It’s Either Ooni’s Wives Remain Single Or Be Inherited By The New Ooni, They Can Not Re-Marry- Palace Chief

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The wives of the late‎ Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade,
the Olubuse II, by tradition cannot re-marry after the demise of their husband,
according to a palace chief.
The chief, who preferred not to be named, said the order was
prescribed by the Ife tradition since the Ooni is not considered dead but to
have transited to a higher realm.
Maintaining that the Ooni still lives, he said it is
forbidden for wives left behind by Oba Sijuwade to re-marry.

He said: “The rules is general and applies to all Ooni that
has passed on and not peculiar to the wives of Oba Sijuwade, the immediate past
Ooni. There may not be a clearly defined repercussion against the tradition but
it is advisable that the order is obeyed at all times and for all generations.
The best that can happen to the oloris left behind by any late Ooni is for them
to remain single or be inherited by the reigning Ooni.”
He added that it does not matter whether the wives are young
or old, “what matters is that the tradition must be sustained in the overall
interest of the society.”

The Nation

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