Ooni of Ife reacts to split with wife

Ooni Adeyeye and Olori Wuraola
Ooni Adeyeye and Olori Wuraola

The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has reacted to the declaration of his now ex-wife, Olori Wuraola, that she was out of the marriage for good.

Speaking through his aide, the monarch said he would speak on the matter ‘at the appropriate time.’

The Ooni’s Director of Media, Moses Olafare, disclosed that the palace is aware of “all that have been written” and that there would be a response from the monarch soon.

Speaking to Nigerian Tribune he said: “the House of Oduduwa would maintain silence for now.’

“In this era of social media, where people have free access to Internet, as constitutionally permitted by laws of the land, people can say anything. In spite of all being said on the issue, decorum still requires that we in the House of Oduduwa maintain silence, at least for now. This is because marriage is strictly a private matter that should not subjected to undue public uproar. When it is necessary for us to talk, we will surely talk on the issue.”

Meanwhile, despite the reactions that the news has generated and public empathy, Olori Wuraola has indeed moved on. According to her, all that matters to her for now is providing aid for women and children across the world.

She said, “My journey continues as a Humanitarian aiding women and victims of domestic violence and abuse with the United Nations.”

The two got married on March 16, 2016 with the monarch saying then when he took Wuraola for a wife that she was the choice of the gods.

After denials from the palace and from an aide of the king on August 15, that the marriage was intact and the couple still happily married, Olori Wuraola took to her Instagram handle on Wednesday that there is indeed a collapse.

Urging women to take a walk out of troubled marriages, the glamourous Olori also said in her statement:

“What I can confirm is that the Ooni and I are no more. I inhale love and 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 Ooni got married to his now estranged Edo bride at an elaborate traditional marriage which held in Benin, the Edo State capital.

The wedding rites were performed in the traditional Benin culture at the residence of the bride on Ewere Street, Etete, in Oredo Local Government Area of the state.

Although the monarch was not physically present, his father, Oluropo Ogunwusi, represented him.


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  • Luther

    As far as I am concerned,Ilorin wuraola remains a Queen no matter what’s written or said by the embattled Queen.

    • Zygote

      You have a right to your opinion.

    • Jo Zideke

      Na by force?OK carry am go put for palace now.

    • Lanre

      You are a funny guy. Its not Ilorin, it is Olori. Whatever, lol.

    • FineBoy

      No bi only Ilorin, plus Ibadan, Abuja, Enugu remain Queen.


    • okenwa

      Not when another man has crossed her legs.

      • God bikin

        @ Okenwa, pls don’t go that direction – nobody dare that.

    • Olusola Thompson Adewole

      The Palace is most Boring place for such a Young woman. She didn’t see it coming. I felt sorry for both of them.


    KÁ B Ø Ò SÍ. That’s true by what the name entails but there’s another SUPERMAN that can ask questions and demand an answer(s). It may not be in the presence of everybody, I believe He surely will,either one way or the other, now or later during this journey we all called life. You presented Olorì Wúràølá Òtìtí to the World in general and ODÙDÙWÀ PEOPLE, THE YØRÙBÁS in particular and we received her with joy and happiness. We the Yorùbá people supported you and show our appreciation for ones in Nigeria and in Yoruba race you show leadership by example. By not having 5 or 7 women and called them wives. But now even if Olorì have offended you geatly, say she has rubbed off her bear hands on the surface of the King’s sword, Kábíyè

  • Factsayer

    Choice of the gods? Let the gods go catch her and bring her back to palace ooo

  • Mufu Ola

    Ooni have not “reacted” to the divorce. There is no reaction at all in the story above.

  • JasV

    There is no amount of gold dressing or make-up that will stop a pig from his or her natural bedroom – (mud). Half a word is enough for the decently brought up and wise one.

  • Julius

    If she is not happy and being disrespected, she should move on. She did the right thing. This is a new day unlike the old traditions. Good luck to her .

  • Quency Olajide Oyegoke

    Easy come, easy go! Beauty alone is not enough for a lady to make a good home. I don’t know why Oni of Ife thought that he could manage that lady in the first place. The separation serves both parties right. It is very unfortunate that the value of the lady has now depreciated being a fairly used lady.

  • femi

    I respect Ooni so much, this man is an inspiration for young men, may God endow him with wisdom of Solomon. I have followed him since he had been crowned the Ooni of Ife. I believe he is noble at heart. May God guide you and bless you with knowledge to travail this storm. You shall not fall, nor fail. God bless you. I advice people reading this piece to pray for both parties (ie the Ooni and Olori Wuraola). My advice goes mainly to Olori Wuraola to avoid making it press/ public issues.