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Ibadan book club mourns Oba Adetunji's passage - ITREALMS

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The Executive Council and members of Ibadan Book Club have expressed sadness over the death of Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1, reports 
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The monarch joined his ancestors on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Ibadan Book Club in a statement available to ITREALMS by the Coordinator and Secretary of the Club, Ayobami Odunyemi and Mary Ndukwo described Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji’s death as a monumental loss to not only the Ibadan people, but the whole of Oyo State, Yorubaland and the entire country.

“We want to convey our sorrow and condolences for the passing of His Royal Majesty, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1. He was a hero, and one who led by example at all times. Incredibly sad news to learn of the death of our King, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1. He was a loving and devoted husband and father as well as a loyal servant to the crown” they said.

“Ibadanland will profoundly miss his unwavering service and dignified presence. The way he served Ibadanland made us all so proud and we are devastated he is gone. Rest in peace, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji. He earned it after years of unfailing service. He did his best and served with distinction and selflessness. The country owes Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji a huge debt of gratitude and it will miss his calm presence. Our most heartfelt condolences for a tragic loss” the statement added.

In a bid to honour and immortalize the late exemplary monarch, Ibadan Book Club (IBC) is ready to publish an anthology of poems and essays chronicling the times and life of the deceased, to be written by his fans, admirers, well wishers, followers and interested Ibadan citizens. The proposed anthology will be published in an electronic format and made public free of charge.

Ibadan Book Club finally urged Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji’s’s family to take solace in the belief that the late monarch has gone away from all earthly troubles to rest for eternity in God’s bosom.”

Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1, (26 August 1928 – 2 January 2022) was a Nigerian monarch who sat as the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan following his coronation on 4 March 2016.

Saliu was born as the first of 17 children of Raji Olayiwola and Suwebat Amope Adetunji on 26 August 1928 in Ibadan, Oyo State. He grew up learning vocational jobs until he took up fashion designing as a means of living after moving into Lagos. While working as a fashion designer, Saliu delved into musical record marketing until in 1960 when he founded his first of three record label imprints called Baba Laje Records which housed notable fuji music acts including Dauda Epo-Akara, Wasiu Ayinde Marshall and KS1- Malaika.

Prior to his coronation as the Olubadan of Ibadan, Saliu Adetunji was the Balogun of Ibadan land. He died in Ibadan on 2 January 2022, at the age of 93.
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