We bring to you the Magnificent edifice where the Late Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II spent the night in 1960 when she visited Nigeria prior to the country’s independence.
The Ijebu people will always be remembered as one of the richest billionaire tribes in Nigerian history, and this is in part because they have been wealthy since before the arrival of the Europeans.
Timothy Adeola Odutola, a businessman and philanthropist born in Ijebu, is one of the famous billionaires of the past who enjoyed their money in a luxurious way. We would love to run a little profile of this individual before we examine the everlasting structure he created.
He established enormous storage facilities and transportation networks after becoming a produce buyer. By 1960, he had built up a conglomerate that included three factories, a retail chain, a cattle ranch, a 5,000-acre plantation that produced palm oil and rubber, a sawmill, and an export company.
Chief Odutola amassed such wealth that he was able to interact personally with George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth.
Only Ibadan, Enugu, and Kaduna—the regional capitals—were slated for the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, to visit in 1956 during her official visit to Nigeria.
In order to meet with Chief Timothy Adeola Odutola, the Ogbeni Oja, her father’s friend who typically dines and drinks with the royals at Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth asked that her visit be rerouted to include Ijebu-Ode.
What a great visit it was for her to spend a night in Ijebu-Ode. Take a Look at the Adeola Odutola Lodge in Ijebu-Ode (built in 1939).