In December, 1944, a great traditional ruler in the land of Oyo, Oba Abubakar Siyanbola Onikepe Akanbi Ladigbolu, whose achievements have gone down in the annals of Nigerian and African history, passed on, having witnessed the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorate of what is now Nigeria.
Just seventy years ago (December 19, 1944), His Imperial Majesty, Oba Abubakar Siyanbola Onikepe Akanbi Ladigbolu, then Alaafin of Oyo, after his breathtaking and remarkable 33-year rulership, went on to glory to join his ancestors.
Under Oba Ladigbolu’s rule, the amalgamation of the northern and southern part of what is now known as Nigeria to become a great nation in Africa and beyond was made possible.
With this, no doubt, Oba Ladigbolu is worthy of remembrance alongside other enviable achievements that his days in power witnessed both in Oyo kingdom and Nigeria generally.
In recognition of his efforts, the monarch was honoured with the Companion (of the Order Of) St Michael and St George (CMG) title by His Excellency, Sir Hugh Clifford, who also made the day the Oba received the accolade a public holiday with massive celebration in the land of Oyo.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the supremacy battle between the Ooni of Ife and Alaafin of Oyo had been going on for years now. The arguments about which of these two kings was more popular in Yoruba land had lingered.
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