Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi, the Olowo of Owo in Ondo State, is dead. He died at 77 on 18th April 2019. A source in the family of the monarch confirmed the news of his death in a telephone interview.
The source said:
“Yes, the king is dead, but we cannot announce it for now. There are some traditions to follow. We are trying to inform the Governor, but I am aware he is currently out of the state for official duty.”
The deceased was born on June 26, 1941. He succeeded his father, the late Sir Titus Olateru Olagbegi II, in 1999. He was the eldest son of his father who ruled as the Olowo of Owo between 1910 and 1998.
The late Oba Folagbade received the Staff of Office as the Olowo of Owo on December 11, 2003, by the late Olusegun Agagu, former Governor of Ondo State. Also, he was a former Chairman of the Ondo State Council of Obas.
Prior to his death, Oba Folagbade achieved many great feats. He received his first degree in law from London, UK and attended Nigeria Law school in 1968 before practising Law under the late Fatai Williams.
He married Ololade Olateru-Olagbegi, a Barrister and law lecturer at the Ondo State University. They were blessed with many children and grandchildren.
The deceased was a lecturer in the Nigerian Law School. While working at the law school, he married the late Bisi Cole, and they had four children. He rose to the peak of his career as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and retired as a reader in 1999.
He was appointed as Chancellor of the University of Benin (Nigeria) in 2005 and, later, the University of Abuja. DailyPost reports that he was the Chancellor of the University of Jos, (UNIJOS) Plateau state until his death.