Ondo monarch dies after 43 years on throne


Peter Dada,  Akure

The monarch of Isikan community in Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Joseph Olu-Ojo, is dead after spending 43 years on the throne.

One of the children of the monarch, Prince Dapo Ojo, confirmed his death on Wednesday.

He said, “Yes, Baba is gone. It happened today. We thank God for his life which was well spent.”

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It was gathered that Oba Olu-Ojo ascended the throne on July 3, 1978, as the 37th Iralepo of Isikan after the demise of his predecessor, Oba Aladetoyinbo in 1976.

The late Oba Olu-Ojo, who trained as a dispensary attendant in the General Hospital, Akure, was one of the pioneering employees of the health facility which was established in 1953.

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Apart from serving as a dispensary attendant, the late monarch rose to the position of Chief Store Officer of the hospital after training in storekeeping in a school in Lagos.

Oba Olu-Ojo retired from the hospital service in 1978 when he was selected as the traditional ruler of Isikan and reigned for 43 years as one of the longest-reigning Iralepos.

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