Following the crash of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi ‘s 17-month-old to Olori Wuraola, popular Ifa Traditionalist, Playwright, Actor and Author, Yemi Elebuibon who spoke to The Sun claimed that Ooni’s ex-queen must undergo necessary traditional cleansing process to to regain normal life.
Elebuibon who claimed that marriage breakup is not very common among Yoruba Obas, said;
‘The wife of the Oba will be asked to consult Ifa and Ifa will give directions on how she will make the necessary atonement for her cleansing. In Yoruba tradition, a woman who has been married to a king cannot lay with any other man even if the marriage breaks up. But when the right atonements have been made, there won’t be problem’.
He also talked about the problems the Ooni’s ex-wife might encounter if she refuses to undergo the traditional cleansing rites;
‘For the woman, she might not really have a problem but for any man who sleeps with a queen or marries an ex-queen without the appropriate cleansing, the man may die prematurely, he may be struck with sickness or there might be retrogression in his life’.
He further said that if an ex-queen wants to remarry, she will have to do the cleansing with her new husband.
“Any marriage she would be going into must not be elaborate. They should go far away and avoid any flamboyant wedding,” Elebuibon said.