Ooni Of Ife: Why His Wives, Women Keep Coming And Going


Love, it’s beginning to appear, is not treating one of the most respected and revered monarchs in Nigeria, HRM Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, fine.

The 47-year old Ooni of Ife, according to our findings, hasn’t been enjoying the best of love. Especially from his wives and women.

So far, the colourful traditional ruler who read Accounting at The Polytechnic, Ibadan and thereafter plunged into real estate business, where he reportedly hit it big, hasn’t been able to sustain any of his official or known dalliances beyond a decade.

The Ojaja’s first officially wedded wife was Adebukola Bombata. They were allegedly married for seven years before going their separate ways. Though unconfirmed, we learnt that they had to call it quits over what was termed Adebukola’s non support and interest in her husband ascending the throne of his forefathers. She’s believed to have relocated to the United Kingdom where she’s been trying to pick up the pieces of her life as a single lady.

The next in line was Zaynab Wuraola Otiti, a gap-toothed Bini, Edo State princess. She got married to the Ooni in a lavish ceremony in 2016, and by 2017 it was all over. All shades of reasons were painted by insiders as the cause. Ranging from irreconcilable differences to allegedly not getting on well with the king’s sister, to mention but a few.

As the noise was dying down, Silekunola Naomi Oluwaseyi, an incredibly beautiful evangelist stepped into the sprawling palace of Arole Oodua, commandeering his heart. This was on October 17, 2018, after they got married. Again, in a lavish ceremony. Unfortunately, by Thursday, December 23, 2021, the mother of Ooni’s only son (Prince Tadenikawo) shocked the world by taking to the social media to announce that it was all over between them.

Among other things, she had said: “I did my best to endure and make it work; many times, I smiled through the struggle, but I have finally realised I had just one assignment, my son, and when God is done, He is done.”

Continuing, she added: “His Majesty has a picture he would love the world to see and perceive him as and another one which is his true self…”

As if to corroborate what Silekunola said, one of Oba Adeyeye’s earliest love interests, and as a matter of fact, the mother of his first child and eldest daughter, Omolara Olatubosun, besides accusing him of being an absentee father also had these unkind words for the father of her daughter, Princess Adeola Adeyeye: “I don’t want to be known with that guy (referring to the Ooni), I don’t want to have anything to do with him. I don’t want his drama, he likes drama. He likes fame, I don’t want the fame…”

Delving into their past, the obviously embittered lady said: “I’ve known him for 40 years and I was seven years old when we became friends. Whatever he is doing that is bad, that’s none of my business, but this one (referring to her daughter) is my business.”

A gentleman who goes by the name of Femi Oyewale joked on his Facebook page that perhaps “Ooni should take some lessons from the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, who has over ten Olori’s and has been managing them almost perfectly.”

Another, Feyi Are, added that something is definitely wrong somewhere, especially with the way these women are turning the backs on the white-loving first class royal father.

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