Tag Archives: Ooni of Ife

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…)