Oyo's oldest monarch dies at 141

Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan

Onilua de Ilua, a local government area in Kajola, Oyo state, Oba Samuel Afolabi, is dead.

Oba Afolabi, believed to be the oldest king in the state of Oyo, reportedly died in the early hours of Saturday after a brief illness related to old age.

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It was said that he was 141 years old.

According to a source, the late monarch was born in the Afolabi family in Ilua in 1879 and was enthroned as king in the community 38 years ago, at 102 years old.

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The late monarch, who was a commercial farmer in Arigidana, Baba Ode, in the local government of Itesiwaju before his coronation as king, succeeded Oba Majaro in 1981.

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It was learned that the choice of Afolabi as Oba was unanimously agreed by the community leaders and king-makers of Ilualand at the time.

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