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.



PHOTO STORY: Ooni, Tambuwal, Masari Pay Condolence Visit To Aregbesola

The Ooni of Ife, HRH Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, (Ojaja II), Governor of Sokoto state, Mallam Aminu Tambuwal and his counterpart in Kastina, Alhaji Aminu Masari, have paid a condolence visit to Governor Rauf Aregbesola over the death of his mother.

Governor Aregbesola’s mother, Alhaja Saratu, popularly known as Iya Olobi, died on the 1st of August, 2017 in Ilesha, the governor’s hometown.

They prayed Almighty Allah will console the family and uphold the Governor as he continues to take the state to an enviable height.

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Meet the richest King in Nigeria. He is worth $300m

The Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, HRM Frederick Obateru Akinruntan was named the richest monarch in Nigeria, according to Forbes.

Oba Akinruntan is said to have an estimated net worth of $300 million, while Oba Sijuade of Ife’s estimated net worth is about $75 million.

The Ooni of Ife has investments in construction, landed properties and oil while Oba Akinruntan is mostly into oil.

Oba Akinruntan is owner of the largest petroleum depot in Africa.He also owns Obat Oil Company which he founded in 1981 alongside a gas station which has grown to over 60 gas stations across the nation.

Apart from Oil business, the Oba is also into real estate, with Hotels in Abuja, buildings both home and abroad. He entered the history books in 2012 when he became the first black person to buy the 2014 model of Bentley which was accustomed only for Queen Elizabeth of England.

Canada Invites Ooni To 150th Independence Anniversary

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has been invited as a special guest of the Canadian Government to grace the country’s 150th Independence Anniversary celebrations in July this year.

The special invitation was conveyed to the Ife monarch in his palace on Sunday by a Canadian Member of Parliament (MP), Ramesh Sangha.

Delivering the invitation, the Canadian MP said that the invitation was aimed at forging stronger ties between Canada and Nigeria.

Sangha, representing Brampton Central in the Canadian Parliament, said he would collaborate with Federal Government in the areas of the economy, youth empowerment, health services, agriculture, science and technology while in Nigeria.

He described the Ife monarch as a “reference point in Nigeria in view of the enviable niche he has carved for himself since mounting the throne of his forebears.

“We Canadians are very happy with Your Highness for the great work you are doing.”

“On behalf of Canadian Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Justin Pierre James Trudeau, we are inviting you to the 150th Independence Anniversary Celebration of Canada coming up in July,” said the Canadian MP.

Responding, Oba Ogunwusi said he would continue to promote Yoruba tradition and cultural heritage as well as propagate peace and unity across the world.

The Ife monarch said he would grace the occasion in Canada and also promised to contribute his quota to the success of the programme.

The Canadian delegation included John Adeyefa, President, Nigerian-Canadian Association in Ottawa, Chidi Nwanyanwu, President, Nigerian-Canadian Association in Ontario and Sola Agboola, Leader, Nigerian Young-Adult Association in Canada.

Ooni Approves Training 6,000 Southwest Youths In Agriculture

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has given approval for the Ojaja II national image sustainable agricultural empowerment training scheme in South West States programmed to train over 6,000 youths in agricultural skills.

The oba, in his letter of approval, said;

“My vision since assumption the throne of Ooni has been to advocate for the younger generation, empower, unite and rekindle in them hope for greater tomorrow.

“My passion for the Yoruba youth; the future and sustainable asset of the south west states, is strong and I am determined and ready to work with you and I am most impressed with your comprehensive understanding of the scope of the empowerment project and exertion to train six million less-privileged in basic agriculture skills, liaise with Government, Private Organizations, and solicit their involvement as potential out-growers and satellite agribusinesses.

“I hope this is just the beginning of a long and jointly valuable relationship,” he said.

The General Coordinator of the programme, Mr. Seyi Bamigbade said the sustainable agricultural empowerment training was in conjunction with the Federal Government’s agenda for employment creation, economic empowerment, and self-sufficiency, particularly among the youths in all southwest states.

He said the training scheduled to commence soon in Osun State before it took off in the other South West states is tagged, “Agriculture Development: Panacea to economic growth and Employment Generation.”

According to him: “The objective of the three-day Agri-preneurs scheme is to train six million less-privileged in basic agriculture skills, liaise with other youth groups, and solicit their involvement as potential out-growers and satellite agribusinesses.

“As Agripreneurs develop expertise in various business operations, they are encouraged and assisted in developing detailed business plans and loan applications for submission to commercial lenders. Departure packages may be arranged for the most promising of these ventures to assist in start-ups and improve their credit-worthiness, depending upon the availability of funds.

“These spin-off agribusinesses generate employment and link to out-growers and markets forged by the Agripreneurs, stimulating positive feedback within the larger farming community,” he stated.