Ooni, OAU Unveil Literature Book On Moremi Ajasoro, The Queen Of Liberty

The Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi in conjunction with the Authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) would unveil the book written on Moremi Ajasoro, an Ife queen who sacrificed herself to be enslaved for the liberty of her people and mankind.

This was contained in a press statement released on Monday by Ooni’s Director of Media, Comrade Moses Olafare who said the launching ceremony expected to be chaired by HRM, Oba Francis Olusola Alao, the Olugbon of Ile-Igbon and Vice Chairman, Oyo state Council of Obas & Chiefs is slated to hold 11am on Saturday 14th July, 2018 at the Oduduwa Hall of the university

According to him, the book published by Princess Ronke Ademiluyi and House of Oduduwa Foundation in collaboration with Institute of Cultural Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University talks about the strength and power of a woman in ancient Yoruba history, warning that the people must prevent the rich Yoruba culture and history against extinction.

“People without history and culture are doomed to extinction. This book, Queen Moremi Ajasoro reminds us about the pride of womanhood to encourage the values of decency, courage, hardwork, justice, sacrifice for public good, contentment and integrity,” Olafare said.

The statement also quoted the House of Oduduwa Foundation’s CEO, Prince Jide Fadairo regretting that many historical facts about Yoruba heroes and heroines were lost due to lack of recognition and proper archival preservation.

He maintained that the book is very necessary to get people well informed about Moremi Ajasoro as an epitome of bravery, courage and liberation that should always be celebrated.

“In recent times we have observed decline and near extinction of our culture. Many yawns for history and many lack knowledge of history as so many historical facts have been lost due to lack of recognition and proper archival preservation.

 

Investigation: Oba Of Benin Visited Ile Ife To Collect Sacred Sword

By Sodiq Lawal

Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin recently travelled to Ile Ife where he visited the Ooni of Ife on Saturday, April 28. Before this historical visit, the last time an Oba from Benin visited the Ooni was 36 years ago.

According to a popular saying in Benin kingdom: “Oba no dey go transfer,” which simply means that Oba of Benin rarely leaves his palace where he sees to the day-to-day running of his kingdom. That is why Benin monarchs hardly go around.

However, our correspondent  on a recent visit to Ile Ife, went to the Oranmiyan groove and learnt that there is more to the Oba of Benin’s visit to the ancient city.

It was gathered that the Oba of Benin actually went to collect a particular sword which all kings of Oranmiyan descent come to Ile Ife to collect. It is called the sword of victory and every king who is a descendant of Oranmiyan must come to the groove to collect the sword.

It was also learnt that while being given the sword, the king visiting will be prayed for that any war he wages he will conquer unless he decide to wage war against Ile Ife then he will lose the war. This is because no son is expected to wage war against his father.

It was also gathered that while coming to the groove to collect the sacred sword, any king coming must change from the regalia he is adorned with to a specially prepared outfit before he can step his feet into the Oranmiyan groove for prayers and collection of the sword.

This particular ritual was alleged to be one of the reasons the Oba of Benin went to Ile Ife and also seized the opportunity to visit the Ooni of Ife who was present during his coronation in Benin.

During the historical visit, Ooni, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, and the Oba of Benin confirmed the common inheritance the two ancient cities have in Oranmiyan, the last son of Oduduwa who was said to have migrated from Ile Ife to become the first Oba of Benin. Oduduwa was also said to be the first Ooni of Ife.

On leaving Benin back to Ile Ife, Oranmiyan was said to have installed his son as the king of Benin thus the title Omo N’oba which when translated means the son of the king.

The Ooni was quoted to have said during the historic visit that: “Those of you that know the history know that the then Oliha came to Ife to ask that Oranmiyan be brought to Benin. There are details in history books. I am cutting out the details. It’s all in the history books and you can research that. He (the then Oliha) was the one that successfully won the right to escort Oranmiyan to Benin to become the first Oba of Benin.”

