The Patriot Institute of Journalism and Arts (PIJA), Lance Magazine is a public-centric independent media organisation dedicated to fighting injustice, fostering social justice and community development through the telling and retelling of the marginalised-oriented stories.
From 3 Divorce to 6 Marriages, Will Ooni Ask Chioma’s Hand In Marriage?
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has recently been making waves with his gist the talk at the belly of many as he turn wives to a royal regalia, changing it often.
This is not farfetched as the first-class monarch has successfully be in an interlocking affairs with nine women altogether but 8 were legally married, 2 were divorced and 6 currently married. The other one was long before he became the king.
Although, as a monarch of his calibre, it is expected as noted by Lasisi Olagunju that “a monarch of his calibre can only be respected when he have many wives,” we cannot also hide the fact that Ooni of Ife’s surprising move to taking wives is overwhelming.
Shortly, after his wife announced on, Dec. 23, that her marriage to him is over, he has been taking new wives to the extent that within two months, he has taken six.
However, his last divorce would be Oba Enitan’s third, second since he became the king.
LindaIkeji noted thatOba Enitan Ogunwusi has been married 3 times so far, though Olori Naomi mentioned that the Ooni had “side attractions” during their marriage but she was the “only married wife”.
The Ooni first got married in 2008, before he became King.
His first wife was Adebukola Bombota. They divorced years down the line.
In 2016, shortly after becoming King, the Ooni took Benin indigene, Olori Wuraola Zainab, as wife. The marriage crashed in 2017 without a child.
A year later, in 2018, the Ooni married a popular prophetess, Olori Naomi Silekunola. The marriage crashed today, Dec. 23, 2021, one year after they welcomed their son.
The first-class Yoruba monarch has a 29-year-old daughter with Omolara Olatunbosun though they never got married. They were both teenagers when the daughter was conceived.
Notwithstanding since September 6, 2022, when the Ooni married Mariam Anako, his third publicly known marriage, he has taken five more new wives. His marriage to Anako came nine months after he and his ex-wife Princess Naomi Silekunola had parted ways. However, they share a son, Prince Tadenikawo.
The Ooni of Ife, having married five, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, added a sixth wife to his family train. The new queen, Temitope Adesegun got married to the king on Thursday, October 24, 2022 barely a week after the marriage of the fifth wife that came right after the wedding thanksgiving celebration of the king’s first marriage to Mariam Anako which was held just a day before the Ooni’s 48th birthday celebration.
The Ooni marked his 48th birthday celebration in grand style on October 17, 2022. The palace was filled with much excitement as the people of Ife converged to celebrate the king in grand style and with good music.
The Ooni was flanked by Anako and attendees of the celebration as they sang songs of praises and thanksgiving to God in unison. Special prayers were later held for the Ooni while he cut his cake with his family. The queen also bestowed some words of prayers on her husband. Oba Ogunwusi married her after his marriage to Naomi Silekunola, who is a prophetess, failed in December 2021. However, since his marriage to Anako, the king has married several other queens. Society Plus takes a look at the profiles of the king’s wives.
Oba Ogunwusi married Mariam Anako on September 6, 2022. She is currently the first wife of the king. Anako hails from Ebira, Kogi State. She was born in 1982 and was raised under the care of a former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Dikko, after losing her father at a young age. Her mother is a retired police officer while one of her sisters, Medina Anako, is a lawyer and Special Adviser on Intergovernmental Affairs and Kogi State Diaspora Focal Point Officer to Governor Yahaya Bello. Her other sister, Mrs. Raliat Abdulrahman (nee Anako), is a Special Adviser to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Femi Gbajabiamila. Before her marriage to the king, she was an admin manager at Nestoil Limited.
Oba Ogunwusi married Elizabeth Akinmudai in Magodo, Lagos State, shortly after his marriage to Mariam Anako. She hails from Ondo State.
On October 9, 2022, the king officially married his third wife, Tobiloba Philips. She is an ex-beauty queen who hails from Okitipupa in Ondo State. She was born on June 4, 1992. Philips also has won many in pageants in the past including, World Miss University – Africa, World Miss University -Nigeria, Miss Personality – Sisi Oge and many more. She is a Marine Sciences graduate from the University of Lagos. She is a fashion designer at QT Luxury and has been a 3D artist since 2018.
Ashley Adegoke is a princess from Ile-Ife, who hails from the royal lineage of Lafogido ruling house, Adagba compound. This is one of the four ruling houses in Ile – Ife, Osun State. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Greenwich, United Kingdom. She is a member of Association for Accounting Technician, and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the UK.
She is also the founder of Ashley Adegoke Foundation, a charity organisation established to help improve the lives of the underprivileged. She married Oba Ogunwusi as his fourth wife on October 14, 2022.
Ronke Ademiluyi is the wife of the king. She was married to the king on Thursday, October, 20, 2022. Born in England, Ademiluyi is the great-granddaughter of the 48th Ooni of Ife, Ajagun Ademiluyi.
She studied Law at the University of West London, UK. She is a fashion expert, entrepreneur, and the Chief Executive Officer of Africa Fashion Week which holds in London and Nigeria. Also, she is an author and cultural ambassador to the Ooni of Ife, who is now her husband.
Princess Temitope Adesegun
The latest to join the long list of new oloris of the Ile-Ife monarch is Princess Temitope Adesegun. She is a Lagos-based media personality with vast experience working in the public and private sectors. She was the personal assistant to the former secretary to the Lagos state government, Princess Aderenle Adeniran Ogunsanya, under the Babatunde Raji Fashola administration.
Olori Temitope is a graduate of business administration from the University of Lagos. She used to be the anchor of the show Lagos state public health advocacy program, Health-Wise, the show ran for over four years. The traditional wedding of Princess Temitope Adesegun took place on October 24, 2022.
However, shortly after the wedding ceremony of Olori Temitope, popular singer Davido went to greet the monarch with his married wife, Chioma but the monarch was spotted looking at the side of her in his sunglassed spectacle.
This has sparked reactions as many Nigerians thought Ooni of Ife may ask for the hand of Chioma in marriage judging by “side attractions” Olori Naomi had earlier complained about the king.
A Tweep said, “I wish Ooni will say he wants to marry Chioma, I wan watch drama”.