Burial Of The Olubadan, Samuel Odulana, In Oyo State – Full Photos
THE ANCIENT TRADITION GOES INTO OBLIVION, AND BEHOLD THE LATE OLUBADAN‘S COFFIN
As the elders often say, at the back of a pressing wind lies a nakedly-possing fowl. The wind exposes the nakedness of the beautifully adorned fowls. Today, the internet was bombarded with images that could have hitherto been outrightly regarded as a serious taboo in Yorubaland. Behold, I saw a late patriarch and monarch, the respected Olubadan of Ibadan in a casket. Has it ever happened anywhere before, that a referred monarch of the Olubadan status would be seen by anyone not deeply in the know of the traditions surrounding the royal burial in such Yoruba community?
To some, it may be shocking and an unnecessary exposure of the Yoruba culture and tradition to extinction. This group is a group of the traditional and cultural conservationists. They would want us to conserve our agelong culture, irrespective of the sociopolitical realities and the longing for civilization and modernization. I belong to that group that believes that tradition, culture, beliefs and what have you are all moving jets (not trail), you are either in or out; left behind.
That reminds me of a Yoruba leader in about a century ago, the Kurunmi of Ijaiye. He fought bravely in defence of tradition, without acknowledging that change is imminent. The inevitability of change tragically consumed him at last. Could this even be a case of the biblical statement that “for nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall not be known and come abroad”? With this, a new jinx of the tradition of ultimate secrecy has been broken. Anyway, the last Ooni, who was not permitted to travel far within the country, left to similar restrictionist tradition, passed away in a very distant country.
Here are photos from the burial ceremony of the late Oba Samuel Odulana, the Olubadan of Ibadan which was held at the St Peters cathedral in the Remo area of Ibadan, Oyo state. The burial ceremony marks the final programme of a week-long ceremony in honour of the late monarch. Also are photos from the lying in state of the late Olubadan,Oba Odulana at the house of Chiefs, Parliament Building in Oyo state yesterday.
Dignitaries at the funeral service -President Muhammadu Buhari (who was represented), Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, members of the National Assembly, House of Representatives members, serving and ex-public office holders, royal fathers, foreign diplomats, labour leaders, among others.
I respect the Olubadan of Ibadan ,the king of Ibadanland so much despite he was a king he married only one wife and had only three children.It s rare to see a king married only one wife in this country.He was iindeed ‘a man of policy’and a ‘true christian who truly loved his wife and children.When a man loves his wife so dearly and genuinely,he won t marry another wife no matter the situation .As he had been buried today.May his gentle soul rest in peace.