All you need to know about the Onilua of Ilua in Oyo state, the oldest Monarch in Yoruba land.

The Oniluwa of Ilua

The monarch is the Onilua of Ilua land, Oba Samuel Durodola Afolabi II, who is said to be 140 years old.

Oba Afolabi became the king of the community 38 years ago when he was reported to have been 102 years.

He is one of the few Nigerian monarchs, who were given the blessing of long life by God.

The monarch, according to an investigation by Omo Lamurudu Media is regarded as the oldest monarch in the Yoruba land, sequel to his attainment of 140 years of existing on the surface of the earth.

He was born in 1879 to the family of Afolabi and became king after the demise of Oba Majaro and enthroned in 1981 when he was 102 years of age.

The investigation revealed that Oba Afolabi was a commercial farmer at Arigidana, Babaode in Itesiwaju local government of the state before community leaders and king makers unanimously agreed to make him the king of Ilualand.

The monarch said while he came on board as the community’s ruler, there were challenges of lack of potable water, motorable roads, electricity, schools and hall among others.

He added that with the support of the chiefs, community leaders, elites and politicians, Ilualand began to enjoy the availability of potable water, and that the electricity was restored.

The road at the heart of the town and dam were constructed and telecommunication mass was also installed.

Oba Afolabi said the mutual and cordial relationship that is existing up to date among the community leaders, elites, politicians and chiefs necessitated the unprecedented achievements in the community.

He called on all indigenes of the town at home and in Diaspora to develop the town the more and he also enjoined the governments at all levels to extend the dividends of democracy to the town.

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