Ile Ife Agog For Ile Aje Festival

By Sodiq Lawal

Thousands of residents, tourists, Nollywood actors and actresses on Monday joined the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwunsi to celebrate Ile Aje festival.

The Ooni said that the survival of the African people rests heavily on the sustainability of the Traditional Culture saying government and the people must collective utilize the culture as a way to greatly record productive economic advancement.

Ooni Ogunwusi who is the Spiritual leader of the Yoruba race worldwide made the disclosure on Monday during the celebrations of annual Aje Festival (deity of wealth) in Ile-Ife.

He said that Nigeria is abundantly blessed with cultural tourism potentials capable of  turning the country to a viable economic nation.

The frontline monarch added that the county’s cultural potentials should be productively showcased as culture does not affect religions saying Culture does not even have a specific religion.

“As Christians or Muslims, we all need to respect our cultural heritage.”

“In 2017, we prayed during the Aje Festival and we centered our prayers on the economic recession, and within one week, we surprisingly experienced  dollar crash from about #480 to #350. ”
” We have prayed and very soon, the economy will improve tremendously “. Ooni said.

“AJE is the spirit of market profitability. That is why it’s festival is very important to all humanity, because nobody can survive without it”.

“If we do business, profit is expected, if you work you expect stipends at the end of the month, so that is simply ‘Aje’, ” , he expressed.

He urged the Youths to be industrious so as to fulfill their destiny and not to take the short-cut route to success.

The Co-chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria implored Youths to be agents of peace and refuse to engage in brigandage as election period is drawing nearer. He also prayed for the peace and progress of Ile-Ife, State of Osun, Nigeria, Africa and the world as a whole.

“Don’t let politicians use you for thuggery or election violence as you too can be in their positions if  you discover yourself and remain  focused and full of determination. ” he counselled.

“As we are gathered here today to celebrate AJE the festival of wealth, the Almighty Olodumare(God) will answer our prayers, he will abundantly give us peace and economic progress in Ile-Ife, in the State of Osun, in Nigeria, in Africa and. the world at large.”Ooni prayed

In her speech, the Chief Promoter of 2018 AJE Festival, Princess Toyin Kolade, said that Yoruba culture is too important and rich to be ignored if we a must be seen as a serious people who care for the future generations because it depicts a significant perspective.

According to her, Aje is a festival of wealth which radiates on all the nooks and crannies of the world from its root at Ejigbomekun market, the world’s oldest market located at Ile-Ife, the cradle of Yoruba race.

She called Nigerians to value their cultural heritage, rather than ignoring them in favour because of foreign Culture and religion.

Veteran Yoruba Film Actress, Mrs Idowu Philips popularly called “Mama Rainbow” who led other Nollywood actors/actresses including Saheed Balogun in her short speech eulogised Ooni Ogunwusi for his unprecedented strides especially in Peace making and Cultural tourism revolution. Mama Rainbow urged all the other Traditional rulers in Yorubaland to emulate the Ooni who she described as “uncommon king”.

Ewi Conundrum: Ife Indigenes Back Adedoyin, Urges Maye To Speak Out

By Sodiq Lawal

Residents and indigenes of the ancient city of Yoruba land, Île Ife in their hundreds have assured the founder of Oduduwa University, Chief Ramon Adedoyin that there won’t be any crisis if he speaks out.

Adedoyin who had been on suspension as the Maye Of Ife by the Royal Traditional Council of the town over a trending poetry “Ewi” on Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi released to defame the stool of the monarch had since been shunning media interviews all in the name of “avoiding crisis in Ile Ife”.

Our correspondent gathered that since his suspension, the residents of the town, indigenes, visitors and others have been anticipating to hear from Adedoyin.

Discussions of residents and indigenes of the ancient city showed assurances for Adedoyin that there won’t be any crisis or war if he speaks the truth.

According to a youth leader, Mrs Aramide Omolare who resides at Lagere area in Ile Ife, “Adedoyin should speak out. Ife sons and daughters want to know the limelight of the saga from the beginning to the end.

“We assure him that there won’t be war or anarchy. Adedoyin has been a great philanthropist, that we all respect.”

Prince Adedeji Olarewaju, an indigene of the town, also appealed to Adedoyin to stop saying there will be crisis if he talks, adding that there are ways he can use to express himself that won’t lead to crisis.

