Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji was born on August 26, 1928 to the family of Raji Olayiwola and Suwebat Amope Adetunji in the Alusekere compound, Popoyemoja, Ibadan.
He is the eldest of 17 children.
According to Olubadan’s brother, Ambali, who is the Aare Musulumi of Odo-Oba in Ibadan, and who now oversees the music recording business of his brother the king, Oba Adetunji had a humble beginning, starting as traditional attire (aso ofi) weaver, a tailor and later a music promoter.
The new Olubadan is a renowned music promoter whose company was responsible for promoting the careers of several Nigerian musicians including Wasiu Ayinde, Salami Balogun, Amuda Agboluaje, Tatalo Alamu, Raimi Atolagbe, Iyanda Sawaba and Asanat Omo Aje.
Oba Adetunji’s road to the throne began in 1976 during the reign of Olubadan Gbadamosi Adebimpe, when he was compelled to accept the leadership stool of the Alusekere compound.