Samuel Lana

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Samuel Lana is a Nigerian titled chief who holds the ttile of Olubadan of Ibadan. He was the Otun Olubadan of Ibadan prior to his corantion in 2007. He succeeded Yinusa Ogundipe who was from the Balogun line while Lana came from the Otun line, both lines are the recognized successors to the Olubadan throne.

During the pre-liberation and liberation period, he was a councilor in the Ibadan District Council and in 1959, he was elected to represent Ibadan East in the Federal House of Representatives.

Life

Lana was born in Aremo, Ibadan. Originally from Fadina Village, he received his education at the Mapo Central School, Ibadan and through self study earned a school certificate. He was at various times a teacher and during World War 2 a corporal. After the war, he joined the Ministry of Education at Ibadan where he rose to become an Assistant Chief Clerk.

In 1951, he began a romance with politics and was a founding member of the Ibadan Peoples Party In 1959, he contested and won a seat to the parliament as an independent later declaring for the N.P.C., he was part of a near Ibadan sweep by the Mabolaje alliance and independent candidates.

In 2007, after he was chosen as the Olubadan he made a pronunciation asking traditional Ibadan high chiefs in the Olubadan in Council to choose between their chieftancy titles or politics. Also his wife was attacked by suspected thugs affiliated with an Ibadan politician. (2)

References

  • Guardian article
  • Tunde Sanni. 'NEW OLUBADAN FOR INSTALLATION TODAY', Thisday, August 17, 2007