The once celebrated marriage of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and Queen Silekunola Naomi not only crashed, it is fraught with much controversies.
First, contrary to what is being peddled by the queen that she left the monarch, sources from the palace revealed that Queen Naomi and her family were sent packing from the ancient palace of Ile-Ife.
Amidst reports of the Ooni of Ife having several new Queens in his palace, his recognized Queen, Prophetess Seyi Naomi confirmed that their marriage has crashed.
She made the revelation on her Instagram page moments ago saying she will no longer be enslaved and will now be only addressed as her son’s mother and no longer the Ooni of Ife’s Queen.
Read her epistle below:
I bless the Lord almighty for His faithfulness in the last 3years of my marriage. In life’s journey, it isn’t how far. Still, how well, indeed though satan should buffet if trials should come, I have this blessed assurance controlling all situations and saying to me it is well with my soul. Certainly, it is well. I made my journey into the ancient throne of Ife with faith in my heart and love for the keeper of it.
Few impressions I would love to correct. If anyone knows otherwise, they are free to come up with facts. Let it be known that this decision to move on did not come because his majesty is married to another queen. As many would love to assume, throughout our life as a couple, I was the only married wife to him. There were side attractions, but it was never an issue.
I never approached him with any revelation of any sort, as many believed he contacted me first and made his proposal known several months later.
The marriage was not an arranged one, as many have misconstrued. I never knew the prophetess said to have introduced me to him. Instead, he introduced her to me after I agreed to marry him. I was only being polite out of respect for him.
I have never been pregnant all my life before Tadenikawo; my son is my first ever pregnancy with medical reports to back it up
The girl who is said to be my daughter is my niece.
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.
Today I announce the beginning of a new dawn and the close of a chapter. Today, I am a mother to God’s unique gift. I am no longer a slave to my thoughts of perfection. I, at this moment, announce that I shall no longer be referred to as wife to the Ooni of Ife or as Queen of Ile-Ife but as the Queen of the people and mother of my adorable Prince.
He is God’s way of saying I know about it all.In situations like this, there will be aggrieved persons. I, at this moment, appeal to all parties involved to allow the peace of God with the consciousness that there is a lovely little boy between us. I thank all of my prayer partners and loved ones.
I remain committed to all of my projects,charity work and ministry.
In this new season, I shall be focusing on God only.
The former queen, Silekunola could not cope with the other queens (Ayabas) in the palace. Though she was the only one who was allowed to be featured as the Queen and addressed as Yeyeluwa, there were other queens who bore kids for the Ooni in the palace.
As a matter of fact, one of the queens had her baby before Queen Naomi had Prince Tadenikawo. Aside the seven Ayabas in the palace, a few more women might soon join to increase the already intimidating harem.
“Then there is the issue of Queen Naomi’s mum who was always at loggerhead with palace staff and some of the queens. She always had one misunderstanding or the other with everyone in the palace. Meanwhile, Queen Naomi was always taking sides with her mum and sister who lived with her in the palace. They all packed their luggage to the palace since the marriage was consummated three years ago. There was a time the formerly Akure-based Naomi’s family was waging war against Queen Ashley but the intervention of the Ooni put a stop to that,” a palace source disclosed exclusively to Kemi Ashefon.
However, the brouhaha was ongoing when Queen Naomi and her family left the palace even before the monarch’s sixth coronation anniversary.
She was conspicuously absent during the sixth anniversary celebration. She even refused to put up a congratulatory message for the Ooni concerning the anniversary celebration.
“Naomi was taking sides with her mum, who was sharing the same apartment with her daughter. Of course the Ooni wasn’t comfortable with the presence of the mum who was alleged to be demanding money and more from her daughter who would run to the monarch for such. Though the Ooni obliged a few times, he became uncomfortable with such demands and refused the last time which led to a misunderstanding and she threatened to leave. Of course she carried out her threats and moved out of the palace with her family,” a palace source revealed exclusively to Kemi Ashefon.
This time, the Ooni didn’t bother to beg her to stay. He must have been tired of Naomi and her family, especially her mum. Therefore, he was said to have locked Queen Naomi’s apartment in the palace and kept the keys.
The queen took to social media on Thursday and announced the end of the 3-year-old marriage.
The marriage which was solemnized in 2018, produced one-year-old Prince Tadenikawo.