For flamboyant monarch, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Frederick Enitiolorunda Obateru Akinruntan, the Olugbo of Ugboland, sauntering into age 70 on the 16th of July, is indeed a milestone to be celebrated. Indeed, birthdays are supposed to be occasions for the celebration of life by the living. Birthdays are also a period when the celebrator takes stock of his or her life and feels like climbing the mountaintop to shout Halleluiah.
Undoubtedly, Olugbo is currently experiencing the proverbial Seventh Heaven, typical of a woman who has just safely been delivered of a baby. The alluring super-dandy monarch, celebrated his 70th birthday last week in a low-key though, like a big masquerade that dances at the market square, many would definitely beat their path to watch, many of his friends, families as well as business associates shared in his joy.
For him, the month of July is quite significant as three of his family members shares same month with him. His grandson Prince Anderson Akinruntan shares same birthday date with him, Prince Akinfemiwa Akinruntan 18th of July and also Princess Oluwafunmilayo Akinrutan 19th of July.
As revealed by sources, the birthday was devoid of huge celebration but he was celebrated by his children, friends as well as his kinsmen who appreciate the grace of God in his life. While praises and encomium was showered, his chiefs also paid homage to him.
If you cherish royalty and the grace of being a King, you would surely appreciate the oil mogul who since becoming Oba has enliven the activity of the sleepy town of Ugboland. Since he became the Olugbo of Ugboland, he has put the name of the riverine community on the world map with a number of projects such as the eye-popping magnificent palace.
In 2014, the flamboyant and colourful traditional ruler was ranked by Forbes magazine as the second richest King in Africa and the richest in Nigeria. He has a custom built 2012 Rolls Royce similar to that of Queen Elizabeth II.
Aside oil and gas business, Oba Akinruntan is also into real estate. He has choice buildings in London and across Nigeria, including the prestigious Febson Hotels and Mall in the Central Business District of Abuja.
The stylish Oba, who sits atop a business conglomerate with interests in petroleum, shipping, construction, fishery, tourism and hospitality, consultancy services and water purification and production, owns one of the of the most expensive yachts in the country.