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First photos as Ooni of Ife marks 43rd birthday without a Queen

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi is 43 today. Check out the early morning cake surprise he got from his family..

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As expected, his people extended their love to him once again and presented a huge cake for him to mark the day.


Dressed in his usual white robe, the obviously happy king cut all the cakes presented and there was merry-making in the palace.
Though the celebration was low key, the king celebrated alone without any woman at his side.
Though his sisters—Yeye 1, (Folashade) Yeye 2 (Adesola) and Yeye 3 (Adebimpe) were around, none could take the place of a proper queen.
His 42nd birthday in 2016 was organised by his former wife, Olori Wuraola who also took to Instagram to eulogise her then husband with romantic quotes.

A peep at the social media handles revealed Olori Zaynab (formerly Olori Wuraola) shunned the monarch’s birthday and didn’t send a birthday shout-out.
The monarch hasn’t announced or unveiled a new queen.
The first marriage of the Ooni to Adebukola nee Bombata was troubled before he was installed king but they had to patch things up for the coronation.
It later crumbled; she left the palace and headed for London.
With the crash of his first marriage to Bukola in 2015 and his union with Olori Wuraola hitting the rocks in July 2017, many waited with bated breath who the king would announce as Queen.
At 43, he is officially a bachelor king.
This is wishing the king a happy birthday
 

The Ọọni is a qualified accountant. He attended Loyola College Ibadan between 1985 and 1991. Afterwards, he attended The Polytechnic Ibadan to study Accounting.
In 2002, he led the Federal Government of Nigeria delegation to Canada that enhanced alliances through a partnership with the government of Ondo State on solid mineral.

On October 26, 2015, Adéyẹyè was selected as the king-elect out of 21 contenders to the Ọọ̀ni stool in an announcement by the Governor of Ọ̀ṣun State, Ọ̀gbẹ́ni Rauf Arẹ́gbẹ́ṣọlá.

As a prince from the Giesi Family whose turn it was to produce a king, he beat out a number of competitors including his elder brother.

Oba Ogunwusi received his Staff of Office from Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola on Monday 7 December 2015 at Enuwa Square, Ile-Ife in the presence of several dignitaries from all walks of life, including the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. The new king promised to unite the Yorùbás under a peaceful and prosperous reign.

Since his coronation, the king has made news for a number of notable actions and pronouncements including the promise not to re-litigate supremacy battles with other Yorùbá kings.

 On January 17, 2016, Ọọ̀ni Ògúnwùsi broke a 79-year-old antagonism between the thrones of Ifẹ and Ọ̀yọ́ by visiting the Aláàfin, the first of such visits in eight decades by an Ifẹ monarch.

 He has instituted a number of progressive causes in Ilé-Ifẹ̀, including a cocoa farm meant to feed thousands of widows in the state.

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