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Ooni of Ife: Osun Govt turns down calls to intervene in selection imbroglio

The Osun State Government has said that it will not interfere in the selection process of the next Ooni of Ife in the face of rising controversies over who ascends the throne. The Adetipe family within the Ogboru ruling house, which is contending for the stool, had on Monday called…

Crisis in Ile-Ife as ruling houses battle over Oba Sijuwade’s successor

The search for a successor to the late Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade, is taking a controversial dimension, as a clan in the Ogboru ruling house has rejected plans by the kingmakers to restrict their selection to the Giesi family. Although it hitherto appeared settled that the Giesi house would…

Ooni’s final rite: Palace warns residents to stay indoors for Oro deity

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

ANALYSIS: How the next Ooni of Ife will emerge, By Peter Ogunleye

Having put behind us the havoc done by the social media to the traditional procedure for announcing the departure of the occupant of the most revered stool in the Yoruba race, it is no longer news that Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II, has not only joined his ancestors, he…

Ooni of Ife: With Oba Sijuwade interred, titanic succession battle begins

With the burial formalities of the immediate past Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade, now completed, a titanic succession battle has kicked off in Ile-Ife. An insider in the Ife ruling house expected to fill the vacant stool told PREMIUM TIMES a selection progress was already underway and that those desirous…

Osinbajo, Aregbesola extol late Ooni’s virtues at funeral service

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has extolled the virtues of the late Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuade Olubuse II, saying his legacies will ever be remembered. Speaking at the late monarch's funeral service on Friday in Ile-Ife, the Vice President said the Ife monarch lived a life worthy of commendation…

Aregbesola reveals content of Ooni’s last text message

The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday revealed the content of a text message the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, sent to him before he passed away. "His Excellence, I am still not feeling good, So I am travelling abroad for medical check up of my…

Ooni of Ife: Oba Sijuwade’s place in history assured — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari received with sadness news of the transition of one of Nigeria's foremost traditional rulers, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II, presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said in a statement Wednesday. He added, "President Buhari extends sincere condolences to the late Ooni's family, his friends, associates…

Ooni of Ife: Oba Okunade Sijuwade to be buried Friday – Son

Adetokunbo Sijuwade, the son of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, on Wednesday officially announced the death of the monarch, saying he would be buried on Friday. Addressing journalists at the Government Office in Osogbo, the younger Sijuwade said the body of the late monarch would be flown…

Ooni’s Passage: Panic in Ile-Ife as OAU declares curfew for students while ritual lasts

As Ile Ife braces up for the pronouncement of the passage of the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade on Wednesday, the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University has directed its students to stay indoors throughout the duration of the final rites of the late monarch. The atmosphere around the town…

Ife Chiefs confirm death of Ooni, Okunade Sijuwade

The Ife traditional council in Osun State has officially confirmed the death of the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II, after denying that the monarch had passed away. The Awara of Iwara-Ife, Layi Adereti, made this known in Ife while speaking on the preparation for the burial of the…

Ooni’s last text message to me touching – Aregbesola

The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has said that the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuade, sent him “a touching text message” just before he travelled out of the country to London for medical aid. It was the governor’s first public comment on the Ooni since the news of the Ooni’s…

Ooni Of Ife: Oba Sijuwade’s Body Arrives Palace From London – Palace Sources

The remains of the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade, has arrived his palace in Ile Ife, knowledgeable and reliable palace sources have told PREMIUM TIMES. This website became aware of the development even as palace authorities and notable Ile-Ife personalities insist the Oba is alive, and is hale and hearty.…

Ile-Ife: Anxiety mounts, women remain indoors as Oro festival enters second day

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 the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on condition of anonymity that the festival had nothing to do with the rumoured death of the Ooni…

Ooni: Ife Declares Oro Festival

Amidst uncertainty surrounding the present state of the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuade, Oro, a traditional festival of the ancient city has been declared. The festival, which will last for seven days, is observed, with females kept out of sight after 7pm. It was gathered that violators of the rule…

Ooni of Ife: Traditional Council Confers with Aregbesola

The chiefs of the Ile Ife traditional council on Thursday met the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, amid an air of uncertainty over the passing of the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuade, The governor's meeting with the Ife traditional title holders at his office in Osogbo, lasted for about 10…

Ife residents stockpile food, anticipate mourning of Ooni

The apprehension over the news of the passing away of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, has thrown the ancient city into a frenzy of increasing purchase of food items ahead of an anticipated holiday. Although relief came when the traditional chiefs announced on Wednesday that the Ooni was…

Oba Sijuwade hale, hearty, says Ife Development Board

The President of Ife Development Board (IDB), Prof. Muib Opeloye, on Wednesday debunked reports of the death of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade. Mr. Opeloye, who addressed a crowd that had besieged the Ooni's palace to confirm the veracity of the reports, said: "Although Baba is advanced in…

“Media reports of Ooni’s death against Ife tradition”

Following news of the death of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, his palace located at the heart of Ile-Ife on Wednesday began to witness the visits of Chiefs and notable members of the traditional council. But some of them were not pleased with the report in the media,…

Ife palace authority says Oba Sijuwade alive; insists only palace chiefs can announce monarch’s death

The Ife palace authority on Wednesday asked the world to disregard reports of the death of the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade, saying it remains the only credible authority to announce the demise of the king. The palace also denied Oba Sijuwade had passed on. News of the passage of…

Palace shut as sympathisers troop to confirm news on Ooni

Following media reports of the passing of the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade, sympathisers on Wednesday morning, trooped to his palace to confirm the development. The sympathisers began arriving at the palace as early as 6.3a.m. to ascertain the veracity of the report from palace chiefs, who declined to speak.…

Ooni of Ife, Okunola Sijuwade, dies in London

The Ooni of Ife, a foremost traditional ruler in Yorubaland, South Western Nigerian, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, is dead. Oba Sijuwade died in London, United Kingdom Tuesday evening, at the age 85, Ile-Ife sources confirmed. The late monarch was born on January 1, 1930. He reportedly fell critically sick last week…

“I hold Obas in high esteem,” says Tinubu

Mr. Tinubu said monarchs’ roles in national security and elections are important. A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has described as “political mischief” the attempt to misconstrue his statement concerning the Yoruba Obas. Speaking with journalists on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti after attending the party’s rally…

Ooni of Ife warns against distortion of Yoruba history

The monarch spoke in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State. (more…)