Historical Fact: Why No Female Has Been Crowned Ooni After Ooni Luwoo

By Sodiq Lawal

The Ooni of Ife is seen as the most supreme or paramount sovereign in Ile Ife, which is regarded as the source of the Yoruba race.

Generally, he is recognised by his subjects as their spiritual leader and Chief Custodian of traditions. From ancient times, men have always occupied the revered stool except on few occasions where a woman did occupy the throne. Such was the case of Luwoo who was the 21st Ooni of Ife.

In the days of old in Ile Ife, a female had been crown as the Ooni of Ife. She was known by the name Luwoo.

Luwoo was the first and only female to be crowned a king in Ife. She was said to be the 21st Ooni of Ife. She took over the thrown after the demise of Ooni Giesi and was succeeded by Ooni Lumobi.

Her reign was said to be filled with terror and fear especially by the men. The female folks in Ife lost the opportunity of being crowned a king again just because of the wickedness perpetrated by Luwoo while seated on the revered throne.

She is said to be so finicky that she did not walk on bare floor. According to palace sources, Luwoo walks on tiles, clay tiles.

The residue of the tiles she walked on while she reigned is still available in Ife and other parts of Yoruba land she visited while on the throne because the tiles are unique.

The hand-made clay tiles Ooni of Ife Queen Luwoo walked on
How did she get these tiles produced? It was gathered that anyone who commit one offence or the other is ordered to make the clay tiles. They are ordered to bake the clay, and afterwards use their bare hands to break it into pieces and then lay it on the floor for the queen to walk on.

It is reported that the female Ooni was a beautiful and sophisticated queen who took pride in her physical appearance and that of her surroundings. She was also known to be the one to commission unique Yoruba custom of construction of decorative pavements; open-air courtyards paved the pottery shreds.

Queen Luwoo was said not to spare the menfolk when they offend her or her constituted authority. She was noted to ride erring men as horses for violating her laws. She was a terror to lazy people.

For her highhandedness, the council of obas in Ife convened and vowed after her demise not to make a female the Ooni of Ife again as they saw Queen Luwoo as being uncontrollable by them.

Ooni of Ife and Oba of Benin Urges Traditional Rulers to Support Buhari to Fight Insurgency

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) and the Oba of Benin Kingdom, Omo N’edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare Ogidigan on Saturday in Ile-Ife tasked traditional rulers, across the country to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts at ending the spate of killings and violence in the country.

He maintained that monarchs and heads of communities at the grassroots level should not sit on the fence by collaborating effectively with nation’s leaders to find a permanent end to incessant killings by suspected herdsmen and other militant groups, threatening the peace and tranquillity in Nigeria.

Receiving the Oba of Benin at his palace, located in Ile Oodua, in Ile-Ife, Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi said “we must come together to support our politicians and our leaders in their efforts to tackle the current insecurity challenges, confronting our nation. This is our country and we are one big family”.

According to him, “if you mention the security challenges we are having in Nigeria, the way forward is community policing. It is very important that we traditional rulers should support the efforts of our government. We should not leave them to do everything. This country is ours and security is of high paramount. We need to work towards how our subjects’ welfare will be intact”.

“It is indeed a great honour to have you in Ife today, we are very excited and our excitement has been in the air since 24th of this month. We are so interrelated and we also have the common ancestral background. We are so linked by virtue of blood and our two kingdoms have a very common ancestral history. I am very happy for the amiable love you have extended to Ife and the entire Oduduwa House

“On this note, I am extending hands of fellowship to you. I am extending love, peace, good relationship, long life and more prosperity from the throne. Your coming to Ife today is significant”, Oba Ogunwusi posited.

In his remark, Oba Ewuare called on Buhari to intensify efforts aimed at a proferring lasting solution to incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country, stressing that concrete steps must be taken urgently to halt mass killings by herders in the North East and parts of the Middle Belt region.

