Subomi Balogun’s sons travelling from London to break news of death to Awujale of Ijebuland — Dele Momodu

Dele Momodu
Dele Momodu

The sons of the late business magnate Subomi Balogun have boarded a flight from London to Lagos following the death of their father, publisher Dele Momodu said on Friday.

Balogun, founder of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB), died aged 89 in London.

Mr Momodu said on Instagram that two of Balogun’s sons have boarded a British Airways flight heading to Lagos to officially break the news of their father’s death to the Awujale of Ijebuland Oba Sikiru Adetona.

“Two of CHIEF OLASUBOMI BALOGUN’s sons are said to be on a British Airways flight from London to Lagos and will travel to Ijebu-Ode where they will officially break the news of their father’s death to His Royal Majesty The Awujale of Ijebuland OBA SIKURU KAYODE ADETONA, Ogbagba Agbotewole II,” he wrote.

Balogun was the ‘olori ebi’ and head of all the princes at the Arojojoye Ruling House in Ijebu Ode.

As far back as 1994, he had become the holder of the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine Al merito della Repubblica Italiana (Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy), conferred on him by Italy’s president at the time.

He held several revered traditional and cultural titles in recognition and appreciation of the number of lives touched. They include Otunba Tunwase, the Olori Omo-Oba of Ijebu, Asiwaju of Ijebu Christians, Baba Oba of Ijebu-Ife, Asalu-Oba of Ijebu Mushin and many others.

The Federal Government also decorated him with the honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).