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Ooni Of Ife, Takes A New Wife, Olori Mariam Anako



The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has married a new wife after the collapse of his union with Silekunola Naomi.

Mariam Anako, the new wife of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, late on Tuesday arrived at the palace of the monarch in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

The new wife was ushered into the palace after brief rites at the entrance to the premises.

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She was thereafter led into the inner court of the palace to meet her husband and other guests waiting to receive her.

Mariam is from the Ebira ethnic group in Kogi State. Anako’s parents are based in Ilorin. Mariam lost her dad at a young age and was brought up in the home of the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Dikko Abubakar. MD Abubakar as he is known, is the in-law of Africa’s wealthiest man – Alhaji Aliko Dangote. The Ooni’s new mother-in-law is a retired police officer.

Mariam Anako works in NestOil and is said to have got contracts from her office to the monarch. This must have endeared her to him. She is said to have allegedly vowed that Ooni Adeyeye will not marry again after her marriage to him.

The event was privately done and lacked fanfare since the monarch didn’t want any preying eyes of the media.

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 Zaynab Wuraola Otiti from Edo State hitting the rocks in July 2017, he married Prophetess Naomi in 2018.

However, Queen Naomi on December 23, 2021, announced her divorce from the Ooni of Ife via an Instagram post.

In a statement posted on her verified Instagram handle, she announced an end to the three-year marriage.

According to her statement, the divorce is not because of ‘side attractions’ or other lovers, as many opined. She also said that her marriage was not arranged and that the circumstances were being misconstrued by many.

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