He stated that “we should explore what unites us rather than what divides us for the advancement of our cultural heritage and socio-economic development. I want to use this occasion to raise three major issues that are of national concern. These include herdsmen and farmers’ clashes and their attendant criminal activities in the country, human trafficking and illegal migration”.

“Suffice to say that these problems, plaguing the nation are unacceptable. These problems are further complicated by our porous borders, particularly in the North Eastern parts of Nigeria and dire need to improve our security infrastructure”, Oba Ewuare asserted.

While commending the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in tackling the insurgency in the North, the monarch said: “I want to on behalf of all traditional rulers appealed to Mr President to as a matter of urgency intervene in these problems, considering the unity of our country”.

Ooni Gets New Queen?

By Sodiq Lawal

As tradition forbids Yoruba monarchs not to have a queen, those with eagle eyes have noticed that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwunsi has secretly married a young Yoruba woman.

With guesses like Bolanle, Kemisola, the new queen is predicted to be from Ile-Ife or Esa-Oke in the State of Osun.

A source in the palace said the public will not be seeing the new Queen as a result of some traditional rules.

Another source revealed that the monarch will marry two or more wives after the present Olori.

He confided in OsunDefender that one of them is Bimbo whose base is in Canada.

As at the time of filling in this report, efforts to speak with Ooni’s media aide, Comrade Moses Olafare proved abortive as messages and calls to him have not been replied.

It will be recalled that Olori Wuraola Zaynab-Otitii whom the Ooni married from the Royal Benin Kingdom parted ways with the monarch sometimes in August, 2017.

According to the former queen, “What I can confirm is that the Ooni and I are no more. I inhale love & exhale gratitude. My journey continues as a Humanitarian aiding women and victims of domestic violence & abuse with the United Nations. No matter how much time you’ve invested, no matter the use of media to silence & manipulate, no matter the circumstance, slander, embarrassment, threats and lies: Get out and seek immediate help!

The former Queen With the Ooni

“The throne is sacred and the attempts to tarnish the name of a Queen, in defense or on behalf of a silent King makes all involved look terrible. Remain dignified in all you do. It’s not the end of the world, but the start of a new chapter and you must turn the page with grace. The world is watching.

Ooni Prays, Seeks More Support For Governor Aregbesola

Residents and Indigenes of the State of Osun have been urged to continue supporting Governor Rauf Aregbesola and be prayerful for the success of his administration at all times.

Speaking at a New Year Prayer Service organised by the Ife Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) held in front of his palace, Oba Ogunwusi charged the people of the state to support and pray for Aregbesola.

Oba Ogunwusi posited that prayers is a vital tool to sustaining peace, enhancing growth and development of the country.

The frontline Traditional Ruler in Nigeria also called on Christians to always pray for leaders for peaceful co-existence in the country.

He prayed for President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Aregbesola to succeed in their offices and also urged the people of Ile-Ife to keep praying for the duo.

“God is the Almighty King of Kings that spared our lives throughout 2017 till date despite all challenges facing each and every one of us. There is nothing we can offer Him than to give Him all our praises throughout the days of our lives.

“Only God is worthy of our praises for we are still alive to see the new year, who can questioned God, if we all have been buried in the year 2017. Therefore, Prayers remain sacrosanct if we truly want to achieved peace and development and we must also pray for those in the position of authority. Please keep praying for Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his cabinet to succeed in their efforts to make this state a better place to live and do businesses”, Ooni said.

The Secretary of CAN, Ife chapter, Apostle Segun Olatokunbo expressed appreciation to the monarch for attending the prayer service.

Aregbesola’s Achievements In Education Are Indelible – Ooni, Aromolaran

By Toba Adedeji

As the billion naira project of Ilesa Government High School was commissioned, Ooni of Ife and Aromolaran have commended the revolution brought by Aregbesola led administration to education sector in Osun state.

These commendations were made by the frontline monarchs at the commissioning ceremony of what has been described as monumental in the history of education in Nigeria.

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Owa Obokun Adinmula of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Aromolaran were among other dignitaries that graced the occasion.

