By Temitope Adedeji, Ondo
A community in Ondo State, Okeluse town in Ose Local Government Area of the State, crowned its new King on Monday. He is His Royal Majesty (HRM), Oba Adeyeoba Oloyede Adekoya, Akinghare II, the Ojima Arujale of Okeluse Kingdom.
The new King is a Senior Secondary School 2 student and may have emerged as the youngest king ever in Ondo State, if not in Yoruba land.
His selection and other processes to install him as the ancient town’s monarch was completed on Monday.
It is generally acceptable in the town that, traditionally, the heir to the throne is un-negotiable and uncontested for.
Oba Akinghare II ascended the throne after spending 90 days in exile (away from the palace) to perform all the necessary traditional rites.
The new king was believed to have been crowned amidst drama and emotions. The regent, who had been ruling the kingdom previously after the demise of their monarch, is now the ‘ISHAYO’ meaning the king to the females.
The new king is expected to be given his Staff of Office by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu immediately the traditional rites are completed.