On Thursday, Olori Silekunola announced the end of her three-year marriage to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi. The marriage produced a prince, Tadenikawo
Olori Naomi Silekunola in her divorce notes has denied claims that her collapsed marriage to the Ife monarch was an arranged one.
She also refuted some other rumours about the failed marriage, including the fact that she was introduced to the Ooni by a prophetess, and the number of pregnancies she had had.
Silekunola said she wasn’t leaving her marriage because of another woman as the monarch had always had “side attractions but it was never an issue.”
Discussing how they were introduced, she said, “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.”
In response to rumours on previous pregnancies, she said, “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.”
The Ooni had been previously married to Queen Zaynab-Otiti Obanor and has a 29-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.