Reports that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, is set to take a new bride has been dismissed as a mere rumour.
A statement sent to newsmakersNG by the Ooni’s media team quoted a confidant of the monarch, Prince Jide Fadairo, CEO of House of Oduduwa Foundation, as describing the report as “a fairy tale gone too far”.
Fadairo, who is married to the Ooni’s eldest sister, Folashade, noted: “Ooni’s marriage cannot be done secretly; it involves not only the Royal family; it involves Yoruba custom and a lot of elders and our tradition are to be taken into cognisance. Please dismiss the story, it is another fake news.
“The Palace notes with regret the claim and others provoking the most heated rumours of exotic voyage with the royalty and dismisses it unequivocally. The Palace advises the media to verify from the Palace before publication.”
Fadairo said “the time is not propitious for the monarch who is immersed in the renaissance of Yoruba culture and promotion of the its customs and traditions globally”.
“That’s not on His Imperial Majesty’s mind. Marriage is not something he wants to do right away. Many names have been bandied around but I can tell you they are all false, just like this case,” he further stated.