Ooni who spoke passionately while addressing the audience at the ceremony said the huge investment of the administration would speak for decades particularly as it affects the generation yet unborn.

He said,” No matter how disdainful anyone is to this administration; if such person sees what is dedicated on these structure such person will doff his or her cap for the tenets and dedication employed on Osun education system.”

Oba Aromonlaran posited that many Universities in the Africa can’t match Ilesa Government High School in terms of facilities.

He expressed his appreciation to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for painstakingly revamping education sector by making State of Osun to compete with developed world in infrastructure.

He said, “I am impressed with what is built in this community and I must confessed that the honour been given to me to commission this edifice as a landmark to my 80th birthday is so humbling.

In Aregbesola’s speech titled: “The Making of the Educated Person,” the Governor, said the state now has public schools that can compete favourably with the best in the world and are the ones to beat in the country.

Aregbesola said the provision of these new school buildings is in fulfilment of his administration’s promise to provide functional education to the children in the state.

He said, “All these are in fulfilment of our promise to provide functional basic education. This stems from our conviction that every child is owed basic education. It is a fundamental and inalienable right of every child. We have gone to this length and committed such huge amount on education because we are preparing for the future.

“This includes the capacity to observe, understand and make sense out of nature, creation and one’s environment in the most basic form. To write means also that one can graphically reproduce one’s thought, observations, ideas and received knowledge in clear, free flowing prose, in at least one language.

“We are therefore developing the new literate man, a man not just for himself but for the collective, who sees his own existence and value in light of other members of the society.

“We have seen the future. Before our very eyes, advances in science and technology are changing our world and in the foreseeable future, we will see that those who are not well educated will be onlookers and will have no place in it.

“Generally, the world is increasingly being defined and controlled by those who can think and bear their intellect on matter and any situation. The possibilities therefore look infinite for them.”

According to the Governor, the new schools are capable of training the new minds for the new world driven by technology, saying any society without this vision is going to be backward and dependent when this future arrives.

He noted that the 11 high schools, will each graduate 11,000 students every year and in the space of 10 years, they would have turned out 110,000 first set of students and in the next 50 years, it would be 550,000 world beaters, occupying strategic positions nationally and globally. This is our vision.

He made a clarion call to the parents and teacher to do all within their reach to sustain the love of education he has for education.

He said “As a government, we have played our own part very well and we will do more if the need should arise. It is now left for parents and teachers to do their own part. Parents should provide the right examples to their children at home.

“They should let them realise the importance of education and that there is no reliable future outside of it.

“They should therefore prepare their children for school at the right time, help them dress properly and acceptably and prevent them from truancy.”

Similarly, Aregbesola officially unveiled the Citizens Identification Initiative Cards called “Omoluabi Cards” to be distributed to citizens in the State.

Mr. Jayeoba Alagbada who is the Commissioner for Commerce, Cooperative and Empowerment in the state, spoke extensively on the card. He disclosed that the residency smart card initiative popularly known as “Kaadi Omoluabi” is an initiative that will further move government closer to the people.

He noted that the introduction and distribution of “Kaadi Omoluabi” would go a long way to assist the government in the collation of data of the residents for appropriate allocation of resources and implementation of pro-masses policies.

According to him, the Omoluabi Card will serve as a remarkable socio-economic drive as it will in no doubt provide government accurate information on the population of the people residing in the state as well as their needs.

He said about 230,322 from public elementary schools have been captured in the first phase which was completed in 2014 and the registration of students in middle and high school have commenced. He added that more than 409,664 adults had been enrolled, with their validation in progress.

He said, “This card will help to determine the population strength, population density within and outside a demographic composition with the aim of providing the required needs of the populace.

“I have confidence in the fact that the card initiative would further add values to the economy of the state as the socio-economic landscape of the state will be greatly impacted.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Wasiu Kolawole Omotunde-Young, described the commissioning of high school as another milestone in the efforts of the government to lay solid and enduring foundation for ‘Functional Education’ in the State.

