Biography of Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji – Olubadan of Ibadan

It is traditional that after the demise of a sitting Olubadan, a new Olu will be crowned subsequently in a short time. Following this tradition, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji was crowned as the 41st Olubadan after Oba Samuel Odulana.

Olubadan is the highest-ranked chieftaincy in Ibadan land. As a first-class Oba, the Olubadan is regarded as an honourable man with integrity and zeal to manage the ancient city of Ibadan after his coronation.

But before then, what do you know about the newly crowned Olu of Ibadan? Here are some of the facts you need to know about this first-class Oba of the ancient city of Ibadan.

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Name: Saliu Akanmu Adetunji

Title: Olubadan

Date of Birth: the 26th of August, 1928

Place of Birth: Popoyemoja, Ibadan

Religion: Islam

Wife: Olori Kudirat Molade and Olori Rashidat Ololade

Early Life & Family of Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji

Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, the current Olubadan is a native of Ibadan, he was born into the family of Raji Olayiwola and Suwebat Amope Adetunji on 26th of August 1928 in Popoyemoja, Ibadan. As part of the earliest tradition of African cultures, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji was born into a polygamous family. His father had five wives, with his mother as the first wife.

He is the eldest son of his father’s 17 children. Out of the 17 children of his father, Adetunji and his brother, Ambali, are the two surviving children of their mother, his brother, Ambali, is still alive and healthy. Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji on his own had four wives.

Two of his wives, Alhaja Rafatu and Alhaja Olarenwaju passed on although he’s currently married to Olori Kudirat Molade and Olori Rashidat Ololade as of now. The Oba is blessed with many children who are doing great across the country.

Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji Education

Oba Adetunji had an excellent educational background. He attended the IMG Grammar School in Oke-Ado, where he finished and obtained his secondary school leaving certificate.

After his secondary school at IMG Grammar School, he proceeded to the Chicago College of

Performing Arts between 1974 and 1976, where he studied Marketing Strategies.

Religious Views of Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji

It is epic that every traditional ruler should belong to everyone, although Oba Adetunju, before and after his coronation, remains a good Muslim. However, this does not stop him from involving in other cultural rites in the chieftaincy. He respects every religion, and he always stands as an icon for all religious beliefs.

Business & Career of Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji

Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji is one of the hardworking men of his time; before he ventured into the music record industry, he was a professional tailor who sewed both traditional attires and English wears. Back then, he was a successful tailor in Lagos with up to 4 sewing machines and many apprentices under his tutelage.

According to him, he was introduced into the music industry by Badejo Okunsanya in 1957 where he started selling purchased audio discs from Badejo. Interestingly, Badejo Okunsanya is the first indigenous Nigerian to have a music record label.

Undoubtedly, Adetunji is one of the most successful music marketers. He now has three record labels in the Fuji Music Industry. Among his subjects is the famous music maestro, Wasiu Ayinde, whose arts have dominated the entire music industry.

Following the Coronation of Oba Adetunji as the new Oluibadan, his brother Ambali who happens to be the Aare Musulumi of Odo-Oba in Ibadan is now the overseer of his music record label, which he started at a tender age.

In an interview with Ambali, he described Oba Adetunji as a hardworking man who had a humble beginning during the early part of his career.

In his interview: He said, “In those days, my brother was a tailor and traditional attire weaver. He was also a renowned trader who later ventured into music promotion. In Nigeria today, he is a leader in the music industry.

“People like the late Isola Abioro, Ogo Oluwa Records and so on met him in the business. Because he is not greedy and respects his colleagues in the industry, he does not snatch musicians. For that reason, he is highly regarded by musicians and other promoters.

“Our mother was a daughter of the former Balogun of Apomu. Our father was an Ibadan

indigene who loved music just like Adetunji, and he was revered in the city. Our father had many

children and many wives, but our mother had four, although only two are still alive.”

Traditional Chieftaincy Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji

While managing his record label, Adetunji was crowned the Mogaji (meaning the head of the family) in the year 1976, although he was compelled by the then late Balogun Olubadan, High Chief Sulaiman Omiyale.

He had persistently refused the offer saying it would affect his businesses until three years later, in 1979, before he accepted during the reign of Olubadan Gbadamosi Adebimpe. He would later become the Jagun Balogun, the first part of the Balogun ladder and then to Olubadan after completing the 23 stages of the Ibadan traditional chieftaincy routes.

Although according to the traditions, Adetunji has the third rank in the sequence of ascending to the throne of Olubadan, but coincidentally after the death of High Chief Sulaiman Omiyale, he became the next person to be qualified for the traditional chieftaincy as the 41st Olubadan.

Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji as the New Olubadan

On the 4th of March 2016, Saliu Akanmu Adetunji was crowned and presented with his staff of office by the then governor, His Excellency Gov Abiola Ajimobi as the 41st Olubadan and reigning till date.

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