Adogbajale-bi-ileke II

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In Office: 19 February 1993 - 30 November 2017
Olomu of Omu-Aran
Succeeded byAbdulraheem Oladele Adeoti
Preceded bySuleiman Durotoye
Personal details
Born28 October 1953
Omu-Aran, Igbomina Land.
Died30 November 2017 (aged 64)
Spouse(s)Olori (Queen) Margaret Omowumi Ibitoye
ChildrenPrince Ibukun Ibitoye, Prince Oluseye Ibitoye, Prince Toyosi Ibitoye, Prince Opeyemi Ibitoye, Princess Sijuwade Ibitoye-Adetona.
Alma materBSc. Business Administration, University of Lagos

His Royal Majesty Oba Charles Oladele Akande Ibitoye, born into the Ruling House of Ijawusi of Ikoja Compound (28 October, 1953 - 30 November, 2017)[1] the thirty third traditional ruler or Olomu of Omu-Aran from 1993 till his death in the year 2017, taking a regnal name Adogbajale-bi-ileke II.[2] Omu-Aran which is the Head Post of Igbomina land, is a town in the Nigerian state of Kwara with origin from Ile-Ife and currently the local government headquarters of Irepodun local government.[3] He was crowned on 19 February 1993 and was presented a first class Staff of Office on the 8th Day of May 1993 by His Excellency Mohammed Shaaba Lafiagi|Mohammed Sha'aba Lafiagi, Executive Governor of Kwara State in a ceremony attended by the different dignitaries across the globe.[4]

Early life

Born into the family of Olarewaju Ibitoye (Father) and Rachael Ayodele Ibitoye (Mother) on the 28th day of October 1953. He began his academic career at the SIM/ECWA Primary School Agamo, Omu-Aran in 1960 and completed his first school leaving certificate in 1967. He proceeded to Offa Grammar School between the year 1968 – 1972 for his Secondary School Education. Upon completion of his secondary school education, he attended the School of Basic Studies, Kwara State College of Technology (1973 -1975), where he later proceeded to the University of Lagos to study Business Administration and bagged a Bachelor's Degree (BSc.) In Business Administration in 1979.[5]

He started his professional career at the Kwara State Internal Revenue Directorate as a Senior Officer, where he was till he was called upon at the age of 39 years to ascend the throne of his forefathers in the ancient town of Omu-Aran in 1993. He was a Christian Oba (King) and an Anglican, worshiped at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Omu-Aran.[6]

Olomu of Omu-Aran: 1993 - 2017

His reign was remarkably peaceful and witnessed development in addition to the achievements of his predecessors and was said to have recorded development educationally, socio-economically and politically. The number of both private and public colleges increased through collectively effort, including the Landmark University[7] founded by an indigene of the town, David Oyedepo|David Oyedepo.[8]

In the year 2012 the foundation and construction work in progress of another higher institution, Moses Orimolade University, (owner:Cherubim and Seraphim Church of Zion|Cherubim and Seraphim Church), in the town began. [9]

Adogbajale-bi-ileke II reign attracted Federal Institutions and Agencies to the town. He was said to be the first Oba (King) in history of Omu-Aran to influence the construction of the Official Palace of Olomu also called Aafin (Palace) Olomu, located at Olomu Way, Omu-Aran.[10] His reign made the town a commercial hub of the southern part of the State where nearby towns and villages benefit from. [11]

Most of the achievement during his reign was more of self-help initiatives and collective efforts especially by sons and daughters of the soil. The last official function attended by Adogbajale-bi-ileke II was on the 28 October 2017 at the wedding engagement ceremony of the daughter to the thirteenth President of the Senate of Nigeria, Bukola Saraki|Abubakar Bukola Saraki, held at the Eko Hotel and Suites,[12] until his death on Thursday, 30 November 2017 but was officially announced on 3 December 2017 by the Kingmakers.[13]


  1. Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Charles Ibitoye, dies’’. Punch Post Nigeria. Retrieved 2 December 2017
  2. Sunset at noon: Tribute to Late Olomu of Omu Aran’’. Vanguard Post Nigeria. Retrieved 16 December 2017
  3. The chronicles of Omu-Aran' by OSC, published by Upper Standards Ltd., 2002
  4. "Community bids late Monarch Ibitoye, Final farewell". The Nation, Nigeria. Retrieved 24 May 2021
  5. David Bamigboye (16 December 2017) "Sunset at noon: Tribute to late Olomu of Omu-Aran" Guardian, Nigeria
  6. Sunday, Oyinloye (7 December 2017). "Olomu: Exit of a fine Monarch". Green Savannah Diplomatic Cable.
  7. "How many Universities are in Kwara State? – Kwara News". The Informant247 News. (10 April 2021). Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  8. University Overview
  9. Ilorin Info (21 November 2012). "Proposed Moses Orimolade University, Omu-Aran" Retrieved 24 May 2021
  11. The chronicles of Omu-Aran' by OSC, published by Upper Standards Ltd., 2002
  12. Fikayo Olowolagba. Saraki Daughter's Wedding Daily Post (29 October 2017). Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  13. Magaji, Oladipo (7 October 2018). "Excitement At Installation Of New Olomu". Leadership. Nigeria. Retrieved 7 December 2019

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