Olarewaju however urged Adedoyin to be proactive in dealing with matters.

Royal Rumble: Oluwo, Ooni Clash At Traditional Council Meeting

The traditional rulers summit which took place in Port-Harcourt last Tuesday was almost marred by an unpleasant confrontation between the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdurasheed Adewale Akanbi ,and the Chief Securiy Officer (CSO) to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.

The tense situation could have snowballed into a bigger crisis but for reason that eventually prevailed.

The incident occurred at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt.

It was gathered that the Ooni of Ife ,Oba Ogunwusi had just finished giving a vote of thanks, and was on his way back to his seat when his CSO, Mr. Emmanuel Olawale Kolawole, who led other security aides of the monarch allegedly had a brush with the Oluwo, who appeared to be blocking the Ooni from accessing his seat.

The Oluwo, it was learnt, was by then discussing with the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdurahman Dambazzau, who shared the high table with the Ooni and the Rivers State gover, Nyesome Wike.

A source in the Oluwo’s court who witnessed the incident alleged that the CSO out of overzealousness, threatened to push the monarch if he did not give way for Ooni to pass.

He was said to have ignored Oba Akanbi’s entreaties to “take it easy” and pushed him out of the way.

A visibly embarrassed Oluwo, who is the Deputy Chairman of the Osun State Traditional Rulers Council had to step aside to pave way for Ooni to get to his seat, the source said.

But the media aide to the Ooni, Comrade Moses Olafare, denied that such scenario ever happened in Port Harcourt.

Olafare lamented that the report was not only shocking and a big surprise but also misleading, adding that there was no iota of truth in it.

Some of the guests at the event, and other eye witnesses accounts reported observing Ooni expressing satisfaction with the conduct of his CSO.

Some dignitaries at the event were however taken aback on what they considered as desecration of the crown wondering loudly how Ooni’s CSO could have the effrontery to push a first class paramount ruler of Oluwo’s status.

The security detail concerned, Kolawole, also denied pushing the Oluwo or manhandling him, although he admitted in a telephone interview that the had an encounter with the monarch in the course of discharging his legitimate duty.

He said he could not have disrespected a revered Oba as a true Yoruba son, but maintained that he had a duty to secure his principal.

According to him, when the Ooni finished his speech and was returning to his seat beside the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen Abdurahman Dambazzau and the Rivers state governor ,as well as some Emirs ,he quickly moved to receive and sit behind him.

“I didn’t expect the Oluwo to stand there because his seat was not there. So, I only excused and asked him to move away from there. I didn’t push him as alleged’’.

Emmanuel who reiterated that he was only doing his job added; ’’I’m the Ooni’s CSO, and all the other CSOs sat behind their principals.

He also denied that he acted on the instruction or the approval of Ooni Adeyeye, saying that he was not aware of any cold war between the two royal fathers. “Eyan wa ni won now, meaning: He (Oluwo) is our own now. How could I have done that?”

Olafare in a reaction added that there were over 100 journalists and 30 camera men at the event, arguing that if such a thing happened, it would have been reported since last when the event was held.

He wondered why the report was being pushed in the media “to cause confusion.”

He said there has been no running battle between the Ooni and Oluwo, adding that when the Ooni arrived the venue of the occasion, Oluwo was the first among the set of prominent traditional rulers and guests that he (the Ooni) greeted.

He, however, argued that what the Oluwo had misunderstood as a molestation by the Ooni’s CSO was a mere protocol assignment that he (the CSO) had the mandate to perform for his principal.

Olafare said that the CSO politely asked the Oluwo to excuse the Ooni to be able to access his seat.

He said that in fairness to him, the Oluwo obliged immediately and the Ooni was able to access his seat.

“Going to the high table to introduce himself to Dambazzau on the high table while the programme was still on and blocking the Ooni from accessing his seat after delivering his speech and blocking the views of other guests was a breach of protocol on the part of the Oluwo.

In any case, when his CSO politely asked him to excuse the Ooni to get to his seat, he obliged in fairness to him and there was no problem. So, it is surprising that Oluwo is now trying to make a case out of this,” Olafare said.

Culled From The Sun Newspaper

Wike Receives Ooni, Sultan Hails Nigerian Traditional Rulers For Unity Campaigns

By Sodiq Lawal

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has hailed the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria under the Co-chairmanship of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar for their relentless efforts at keeping the country together.

