The Towulade of Akinale in Ewekoro local government area of Ogun State, Oba Olufemi Ogunleye has died at the age of 79.

He was a journalist who had stints with the old Daily Times of Nigeria

He retired as the General Manager, Public Relations of the defunct Nigeria Airways.

Oba Ogunleye was first installed as the Baale of Akinale in 2004 by former Governor Gbenga Daniel and was among those elevated to an Oba by the same administration in 2006.

He was sick for a while and was taken to St. Thomas Hospital in London, where he died on Wednesday afternoon, June 19, Vanguard reports.

A source close to the late monarch, told the publication that the royal father who just completed his PhD programme in law, was warming up for his graduation in a few weeks.

The source said, "Towulade of Akinale, Oba Olufemi Adewunmi  Ogunleye joined his ancestors at 79 in a London hospital after a brief illness.

"May the soul of the Kabiyesi rest well and find favour in the bosom of his Creator. Amin."