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Awujale picks Dr. Sonny Kuku as Ogbeni Oja of Ijebuland – Sources

The Paramount Ruler & Awujale of Ijebuland, Alaiyeluwa Oba (Dr) S.K Adetona has selected the Olor’ogun (Dr) Sonny Folorunso Kuku as the new Ogbeni Oja…

The Paramount Ruler & Awujale of Ijebuland, Alaiyeluwa Oba (Dr) S.K Adetona has selected the Olor’ogun (Dr) Sonny Folorunso Kuku as the new Ogbeni Oja of Ijebuland, according to sources close to the Ijebu Council of Chiefs.

The Ogbeni Oja title is the most prestigious chieftaincy title in the Royal Awujale Administration and the highest non-hereditary title an Ijebu can aspire to. He is king maker.

In modern times, and upon confirmation, the highly accomplished Olor’ogun will thus become the third Ijebu Omoluabi to be so honoured after the legendary late Chief Timothy Adeola Odutola and the iconic Chief Bayo Kuku since the post became vacant in 2015.

However, with the royal selection, the names of other prominent, distinguished and worthy Ijebu Omoluabi being speculated in the Ijebu public fora are now rested.

The new Ogbeni Oja, who turns 80 years old in January 3, 2024, is a legendary and highly distinguished personality from the illustrious Balogun Odueyingbo Kuku Family of Ita Ntebo, Ijebu-Ode.

He has made indelible marks in the fields of medicine, academics, business commerce, culture and tradition particularly in the world famous Ojude Oba Festival.

He is a Master Physician, an accomplished Endocrinologist, a renowned scholar, administrator and entrepreneur par excellence. He is ex-Kings College, holds several degrees and Fellowships in medicine, including two doctorates. He has been the Joint Chief Medical Director and Co-Chairman at the EKO Hospital (Ekocorp Plc) which he cofounded in 1978 and is the only quoted Hospital in the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the first Federal Government recognized private Tertiary Hospital.

The Iwuye Ceremony is expected to be announced soonest.