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Meet Oba Elegushi Kusenla III, the Nigerian Monarch that Became King at an Early Age

Nigerian monarch Oba Alayeluwa Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Kusenla III is the 21st Elegushi of the Ikate-Elegushi Kingdom. He is a descendant of the Kusenla ruling family of Lagos State’s Ikateland.

He took over from his father, the late Oba Yekini Adeniyi Elegushi, the 20th Oba Elegushi of Ikateland, who ruled from 1991 to 2009. On April 27, 2010, the Lagos State government gave Oba Elegushi the staff of office.

Before ascending to the throne, Oba Elegushi worked for two former governors of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola, as their personal assistant and senior special assistant, respectively.

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Early life 

Oba Elegushi Kusenla III was On April 10, 1976. He was born on the same day as his late father, the first crowned ruler of Ikateland, Oba Yekini Adeniyi Elegushi.

Between 1981 through 1987, he attended the St. Mathias Elementary School in Lagos for his primary schooling. Between 1988 through 1994, he attended the Methodist Boys’ High School in Lagos for his secondary schooling.

In 2000, he graduated from Lagos State University, where he studied economics, earning a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) with a Second Class Honorary Degree.

He completed his economics master’s degree at the same college. After that, he went to the University of Manchester and earned a master’s in public administration there.

From 2000 until 2002, Oba Elegushi Kusenla III held the position of Administrator, Business Development and Strategy at Elegushi Property Investment Company. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the governor of Lagos State’s Special Assistant.

Oba Elegushi was once more appointed as Senior Special Assistant (Special Programmes and Duties) to the Governor of Lagos State when Fashola succeeded Tinubu in that position.

Up until 2010, when he was crowned king of Ikateland, he held that post. He was the youngest monarch in Lagos State when he ascended to the throne at the age of 34.

Honours and awards 

He was appointed in October 2018 to be one of the patrons of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, an organisation tasked with “advising and supporting the Olympic Movement as appropriate.” 

Bola Tinubu and Emmanuel Uduaghan, a former governor of Delta State, were two more well-known Nigerians who were also appointed.

Oba Elegushi received an Honoris Causa in Public Administration from Igbinedion University in Okada, Edo State, Nigeria in November 2019 along with former Nigerian President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and notable actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde.

The award was for his “contributions as a Traditional and Cultural Icon, Outstanding and Visionary Leader, Developmentalist, Generational Role Model, and a National Builder.” In October 2019, Peace Ambassadors presented him with a Peace Achievers Award.

Oba Elegushi comes from a huge family and is married to Olori Sekinat Elegushi and Olori Hadiza Elegushi. According to City People Magazine, a Nigerian celebrity publication, he has 19 siblings total—12 sisters and 7 brothers.

Oba  Elegushi Kusenla III has different set of luxury vehicles that are displayed in his garage, these include the Rolls-Royce Phantom, Mayback 600, and 1967 Vintage Cadillac De Ville.

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