Governor Wike made the commendation on Monday in his office while hosting the traditional rulers who had paid him a courtesy visit. He promised to always partner with the traditional institutions, saying that is what is needed to move the country in the direction of unity which according to him remains non-negotiable.

“The Sultan and Ooni are my fathers. We are so grateful to be the State you have chosen to host this historic national event which is the 9th General Assembly of The National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria”.

“For us in Rivers state, the unity of Nigeria is very imperative and it remains non-negotiable. It is too important to be toyed with. That is why we will always partner with our traditional rulers as we have been doing.

“Gone are the days when the king’s would only sit at their palaces restricting Governance to the government alone. Every citizen of this country comes from a traditional ruler. So, we are all accountable to you no matter who we are be it President or Governor.
That’s how we do in this state as a government, thank God the Chairman of Rivers Council of Traditional Rulers is here, King Jaja of Opobo. He can testify”. Governor Wike said

Speaking on behalf of the visiting monarchs, a Co-chairman of National Traditional Rulers Council Of Nigeria, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II of Ile-Ife who is also the Chairman of the Southern Nigeria Traditional Rulers Council appreciated the Governor and the people of Rivers state for hosting them at this period which he said is a very crucial time in the country when unity must be the collective watchword.

“We thank you Mr Governor and your team for hosting the Nigerian traditional rulers who have come from all parts of the country to discuss on how to join hands with government for the unity and progress of Nigeria ”

“We are here to see how best we can further cement our togetherness across all the districts within the North and South of the country because unity is all we need. As matter of fact, our first demand is unity, our second demand is unity and our third demand is unity”. Ooni Ogunwusi said.

He added “The truth be told, the traditional rulers are the closest to the grassroots. We can not fold our arms, we must work together and join forces with the government and others leaders of thoughts in this country if truly we must progress as a people”.

The National Council of Traditional Rulers Council Of Nigeria is holding its 9th General Assembly at Port Harcourt in Rivers State from Monday 30th to Tuesday 31s of January, 2018

Osoosi Festival: Ooni Says Religious Intolerance Is Bane Of Peaceful Co-Existence

By Sodiq Lawal

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has identified religious intolerance as the bane of peaceful coexistence among Nigerians, noting that Godliness is different from religion.

The Spiritual Head of the Yoruba race worldwide stated this while speaking on Thursday during the annual Osoosi festival in Ile-Ife.

He urged Nigerians to see the country’s cultural and religious diversity as a great advantage needed to move forward socially, politically and economically rather than using it negatively, the result of which can only be backwardness.

“Nigeria is blessed with cultural and religious diversity which must not be seen as a curse but a blessing”

“What people practice today is ungodly religionism. It is very devilish for anyone to kill or maim in the name of religious differences. Deliberate frustration of peaceful coexistence in a diverse society like ours is an act of sacrilegious dogmatism perpetrated by the victims of religious brainwashing”

“We are all one before the Almighty God and we must remain so to allow for peaceful coexistence if we must progress socially, politically and economically “. Ooni Ogunwusi stated.

Obatala adherents at the event said Osoosi is a festival of African pantheon of divinity, configuration and interchange of power.

The ongoing Obatala Festival with a gathering of hundreds of foreigners especially from Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela, Jamaica and United States of America is expected to end on Tuesday 23th of January 2018

Ooni’s Ex-Olori Must Perform Some Rites Before Remarrying – Elebuibon

In the wake of the breakup of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, and his former wife, Olori Wuraola, which expectedly created shockwaves and reverberated around the world, more salacious details have since emerged.

Information gleaned from various social media platforms and other sources indicate that both parties, prior to being joined in matrimony, were divorcees, who had been involved in failed marriages.

Sunday Sun gathered that the ex-Olori Wuruola, who has reverted to her maiden name, Zaynab Otiti-Obanor, following the breakup, had been married twice, thereby making her failed marriage to Ooni the third marital union that crashed. On his part, the Ooni had been garlanded with the medals of two failed marriages before his latest (and third) broken union.

In the face of the serial divorce now associated with both the Ooni and his ex-queen, a serious twist has been added to the tale as an expert on Yoruba culture and renowned Ifa priest, Chief Yemi Elebuibon has revealed that ex-Olori Wuraola, must necessarily undergo appropriate traditional cleansing process to enable her to regain normal life.

