Ooni of Ife’s palace reacts to Queen Naomi’s divorce announcement

The palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has reacted to reports on the divorce of Her Majesty Queen Silekunola Naomi from the monarch.

The news that Queen Naomi has left the Ooni of Ife is the top conversation amongst Nigerians on Twitter.

The Queen made the announcement herself and explained why she chose to leave her marriage.

According to her, she tried to make the union work but said the monarch’s public identity is at variance with “his true self”.

She wrote,

“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.”

However, when contacted, the palace faulted the claim saying “it is not true.”

The Ooni’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, who spoke on behalf of the Palace said, “This is not the first time such rumours had been peddled.“There was a time it was reported that she left the palace and the next thing, she gave birth. So, the story is not true and it should not be taken seriously.”


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