He said government is proud to commission this newly built world class school, comparable to any of its peers from the best parts of the world.

“Promoting functional education is one of the six–Point Integral Action plans of Aregbesola’s pact with the people of the state of Osun.  Government inherited an appalling Education System, which led to the conveyance of a state Education Summit in February 2011, which provided the Blueprint for repositioning the education sector in Osun.

“This school is the second of its specific types built with most modern prefabricated steel and cladding – after Osogbo Government High School – and the fifth of the world class schools to be commissioned,” Omotunde-Young said.

Omotunde-Young, while enumerating some of the facilities in the new school said the hall has storage for equipments, utility storage, a stage, office space, storage for documents, 4 female toilets and 4 male toilets.

“Sports is not left behind as the school can boast of an Olympic-sized football field, 7-lane sprinting tracks for 100 meters and 400 meters events, a pavilion and an outdoor basketball court that doubles as tennis court.

Also equipped with stand-alone transformer for electricity and a borehole, the school cost N1.3 billion, including the cost of furnishing, landscape and electronic boards.

Also, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salam who led other legislators to the ceremony, said, “Some miserable opposition has been saying that we are rubber stamp legislator. I want to put it on record that if building multimillion projects for the society to use is what made us to be rubber stamp, we agreed to be one, if building structures like this for our Elementary, Middle and High schools is what made us to be rubber stamp we also agreed.

He promised the Governor to give him more support as a legislator in achieving his goals as it unfolds.

Oba Aromolaran Describes Ooni Of Ife As An Uncommon Revered Monarch

The Owa–Obokun of Ijesaland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, has described the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, as an uncommonly revered monarch who should be held in high esteem by true sons and daughters of Yoruba extraction.

Oba Aromolaran who is the Paramount ruler of Ijesaland stated this on Tuesday evening in Ile-Ife during a historic courtesy visit to the African foremost monarch at his sprawling palace called ILE-OODUA.

The Owa who came with a large retinue of monarchs from Ijesaland, chiefs and prominent Ijesa sons and daughters said, “I am so happy to pay the Oonirisa a visit for the first time since he has mounted this sacred throne of our father Oduduwa”

“I see Your Majesty as God’s chosen for this generation  because your programme of ‘peace and unity” that you preach around the world is what is needed at this time in Yorubaland.”

 He further explained​ that he had visited the Ooni to  personally invite him to his forthcoming  80th birthday ceremony holding later in the month of October 2017 at Ilesa.

“I’m here to personally invite the Arole Oodua to my 80th birthday coming later this month of October.”

“This is the first time I would be celebrating my birthday on earth; and I see that I cannot do such without informing the Ooni of Ife and the entire people of Ile-Ife who are my direct siblings because this place is the ancestral​ home of all the Ijesa people and Yoruba as a whole”.

“After deliberations at home with my children, the Obas, chiefs, and prominent Ijesa children at home and in the diaspora; it was unanimously decided that Ooni of Ife and Alaafin of Oyo should be the Royal Fathers of the day. That is why I had to come and personally invite Oonirisa to the event as I cannot send the invite to the Ooni through a representative, “Oba Aromolaran said.

He concluded with a pledge to join the Ooni in his peace movement and always be part of any event being put together to celebrate the sacred throne of Oduduwa.

In his remarks, Ooni Ogunwusi appreciated God for sparing the life of Oba Adekunle Aromolaran to be  witnessing 80 years of age and acknowledged God for giving the royal father sound health and long life on the throne. He however assured Oba Aromolaran and his people of his physical presence at the occasion as invited.

“Kabiyesi, you will recall that I have visited you twice at your palace in Ilesa since I was enthroned as the Ooni of Ife less than two years ago.

“Thank you so much for this honour, this place undoubtedly belongs to you and all other descendants of Oduduwa as we Ife people are just the ones keeping home for everyone.

