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The Nigerian prince, 62, returns to the life of royalty to search for London’s Thames Water leaks

The Nigerian prince, 62, turns his back on royal life, where his brother The Paramount Ruler of Odo-Ayandelu is to spend his days looking for leaks to Thames Water in London

  • The brother of Akeem Adenuga is The Paramount Ruler of Odo-Ayandelu in Nigeria
  • Mr. Adenuga – who lives in Tottenham – came to the UK in 1994 to study and stay
  • Mr. Adenuga leads a team of 24 engineers who find and fix hidden leaks in London
  • His brother’s full title is: Royal Majesty Oba Asunmo Ganiyu Aderibigbe Balogun, Jamade 1, Paramount Ruler or Odo-Ayandelu

A Nigerian prince has given up a royalty life to spend his days looking for leaks at Thames Water in London.

Akeem Adenuga, 62, comes from the state of Lagos, Nigeria, where his brother – King Asunmo Aderibigbe – is The Paramount Ruler or Odo-Ayandelu.

The prince – now living in Tottenham, North London – took a break from royal duties in 1994 to study in the United Kingdom.

He fell in love with the country and took a job as an intern leak technician at Thames Water in 2000, and has worked there ever since.

Adenuga now leads a team of 24 engineers who find and repair hidden underground leaks in the capital.

Nigerian prince Akeem Adenuga, 62, has given up a royalty life at home to spend his days looking for leaks at Thames Water in London

Nigerian prince Akeem Adenuga, 62, has given up a royalty life at home to spend his days looking for leaks at Thames Water in London

Father of the five, Mr. Adenuga: ‘I am really looking forward to coming to work and I am always ready to go out and get stuck in the streets of the capital.

‘I love my job and the people I work with make it really special.

‘That’s why I think it’s so important that I care for my team – health and safety are my top priority.

Mr. Adenuga, 62, (right) comes from the state of Lagos, Nigeria, where his brother - King Asunmo Aderibigbe (left) - is The Paramount Ruler of Odo-Ayandelu. Middle: King Asunmo's wife Olori Abimbola

Mr. Adenuga, 62, (right) comes from the state of Lagos, Nigeria, where his brother - King Asunmo Aderibigbe (left) - is the paramount ruler of Odo-Ayandelu. Middle: King Asunmo's wife Olori Abimbola

Mr. Adenuga, 62, (right) comes from the state of Lagos, Nigeria, where his brother – King Asunmo Aderibigbe (left) – is the paramount ruler of Odo-Ayandelu. Middle: King Asunmo’s wife Olori Abimbola

King Asunmo Aderibigbe is the main ruler of Odo-Ayandelu (photo) in Nigeria

King Asunmo Aderibigbe is the main ruler of Odo-Ayandelu (photo) in Nigeria

King Asunmo Aderibigbe is the main ruler of Odo-Ayandelu (photo) in Nigeria

“It gives me pleasure every day when they all come home safely.”

Despite moving thousands of miles away, Akeem remains deeply connected to his hometown of Agbowa-Ikosi – a small town two hours’ drive from the town of Lagos.

He and five friends donated $ 25,000 for an ambulance in 2017 so that the locals could take patients to the nearest hospital – an hour away.

Adenuga now leads a team of 24 engineers who find and repair hidden underground leaks in the capital

Adenuga now leads a team of 24 engineers who find and repair hidden underground leaks in the capital

Adenuga now leads a team of 24 engineers who find and repair hidden underground leaks in the capital

Mr. Adenuga, who is a huge fan of Arsenal, despite the fact that he lived in Tottenham, said: “As a prince’s home, my family is welcomed every time we visit.

“But I always remember the advice my deceased father gave me many years ago – be humble, kind and productive.

“That is a really good way of life and has always supported me.”

His brother is Royal Majesty Oba Asunmo Ganiyu Aderibigbe Balogun, Jamade 1, the Paramount Ruler of Odo-Ayandelu.

But before taking on his role, he studied Block Laying and Concreting at a technical university.

He then became a bricklayer officer and trade union leader at the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) in Nigeria.

Thames Water now reveals a record number of leaks, with more than 70,000 repaired in the past financial year.

It spends more than £ 1 million a day to reduce leaks on an underground network of pipes that is nearly long enough to circle the earth.

Recent successes have been the closure of a leak that lost three million liters per day on Guildford Street, near the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Danny Leamon, Head of Water Networks at Thames Water, said: “We have dozens of teams working around the clock to find and repair an average of 1,400 leaky pipes in our region every week.

“We are determined to drastically reduce the amount of water that escapes from our pipeline network to help protect customer and environment deliveries for now and future generations.”

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