AN IFA priest, Yemi Elebuibon, has
declared that any man who sleeps
with the estranged wife of the Ooni of
Ife, Zaynab Otiti-Obanor, faces death.
The Ifa devotee also noted that the
former queen must undergo some
cleansing rituals with any man before
they can become intimate.
In addition, he said the cleansing
process is necessary to enable the
Olori to regain a normal life.
Mr. Elebuibon, who is also an
actor, declared the consequence of a
queen separating from a king in an
interview with The Sun.
The former Ife queen popularly
called Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi
reverted to her maiden name in
August after confirming that her
marriage to the Ooni has broken
down irretrievably.
While noting that Ooni would
not be the first Yoruba Oba to
be separated from his wife, Mr.
Elebuibon said that marriage
breakup is not very common among
Yoruba Obas.
He 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 any
On the kind of problems which an
Oba’s ex-wife might encounter if she
refuses to undergo the traditional
cleansing rites, Mr. Elebuibon said:
“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 explained that if an ex-queen
wants to remarry, she would have
to do the cleansing with her new
”Both of them have to take part
in the atonement procedures so that
they won’t have any future problem.
Any marriage she would be going
into must not be elaborate. They
should go far away and avoid any
flamboyant wedding,” Elebuibon
The Ooni got married to his now
estranged Edo bride at an elaborate
traditional marriage which held in
Benin, the Edo State capital on March
16, 2016
Wuraola, who is in her mid-30s, is
from the Igun N’ Eromwon, a Benin
bronze casters family.
The weeks of rumours and denials
on the crash of the royal union
between the revered monarch, and
his beautiful wife, were put to rest
on August 30, 2017 when the latter
declared she was out of the marriage
on Instagram.
The Ooni in a recent media
statement said he would comment on
the break-up at the appropriate time.