Ife’s Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, broke his silence on social media on Saturday night when he urged Nigerians to reach out to those who have not had it easy in 2021.
The 47-year-old monarch said this in a post on his official Facebook page while wishing Nigerians a Happy New Year.
He wrote: “I join everyone on the joyous occasion of this particular season. As we all know, it is a feast of joy, celebration and a deep reflection on what Olódùmarè has been doing throughout the year.
“As we take the time to celebrate with our families and loved ones, I implore you to reach out to your neighbors, especially those who have not had it so easy during the year.
“It is my prayer that you continue to find the strength to celebrate in the joy, peace and abundant love that is the foundation of this special occasion.
“Royal blessings from the House of Oduduwa and compliments of the season.”
This is the first time the Ooni will speak after his ex-wife, evangelist Naomi Silekunola, announced his separation from the monarch via an Instagram post on December 23, 2021.
The 28-year-old evangelist also relinquished the title of “Queen”, saying she had tried to make the three-year-old union work, but that Ooni’s public identity conflicts with “her real self.”
“I did my best to endure and make it work; many times I have smiled through the struggle, but I finally realized that I only had one mission, my son, and when God was done he was done. He chose Saul to be king, and when he was done he told the prophet Samuel that I had moved on.
“Religion has never been a problem between us… Instead, Her Majesty has one image that he would like the world to see and perceive as and one that is her real self,” the lady posted to the fair skin on her social media pages.
She then said: “Today I announce the beginning of a new dawn and the end of a chapter. Today, I am a mother with the unique gift of God. I am no longer a slave to my thoughts of perfection. I am announcing at the moment that I will no longer be designated as wife of the Ooni of Ife or as queen of Ile-Ife but as queen of the people and mother of my adorable prince.
She then called on all parties concerned to let peace reign because of her son, Tadenikawo.
Before being crowned king, the Ooni was previously married to Adebukola Bombata in 2008, but the marriage failed. As monarch, the Ooni married Edo-born Zaynab-Otiti Obanor in 2016, but the union lasted 17 months before their separation.
He then married Silekunola in 2018 and the marriage produced a son before the divorce announcement on Thursday.
The monarch also had a daughter with Omolara Olatubosun as a teenager. Olatubosun gave birth to Princess Adeola Ogunwusi, but recently there have been counterclaims between the Ooni and Olatubosun over who was responsible for their daughter’s education.
Besides the Ooni, other traditional rulers who have experienced divorce are known to the public, including the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, whose marriage to his Jamaican wife, Ms. Chanel Chin, fell apart in December 2019. In addition, Anuoluwapo Adeyemi, one of Oyo’s Alaafin’s wives, Lamidi Adeyemi III, separated from him in November 2020.
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