Ooni Crashed Marriage: Why Olori Wuraola Cannot Remarry For Life

Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife and his queen, Wuraola Zaynab Otiti
The royal marriage involving Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife and his queen, Wuraola Zaynab Otiti (nee Obanor), for many reasons, deserves to form a fulcrum of a weighty social discourse.
Typical of what obtains in other African ancestries- a king’s honour is complete only when he’s got a queen (or queens). God forbids that a king be worried. But on December 7, 2015, when the Ooni ascended the throne of his ancestors without a known queen, you could tell the biggest heartache of His Imperial Majesty.
In line with tradition and not out of favour of the oracle (Ifa), names of maidens were collated for a king wouldn’t sleep more days without his queen. The oracle purportedly chose a graceful socialite, Sonia Itohan, who’s today known as Zaynab Otiti Wuraola from Obanor family, a famous Edo clan.
There could have been a preceding investigation of the maidens where it wasn’t unlikely that the Ooni would recognise that the favoured one was at that point in time still married to a wealthy Lebanese domiciled somewhere in the United Arab Emirates.
After all, a king is a king over all (Oba ba l’ori ohun gbogbo). The king’s father accompanied by top members of the palace went to pay the dowry, performed all requisite rituals and brought the king his queen 17 months ago.
In the splendour of royalty, the couple traversed the world and their reception everywhere they stepped as spotlighted by the social media was some awe-inspiring spectacles. That this pair looked good together is an understatementtheirs was a marriage made in heaven. But hell was let loose in early August, 2017, when a daring blogger reported that the royal marriage had packed up.

Unbelievable! What happened to all the razzmatazz that made this duo become envy of many? This report was followed by a statement from the media handlers of the queen who threatened fire and brimstone on anyone found spreading ‘falsehood’ and then another from the palace claiming it was a concoction from some unscrupulous elements but that the king was unperturbed.
Perhaps because there’s no smoke without fire- a celebrated Nigerian journalist, Mr. Dele Momodu, went all out to find the queen, who had obviously moved out of the palace and that meeting signalled the end to all speculations.
Lo and behold, the queen confessed to the Basorun of Celebrity Journalism, “the Ooni and I are no more” after which she wittily posted on her Instagram page that her marriage was over with a damning riposte to those believed to be her foes in these trying times. She exonerated herself of allegations of infidelity and infertility while asking that her accusers should look the other way to find the one guilty

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These anti-Edo political organizations you folks went to join are the most anti-African - and Africans - in the world.

They're worse than anything; we obviously can't stop you though, even Ewuare II's manifest destiny lies in our own regional party.

We have egba Omo Oduduwa and so on, NPC, AG, the forerunner of them all NCNC and then now these cancers of today.

Stay "with them", but register for your most important election first: your local election, register Edo Political Front, and if you don't, vote the front.

No self respecting Edo will - in the future - find themselves the flag bearers and cheerleaders of foreign parties with indirect rule political and economic mandates, it just doesn't work.

No sane Edo person lives to "have the ear" of someone who doesn't have Edo at their heart.

The Supreme Court is the place to remove the frustration of these lethargic and "periodic" additions to the voting rolls; here - where I live - you can fill in the forms regarding changing your voter registration at the post office and other easy access places.

At the rate things are going we're going to find ourselves truly in decline as our populations suffer from simple things like protein deficiencies in children

" - Reggie Akpata

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