Shocking news coming out of the Palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II is that the 3-year-old marriage of the first class Yoruba monarch to third wife, prophetess Naomi is over.
Her Majesty, Olori Silekunola Naomi confirmed the sad news and cleared a few things up.
In a statement posted on her verified Instagram handle and Facebook page on Thursday, the mother of one said she went into the marriage with love in her heart and a willingness to serve.
She added that her decision to leave the union has nothing to do with the fact that the Ooni of Ife is married to another queen.
According to her, she did her best to endure and make the union work, adding that many times, she smiled through the struggle, but she has finally realised she has just one assignment, her son, and when God is done, He is done.
She also added that “His Majesty has a picture he would love the world to see and perceive him as and another one which is his true self.”
She also trashed rumours that she had another child, a daughter. She said the girl is her niece and her son for the king is the only child she’s ever had.
This is not the King’s first marriage to end in a divorce. The Ooni previously suffered a marital breakdown in 2017 when he split from Edo-born Zaynab-Otiti Obanor, whom he married as a monarch on March 16, 2016. Obanor’s marriage to the king lasted for 17 months before the separation.
He later married Silekunola in 2018 and the marriage produced a son, Tadenikawo.
Here is the full statement:
“I bless the Lord almighty for His faithfulness in the last 3years of my marriage. In life’s journey, it isn’t how far. Still, how well, indeed though satan should buffet if trials should come, I have this blessed assurance controlling all situations and saying to me it is well with my soul.
Certainly, it is well. I made my journey into the ancient throne of Ife with faith in my heart and love for the keeper of it.
Few impressions I would love to correct. If anyone knows otherwise, they are free to come up with facts. Let it be known that this decision to move on did not come because his majesty is married to another queen.
As many would love to assume, throughout our life as a couple, I was the only married wife to him. There were side attractions, but it was never an issue.
I never approached him with any revelation of any sort, as many believed he contacted me first and made his proposal known several months later.
The marriage was not an arranged one, as many have misconstrued. I never knew the prophetess said to have introduced me to him. Instead, he introduced her to me after I agreed to marry him. I was only being polite out of respect for him.
I have never been pregnant all my life before Tadenikawo; my son is my first ever pregnancy with medical reports to back it up. The girl who is said to be my daughter is my niece.
I did my best to endure and make it work; many times, I smiled through the struggle, but I have finally realised I had just one assignment, my son, and when God is done, He is done.
He chose Saul to be king, and when He was done, He told the prophet Samuel I have moved on. Religion was never an issue between us; please refer to my interview on News Central TV. Instead, His Majesty has a picture he would love the world to see and perceive him as and another one which is his true self.
Today I announce the beginning of a new dawn and the close of a chapter. Today, I am a mother to God’s unique gift. I am no longer a slave to my thoughts of perfection.
I, at this moment, announce that I shall no longer be referred to as wife to the Ooni of Ife or as Queen of Ile-Ife but as the Queen of the people and mother of my adorable Prince. to be cont.”