“Though, you are now 80 years old, but you look boyish dancing with all your might. I pray to God to grant you more years on the throne with good health,” Ooni said.

Ooni’s Failed Marriage: There Is No Truth To The News Says Media Aide

Contrary to the news that has rocked the media revealing that the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi had ended his 17 month old marriage to his wife Olori Wuraola, a media aide has spoken on behalf of the Ooni.

The media aide said:“There is no truth to the news, it is unimaginable. We would issue a statement on the matter soon.”

“This is total jungle journalism and whoever writes such should not be regarded as a journalist at all…The palace is not interested in this rumour as there are lots of positive activities happening every minute so we don’t have time to respond to such noise being created by nonentities.”

 

Trouble In Paradise: All You Need To Know About Ooni Of Ife’s Failed Marriage To Olori Wuraola

Rumors have it that the 17 month marriage of the Ooni of Ife to his wife Olori Wuraola is over. According to sources Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi’s told his wife he was no longer interested in the marriage and asked her to leave. The former Olori has relocated from Osun state and now lives in Lagos.

The cause of the breakup according to a source was that Olori Wuraola had expected the Ooni to follow through on somethings after their marriage, and that when these things didn’t come through she started acting out.

Recall that rumors of Olori Wuraola’s way of life before she got married went viral, with different stories including the fact that the marriage between the duo was not based on love as they met shortly before getting married.

According to rumors, the Ooni married Olori Wuraola shortly after meeting her last year. According to sources close to the estranged couple, after he ascended the throne, a wife was needed asap and he was introduced to Wuraola, who at the time was with a Lebanese business man. But immediately the Ooni indicated interest to marry her, she quickly dumped the Lebanese man and went with the new Ooni. 

“They have been having issues for many months now. But the Ooni finally knew his marriage to Wuraola was nearing its end after they returned from London in March.

While there, he suspected the Olori was not 100% loyal to him after he saw some text messages on her phone. I wish I could go into details of what he saw. Before then, she had done so many things, including traveling abroad to be by herself, and many other things that the Ooni was bitter about” a source said.

Moving on from the broken marriage, it is also news that the Ooni of Ife is set to get another wife soon and that it is only a matter of time before the Ooni is married again.

 

Trouble In Paradise: Rumors Of Ooni Of Ife’s Failed Marriage To Olori Wuraola Goes Viral

Rumors of failed marriages and revelation of huge dirty secrets among the elite is nothing new. The failure we just weren’t expecting is that of the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi’s marriage to his wife Olori Wuraola. According to newsmen the former Olori has since moved back to Lagos.

A few weeks ago, the Ooni told his wife he was no longer interested in the 17 month old marriage and asked her to leave. Rumors surrounding the breakup is that the Ooni had married Olori Wuraola shortly after meeting her ( about a month), and that he had needed a wife urgently after ascending the throne.

In a bid to get a wife, he was introduced to the Wuraola who at the time was in a relationship with a Lebanese man who she flaunted frequently on her soical media pages.

“She was with this guy in February 2016, infact she had their photo on her Whatsapp DP and just the following month, in March, she was married to the Ooni. We were all surprised” a source close to the former Olori told LIB exclusively

“The funny thing is; the Ooni was advised not to marry her. Former president Obasanjo himself, who regards the Ooni highly, advised him to marry someone else but the Ooni turned a deaf ear to his plea. She had been married before to a former governor and a Lebanese man and so many of his inner circle friends wanted another woman for him but he was adamant” a source told LIB.

“They have been having issues for many months now. But the Ooni finally knew his marriage to Wuraola was nearing its end after they returned from London in March. While there, he suspected the Olori was not 100% loyal to him after he saw some text messages on her phone. I wish I could go into details of what he saw. Before then, she had done so many things, including traveling abroad to be by herself, and many other things that the Ooni was bitter about” the source continued.

 

It turns out Olori Wuraola who a lot of rumors surrounded about her way of life before she became Olori expected some things from the Ooni and when she didn’t get it she started acting up.