Progressive Union. He was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Management Technology by the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, in December 2005.

He was crowned Olubadan of Ibadan at the age of 93 years on August 11, 2007.[3][5][6][7][8][4] Odungade died on January 19, 2016 at age 101.[9]


  1. ^ "Changes imminent in Olubadan Council". Citypeople. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  2. ^ Segun Adewale (April 14, 2014). "Olubadan's pure mind is secret of his long life – Ajimobi". The Eagle. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Yinka. Fabowale (April 14, 2014). "Ibadan lights Olubadan as Oba Odulana clocks 100". Sun News. Archived from the original on January 25, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Olubadan of Ibadan turns 100". Naija Gists. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "Nigeria: Why We Want Ibadan State - Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odugade I". All Africa. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  6. ^ "The Olubadan at 100 on the intriguing throne". The Vanguard. April 20, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  7. ^ "Why we want Ibadan State". Business HighBeam. Archived from the original on January 25, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "Ibadan, a melting point". Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  9. ^ Lanre. Oladipo (January 19, 2016). "Olubadan of Ibadan is dead". Retrieved January 20, 2016.

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