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My Son Is Not Interested In The Awujale Stool - Otunba Subomi

“My Son is not eyeing Awujale’s throne,” Otunba Olasubomi Balogun.

Funsho Akinwale

Billionaire businessman, Otunba Olasubomi Balogun, has dispelled rumours milling around that his first son, Ladi, is interested in becoming the next Awujale of Ijebuland.

The high chief noted that his son was too busy with the bulk of work at the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) to eye the throne.

Otunba Balogun, being the head of the Fusengbuwa ruling house, one of the largest ruling houses in Ijebuland, is also favoured to become the next Awujale of the land.

Since Ojude Oba day, the statement made by Oba Adetona has been the centre of discussion among the sons and daughters of Ijebuland on who becomes the next Awujale.

Otunba, who has expressed his displeasure at the statement of mischief regarding the stool, said it is a taboo in Yorubaland to discuss a successor when the reigning king is still alive.

“We all know that Awujale Oba Adetona and I are friends, both of us are still alive. If Awujale could make a pronouncement, does that mean that they should drag my name to sell their stories?

“I happen to be the Olori Omoba, and providence has placed me in a situation in which everybody will expect me to be close to the Awujale and be supportive of whatever he is doing by way of our culture and tradition.

“Secondly, people know me as a very senior member of royalty in Ijebuland, apart from being the Olori Omoba, I am the Olori Ebi of one of the largest ruling houses in Ijebuland,” he said