The Ooni Of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade...Is Asleep

He died in a London hospital afterwards a abrupt illness, age-old 85.

Reports announce that the afterlife of the Oba, whose official appellation was His Imperial Majesty, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II, was appear to the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola yesterday.

The afterlife has not been clearly appear by the alcazar of the backward King.

The backward acceptable adjudicator has arguable with bloom issues aback 2013 if he was taken out of the country for medical absorption for over a month.

Oba Sijuwade ascended the head in December 1980, if became the fiftieth adjudicator of the age-old commonwealth of Ife.

Though he took the name Alayeluwa Olubuse II aloft his installation, he alone “Alayeluwa” from his name a few years back, adage that alone God is fit to be alleged “Alayeluwa.”
Alayeluwa agency omniscience.

Family sources said that he angled on Thursday and was rushed to Ibadan airport from area he was aureate to Lagos in an air ambulance en avenue to England for treatment.
It was learnt that his bloom became abiding by Saturday, and there were expectations from his actual ancestors associates that he would cull through.

Sijuwade was crowned baron on December 6, 1980 in a colourful commemoration abounding by arresting acceptable rulers the Emir of Kano, Oba of Benin, Amayanabo of Opobo and the Olu of Warri as able-bodied as the assembly of the Queen of England.

Officially, Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade was built-in on January 1, 1930. He became the 50th acceptable adjudicator or Ooni of Ife at the age of 50 in 1980, demography the regnal name Olubuse II.

Born in Ile-Ife to the Ogbooru cardinal house, Sijuwade was the grandson of the Ooni Sijuwade Adelekan Olubuse I. He advised at Abeokuta Grammar School and Oduduwa College in Ile-Ife.

He formed for three years in his father's business, again for two years with the Nigerian Tribune, afore accessory Northampton College in the United Commonwealth to abstraction business management.

By the age of 30, he was a administrator in Leventis, a Greek-Nigerian conglomerate. In 1963, he became Sales Director of the state-owned National Motors in Lagos. Afterwards spotting a business befalling during a 1964 appointment to the Soviet Union, he formed a aggregation to deliver Soviet-built cars and accessories in Nigeria, which became the basis of a boundless business empire.

He aswell invested in absolute acreage in his hometown of Ile Ife. By the time Sijuwade was crowned Ooni in 1980 he had become a affluent man.

Sijuwade was a Christian. In November 2009, he abounding the anniversary accepted affair of the Foursquare Gospel Abbey in Nigeria accompanied by 17 added acceptable rulers.

He declared that he was a abounding affiliate of the church, and said all the monarchs who accompanied him would now become members. At his altogether anniversary two months later, the Primate of the Anglican Communion declared Sijuwade as “a apprehensive monarch, who has the abhorrence of God at heart”.

As the Ooni of Ife or Ile Ife, the backward Oba Sijuwade presided over what is believed to be the cradle of Yorubaland. Accordingly, the Oòni of Ife claims absolute coast from Oduduwa, the allegorical son of Olodumare – the absolute God – and is counted aboriginal a part of the Yoruba kings.

He is commonly advised the 401st spirit (Orisha), the alone one that speaks. In fact, the aristocratic absolutism of Ife traces its agent aback to the founding of the city-limits added than 2,000 years ago.

Following the accumulation of the Yoruba Orisha Congress in 1986, the Ooni acquired an all-embracing status, the like of which the holders of his appellation had not captivated aback the city's colonisation by the British.

The backward Oba is survived by his wives, his aboriginal son Prince Tokunbo Sijuwade, and several added children.

The column Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuwade, is asleep appeared aboriginal on THE RAINBOW NEWS ONLINE .
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