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Ooni’s Palace Says “we will call on the ancestors” over Oba Akiolu’s “Snub” as Lagos Palace Chief Claims Monarch’s Response was Misunderstood



Oba Rilwan Akiolu and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi have been trending on social media after a video clip where Oba Akiolu responded to the Ooni with a somewhat dismissive wave of hand after the later approached him to give him a handshake.

The clip generated outrage on social media as commenters say the Ooni’s throne is the most powerful in Yorubaland.

The Director of Media and Public Affairs in the Ooni’s Palace, Moses Olafare had earlier said that the monarch is not ready to release any official statement on the issue, adding that he still accords his Lagos counterpart the respect he deserves.

However, the Head of Palace Directorate of Tourism, Awoyemi Tunde, speaking to Premium Times, said that the Palace “will call on the ancestors on the issue,” if it does not receive an apology.

“It is not a slap on the Ooni of Ife but rather a slap on the Oba of Lagos. The stool of Oba of Lagos was founded by Olofin Ogunfunminire and the Ooni of Ife is the Oba of Yoruba land. The Oba of Lagos has to come to terms with the fact that Ooni is the royal father of Yorubaland, it is necessary that all persons come together to unite Yoruba land but really the issue at the event is very condemnable,” Tunde said.

“God gave Ooni of Ife Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the mandate to unite the Yoruba land and nothing will stop him from doing that,” he added.

Tunde was quoted as saying: “If we don’t receive an apology especially with the image of Ile-Ife, we will call on the ancestors on the issue.”

Meanwhile, Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, the Opeluwa Onido of Lagos, one of the white cap chiefs in Oba Akiolu’s Palace has said that the monarch did not snub the Ooni, Nigerian Tribune reports.

“The sign by Oba Akiolu signifies, ‘inu mi, inu e’, the culture of greeting in Lagos. if Oba Akiolu wanted to ignore, he would have turned his face away from Ooni.

There is no misunderstanding between both highly revered Monarchs in Yoruba Land. Oba Akiolu was well represented at the coronation of Ooni of Ife, which attested to the fact that he does not disregard the office of Ooni Adeyeye.

There is no sentiment in the culture of Lagos. As we met it that is the way we are doing it. Kabiesi Oba Akiolu is trying to bring back the old pattern, the old culture we have left behind.

What happened that day was wrongly speculated by the social media to disrupt peace and order and misinterpret Oba Akiolu’s action. We just want to appeal to the social media to stop spreading wrong information.

They should try and understand the reason behind every action carried out most especially by traditional rulers. Yoruba has a very rich culture. There is no quarrel between the Oba of Lagos and Ooni of Ife,” he said.



  1. Ottawa Queen

    April 28, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Ghen ghen ghen! ancestral things…

  2. survivor

    April 28, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Oba rilwan looks like alagidi..political oba
    Una wahala!!

  3. Ijs

    April 28, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Sooner than we think, all these monarchys will fade into oblivion

  4. Meg

    April 28, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Nobody expected them to accept that oba of Lagos snubbed him.

  5. Moyo

    April 28, 2017 at 9:05 am

    It’s the ancestors that will settle the matter

  6. Deleke

    April 28, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Bunch of idol worshippers. Aimoye snubbing. KMT. See where priorities lie for Christ’s sake? All these because of handshake, we have a loooooooonnnnnngggggggggggg way to go.

    • Lliki

      April 28, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Would say so if it was the Queen of England, Danish or Spanish royals…..

    • Lliki

      April 28, 2017 at 10:57 am


    • Deleke

      April 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Would such royals make a big fuss about HANDSHAKES?

    • Ikombo

      April 28, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      @ Deleke, every culture have their traditions.
      You do not bring out your hand to shake the queen first unless she extends her own hand so even if the PM does that, the British society will make a fuss about it.
      While we are advancing in the 21st century, we should still respect our culture. I am not Yoruba bu the way.

  7. mulikat

    April 28, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Deleke, just close your dirty mouth idol worshiper, you call yoruba tradition, f**k you, anybody dont know where they are coming, will not know where they are without tradition is like tree without branch.christianity and islam came to us yoruba almost same time 200 ys ago, both is like 10 ys different.our tradition is here before coming of any religion, that will not make us forget our forefathers tradition.Ooni is all yoruba father plus Akinolu and all other Obas in yoruba race.the problem is you cant do that to anybody in public,forget about age of the young Ooni.

  8. Deb

    April 28, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    You cant even greet the ooni inu mi inu e because they are not even in the same category and level of fraternity so the oba of idunmagbo should just do the needful


    April 28, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Spinderella’s of Iga Idunganran can not spin this any other way than to call a spade a spade. Oba Akiolu was so, so rude and very disrespectful to the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi on that video. This non challant behaviour towards the Ooni of Ife should not be tolerated from anybody.including the Oba of Lagos. Ooni of Ife should be accorded. “Respect begets Respect”. I understand Oba Akiolu does not want any kind of respect from anyone. He shall henceforth be treated as such. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

  10. me

    April 30, 2017 at 3:40 am

    Can the ancestors be called upon to fix the state of the nation in all sphere?

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