Ooni of Ife – Oba Okunade Sijuwade
















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Memo To Ooni of Ife

The exercise is always painful when the task is to remind the head of a revered institution about the need for circumspection in carrying out his duties. In this case the task is even more painful because it concerns the comportment of the foremost traditional ruler in Yorubaland, the Ooni of Ife.

The custodian of the Ooniship is a pivotal figure, indeed an avatar of the Yoruba socio-cultural and political set up. He should be a highly revered father to all. He must be in comportment – words and deeds, the avatar of the Yoruba speaking nationality. He should be so seen in many facets. For a start, as the custodian of the tradition and the jealous guardian of the essence and well being of the Yorubas, he must also be seen as the impartial arbiter in disputes concerning the Yorubas. He must be a beacon of light and hope.

All of the above require circumspection, comportment in mien and gait and measured words. The standards expected are very high. This should not be surprising for, the Ooni is a special institution. Others may stumble, but a near deity is expected to be above some human frailties. For this reason, the Ooni should be transparently non-partisan. This is crucial since in essence he is the conscience of the Yoruba speaking nation. He owes posterity a duty to be seen unimpeachably in that role…










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Antics Of Osun Speaker

OMO OSUN With Kola Olabisi Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Human memory, in some cases is too short, the reason why some people engage…






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Ifetedo Youths Boo Ooni

Hundreds of youths last Friday booed the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade at Ifetedo, Headquarters of Ife South Local Government Council Area, on sighting…






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How Are The Mighty Falling!

Home Truth with Goke Butika All hail Papa J. F. Odunjo, for he was an uncelebrated prophet endowed with uncommon sight and wisdom that could…


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Ooni’s Naked Coup Against Ogunsua

OMO OSUN With Kola Olabisi MODAKEKE, a prominent town in the South-Western part of Nigeria, is not only newsmen’s delight as anything having to do…


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How Ooni Tricked Ogunsua

•Over Coronation Process
•Packs Greek Gift For New Monarch
•Over-ambitious PDP Politician Behind The Crisis

UPON the media hype that heralded the promotion of Ogunsua of Modakeke to a beaded and crowned monarch after two centuries to the credit of the duo of Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, with a view to fostering lasting peace between Modakeke and Ile-Ife, fresh fact at the disposal of OSUN DEFENDER has revealed that there is still smoke in the mouth of the gun, signifying that the end is not in sight as touching the genuineness of the facilitators of the promotion of the Modakeke monarch.

According to an investigation conducted by OSUN DEFENDER, an over-ambitious politician of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) extraction who is also close to the governor was hell bent in torpedoing the success of the coronation of the newly-crowned Ogunsua, Oba Francis Adedoyin, because he wanted to mount the throne instead.

Findings revealed further that in order to achieve his desire, the politician who hails from one of the compounds that had produced Ogunsua in the past has elected to seek refuge in the palace of the Ooni who allegedly manipulated the state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to issue and seal an amended declaration that heavily doctored the laid down chieftaincy law in favour of the compound of the over-ambitious politician.




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Greek Gift From A Senator

‘Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts!’ This age old aphorism has long been used as a warning to the effect that things are not always what…


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Between The Sultan and The Ooni

Brigadier General Sa’ad Abubakar became the sultan of Sokoto in 2006 and has since brought unexpected rejuvenation to the exalted throne and defined traditional rulership…






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Ooni To Crown Five Monarchs

OBA Okunade Sijuwade, the Ooni of Ife has reportedly slated June for the official coronation of five obas in Ifeland as part of the fulfillment…



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Bees Disrupt Fashogbon, Adeogun’s Case

THE unusual reportedly happened at the magistrate’s court, sitting at Life Camp area in Abuja, where Honourable Albert Adeogun and Honourable Wale Fasogbon engaged each…