- Oba Samuel Durodola Afolabi has passed away to the world beyond after a brief illness associated with old age
- Afolabi, the Onilua of Ilualand in Kajola LGA in Oyo, was said to be the oldest monarch in Nigeria
- The deceased ruler ascended the stool of his forefathers at 102 and died aged 141 in his home on Saturday
Oba Samuel Durodola Afolabi II, the Onilua of Ilualand in Kajola local government area of the Oyo state, has reportedly died at the age of 141 years.
The monarch, who was arguably adjudged to be the oldest king in Nigeria, died in the early hours of Saturday, May 23.
Imran Khalid, Legit.ng regional reporter in Oyo state, made the confirmation, adding that the king passed on after a brief illness associated with old age.
According to his biography, Oba Samuel Afolabi II became the king of Ilua community 38 years ago when he was reported to have been 102.
He was born in 1879 into the family of Afolabi and became the king after the demise of Oba Majaro in 1981 when he was 102 years of age.
It was revealed that Oba Afolabi was a commercial farmer at Arigidana, Baba ode in Itesiwaju local government area of the state before community leaders and kingmakers unanimously agreed to make him the king of Ilualand.
During his lifetime as a king, he contributed greatly to the growth and development of Ilualand, Kajola Local Government and Oyo state as a whole.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Emir of Rano, Dr Tafida Abubakar Ila II, is dead. The monarch died on Saturday, May 2, at Nassarwa Specialist Hospital at about 4.45pm after a brief illness.
His Rano emirate is one of four new emirates created in Kano in the wake of the balkanisation of the Kano emirate.
The monarch was reported to have been hospitalised on Friday, May 1, though details of his ailment were not disclosed.
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