The Iyalode of Ibadan land widely regarded to be the most powerful woman in the entire land, has died.
According to family sources at her family compound in Idi- Arere area of Ibadan and her Bodija residence, she died in the early hours of yesterday.
As Iyalode, she is the representative of women in the Olubadan-in-council, which has 11 members (the Olubadan as the head and 10 other high chiefs, including Iyalode). During her lifetime, she’s referred to as the Obabinrin (female king) of Ibadanland.
She wielded influence, wealth with power in her lifetime. The Iyalode, who was tall, beautiful and elegant was the ‘talk of the town women’ everywhere she went in Ibadanland.
She became the Iyalode of Ibadan following the demise of the former occupant, Chief Mrs Wuraola Akintola. Aminat Abiodun was announced in August, 2007 and installed on 19th October, 2007, as the Iyalode of Ibadanland.
She was the 13th in the history of the ancient town, rising through the ladder as Jagun Iyalode of Ibadanland, from 1971 to her present position, almost 36 years after she began her journey.
A strong and successful businesswoman, Abiodun has not only been prominent, she was still very active despite her age until her demise.
Just like some of her predecessors, especially the likes of Efunsetan Aniwura and Humuani Alaga, Alhaja Abiodun always took sides with the masses on issues affecting them during her lifetime.
Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo state governor, has described the late Iyalode as a “titan” and “colossus who has made her mark in the sand of time”.
“Let me on behalf of the people and government of Oyo State extend condolence to the nucleus family of Mama. By tradition and relationship, Mama was my mother.
I knew mama since I was like nine years old and she was an exemplary mother, very elegant, very beautiful. She had presence both in character and in carriage. She epitomised mobility. She epitomised elegance and consequently became the queen of Ibadanland, if you like Queen of women if that is accepted. She rose through the ranks and paid her dues. She was successful in all ramifications.
So for me I think it’s the passage of a titan of Colossus who has made her mark in the sand of time. I think for me it’s a great loss but let’s take solace in the fact that she lived well, left good children, left me, left us.”
The governor said the ancient city of Ibadan will forever remember “the irreplaceable” Abiodun who will be buried on Sunday.