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By OLADAPO SOFOWORA

Since Ooni Adeyeye Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II ascended the throne of his forebears on December 7 2015, he has recorded  successes.

 As an iconoclast, he is loved by all for doing things differently, especially in his approach to issues as a youthful monarch.

In 2017,  he was enmeshed in controversies when his enstranged wife, Edo-born Olori Wuraola Zaynab Otiti Obanor, whom he married in March 2016, parted ways with him.

 As the news broke, the media space was thrown into a frenzy. After weeks of public outcry against the woman’s approach, they moved on with their lives.

Ooni thereafter married Olori Naomi Shilekunola, a prophetess from Akure, Ondo State,  who was delivered of a baby boy Tiadenikawo. Ooni named his son after his mentor and former Governor-General of the defunct Western Region; Ooni Sir Adesoji Titus Aderemi Tiadenikawo.

 Everything was going smoothly until December 2021, when Olori Naomi’s cryptic post on Instagram announced her exit from her marriage to the first-class monarch.

The internet went loose again as this engendered another round of controversy, leaving many tongues wagging on her outburst on the social media and also the way Olori Naomi handled the situation.

But  Oba Ogunwusi  remained unfazed by the avalanche of criticisms that trailed his marital decisions. The monarch, not minding his critics, moved ahead in ushering new Oloris into his harem.

According to sources, after consulting the Ifa divination for guidance, it was said that the Ooni would have to marry as many Oloris as possible like his forbearers to solve the marital issues.

 As the Arole Oodua, the charismatic monarch heeded the voice of the divination. The first Olori to walk into the palace was the beautiful and well-connected Administrative Manager of Next Oil and Gas,  Mariam Ajibola Ogunwusi (nee Anako) on September 6, this year. Some maintained that she is not new to Kabiyesi as she has been his friend for over three years.

It is said that the cool and calm Kogi-born, but Ilorin-raised woman is a cheerful giver and also a very shy woman who loves to keep a low profile. Olori Mariam lost her dad at a youthful age and was raised in the home of the former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Dikko Abubakar, who was the boss of the Nigerian Police between 2012 and 2014. Her mother is a retired Commissioner of Police in Kwara State. Olori Mariam is said to be respectful, principled and endearing.

 The beautiful and highly cerebral but reserved Olori Opeoluwa Elizabeth Ogunwusi (nee Akinmuda), who the Ooni married on  September 15,  at Magodo, Lagos, is the second wife. The well-read Olori in her early 30s was said to have studied in Glasgow, Scotland, with a degree in Information Technology-related course.

 Not much is known about her as she is hardly seen on social media space. She is from a well-to-do family and hails from Ondo State.

 Olori Tobiloba Ogunwusi (nee Phillips) is the third  as she was  married  on  Sunday, October 9. At 32, Olori Oluwatobiloba is the youngest   in the harem. She is beautiful, given her background as a beauty queen and fashion connoisseur.

 The Okitipupa, Ondo State-born woman is a show stopper. Anytime she saunters into a public event, her aura and graceful gait do not go unnoticed. She is always dressed with attention to the minutest details and with lots of vigour.

She is magnificent and owns a private shop  in  Lekki,  Lagos State where her brand ‘QTP Luxury Fashion Company’ is situated with a long list of clientele.

 She is a graduate of Marine Science from the University of Lagos. In 2012, she was the winner of the World Miss University Africa (WMUA) beauty pageant. She is also a skilful 3D artist with years of experience but mostly uses it to draw out new fashion patterns and designs.

Olori Ashley Afolashade Adegoke made her entry into the Ooni’s palace  on Friday, October 14, in Ife. Ashley is a Princess from the Lafogido Ruling House of the source, Ile-Ife. She is a chartered accountant with a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Greenwich.

 Currently, she runs her business in the United Kingdom. Her non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Ashley Adegoke Foundation focuses on the less privileged children and widows.

 According to sources, Olori Ashley is the owner of Triple Two Coffee and the CEO at Risencrowd Limited. She is not a strange face in the Ile-Ife palace as she has been  involved in palace activities  since Ooni Adeyeye ascended the throne.

 She is a generous, interesting and respectful personality who is open to collaboration, as she also creates a synergy that will bring glory to the House of Oduduwa.

 Many have described her as an exciting personality, adding that, with her, there is no dull moment.

On  October 20, in Ile-Ife, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi  joined the harem  as the fifth wife and also the oldest of the wives.

 Olori Ronke is the great-great-granddaughter of Oba Ademiluyi Ajagun, Oonirisa Adimula of Ile-Ife, the predecessor of the great Oba Adesoji Tadenikawo Aderemi, the 49th Ooni of Ife.

The Ademiluyi royal family is from the Lafogido Royal House, one of the four ruling houses (Osinkola, Ogboru, Giesi and Lafogido respectively) under the Oranmiyan Royal Dynasty.

 Oba Ademiluyi Ajagun’s great-great-granddaughter-Princess Aderonke Ademiluyi is a UK-trained lawyer and successful entrepreneur. She used to own a fashion trading/merchandising concern known as Rukkies which was located at Opebi in Ikeja Lagos.

Then, she later diversified into  fashion hosting business with the annual Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) which began in 2011 in London and then the affiliate Africa Fashion Week Nigeria was established some years after.

 Both brands have been the biggest platforms for emerging African talents across the globe. She also owns the Adire Oodua franchise and also organises the annual Moremi Ajasoro Beauty Pageant.

 The calm and smooth-talking Olori Temitope Adesegun is not new to the palace long before marrying the respected monarch on October 24,  in Lagos.

 The well-educated philanthropist has a diploma in Linguistics and Data Processing from the University of Lagos and also a Bachelor’s degree from the same university.

 She also bagged degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, INSEAD Fontainebleau and Harvard to add to her intimidating resume.

She is currently the Deputy Convener of the monarch’s  Hopes Alive Initiative.

 The mother of one had distinguished herself in the public and private sectors. She later became the Personal Assistant to the then Secretary to the State Government of Lagos State, the late Princess Aderenle Adeniran-Ogunsanya between 2009 and 2011; during the then administration of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN).

 The Ijebu-born Princess from Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State was also the anchor/host and producer of a Lagos State Ministry of Health, Public Health Advocacy Programme: Health Wise for four years.

 Sources say she is Ooni’s Swizz knife as she is multi-functional and plays many pivotal roles in ensuring Ooni’s pet projects are actualised.

 For those who don’t understand the need for many wives in Ooni’s palace, it is a tradition and part of the Yoruba monarchical culture that must be upheld. Oloris are like precious gemstones and ornaments on the king’s bejewelled crown. So are the six Oloris to Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi.


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