After a little bit interregnum, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has finally approved the appointment of a new Oluwo of Iwo.
The new monarch of the ancient town is Prince Rasheed Adewale Akanbi of Gbaase Ruling House of Iwo, State of Osun.
The declaration of the new traditional ruler was contained in a letter of appointment signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti after a thorough consideration of every issue related to the matter.
The letter read in part, ” the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has approved the appointment of a new Oluwo of Iwo.
“He is Prince Rasheed Adebowale Akanbi of the Gbaase Ruling House of Iwo, State of Osun.
“This choise follows the completion of the due process by the kingmakers and the communication of their decision to the government.
It would be recalled that the State High Court was on Friday last week set aside the Amended 2008 Iwo Chieftaincy Declaration which gives room for smooth succession process.
The ancient has been experiencing traditional interregnum with series of litigations following the death of immediate past Oluwo, Oba Ashiru Olatubosun Tadese who died on February 18, 2013.
Over nine contestants were drawn from the three Ruling Houses of the ancient town to fill the prominent monarchical stool.
However, Prince Rasheed Adewale Akanbi was born on the 21st June 1967 from Molaasan Compound of Gbaase Ruling House in Isale Oba in Iwo.
He attended Omolewa Nursery and Primary School, Oritamefa, Ibadan (1972-1978).
After his elementary education, he proceeded to Iwo Grammar School, Araromi, Iwo (1978-1982) and later, Oba Akinyele Memorial High School, Idi-Ape Ibadan.
Prince Akanbi obtained a B.Sc. Business Administration from George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario (2005-2009), Ordinary National Diploma in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan (1985-87), Certificate in Cybis & Axis System, Convergys Institute, Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada (2001-2005), Seismic certificate in Operations, Oil and Gas Processing Facilities (2005).
He worked as a Data Processor, Bio-skin GMBH in Hamburg Germany (1996-2005), International Development Analyst (Oxfam Canada); travelling to help war and disaster stricken countries around the world by supplying and supporting refugees with relief materials.
Prince Akanbi also worked as Associate Supervisor, Purdy Wharf Towers, Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada.
He is the Chief Executive Officer of Prince Enterprises, Toronto, Ontario M5H4E7 Canada, Director and Founder of People Against Loneliness Inc. 508-58 Waterson Road, Toronto Ontario, Canada, West Africa Coordinator (Karcher Group FutureTech) presently working on supply of future technology on peace keeping force to the Defence Ministry and Managing Director, Morganz Gamo Quarry, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Podo Village, Ibadan.
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