Iyalode of Ibadan, Dies at 94

The Palace of Olubadan of Ibadan, has been thrown into anxiety over the death of the 13th Iyalode of Ibadanland, Alhaja Aminat Abiodun.

It was reported that the only female member of the Olubadan-in-Council, died in the early hours of yesterday, about a fortnight to her 94th birthday on December 24.

Although no official confirmation of her death yet from the palace of the Olubadan but Palace aide said there were processes to follow before the palace would officially announce the demise of an High Chief of the Iyalode’s status.

It was gathered that a traditional message was sent to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, to inform him of her demise.

One of the sources said her family was yet to officially inform the palace of her death. Other sources at her family compound in Idi Arere and her Bodija residence confirmed her death.

With her position as the Iyalode, she represented the women in the Olubadan Advisory Council which is made up of 10 High Chiefs in the city as well as the Olubadan himself.

Iyalode Abiodun was greeted like a king in her lifetime with senior chiefs prostrating to pay her homage at public functions.

Apart from being a contractor of note right from the 1960s, Iyalode Abiodun was well invested in properties with many describing her business acumen was exemplary.

She became Jagun Iyalode in 1971, the first position on the ladder and eventually became Iyalode on October 19, 2007, following the demise of her predecessor, Iyalode Wuraola Akintola.

Iyalode Abiodun had been around the social and political circles right from the days when the likes of High Chief Adisa Akinloye, Alhaji Busari Adelakun and other prominent Ibadan indigenes held sway in Ibadan politics.

She would be remembered like her predecessors including Iyalode Efunsetan Aniwura, who was so wealthy that she maintained a private army and Iyalode Wuraola Esan, a teacher, educationist and politician as well as Iyalode Humaani Alade known for her people-oriented principles.

Her children, led by the first born, Alhaja Asagidigbi, who described the late matriarch as a very caring mother, led other of her siblings to welcome guests that include Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and some members of the state executive council who came on condolence visit.

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