Ohworode of Olomu, HRM R.L Ogbon  Transits At 106 After Birthday Celebration


The traditional ruler of Olomu-Kingdom, and Royal Cannon of the Anglican Communion, HRM Dr. Richard Layeguen Ogbon RDN, has joined his forefathers at the ripe age of 106.

His demise was announced by the Otota of Olomu kingdom Chief Michael Ovbagbedia during the meeting of the traditional council at the palace of departed monarch at Ogoni-Olomu in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta state.

The departed monarch who celebrated his 106 birthday on January 20, 2023, is regarded as the world oldest king who ascends the throne at the age of 70 and ruled for 36 years.

According to Olorogun Macaulay Ovbagbedia, “We can confirm today that our Ohworode has gone back to God. He lived a great life, he served the Government well and his people.

“We are mourning and celebrating, reason is because he was old but it’s painful though.” He said.

On his part, Olorogun Albert Akpomudje SAN, Akpile of Olomu Kingdom said due to the happening, there shall be 21 days of mourning in the kingdom, no celebration of burial and marriage.

He added that Chiefs should not adorn themselves in the traditional red cap and should add black armband to any dressing during the time as the burial plans will be released soon.

The monarch was the only Anglican Communion ordained Royal Canon in the world. He also bagged a Honorary doctorate degree from the Delta State University Abraka for his contribution to education.

Ajuwe as he was commonly addressed till his departure could drive himself and read without glasses with complete sets of teeth.

It was learned that the king was born on 20th January 1917, and  was baptized into the Anglican Communion in 1936. He was a retired Inspector of Education under the then Bendel State ministry of education.

The translated Ohworode was installed as the 12th Ohworode in 1988 when he was 70 years old.

His reign witnessed tremendous peace, progress and development. The burial announcement shall be made public after a mourning period.

The departed Ohworode  last public event was his 106 birthday celebration tagged ‘longevity king’ where he sang songs of praises to God and stated that a man only dies when God approves it.

The posture that day was clearly that of someone who was preparing for the last journey as his message was more of a farewell.

According to him, “God I thank you for your grace, please open your ears to give me long life so I can do that which pleases you all the time.

“Many people came here today for various reasons because I have been away, but I am here today to thank God. Fear God and do his will. In whatever you do, call on God daily.

“Do your best to follow God’s directive in your life. Have clean hands, avoid stealing, avoid embezzlement of public and individual funds.

“Avoid sexual relationship with other people’s wives and your relatives. Learn to love, forgive and be free of hatred, avoid jealousy and be contented, avoid alcohol and drugs abuse.” the monarch added.

The Ohworode had 12 children but was survived by 11 following the demise of the eldest child to Late Amb. Elizabeth Ogbon-Day, Nigeria first woman Ambassador.

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