A first class Yoruba traditional ruler in Osun State, the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has dropped his traditional dresses and adopted full regalia of an emir.
The monarch has also banished palace idols and relocated the popular one that has been in the place to another shrine in the town.
The traditional ruler said Iwo was the home of Islamic scholars and that he could be regarded as an emir.
“When I was made the Oluwo of Iwo, I was turbaned. It is because Iwo is an Islamic ancient town”, he told Daily Trust.
“Iwo was known as ‘Geri Malami, meaning, the home of scholars. So, this regalia is appropriate for me as the Oluwo.”
Explaining why he banished the palace idol, the outspoken king said: “As the monarch, I’m superior to the idol and it cannot be competing with me in the palace.
“There is a mosque in the palace and we can worship the God Almighty in the mosque.”
The Oluwo is not new to controversy and once admitted that people see him that way “because I challenge the status quo”.