Tag: Ooni of Ife

Palace Warns Residents To Stay Indoors For Ooni Of Ife’s Final Funeral Rites

Residents of the ancient town of Ile-Ife, have been warned to remain indoors for the Oro deity to observe the final funeral rites for the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Ile-Ife, Osun, observed that the palace town criers were[Read More…]

“Ooni Still Lives” – It Is Forbidden For Wives Left Behind By Oba Sijuwade To Re-marry Says Palace Chief

The wives of the late? Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the Olubuse II, by tradition cannot re-marry after the demise of their husband, according to a palace chief. The chief, who preferred not to be named, said the order was prescribed by the Ife tradition since the Ooni is[Read More…]

Afenifere Says It Was Sacrilegious For APC Governors To Boycott Ooni’s Burial

The Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has berated the Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola and other All Progressives Congress, APC, governors in the South-West for failing to attend Friday’s burial service held for the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, describing their boycott as sacrilegious. National Publicity Secretary of the[Read More…]

“The Next Ooni Will Not Eat Late Sijuwade’s Heart”; Ife Chiefs Speak On Abobaku

Following reports that the Sarun, otherwise known as Abobakun, was on the run to escape being buried with the late Ooni of Ife, Ife chiefs have denied these as untrue. According to the Lowa Adimula of Ife, Oba Joseph Ijaodola, who is the Head of Inner Chiefs, he said, “No[Read More…]

Final Burial Rites Of Oba Sijuwade Stalled As ‘Abobaku’ Flees, Man To Be Buried With The Monarch

According to several reports floating around the Internet and social media, the final burial rites for the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuwade has been stalled, as the ‘abobaku’ is currently on the run. Daily Trust reports that in Yoruba tradition, the ‘abobaku’ is someone who is chosen to be[Read More…]

In Ile Ife, Will Humans Be Sacrificed Alive As Part Of Tradition For The Burial Rites Of The Late Monarch?

Fears that human beings might be sacrificed as part of the burial rites for the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade have been put to rest by sources close to traditional rulers in the town. According to New Telegraph, the sources said that seven big cows would be used[Read More…]

Olusegun Adeniyi: The Ooni of Ife and Tradition

As a first year undergraduate at Ife in 1985, I was confronted with this myth that in the town on which our campus was domiciled, rituals were performed with human beings all-year-round except only on one day. But after Dr. Dipo Fashina (the ever-uncompromising former ASUU president popularly known as[Read More…]

Ooni Of Ife’s Son’s Traditional Wedding, Adegbite Sijuade & Dolapo Oni In Photos

          The families of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, and the former National Emergency Management Authority, NEMA boss, Mrs Remi Olowu, today joined their son and daughter in holy matrimony in Lagos despite the rumoured death of the paramount ruler.   Prince Adegbite Sijuwade, one[Read More…]

In Ile-Ife, Many Women Remained Indoors As Part Of Final Rites For Oba Okunade Sijuwade

Many women in the ancient town of Ile-Ife remained indoors on Saturday as the annual Oro festival entered its second day. Although a palace source told News Agency of Nigeria on condition of anonymity that the festival had nothing to do with the rumoured death of the Ooni of Ife,[Read More…]

“Many’ll Die If We Ignore Tradition” Chiefs Say Rites Ought To Be Performed Before Ooni’s Death Could Be Made Public

The ‘death’ of Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, triggered confusion and shock yesterday amid denial by the Royal Traditional Council of Ife. Tradition chiefs and titleholders who make up the council dismissed reports that the monarch, one of the foremost influential traditional rulers in Nigeria, died in a London[Read More…]