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VIDEO: Ooni of Ife marries new wife

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Ooni with new wife Mariam Anako

The paramount ruler of Ife Kingdom, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, (Ọjájá II) has married a new wife, Mariam Anako-Ogunwusi.

Mariam Anako, the new wife of the Ooni was welcomed into the royal palace of the monarch in Ile-Ife, Osun State late Tuesday night.

The new wife was ushered into the palace after brief rites at the entrance to the premises. She was thereafter led into the inner court of the palace to meet her husband and other guests waiting to receive her.

In a video posted on Twitter by @AdeyemiSijuwade, the new Ife queen can be seen kneeling in front of the king while he prayed for her.

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Also, Ooni elder brother, Sooko Adegboyega Ogunwusi, and the monarch’s other siblings were also mentioned by the compere at the ceremony as being present.

During the ceremony, Anako’s relations from Ebiraland in Kogi State and Ilorin in Kwara State were also present and they took turn to greet Ooni.

The new wife was coming into the palace about 10 months after Naomi Silekunola, the last wife of the monarch left him.

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Ooni’s spokesperson, Moses Olafare, could not be reached for further comment on Wednesday as calls to his line rang out.

Before being coronated king, the Ooni was previously married to Adebukola Bombata in 2008 but the marriage failed. As a monarch, the Ooni married Edo-born Zaynab-Otiti Obanor in 2016 but the union lasted only 17 months before their separation.

He later married Silekunola in 2018 and the marriage produced a son before the divorce announcement in December.

The monarch also had a daughter with Omolara Olatubosun as a teenager. Olatubosun gave birth to Princess Adeola Ogunwusi but recently, there have been counter-claims between the Ooni and Olatubosun over who was responsible for the upbringing of their daughter.

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Aside from the Ooni, other traditional rulers who had experienced divorce known to the public include the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, whose marriage to his Jamaican wife, Ms Chanel Chin, crashed in December 2019. Also, Anuoluwapo Adeyemi, one of the wives of the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi III, parted ways with him in November 2020.

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