Expert on Yoruba culture and renowned Ifa priest, Chief Yemi Elebuibon, has warned that Olori Wuraola must traditionally cleanse herself if she plans to move on with her life.
Olori Wuraola’s marriage to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi crashed recently, with many reports as to the reason for the marriage’s demise.
The marriage was the third for both the Ooni and the Olori, with the Olori now back to bearing her maiden name, Zaynab Otiti-Obanor.
Chief Elebuibon said: “The wife of the Oba will be asked to consult Ifa and Ifa will give directions on how she will make the necessary atonement for her cleansing.”
He explained further: “In Yoruba tradition, a woman who has been married to a king cannot lay with any other man even if the marriage breaks up. But when the right atonements have been made, there won’t be problem.”
On the kind of problems which an Oba’s ex-wife might encounter if she refused to undergo the traditional cleansing rites, Elebuibon said: “For the woman, she might not really have a problem but for any man who sleeps with a queen or marries an ex-queen without the appropriate cleansing, the man may die prematurely, he may be struck with sickness or there might be retrogression in his life.”
He explained that if an ex-queen wants to remarry, she will have to do the cleansing with her new husband. Both of them have to take part in the atonement procedures so that they won’t have any future problem.
“Any marriage she would be going into must not be elaborate. They should go far away and avoid any flamboyant wedding,” Elebuibon warned.