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FLASH!Oba Okunade Sijuwade of Ife is Dead

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The death has been announced of his Royal majesty Oba Okunade Sijuade,the Ooni of Ife Olubuse 11.The  first class Oba according to information filtering in died in a London hospital after a brief illness.

While his death has not been officially announced in accordance with Yoruba traditions this Day newspaper sources assert that the Osun state Governor Aregbesola has been intimated of this developement yesterday.

The late Ooni of Ife who was an accomplished businessman and captain of Industry was born on the 1st of January 1930 into the Ogbooru Ruling House in Ile-Ife,and was the Grand child of the former Ooni of Ife Oba Sijuwade  Adelekan Olubuse 1.He was widely read and attended Abeokuta Grammar School and the prestigious Oduduwa College in Ile-Ife before proceeding to the Northampton college in the United kingdom where he graduated.

As a testament to his business and entrepreneurial acumen,he was already a manager in Leventis and soon after was promoted to a sales Director.He delved into private business and set up his first company which has since grown into a conglomerate of several worth billions of dollars.He is heavily invested in Real estate,Oil and Gas and several busines concerns including nominal shares in several blue chip companies both in Nigeria and all over the world.

Apart from his considerable wealth the late Ooni will be fondly remembered for his fashion sense,transforming the look and aesthetic traditionally associated with Traditional rulers into a trendy modern look which many Traditional rulers have since emulated.He will also be remembered for his long standing grouse with the Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi over which of them is officially the Paramount ruler of Yoruba Kingdom traditionally.

The  late Ooni of Ife Oba Sijuwade Olubuse 11 was 85years old and was survived by his Olori(wives) and children amongst whom is his first born son and heir Prince Tokunbo Sijuwade,who is expected to step into his shoes.May the Kabiyesi Rest in Peace

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