While noting that Ooni would not be the first Yoruba Oba to be seperated from his wife, Elebuibon stressed, however, that marriage breakup is not very common among Yoruba Obas.

However, if the breakup happens as in the case of the Ooni and his wife, he said that, “the wife of the Oba will be asked to consult Ifa and Ifa will give directions on how she will make the necessary atonement for her cleansing.”

He explained further: “In Yoruba tradition, a woman who has been married to a king cannot lay with any other man even if the marriage breaks up. But when the right atonements have been made, there won’t be problem.”

On the kind of problems which an Oba’s ex-wife might encounter if she refused to undergo the traditional cleansing rites, Elebuibon said: “For the woman, she might not really have a problem but for any man who sleeps with a queen or marries an ex-queen without the appropriate cleansing, the man may die prematurely, he may be struck with sickness or there might be retrogression in his life.”

He explained that if an ex-queen wants to remarry, she will have to do the cleansing with her new husband. Both of them have to take part in the atonement procedures so that they won’t have any future problem.

“Any marriage she would be going into must not be elaborate. They should go far away and avoid any flamboyant wedding,” Elebuibon warned

 

Confusion Over Ooni’s Alleged Divorce Saga

By Sola Jacobs

There have been twist and turns on the alleged divorce saga between the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi and his wife, Olori Wuraola Zainab, as the monarch has debunked the claims that their 17 month-old marriage has crashed.

It went viral on Tuesday, how the marriage purportedly crashed. While some reports attributed the crash in the marriage to the allegation of infidelity leveled against the wife of the monarch by his husband, some hinted that the marriage originally started on a shaky note, as they hardly knew each other in detail before getting married.

Some reports even concluded that by the countenance of the monarch, it might be difficult to resolve the purported differences between them.

But contrary to the reports, an Ife High Chief who spoke with OSUN DEFENDER in the palace, debunked the claims that the marriage had hit the rock.

The chief who spoke anonymously claimed that it is sacrilegious to make a matter of privacy involving the monarch a public issue, said that it was all a tissue of lies.

He revealed that Olori Wuraola is not the only queen of the revered monarch, as she had seniors, who are in the palace but live quiet lives and they are doing well in their fields of endeavours.

According to him, the most senior is a business tycoon while another Olori Omolara is into property and estate management as well.

The source stated that nobody had ever heard or settled rancor with Kabiyesi and his queens, as he is peaceful and loving.

The high chief queried that matters of marriage and relationship are private affairs and even if there are minor disagreements between couples, it is not a matter to be settled on social media or pages of newspaper.

He said, “The stool of Oba, as a custodian of Yoruba culture is polygamous in nature and as custodian of the Yoruba values and culture, a revered monarch, cannot be forced to be monogamist.

“All the queens of Ooni are at home and Kabiyesi did not divorce or put away any of them.

The source therefore advised the public to disregard the rumour, as such issue did not arise as speculated.

Olori Wuraola Dismisses Rumour Divorce, Says Marriage Intact

Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi has dismissed rumours making the rounds that her marriage has crashed.

The queen said the news was an attempt to defame her character as her marriage is still intact with Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

The Ooni of Ife, had earlier debunked the allegation, stating that his marriage is still intact and full of joy.

But according to his wife, investigations are being carried out to apprehend those behind the allegations.

This was contained in a statement issued by Abraham Adedeji, Olori Wuraola’s Press Secretary on Tuesday.

The statement reads: “It has come to the attention of our office – the slanderous rumors and sensationalist distortions about Her Majesty, Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi through unnamed and unseen sources.

“The sources are also citing deplorable claims involving Her Majesty, Wuraola and that of prominent businessmen in Nigeria, all of whom are good friends of the King and Queen & financial contributors to projects that have advanced our good work in the communities of Ife and Nigeria as a whole.

“We are deeply disturbed by these rumors and there is absolutely no truth to these absurd claims of infidelity and we vehemently deny them.

“Due to the nature of the allegations and the attempt to defame the character of the Queen and embarrass well respected friends of our Palace, we have immediately employed legal counsel to investigate their origin to take necessary action against the perpetrators.

“Please be advised, that in this digital age, digital footprints can lead to your identification. We stand firmly together, in our commitment to our peace and the truth.”